Top 10 Spooky Music Festivals To Attend For Halloween 2023

Halloween

| October 18, 2023

For all things haunted houses, horror films, ghouls, vampires, and zombies, the time is now to plan your schedule for this Halloweekend! iEDM gathered the top 10 Halloween-focused festivals across the country so that you can indulge in the spooky season. Although October 31st falls on a Tuesday this year, Halloweekend is long enough for you to attend multiple dance music parties and events.

Become inspired by iEDM's Halloween looks, you can find HERE. If you are unable to travel this Halloween and none of the following are nearby, the underworld of a Halloween celebration still exists in your local area; check your local promoters for the nearest concert or underground rave in your city. From iEDM to you, Happy Halloween! 

 

Check out iEDM's Top 10 Spooky Halloween Festivals to Attend for Halloween 2023 below!

 

10) CircoLoco

Circoloco, Halloween, Festival

CircoLoco Halloween is back in New York on October 27 and 28, a spine-tingling celebration of music and revelry. Partnering with Teksupport, this iconic nightlife institution is bringing the world's finest house and techno artists to the stage. The event brings together grime legend Skepta, the Keinemusik duo Rampa vs &ME, the renowned Dixon, desert house duo Bedouin, Crosstown Rebels head Damian Lazarus, and more.

This Halloween, let the beats guide you through an unforgettable night of pulsating rhythms and ethereal melodies. CircoLoco's return to New York promises two nights of pure sonic delight, so join the waiting list with hopes to lock in a spot at this high-level sonic and visual experience.

 

9) Freaky Deaky - Portland, OR

Freaky Deaky, Portland, Halloween

Get ready for spine-tingling Halloween vibes as Freaky Deaky Portland unveils its 2023 lineup. This year's event will take place at the Portland Expo Center on October 27 and 28.

Night one promises blood-curdling bass with a headline performance by the enigmatic bass queen Rezz. Joining her are deep dub wizards Lab Group and experimental producers Wreckno, Tape B, and Austeria.

Night two heats things up with progressive house icon Kaskade, following high-energy bass house and tech house sets from Dr. Fresch and Wuki. You will also experience the sounds of mau5trap electro house artist No Mana and Portland's own Luxo. Don't miss this electrifying event that coincides with Freaky Deaky Austin. Grab tickets HERE!

 

8) Super Unnatural

Super Unnatural, Halloween

A Halloween house music extravaganza is going down in the Sonoran Desert on October 27 and 28 with Super Unnatural. Presented by Body Language, a sub-brand of Relentless Beats, this event promises two nights of spine-tingling tunes that'll have you grooving till sunrise. It takes place at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by top-notch resorts and dining, making it the ultimate spot for a rave babe getaway.

Super Unnatural 2023 boasts an epic lineup with headliners FISHER, Dom Dolla, and Four Tet, along with a stacked support lineup featuring Armand Van Helden, Azzecca, Bastian Bux, Chelina Manuhutu, Chris Lorenzo, Kyle Watson, Mau P, Nora En Pure (with a mesmerizing Sunset Set), Shlohmo, and Tini Gessler.

There are fantastic travel packages for out-of-town fans. These packages include hotel stays, transportation, 2-day passes, express entry, exclusive perks, and a delectable Sunday Brunch. 2-Day GA tickets ($139.50 + taxes and fees) along with single-day tickets are available for purchase HERE.

 

7) Nightmare Festival

NIGHTMARE FestivalIn 2023, Nightmare Festival celebrates a decade of Halloween excitement, solidifying its position as the longest-running and largest Halloween music festival in the Northeast. The event features three elaborately decorated stages, immersive venue-wide decorations, and an array of haunted exhibits with live actors, secret sets, a gaming lounge, nightly fire circles, and a bustling vendor village.

Notable offerings include complimentary camping with ticket purchase, group cabin rentals, a mesmerizing laser show by Prime Laser Systems, and top-tier sound systems on each stage, powered by DB Audio and Danley Sound Labs. Festival-goers can opt for the SuperFam add-on for backstage access and artist meet-and-greets, and All-You-Can-Eat meal plans ensure no one leaves hungry.

Join the celebration at Nightmare Festival for diverse music, captivating art, imaginative costumes, spooky attractions, inclusivity, and the convenience of its easily accessible location. Snag your tickets HERE to witness ATLiens, PEEKABOOVersa and other bass superstars in action!


6) Get Freaky

GeSalt Lake City's premier Halloween event, Get Freaky 2023, is bringing eerie visuals and gifted electronic-based artists to Great Sailtair! From October 27 to 29, this historic venue will host a three-day rager that is going to close out the month with a bang.

V2 Presents has crafted an exceptional lineup, featuring leading DJ-producer hybrids like Subtronics, Kill The Noise, NGHTMRE, Netsky, Alison Wonderland, and TroyBoi. Get ready for some thrilling back-to-back performances, including 4B B2B JSTJR and Getter B2B Space Laces, along with captivating solo acts like Of The Trees, Kumarion, Boogie T, Apashe, and EAZYBAKED.

As a special treat, Black Tiger Sex Machine will host a chilling stage takeover from their KANNIBALEN Records label. This year's Get Freaky promises not just a music festival but a multisensory experience, with surprises in store for both newcomers and seasoned attendees. Check out the different tickets for this weekend of music and mayhem HERE!

 

5) Boo! Seattle

As we break into the second half of our countdown, Boo! Seatlle is touching down at #5. The renowned festival will reunite with its home of WAMU Theatre on October 27 and 28

One thing that is great about this lineup is its sheer diversity. There is truly something for every type of electronic music fan. Holding it down in the house realm is KREAM, TRICK labelboss Patrick Topping, Wade, ACRAZE, Claude VonStroke, Öwnboss, SIDEPIECE, and more.

On the heavy bass side of things, the likes HOL!, Barely Alive, Zeds Dead, BLANKE, SVDDEN DEATH and Kayzo will be dropping a barrage of bass. For bigroom and more mainstream house, Boo! is hosting Alok, Steve Aoki, Zedd, and Alesso, to name a few. 

There will also be elements of techno, drum & bass, garage, progressive, trance, and everything in between. Some notable artists in these areas are Maddix, Armin van Buuren, Reiner Zonneveld, Boys Noize, and Wilkinson. Clearly, the lineup is ridiculously stacked, so get your tickets HERE while you still can.

 

4) Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus Miami 2023, presented by Link Miami Rebels and Insomniac, is set to cast its spell on Factory Town, the innovative music venue in Miami's Hialeah suburb, from October 27 to 29. The festival spans three stages and 48 artists, and like Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, each day runs from sunset to sunrise.

The lineup includes top-tier headliners Maceo Plex, CamelPhat, Loco Dice, and Nicole Moudaber. Friday brings melodic techno, including Miss Monique and Innellea, while Saturday offers a night of tech house featuring Astra Club, Jamie Jones b2b Seth Troxler, and Loco Dice.

Sunday will be a dynamic fusion of melodic techno, hard techno, and house, featuring Colyn, ANNA b2b Ida Engberg, Paco Osuna, Nicole Moudaber, John Summit, Hot Since 82, and Stephan Jolk across the various stages. This is easily the most stacked Halloween festival for house and techno lovers, so get yourself one of its extremely fair priced tickets HERE.

 

3) Freaky Deaky - Austin, TX

Freaky Deaky, Halloween

Taking place on October 28 and 29, Freaky Deaky Festival 2023 in Austin, Texas is set to deliver an electrifying Halloween experience. This electronic music festival boasts a diverse lineup featuring Zeds Dead, Ganja White Night, Crankdat, Troyboi, Kai Wachi, Stella Bossi, Matroda, Alison Wonderland, and more.

With the creative minds at Disco Donnie Presents behind the scenes, the festival offers immersive experiences, including The Freaky Deaky Haunted House, the mind-bending Upside Down Room, and the sinister Horror Theater. The Outlet Tent provides a respite from the sensory overload. This festival has secured its spot in the top three by embodying more than just a stellar lineup, but a multi-faceted experiences of art, music, and activities.

Featuring four themed stages and larger-than-life production, this event promises a unique Halloween experience. The Shrine main stage offers headliners and a VIP Courtyard for an up-close view. The Crypt stage explores deep dub, Haunted Hallow delves into techno, DnB, and grime, while Boneyard embraces hardcore dubstep and riddim. Freaky Deaky Festival 2023 combines spooky thrills with dancefloor euphoria, making it Texas' ultimate graveyard smash. Tickets can be purchased HERE!

 

2) Suwanee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween, Halloween

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hulaween at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, from October 26th to October 29th. This world-renowned music and arts festival boasts an eclectic lineup, and the headliners are nothing short of extraordinary.

Pretty Lights makes a comeback after a 5-year hiatus, and his performance at Hulaween is a highly anticipated event. The String Cheese Incident, the festival's host band, will play three euphoric nights. The festival also features Trey Anastasio Band, Goose, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade.

Electronic music lovers will groove to tech-house wizard John Summit, Grammy-nominated producer Elderbrook, and more. Hip-hop artist Smino adds a unique flavor, and indie-rock band Mt. Joy rounds out the lineup.

Beyond music, Hulaween transforms the Suwannee Music Park into an immersive art experience known as "Spirit Lake." With over 90 acts across various genres, this anniversary edition promises to be the best Hulaween yet in a stunning natural setting draped with Spanish moss and scenic landscapes, with its own lineup for live art.

Check out the different ticket packages for Hulaween 2023 HERE!

 

1) Escape Halloween

Escape Halloween

Escape Halloween takes #1 and is coming to NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California, for a riveting electronic dance music and Halloween weekend. This 2-day eye-opening experience features a colossal DJ lineup, with headliners like Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, and Rezz, among others. Performers and guests will don morbid yet seductive costumes in the spirit of the season.

At the heart of Escape Halloween lies Crazy Town, a captivating hub of peculiar characters and creatures. Enjoy themed drinks at Poison Ivy's, and explore The Butcher for a unique shopping experience. Be sure to catch the mesmerizing shows at the Fire Organ.

The Well offers a variety of food and beverages, and the Fountain of Lost Souls stands at the center of the town, featuring an impaled heart that provides fresh "blood" to the fountain. For silent disco lovers, the Danse Macabre awaits with its old cemetery ambiance, where you can dance the night away with silent disco headphones.

The festival's main attractions are its artist stages, including The Grimm, Feeding Grounds, Sanitarium, Sewer District, and Wicked Woods. In 2023, The Grimm and Sanitarium have expanded, providing more room to dance.

If you want to extend the fun, check out the official afterparty at Wicked Woods, running from 2 AM to 6 AM. The afterparty features exciting acts like Slander Presents: Before Dawn, Charles D, Shmitty, Malaa, Matroda, and TOBEHONEST on Friday and Saturday. Keep in mind that the afterparty requires a separate ticket, which you can purchase HERE, and it must be on the same day as your festival admission. Get ready for a hauntingly good time!

 

Photos courtesy of the festivals mentioned above and Tara Gracer.

 

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CONNOR PHILLIPS

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Fueled by his passion for EDM, Connor’s life revolves around dance music and its ability to bring people together. Raised in upstate New York, Connor was deprived of festivals and raves until he attended Florida State University, where he was instantly hooked. Fast-forward to today and Connor has become a house and melodic techno DJ, an avid EDM-based interviewer and writer, and has worked PR for the likes of Matroda, Bleu Clair, and other new-wave house icons.

Outside of music, Connor loves pretty much any sport (huge Knicks, Yankees, and NY Giants fan), going on hikes, traveling, and food. Based in Florida, there’s a good chance you will eventually run into Connor at one of the popular festivals and clubs throughout the state.

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