One of the best things about being an adult is that, except for agents of the government and your boss, almost no one can tell you what to do.
Want to live on a diet of Starburst and Mountain Dew? You may regret it, but feel free. Want to stay up past your bedtime and watch "Ghostbusters?" Fine, just be sure not to cross the streams.
Every year, clubs around the city take advantage of that grown-up willingness to bend the rules by celebrating holidays without regard for the calendar date. Technically, Halloween isn't until Wednesday, but if you're looking to get costumed up and party without worrying about working with a hangover, several clubs are turning a blind eye to Father Time this weekend.
* Saturday, raid your local thrift store for a cheap prom dress or suit, tear holes in it and join the undead throng at JJ's Bohemia, 231 E. M.L. King Blvd., for Zombie Prom. The event is the brainchild -- braaaaaains -- of punkgrass troupe Strung Like a Horse, who will perform alongside Memphis-based outlaw-country outfit Dead Soldier. Tickets are $7. Prom starts at 10.
* The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Parkway, has been decked out in cobwebs and lights for weeks in preparation for this year's All Hallows Eve show, also on Saturday.
This year's lineup includes locals The Bohannons and Eight Knives with Nashville-based nerd pop/rockers How I Became the Bomb. Get there by 9 p.m. and in your Halloween finery if you want to take part in the costume contest. Cover is $10.
* Rhythm & Brews has two costume-centric events this weekend featuring The Communicators' with a double-feature performance of the soundtracks to "Boogie Nights" Friday and "Pulp Fiction" Saturday. Each event is $15, and both start at 10 p.m. A discounted two-night ticket is available for $25. Read more about these shows on Page 4.
* All three venues are hosting events on Halloween too. For more information, visit JJsBohemia.com, Rhythm-Brews.com and TheHonestPint.com.
Contact Casey Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.
Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...