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The 2018 Witches Ball is dedicated to the Legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll

The Annual Halloween Masquerade hosted by Buffalo Rising is back @ Statler City on Saturday, October 27 from 7 PM to 1 AM. This year, the Witches Ball is dedicated to the Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Let the 2018 Witches Ball take you on a Scareway to Heaven featuring music from legends like Hell-vis Presley, Janis Goblin, George Scareison, and Grave-id Bowie.

When you roll up to the Genesee Street entrance of Statler City (across from the Convention Center) you will be greeted by a fleet of vintage hearses. ID is required to be admitted to this 21+ event.

Become Buffalo famous, by posing for our photographers in front of the step n’ repeat, or walk the black carpet which will automatically enter you into our virtual costume contest. Photos taken at the event will be uploaded by Living in the Buff Studios live to our Witches Ball Facebook page. New this year, is a green screen photo booth, where you and your guests can act out your wildest dreams of super stardom! Also, be on the look out for the Living Dead Girls, who will be recording their podcast and may stop you for an interview. Sip some creative cocktails by NY’s largest kombucha brewery, Bootleg Bucha.  Flavors will include, Apple Spice, Blueberry Lavender, and Ginger.

Our fabulous Queens of Dragdom will once again werq the stage to bring some of the world’s most beloved rock stars to life. Walk “The Sunset Strip” featuring The MaddTat2 716 Sideshow to satisfy the freak in you, extroverted-introverts might consider jamming with SE² Silent Disco, or wander to the lower level, formerly Club Rendezvous, and be transported to the infamous Viper Room Remix.

This epic event will once again feature dozens of local artists, psychics, musicians, DJs, and performers. See below for a complete list of everything this event has to offer:

2018 Witches Ball @ Statler City
7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
$40 for General Admission tickets
Click here to purchase or visit for more information.

In keeping with the theme, the Witches Ball’s five event stages will be transformed into nightclubs fit for rockstars.

Sunset Strip

Presented by Mark Madden, Maddgrafix

Emcee DJ Matka

8:00 PM Lazy Ass Destroyer
9:00 PM Surfin Cadavers
9:45 PM Freak Collective Burlesque
10:00 PM Coffin Hook
10:45 PM Freak Collective Burlesque
11:00 PM Navigation Guild
Midnight Lazy Ass Destroyer

Legends Art Gallery & Light Show with original artwork by Mark Madden | Terror Technologies | Professional Freak & Barker, Arlowe Price | Spunout Fire Hoopers

Rainbow Room

the look was generously provided by Divine Finds Vintage Fashions

presented by Dragged Out with Jayme Coxx

Emcee Jayme Coxx

7:00 PM Ryan Kaminski
9:00 PM Dragged Out with Jayme Coxx
9:45 PM I ❤️ Burlesque
10:30 PM Ryan Kaminski
11:30 PM Dragged Out with Jayme Coxx
12:15 AM I ❤️ Burlesque
12:45 AM Finale of Dragged Out with Jayme Coxx

Rockn’ flash mob by Foxy Entertainment, Living Dead Girls Podcast

Whiskey A Go Go

presented by Reflex Productions, Elías Benavídes

SE² Silent Disco with DJ BANDO

Emcee DJ Crespo Beats

8:15 PM Rabbit Jaw
9:30 PM Preach Freedom’s Rick James Tribute
10:30 PM DJ Crespo Beats
11:00 PM Tiger Chung Lee
12:30 AM DJ Crespo Beats

The Roxy

presented by Buffalo Rising & DJ Sunglasses Mike

Emcee DJ Sunglasses Mike

8:00 PM XOXO Pop Band
8:45 PM Buffalo Aerial Dance
9:08 PM Nerds Gone Wild in WNY
10:15 PM Buffalo Aerial Dance
10:30 PM Random Ninjaz Crew
10:48 PM Nerds Gone Wild in WNY
12:15 AM Random Ninjaz Crew
12:30 AM DJ Sunglasses Mike

7 PM to 11 AM, Buffalo Aerial Dance

XOXO Pop Band // Nerds Gone Wild in WNY

Video Production by Lit 716, Madd Grafix, and Robert Szobski Peters of Szobski Design

Viper Room Remix

presented by 125 Art Collective, C.P. Abbott Photography, & Photography by Nico

7:00 PM Dave Sif
9:00 PM Nate Howell
10:00 PM Charlie Abbott
11:00 PM Ted Hawkins B2B MK Ultra (San Diego)

Psychic Lounge (ALL NIGHT)

presented by supernatural historian & author, Mason Winfield

A treasured feature is our Psychic Lounge, where guests can sneak away from the festive mayhem to catch a moment of counsel from the other world. A handful of readers and psychic mediums will be waiting in the atmospheric lounge/bar area to offer their insights. It will be a perfect night for a visit with the other side.

Halloween is more than just a party,” says Winfield. “It’s also a prime night to go within and try to reach back to the ancestors. The two avenues really do belong together. The Witches Ball is one of the few events you will ever attend at which you can experience them both.

Visit the Psychic Lounge and learn what awaits you in 2019 and beyond!

Bootleg Bucha VIP Lounge

open 8 PM to MIDNIGHT, VIP tickets include four hours of open bar and hors d’oeuvres, balcony views of the event courtyard, special pop-up performances, and featuring tastings from Lockhouse Distilling Company. The Bootleg Bucha VIP Lounge is currently sold out. However, you can add your name to our waiting list found on the registration page.

Black Carpet | Virtual Costume Contest

Photography by Living in the Buff

Walk our Black Carpet and get a free professional photo taken by Living in the Buff Studio, and be automatically entered into our virtual costume contest. All photos will be uploaded LIVE to The Witches Ball Facebook page (@witchesballbuffalo) and automatically entered into our Virtual Costume Contest.


  • Best Overall Costume
  • NEW Best Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend
  • Best Group Costume
  • Best Couples Costume
  • People’s Choice – the committee will choose 3-5 top costumes and open them up for voting – 24 hours to vote. Voting will open Monday AM and Close Tuesday AM. Winners will be announced via @witchesballbuffalo Facebook page and should contact us to claim their prize.

Start planning those costumes!
Over $1,000 in prizes to be announced soon.


Vintage Hearses | Food Trucks | Zombies | Stilt Walkers | Hoopers | Go Go Dancers | Professional CosPlayers by Maritzalyn Mercado | Joe Mock, Balloon Brothers | Green Screen Technology | Step and Repeat | Video Projections

Registration support provided by Nickel City Renegade Roller Derby

Ride sharing is encouraged. Bootleg Bucha is also our Designated Driver Sponsor. They are generously offering free Bucha all night for anyone who registers with a DD wrist band at the registration desk.

This year’s 2018 Witches Ball is sponsored by The Great Pumpkin Farm | Bootleg Bucha | MaddTat2 | SE2 Silent Disco | Maritzalyn Mercado

Special thanks to Buffalo Pro Audio | CJ Sound |Squeaky Wheel |U.S. Security | Lisa Peacers | Brian Boten, Beloved Entertainment | Mariah Toledo | Psyko Kupkake, 125 Art Collective | our sponsors and Witches Ball Planning Committee, without all of this support the Witches Ball event would not be possible!


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