There will be (pig’s) blood

Dress-up, dancing and gore for your Halloween weekend

Derek Anderson with Sarah Merrill (as the title character) in <i>Carrie</i> at Butte College.

Derek Anderson with Sarah Merrill (as the title character) in Carrie at Butte College.

Photo by Davin Schreindl

Downtown Fantasyland

Tonight (Oct. 31) is the night for the big parties in Chico as local fun-makers have booked all the grooviest local dance bands and DJs for living out one’s fantasies while shaking booties on the dance floor. At Lost on Main, Chico-ween is back for the fourth year in a row, featuring performances by three local bands—Lo & Behold, Sounds Good and Up to 11—plus DJ Byrdie and King Tommy spinning filthy funk and dirty rock all night. La Salles is having an early evening party on the patio with reggae/rock supergroup Dylan’s Dharma. Chico’s favorite jammers Swamp Zen team up with reggae crew Triple Tree for a Freak Out Halloween Party at Unwined. The Patio at Panama Bar Cafe hosts the Freakers Ball EDM night, while the El Rey Theater has the Zombie Silent Disco, with three channels to choose from—EDM, top 40 and throwbacks. And those music-crazy folks at KZFR will be jamming all night at the Chico Women’s Club with local Grateful Dead tribute crew The Ascenders.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Party

Rocky Horror is a tradition the world over, and in Chico, the Maltese is the default home for the freak show. The bar’s traditional Halloween party features the classic film, plus dancing, singing and drink specials. Break out the spandex and fishnets and get to the party starting at 9:30 tonight (Oct. 31). No cover!


The Butte College Drama Department brings Carrie White’s ill-fated prom night to the stage for a musical adaptation of Stephen King’s story of high-school kids who mess with the wrong telekinetic loner. The original 1988 Broadway production was a flop, but a revamped 2012 revival version became an off-Broadway and community-theater hit. To make up for shows canceled due to power outages last weekend, an extra weekend was added to the run. If the winds cooperate, the pig blood will flow the next two weekends: Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., through Nov. 9, plus a matinee Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 (students $12). Visit for tickets and more info.

Scary movies

Two seminal horror films are about to be projected onto your Halloween weekend. Tonight (Oct. 31), Blackbird kicks off the retro frights with an outdoor showing of the OG zombie flick, Night of the Living Dead. Free popcorn; $5 cover. And at 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 1-2), the Pageant Theatre will host late-night screenings of the “final director’s cut” of the 1973 thriller The Wicker Man. Director Robert Hardy’s 2013 update uses a long-lost 35mm print of the film to restore his story of a Christian police officer’s ill-fated missing-person investigation on a remote Scottish island that’s home to a pagan cult.

Asylum of the Dead

What’s more frightening than a haunted house? How about a haunted barn where an insane-asylum escapee’s medical experiments have come to life? The annual Asylum of the Dead Haunted House finishes out its season this weekend with tours 7 to 10 p.m. from Halloween (tonight, Oct. 31) through Saturday (Nov. 2) at 3163 Esplanade. Tix: $5/adults; $3/kids.

Zombie Wrecking Crew

Get on the bus! There’s a zombie infestation in Oroville, and the Zombie Wrecking Crew invites you to the Combat Zone Paintball Park (4444 Pacific Heights Road) to get on the bus outfitted with a paintball gun at every window and drive through the woods and help eradicate the brain-eating hordes. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday (Nov. 1-2). Visit the site or call for prices and other info: 517-9026,

Black Cat Bazaar

The bazaar is back! A craft faire that mixes a carnival, live music, food and drink with handcrafted works of art. Put on your witch’s hat, leash up the cat and cruise down to the parking lot of Mim’s Bakery (890 Humboldt Ave.) noon-5 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 2).