Thursday, 9 p.m., Sheraton Center City, 16th and Race Streets. Tickets: $25 in costume, $60 "for voyeurs." 215-732-7711. Advance tickets only at David's store, Halloween, 1329 Pine St.
The Southern Cross
Headhouse Square's the Twisted Tail is renowned for its down-and-dirty live blues schedule and Chef Leo Forneas' nouvelle Southern menu. Yet when it comes to the extended Halloween holiday, they're dead. And sexy. For its third annual free H-ween party, the Twisted Tail's staff will dress as Dead Celebrities (if you see an "Abraham Lincoln," that's owner George Reilly), while wild live music comes from their nightly host Mikey Jr. and the Stone Cold Blues band.
Saturday, 9 p.m., 509 S. 2d St. Tickets: Free. 215-558-2471, www.thetwistedtail.com.
The Kink, the 'Kill, the Kreator
Philadelphia's burlesque greats, the Peek-A-Boo Revue, started celebrating Halloween last week at the Trocadero with its first all-member ensemble gig in a decade. This week, the Peek-A-Boo's hosts, dancers, and guest performers (from Pig Iron Theater) have plenty of Halloween costumes left to put on (and take off) when they head to World Cafe Live in Delaware for their usual sexed-up show of flash and flesh. Meanwhile, the Troc in Chinatown also has plenty of Halloween spirit left for its own haunted evening with the menacingly macabre metal sounds of thrash masters Overkill and Kreator.
Thursday, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live Wilmington, 500 N. Market St. Wilmington. Tickets: $20. 302-994-1400, http://queen.worldcafelive.com.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m., the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. All ages. Tickets: $23.50, $26. 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com.
The Theataaah (Slasher Division)
Dedicated to all things improvisational, Figment Theater's October show is its most bizarre; Slasher, an off-the-cuff, improv-ed, audience-interactive comic homage to horror cinema specific to the '70s and '80s. Who doesn't love theater that comes with a warning? " Slasher is suitable for mature audiences only. Improvised elements may include violence, strong language, nudity, or gore, and viewer discretion is advised." Audience members spin the big Wheel of Doom to decide everything from weapons drawn to where massacres may occur. After that, it's up to Figment's imagination as to where the blood spatters. Each of its nine cast members' skulls was fitted for the sake of beheading. So that will happen.
Friday through Sunday, 8 p.m., Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Tickets: $15, $25. www.figmenttheater.org.
Xfinity Live to the Xtreme
One of Philly's newest clubs hosts two Halloween season soirees. First, there's WMMR's on-air personality and all-around rooster-haired glam-guy Jacky Bam Bam hosting his "2d Annual Nightmare on Broad Street" on Saturday. On Halloween, Xfinity Live hosts its "1st Annual Haunted Mansion Bash" - 80,000 square feet of spider webs and smoke - with VIP sections for lovers of strong blood, I mean drink, performances by rapper Bubba Sparxxx, and a contest worth $5,000 in cash and prizes. Boo.
Saturday, 9 p.m. (a $10 bracelet permits drink purchases) and Thursday, 9 p.m. ($25 open bar cocktails), 1100 Pattison Ave. 267-443-6415, www.xfinitylive.com.