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It's on a Sunday This Year? Where to dance on Halloween (or the days surrounding it) if... 

A guide to the musical and party happenings surrounding Halloween.

... you want to party like you're still in college

Remember the best part of being in college (or a really out-of-control high school)? Did you just say "meningitis screening?" Close, but not quite. The best part of being in college occurred each October when every frat, dorm and debate team hosted a Halloween party that was actually a sexy Halloween party during which every costume, be it one depicting a nun or a firefighter, was sexified. We're not guaranteeing any particular degree of sexiness at the Monster Ball (8pm, Friday) at the Century Center, but it has the makings of being the weekend's biggest gathering of costumed revelers. There's live music from First Place, Necktie Killer, Sigjaw and DJ sets from ATL.

There's also a Pretty Pussycat lingerie fashion show (OK, we can guarantee some sexiness), a dance performance and an appearance by some of the Evil Dead: The Musical zombies. Wear a costume (sexy or not) and win up to $1,000 in prizes. $10 advance, $15/door. 21 and up.

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... you want some bluegrass with your candy

You've probably also spent some significant party nights with the Moon Mountain Ramblers (9:30pm, Saturday) who are known to appear when people are celebrating to crank out a few hours worth of sweat-inducing acoustic power-grass tunes. The band promises a special Halloween show at Silver Moon Brewing (we're hoping they bring out some sort of coordinated costume effort... maybe ninjas? Please?), and we figure they won't disappoint. Remember their Bend Roots show a month ago? They were quite ninjastic then, especially when they kept playing through a power outage. $5. 21 and up.

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...if you want to forget about Halloween and get political

First off, why are you so serious that you can't cut loose one day a year and dress up like Teenwolf or Marty McFly or Alex P. Keaton or any other character Michael J. Fox depicted in the 1980s? But whatever. If you want to get your election day kicks out with some songs of revolution, make sure you see Billy Bragg, the iconic British rabble-rouser who's known equally for his gritty folk-meets-punk songs as he is for his social and political causes, at the Tower Theatre (8pm, Tuesday). His songs will either inspire you to get out there and make a difference... or perhaps make you feel insanely guilty for not voting. By the way, you should vote. 7pm, $26.50-$40. All ages.

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... you want to hang with a familiar face

McMenamins Old St. Francis School (9pm, Saturday) has become the go-to spot for most holiday festivities, be it New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Guy Fawkes Day or, like this weekend, Halloween. And if there's an artist in town who seems to be present on all special occasions, that's Mosley Wotta. The hip-hop star and his band are the highlight of McMenamins' free party with guest appearances from other musicians, as well as a "Halloween DJ" who we can only hope will play "Monster Mash" and/or something super sexy so the costumed masses can get down in style. Free. 21 and up.

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... you want to pretend like Halloween is still going- - four days after the fact

Sure, it will be November by the time this show rolls around, but pretty much every day is Halloween for the Yard Dogs Road Show... or at least a Burning Man-ified version of Halloween. Back in Bend once again at the Domino Room (9pm, Thursday), YDRS is a rock and roll burlesque and variety show and probably about fifteen other things that would only make sense if you'd seen the massive San Francisco crew in action. The wacky cabaret is full of the sort of weirdness that makes Halloween great, even great enough to stretch out over four days. $20/advance ( and Ranch Records), $25/door. All ages.


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