So, folks stopped giving you candy long ago because you’re too old to trick or treat. But you’re the spirit of the season and you still want to get dressed up and have some fun, right?

Here are the coolest Halloween night events we found in the Akron area… in no particular order:

The Tangier’s 2014 Halloween Charity Ball (532 West Market St.)

Not only is this one of Akron’s biggest and most-anticipated All Hallow’s Eve throw-downs (with a $1000 best costume prize) but proceeds benefit the Victim Assistance Program and Akron Rotary Camp. You can get tickets online at The Tangier’s website.

Oddmall’s Halloween Pre-Party at the Empire (1305 E Tallmadge Ave.)

Before you hit the Oddmall Emporium of the Weird (Ohio edition) on Saturday at the Knight Center in downtown Akron (details here), party like a real geek at The Empire Concert Club.

8th annual Zombie Party at The Matinee (812 West Market St.)

Two words: Zombie and Party.

Front St. Halloween Pumpkin Pub Crawl in Cuy Falls

Four great Front Street pubs (Craft, The Office, Cashmere Cricket and Firehouse) plus Pandora’s Cupcakes team up for a pumpkin beer soaked Halloween party.

Todaro’s 2014 Zombie Hop (1820 Akron-Peninsula Rd.)

Your $48 ticket to the 2014 Zombie Hop is all inclusive (food, beverages and entertainment) but you have to order in advance by calling (330) 929-3377. For a little more, you can even get a room for you and your ghouls.

“Resurrection” Halloween Art Show at DevilStrip Studios (600 West Tuscarawus,Barberton)

No, we aren’t related but we do love their name. Enjoy creepy art and cool people this Barberton art gallery and then hop over to the great Lake 8 Theatre for a special midnight showing of “Night of the Living Dead.”

RED SUN RISING with special guest Devilstrip at Musica (51 East Market St.)

As if Halloween isn’t a good enough reason, RSR is going on tour with Pop Evil so it may be a while before Akron gets to see them live again. We also approve of the special guest band’s name too.

Guitarist Dan Wilson at BLU Jazz+ (47 East Market St.)

Aren’t feeling like dousing yourself with fake blood and braving the costumed crowds? Check out Akron’s newest joint, BLU Jazz+, the area’s “premier destination for live jazz, fine food & spirits” and have your mind blown by young Dan Wilson‘s amazing guitar skills.


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