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It’s time for all of the ghosts and goblins to put on their party hats on come on out to Hartford’s hottest Halloween parties. The capital city has seen its share of costume craziness over past years and after last year’s “Snowtober” when an October blizzard literally blacked out Halloween, festivities are sure to be twice as awesome this year. Whether you’re decked out from head to toe in a crazy get-up or just want to head out to party in your everyday swag, these are the top places to party in Hartford this Halloween.

Mad Dawgs
76 Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 244-0302
www.pub-crawl-tickets.ticketleap.comKick your Halloween happenings off at Mad Dawgs where partiers can register for Hartford’s Halloween pub crawl. Saturday, October 27th marks the first night of the event, which continues of course on Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween! Registration for the pub crawl is only a dollar and includes drink specials such as $2 12-ounce domestic drafts, $3 domestic bottles and $4 well drinks. Mad Dawgs is a happening place with great live music and good drink deals.

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Black Bear Tavern
187 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 524-8888
www.blackbearhartford.comBlack Bear is the perfect place to party for Halloween if you’re a sports fan. If you can’t choose between the game and the fun, Black Bear gives you both. With plenty of large flat screens and sports channels, you won’t miss what’s happening with your team as you take part in the festivities that Black Bear always offers. Check its events calendar for the latest on specials and celebrations.

Up Or On The Rocks
50 Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 247-6257
www.uporontherocks.comYou can always count on Up Or On The Rocks to show you a good time. With a dance club upstairs and a stage to host live music downstairs, there’s always plenty of entertainment at this place. This spot has been known to really “rock” Halloween so be sure you stop in to party and grab a drink special. It may not be spooky but it will be spectacular.

The Tavern Downtown
100 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 524-9990
www.thetaverndowntown.comTreat yourself to an extra long list of beer choices at The Tavern. There is literally an entire wall that features its extensive beer list. Especially on a crazy night such as Halloween, sticking to only beer would be a great decision. The Tavern Downtown is the perfect place to party this Halloween if you’d also like something delicious to munch on while you drink.

The Russian Lady
191 Ann Uccello St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 247-5239
www.therussianladyhartford.comOne of Hartford’s newest hot spots, The Russian Lady is sure to be hopping with Halloween fun. With three floors of action, guests have ample chances to show off their costumes. The club is known for hosting a wide variety of events to attract an array of customers. What better way to spend Halloween than with a cast of true characters? Feel free to dress up as the bar’s namesake Russian lady and you might just be the biggest hit at the party.

Always remember to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

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Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.