Probably the biggest Halloween party on this All Hallows Eve Eve is Trauma, the annual fetish party put on by workers at Evolved Body Art. I'm quite frankly terrified about the sort of stuff that will go down at this "fetish extravaganza and freak show extreme," and I guess that's what they're hoping for: "We like to have something to make everyone feel a little uncomfortable," organizer Nick Wolak told me last week. Lots of DJs and musicians will perform to soundtrack the evening, which runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at BoMA, 583 E. Broad St. Tickets are $20.
One band that has been freaking folks out for years is noise rock duo Sword Heaven (pictured), who will shove off for a European tour after tonight's show at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. Goth rock trio Anna Ranger and harsh noisemaker Brad Griggs will also perform. 10 p.m., $5.
The Dwarves' show at Ravari Room, 2657 N. High St., should also be bone-chilling. The Uprising and Bison B.C. will open that one, with music at 10 p.m. for a $15 fee.
A significantly less spooky pre-Halloween show will go down at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., where some of our city's fresh-faced young pop-rockers will perform. Our Cat Philip, Karate Coyote, This Is My Suitcase and Blastronauts will all be on hand. $5, 10 p.m.
And don't forget to at least record the return of 30 Rock (9:30 p.m., NBC). I've seen the first two episodes of the season and they're great!