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Halloween Costume Ball ft. Wolfdor (Official Portsmouth Halloween Parade Afterparty)

October 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Don’t let your Halloween festivities end with the parade!

Music by Wolfdor and Ryan Lee. Spooky specialty cocktails, costume contest with prizes, tarot readings, and more! Half the event proceeds directly benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade and their outsized volunteer effort to put on one of the City’s best annual events.

Wolfdor (Portsmouth, NH) was founded in 2022 by Emerson Onosko (keys/vox), Eric Portalupi(guitar/bass), Kevin Rees(bass/guitar), and Craig Carrier(drums). The four-man band brings an ethereal medley of funk-rock, grunge, and alternative pop, culminating in a low-gravity sound with a dreamlike quality. Wolfdor’s songs shift between eerie and playful, with lyrics that pull you along through brightly shifting melodies. The synergy between words and notes is joyful, producing a sound that clearly demonstrates how much fun the musicians are having in their creative process.

Collectively, what emerges is the musical equivalent of a camera left open before a flowing river. The overexposure has been employed to brilliant effect, where fluid melodies mesh together and the sun reflecting off the rocks has saturated the image, softening the edges with a bright and shiny quality. Despite their pleasant nature, the lyrics are rife with metaphor, humor, and philosophy. In this way, the aesthetic betrays an unknowable depth, like crystalline pools that hide below the river’s surface. As snow-melt in the White Mountains, the water is cold and crystal clear. These pools appear shallow, but eyes and ears can be deceiving. If you attempt, perhaps you’d reach the bottom, who could say? Dive in, I bid you. Feel the river. Feel the sun and play. And feed the wolf that’s at your door or bring him in to stay.

Marching into its 29th year, the Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a grassroots, all-inclusive celebration of community, creativity and free expression that walks, stalks, dances, trumpets and drums its way through downtown Portsmouth each year on October 31st at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to dress up, gather at Pierce Island by Prescott Park, and march. No sign-up required. The Parade is NOT a city-sponsored event. It is entirely funded and put on by the community, which rallies a number of benefits to raise funds to cover expenses of insurance, permits and police escort. Hundreds march in costume, thousands cheer from the sidelines, it’s always a spectacle from either side of the curb.



October 31, 2023
8:00 pm


Portsmouth Book and Bar
40 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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