Commentary: Hosted by Edge personalities Shredd and Ragan, the first big Halloween bash of the season rolls to Depew, where $2,000 will be doled out for the best costume - plus $500 for best Pennywise the Clown, the haunting Stephen King creation (with an alarmingly big forehead).
Music will be provided by Nerds Gone Wild, who seem to be omnipresent these days, and That '80s Hairband. It should be a wacky evening in the Cove, and proceeds benefit the Variety Kids Telethon. Look back at last year's Smiles gallery of the event, held then in the Connecticut Street Armory.
Commentary: "Jersey Shore" lovers will converge upon VENU for the venue's first anniversary party on Friday; you know Pauly D's hair will be immaculate and his clothes recently laundered.
The former MTV star is a touring deejay, with past collaborations with Jay Sean and Dash, and he's popped back into the TV industry with E!'s "Famously Single," with a similar premise to his breakout role.
Although VENU has charmed music fans with its urban embrace of country music, the promoters aren't shy about reaching out into different pop-culture realms.
Commentary: O.A.R.'s usual stomping grounds is an annual outdoor show at Artpark and, more recently, Darien Lake, but given the area's affinity for the five-piece pop-rockers, it's not shocking to see another local stop on the agenda.
Marc Roberge, Richard On, Jerry DePizzo and friends, who haven't released new fodder since 2014's "The Rockville LP," will visit Niagara Falls with opener Lawrence, a former gardener.
Commentary: Going head to head with O.A.R. for the attention of music fans Sunday is not ideal, but that doesn't dampen the appeal of New Jersey-born indie rock duo, which sold out Town Ballroom in the group's last Buffalo visit.
The Front Bottoms churn out music at a rate you wouldn't believe; the most recent is "Going Grey," released Oct. 13. All ticket buyers for this show receive a digital copy of the new disc, which certainly doesn't hurt the cause.
5) 42 North Taproom anniversary, noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at 25 Pine St., East Aurora. The event is free to attend.
Commentary: The East Aurora brewery celebrates two years in business with a slew of small events in and around the grounds this weekend.
As 42 North is wont to do, other local businesses will participate in pairings - Ithaca Beer will bring along some inventory, while Platter's Chocolate and Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile will match their products to 42 North's in-house brews.
Live music from Wild Things and The Observers close out Saturday night, and then brunch with Root's Kitchen starts off Sunday, followed by the Bills vs. the Buccaneers on TV and kids' pumpkin painting by MuseJAR.
Commentary: It's peak season for Iron Island, the former church and funeral home that's now a museum with haunting stories. Wine and beer, haunted tours, a commemorative glass for presale purchasers, food and more are the perks for this introduction to a cool and spooky venue. If you cannot make this Friday, a "spooky" happy hour at the same location is slotted for Oct. 27.
7) Spirits with Spirits, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 in Oakwood Cemetery (763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls). Individual tickets are $30, while a pair runs for $50; more ticket details here. Cost moves to $35 at the event.
Commentary: Help out the Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday at this beer-and-spirits-focused benefit. Bring a flashlight for the twilight cemetery tours, get your first drink for free and enjoy some bites from Niagara Falls food vendors.
Psychic Bernice Golden will be on site for readings, which come at an additional cost (that wasn't meant to sound foreboding).
[A previous version of this story had the event listed as on Sunday - it's on Saturday.]
Commentary: A product of the British pop-punk scene, the six-piece band drops by Town Ballroom for a Friday night show. MassLive interviewed the Furs' Tim Butler about his relationship with brother Richard, the band's frontman since the early '80s; it's a worthy read.
On a pop-culture level, the Furs are known for creating the title track for the film "Pretty in Pink." While the Furs are working on new music, there's no confirmed date of release. The band last stopped in the area in April - see Smiles from that show here.
9) Roger Bryan & the Orphans, 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Stamps the Bar (98 Main St., Tonawanda). Entry is $5 and is cash-only at the door. The bar at Stamps is cash only, too.
Commentary: The appeal of this local Saturday night show is twofold: it's to appreciate quality music by a hardworking indie band (as well as openers Handsome Jack and Diesel Houdini), as well as explore a new music venue touted by The News' Jeff Miers in this week's Random Thoughts column.
At the moment, Stamps is cash-only, which is something to bear in mind if you're planning to support the bar.
Commentary: Speaking of post-punk, SoCal's Bad Suns swing by the Ballroom on Monday. Their most recent output, "Disappear Here," was released in September 2016 - it didn't meet the lofty achievements of breakout disc "Language & Perspective," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Indie chart in the United States, but No. 13 isn't too shabby, either.
The News' Jeff Miers wrote about the young band's promise back in 2014.