Enjoy the freedom of Halloween while you can. Not the freedom of trick-or-treating (… you’re getting a little old for that anyway, aren’t you?), nor the freedom of buying a sack of fun-sized candy bars at Walgreens “for the kids,” only to eat them all by yourself while ogling other people’s neighborhoods from your car (uh … never mind). I’m talking about the freedom to dance like a complete idiot because, this night of all magical nights, your true identity is completely obscured by a shame-masking costume. At long last, you’re free to Macarena! Try it out at one of these quasi-underground dance parties.
Some young upstarts have rented Club 7 (Central between Fifth and Sixth Streets NW) for the night of Friday, Oct. 26. The surprise twist is that it actually sounds like a good party, especially with music by DJ Automatic and other special guests. Cost is $10 in your costume ($15 without—but what’s the point?). Call 244-9302 for VIP reservations.
Aw, what the hell? I can’t resist a Romani hoedown. Members of Goddess of Arno throw a “Halloween Balkan Bash” every year at Winning Coffee Co. (Harvard just south of Central). Music and folk dancing starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Cost is $5 at the door, free for kids under 12. Oh yeah, this is definitely all-ages.
Boogie down in Barelas from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Global electronic soul courtesy of Sexy Robot, Quela and others at Out ch’Yonda (929 Fourth Street). I’m assuming this one’s 21+, but call 385-5634 to be sure.
A $15 cover may sound steep, but every penny is being donated to Project Share, a local nonprofit dedicated to feeding Albuquerque’s homeless. This Corrales charity gala is essentially a classy, overgrown house party with beautiful people to spare. Alidocious and DJ Kryst supply the soundtrack on Saturday. Get details at www.rhythmforareason.com.
Not only will Meat the Vegans release their new album at Saturday’s Fright Fest party (18+), but a grand prize winner of the night’s costume party/raffle will score a free hookah from Hunab Hookah. It can all be yours for $5 with costume, $10 without (but again, why you’d be without a costume is beyond reason). The party starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Hunab Hookah Lounge (3400 Constitution NE).