Your Halloween pregame plan

Get in the mood with one of these sonic spook-outs, including a doubleheader on the big night itself.

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The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black Photograph: Courtesy Bowery Electric

Pinkish Black

This Fort Worth duo, whose moniker references the grisly suicide of a former bandmate, made one of the year’s eeriest albums, Razed to the Ground, featuring darkly luminous goth-doom that should summon a genuine haunted-house vibe onstage.

  1. Saint Vitus 1120 Manhattan Ave, between Box and Clay Sts, 11222
  2. Until Fri Oct 25
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Yoshiko Ohara

Yoshiko Ohara once fronted Bloody Panda, a local avant-metal act that took the stage clad in executioner’s hoods. Impressively, she sows the same mood of menace at her solo gigs, which evoke the moans of an undead choir.

  1. The Acheron 57 Waterbury St, at Scholes St
  2. Until Sat Oct 26
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The Misfits

No, this ain’t the original Misfits—Glenn Danzig’s pioneering late ’70s–early ’80s punk act. But the band’s bubblegum-horror masterworks still resonate in the hands of classic-era member Jerry Only.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Until Wed Oct 30
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The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

This cult-fave downtown outfit sets the perverse antics of fright-wigged, body-painted, perpetually topless frontwoman Kembra Pfahler to kitschy toe-tappers like “Fuck Island.” You won’t find a more only-in–New York Halloween spectacle.

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Halloween

Cobilling with Halloween-franchise composer Alan Howarth, Liturgy unleashes post-black-metal fury at an event honoring the John Carpenter classic.

  1. 285 Kent Ave 285 Kent Ave, at South 1st St, 11211
  2. Until Thu Oct 31
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The Body

If your fright thirst still isn’t sated, scurry to Greenpoint for a midnight set by harrowing Providence art-sludge duo the Body. Spooktacular!

  1. Saint Vitus 1120 Manhattan Ave, between Box and Clay Sts, 11222
  2. Until Thu May 8
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