Every year, Moonfest is a notorious train wreck. Ghouls and goblins alike get shitfaced and by the end of the night everyone looks like a monster regardless of the initial sexiness that lacy nurse outfit once promised.
This year however, the 24th annual downtown West Palm Beach Halloween Clusterfuck gets its own soundtrack in the form of Moonfest: Armageddon. With two haunted houses, food trucks, and three stages, it’s an all-out block party featuring plenty of delicious ear candy.
The most exciting part is the righteous, ass-kicking lineup organizers have assembled. Headliners Best Coast, a California indie rock duo, lead a roster packed with both local standouts as well as a few welcome surprises.
Some of Florida’s best bands will be on hand for the spooky shenanigans including Bath Salt Zombies (Dayton Beach), Beebs and Her Money Makers (Orlando), Deaf Poets (Miami), Gravel Kings (Fort Pierce), The Resolvers (Deerfield Beach), Space Coast Ghosts (West Palm Beach), and The State Of (Miami) just to name a few. Legendary Florida breakbeat and rave pioneer DJ Icey will be on the EDM stage and all the way from Japan, in one of just a handful of stops during their North American tour, acid folk / psych rockers, Kikagaku Moyo.
General admission and VIP passes are on sale now for $10 and $80 respectively. The VIP ticket will ensure a plot of space to party in the VIP cemetery and includes a private entrance and an open bar.
With thousands expected for one of the largest Halloween parties in South Florida, security is getting a little tighter this season. Once again, Moonfest is an adult’s only event. West Palm Beach PD is enforcing a strict curfew at 9 p.m. for anyone under the age of 21.
For the rest of us, in addition to getting bombed on beers and boos, there’s a costume contest with a $1000 grand prize with the winner set to be announced just before Best Coast takes the main stage.
Traffic will suck so either get there ridiculously early, walk from a nearby spot, or Uber it. As a matter of fact, for safety’s sake, maybe rent a nearby hotel room and keep the party going all weekend long.