Top Ten Musical Acts That Live Everyday Like It's Halloween

The Mummies say, "Happy Halloween!"
The Mummies say, "Happy Halloween!"

For alcoholics and professional party people, New Years Eve is most certainly amateur night. Which is to say, all the squares, from here to there, are hitting the bottle hard, and think they're Elvis Presley.

Well, Halloween is the same way, especially if you're a vampire, mummy, zombie, demon, devil, or slutty Ghostbuster. It's the one time a year when being a freak is cool, which is decidedly not cool when you are dedicated to the cause of freakin' 365, 24/7, 420, 69.

You can bet your candy bucket that this October 31, typically humdrum men and women across the world will be dressing up like cats and performing sets of Ramones covers in the name of All Hallows' Eve. And we'll be standing in the corner, huffing melted candy corn, and snickering derisively. Whatta bunch of poseurs!

We here at Crossfade only respect unceasing dedication to freakiness. So check the cut for our top ten musical acts that keep the pumpkins poppin' all year 'round. And remember, it ain't trickin' if you're Trick-or-Treatin'.

See also: Miami's Halloween 2013 Party Guide

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10. KISS

We could not ignore the essential stadium rock 'n' roll extravaganza because Gene Simmons really did go the extra mile with that whole long-tongue, fake-blood bit, and who can deny the goddamn pyrotechnics? Balls of fire will get you far with Crossfade. However, KISS were not really "scary" on the whole, were they? In fact, on closer inspection, the whole three-ring circus was more an extension of glam rock and arena rock decadence than anything having to do with the supernatural, the occult, the spooky, and so on.

9. The Residents

This synth-punk pack of high-minded low-life weirdos -- think Devo's cousin who got into Philip K. Dick -- were not exactly scary either. But their unique otherworldly psychedelia-meets-science-fiction aesthetic tickles our uncanny bone just right.

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