Spirit
October 19 — 31
Various times

After the success of last year’s Psychedelic Monster Maze, Spirit is upping its Halloween game with 13 days of immersive art, music and events to rock October.

Dubbed the Psychedelic Creep Show Vault, Spirit’s second annual Halloween-­themed attraction runs from Wednesday, October 19 through Monday, October 31 at the Lawrenceville nightlife venue.

Anchoring the eerie festivities is the massive, audiovisual installation entitled, Psychedelic Creep Show Vault. Created by Pittsburgh-based artist Ian Brill, the multi-sensory work is both sound-­responsive and architectural, and is designed to immerse viewers and performers alike as it activates the spacious venue during live music and DJ sets.

Big Freedia.

Not to miss is the grand opening celebration this Thursday featuring New Orleans’ own Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia. Touring nationally with select dates, the electrifying hip hop and bounce pioneer released her Just Be Free album in 2014, landed a reality show on Fuse TV in 2013 and just published a memoir titled, God Save The Queen Diva, via Gallery Books.

Opening up the night for Big Freedia will be DJ SMI and performance artist Moon Baby. In the downstairs lodge on October 19 Spirit will host its annual pumpkin-­carving contest.

Continue to experience Spirit’s spookier side with a full slate of events augmenting the installation, such as a night showcasing horror, disco and synthwave on October 21 featuring special guest musician Antoni Maiovvi from Berlin, plus sets by Pittsburgh’s Variar, Morpheus Laughing and Cutups.

On October 23, Spirit plays host to “A Rogue’s Gallery of Phabulous Phreaks,” packed with performances by Phat Man Dee, Amoeba Knievel, members of the Cultural District, and Lawrencevillians Lilith Deville and the Mad Muse.

Cruces. Photo by Joe Mruk.

Head back to Spirit on October 29 for a Halloween blowout featuring a “3D Lazer Lodge,” costume contests and live performances inside the vault by Dazzletine, Shaky Shrines, Roulette Waves and others. Be one of the first 300 to arrive and receive a pair of 3D glasses.

Additional events include Spirit’s Seasonal Psychedelic Supper with The Vandal, the Underwear Ride After Party, DJ nights with Title Town Soul & Funk Dance Party and Strangeways, and live music showcases featuring local bands.

View a complete schedule of Halloween events at Spirit.

Looking for more events? Check out our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in October, Everything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in October and 12 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this October feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...