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Looking for something fun to do on Halloween (Saturday, October 31st)? The 3rd annual Halloween Havoc, hosted by Lubbock comedian JJ Howell, features several local bands, a cash prize costume contest, and one hell of a good time.

John Macias, event creator and drummer of Tea with Titans, informed me they will be taking extra precautions this year during the coronavirus pandemic to make it safe for all of their guests, and invites everyone to enjoy the fun.

“Every year is very special, but this year, I think people need it more than any other time. This year has been rough, and I think this will take some stress from folks," Macias told 94.5 FMX. "We are looking to operate safely and have a great show. Every year is fun, and we are going to try to make this year even better."

The past two years, Halloween Havoc has taken place at Lubbock-favorite Jake’s Backroom, but this year, because of coronavirus restrictions, the event has been moved over to the Prima Vista Event Center (402 N Inler Avenue).

"We are lucky to have Prima Vista Event Center this year, and honestly JJ Howell is actually one of the best parts of this show," he added. "It isn’t just music; he hypes the audience and it is great. We have the best, most popular, and most in demand, West Texas rock and metal musicians performing this year. It is quite a different vibe from one band to another, there is surely something you will love.”

My close friend and 6-time winner of The Lubbock Laugh Off, JJ Howell, is also thrilled about the show and put its creation into his own words.

“…. Back in 2018 life was different, mask less people roamed the streets, free to do as the pleased, and in this disease-free utopia, a local rock band decided they wanted to have the ultimate Halloween party, and that is where the Halloween Havoc was born," Howell said.

The lineup this year includes performances from Divided Me, Indego, Bastion, Tea with Titans, All Falls Down, Native Crowds and Corroded Sanity. JJ Howell will be introducing each band and giving you a few good chuckles between performances.

Also, be sure to wear your best costume, or even come up with a group costume and bring your buddies, too. First place in the solo costume competition will win you a cool $300, followed by $200 for second place, and $100 for third. The group costume contest is worth $200 bucks that you can split among you and your pals.

This epic celebration begins at 8 p.m. with $10 tickets in advance and $15 tickets at the door. Masks are mandatory, and hand sanitizer will be provided.