Halloween parties and concerts in Columbus 2017
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox/YouTube

Forget haunted houses and horror-movie marathons. This Halloween, the best place to be is at a concert, and Columbus has plenty going on, from beloved rock bands to creative cover bands who first grabbed audiences' attention on YouTube. So, guys and ghouls get your costume picked out, grab your tickets and let the music put a spell on you this Halloween.

Ben Folds
Oct. 26 @ 8 p.m.
Express Live! - 405 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

It's every fan's dream to be able to request a song at a concert, and Ben Folds is making it a reality with his Paper Airplanes Request tour, coming to Express Live! on Oct. 26, along with Tall Heights. Tickets are on sale now for $35. Can't make it? He'll also be playing Detroit the following day. No matter which show you attend, learn more about the singer-songwriter with these five things you didn't know.

alt-J
Oct. 26 @ 8 p.m.
Express Live! - 405 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Enjoy a concert from alternative band alt-J a few days before Halloween on Oct. 25 at Express Live!, presented by radio station CD102.5. Tickets are on sale now. Can't make it? The band will be playing Philadelphia on Halloween night.

Dwight Yoakam
Oct. 26 @ 7 p.m.
Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center - 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

See Country at the Congress with singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam perform a few days before Halloween, along with special guest Runaway June. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $25 to $85.

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Oct. 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
Southern Theatre - 21 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43215

Hear some of today's biggest hits reimagined in the jazzy styles of yesteryear when Scott Bradlee brings Postmodern Jukebox--whose covers have racked up millions of hits on YouTube--to the Southern Theatre on Oct. 30, the day before Halloween. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $38 to $98. Can't make it? The band will also be playing in Akron on Oct. 24. No matter which show you attend, learn more about the project with our interview with founder Bradlee.

GRiZ
Oct. 31 @ 7 p.m.
Express Live! - 405 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Check out electronic musician GRiZ on Halloween night. Tickets are on sale now. Can't make it? He'll also be playing Kansas City and Minneapolis.