Celebrating Halloween with the Dead

How are you incorporating your favorite band?

App has kindly compiled a list of lovely ways to celebrate Halloween with the Dead this year, from Dead and Company shows to watch to Dave's Picks, and there's really something to enjoy every day. If there's a band that really fits the Halloween vibe, it's the Grateful Dead, after all.

But fans are known for their versatility as well as creativity, and we all like to do things our own way. I'd love to know how you're incorporating The Dead into your Halloween festivities, whether it's just your seasonal soundtrack to your decor itself. 

Share your Halloween traditions and Grateful Dead celebrations in the chat! 

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Punny Deadhead Costumes

Are you going to wear one?

While we've talked about Grateful Dead Halloween costumes here in the past, I was thinking that it would be really fun to create some punny costumes that make people guess. I'm enjoying them more this year than I normally do; Halloween is all about the spooky things for me, but this year calls for a bit of humor.

Some ideas that I've had include literal scarlet begonias, a costume with just a hint of grey in it, wearing a box with a raincloud hanging over it, and of course, Casey Jones with a twist--maybe the Ninja Turtles version but in a tie-dye shirt!

Have you made up any fun Grateful Dead costumes out of puns or song titles? What did you go as?

Grateful Dead Holidays

Which do you celebrate?

Lots of Grateful Dead fans celebrate the band's special days throughout the year. Some stick to birthdays, or even death days, in the case of the loss of Jerry Garcia himself. But some also commemorate other special days throughout the year.

From the infamous Woodstock performance to May 8th's Grateful Dead Day, you can really find an excuse to celebrate The Dead throughout the year if you need one. 

What Grateful Dead holidays do you celebrate? Share them in the chat.

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So Many Grateful Dead Shoes

What do you think of them?

We've talked a lot about the Grateful Dead being featured on multiple shoe brands around here, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, the band has always had plenty of cool swag, from roadies who sold shirts out of their cars to tapestries we've all got in our houses. It's really not that big of a deal, right?

But then again... these are big brands, some of whose company ethics seem against the Dead vibe. They're often overpriced, made by questionable means and kind of make me feel... icky. Definitely not the Garcia vibe. 

What do you think? Would Jerry approve? Share your thoughts in the chat.

A Deadhead Halloween

How do you celebrate it?

Theme parties are always fun, especially when they're built around one of the most popular bands of all time. A Deadhead Halloween that makes use of everything from Grateful Dead music and decor to themed food and drinks will be a hit with any fans of the band as well as anyone who just enjoys a nice psychadelic vibe.

This year your party will likely have to be socially distant, if not totally online, so how do you go about doing that? Grateful Dead backgrounds for your meeting rooms are a must, as is music for a paneled dance party. While you can't share food when you're in your own home and everyone else is in theirs, you can definitely still each make something and share your recipes.

How do you throw a good socially distant theme party? Share your experiences in the chat.

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Save Our Stages

Bob Weir rallies to support the cause

In support of independent concert venues and saving stages across the country, Bob Weir recently joined Congressman Mike Thompson in a rally in support of the Save Our Stages Act. It's meant to help all of the people involved in the entertainment industry who are now affected by the coronavirus.

Weir made sure people know that hundreds of individuals are impacted with each show he plays. From ticket takers to techs and everyone in between, this virus has impacted the livelihood of hundreds of thosuands of people and they need help.

How are you supporting your local artists and people in need? Share your actions in the chat. 

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Anniversary of American Beauty

Deluxe Edition Now Available

If you don't already own a copy of Grateful Dead's American Beauty, you're in luck! It's the 50th anniversary of the first release, which means that not only is there a new special edition available, but it has some cool extras.

One of the extras fans are most excited about is the release of a version of "Truckin'" that hasn't been heard yet! These special performances often make the re-releases even cooler and lots of fans like to collect them for that reason.

ARe you getting a copy? Tell us in the chat!

Best Dead Songs to Chillax To

Share your faves!

When it comes to the Grateful Dead, it's ALL about relaxing. There aren't many songs that will stress you out, at least under normal circumstances, and most are intended for absolute good vibes.

There are so many mellow hits but I think my favorite has to be "Sugaree." No, it's not the most positive of their songs but oh I can just sit and sway to it. Can't you?

Which Grateful Dead songs are your favorites to groove and chillax to? Share them in the chat!

Must-See Live Shows

Which would you suggest?

Most fans of The Dead have their own specific suggestions on which live shows to watch first, or which ones absolutely must be seen by newcomers to the band. Think of what top three shows you'd recommend to someone who's totally brand new to the band, for example.

Rolling Stones suggests this list of 20 performances, including a show in a Danish cafeteria, which make for essential viewing. Longtime fans should absolutely check these out, but they're also a great jumping off point for newbies.

Which shows do you suggest viewing? Share them in the chat!

The Dead Costumes

How would you pull off a look?

When it comes to the Grateful Dead, there definitely is no dress code. Sure, you can wear your hippie finest and your best tie dye but ultimately, there's not a lot of defining characteristics. So how would you create a costume?

A moppy wig and glasses would go a long way for a Jerry Garcia look, but you could also get creative and carry around a pint of Cherry Garcia. Why not if you're quarantined anyway? You could even go as the ice cream!

What are your ideas for Grateful Dead costumes? Share them with us in the chat!