No, Halloween is not completely cancelled this year. After all the terrible things that the year 2020 has done, everyone needs to blow off some steam with the funniest holiday of the year. Although things will be different this year. Many cities have missed trick-or-treating, and those that haven’t will probably have restrictions.
But there are still some options, even for adults, including many drive-in movie theaters that offer live horror shows or Halloween movie screenings. But if you don’t want to risk going outside at all this year – because things are much scarier than usual for a number of reasons – you have online options. Here are a few of them:
American Horror Story Murder House
Take a virtual tour of “The Murder House” from the first season of Ryan Murphy’s hit American horror story. Fans of the show will undoubtedly recognize the 1908 Italian brick exterior, Tiffany beige windows and eerie lighting fixtures. A production team has set up 15 cameras throughout the Los Angeles house, and the event will be broadcast in pay-per-view style for $25, giving you 24 hours of virtual access until sunset on Sunday, November 1.
There will be all kinds of activities and live streaming guests, including a real-life exorcist, a white witch, a vampire expert and more. Some early risers will stay in the basement with a small group of paranormal investigators for the event, and you can see how they are doing. Oh, and the current owners claim that it is haunted by ghosts.
Live stream of the Rocky Horror Show
The Wisconsin Democratic Party of Wisconsin is hosting this fundraiser for Joe Biden, but people of all political persuasions can still enjoy the songs and kitschy fun of this cult classic performed live in this streamed music event. Included are the original line-ups Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Nell Campbell as well as Connie Britton, Lance Bass, Rosario Dawson, Jason Alexander and David Arquette. The Dresden Dolls, Miss Peppermint, Josh Gad, Kalen Chase, Rumer Willis and many more will also be performing live. The suggested donation price is $31.
Fortnitemare’s afterlife party with J. Balvin
Fortnite presents this Halloween series of games with a Halloween theme throughout. The event began on October 21, but will continue until November 3. Be sure to take a break from gaming to see the afterlife party with J. Balvin on Halloween night at 21:00 ET in Fortnite’s Party Royale social room. LED walls and camera tracking means Balvin will be performing his reggaeton hits in the virtual world.
This all-day event features panels, presentations, discussions and demonstrations led by icons from all horror genres. The celebrations begin at 12 noon ET and include actors Tony Todd (Candyman) and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), a conversation with the makers of the 1999 classic The Blair Witch Project, a special recording of the Kingcast podcast with Creepshow showrunner and The Walking Dead producer/director Greg Nicotero, and a presentation by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.
At 21.00 there will be a special double feature only for members of Shudder TV: John Carpenter’s classic “Halloween” from 1978, followed by a surprising original from “Shudder TV”, which will not be shown again until 2021. (Shudder runs for $4.99 per month, but non-members can take advantage of a free 7-day trial).
Tour of the Yeux
The experimental musician Circuit des Yeux has recently stopped her online concerts, but is making a final exception for the blue moon of Halloween night. Listen to her eerie folk and electronica concerts on Constellation Chicago’s YouTube channel at 21:30 ET. Tickets cost $15.
The Splatter Theater of the Nerve Theater
On Friday as well as on Saturday at 10 p.m. this parody of classic slasher movies with a lot of fake blood is running live on the internet. For the first time in its 34 years, the show will be virtual, which will give it its own unique theatrical brand. A donation of 20 dollars is suggested for this fundraising campaign.
JACK Quartet in the Merkin Hall
If it’s not your style to stick to a set schedule, or if you just need some spooky background music, check out the New Music New College YouTube channel for this concert, recently recorded by the JACK Quartet at Merkin Hall. The hall’s bright lights aren’t quite the right mood for Halloween, but turn off the screen and the sound will provide the perfect soundtrack for the night with spooky strings.
The creative kitchen
If you’re looking for a more family-friendly affair, check out this cooking course for kids that offers healthy food along with some tempting treats. Starting at 11:30 am ET on Saturday, there are zoom events where the production of “witch hair” spaghetti, “eyeballs” (black olives on mozzarella) and “skeletal tears” (grape tomatoes) are taught. The children also learn how to make marshmallow ghosts and pumpkins. (The complete ingredient lists are online).
At 2:00 p.m. you will learn how to make edible gruel and at 4:00 p.m. you will attend a live lesson at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. (The first class is free, the one at 2 p.m. costs $25 and the one at 4 p.m. costs $30). Think of the classes as a bonding event that is also a substitute for trick-or-treating.