The Rave has gone 203 days without live music because of the coronavirus pandemic. To make some revenue, the allegedly haunted venue is introducing “Halloween Blackout” flashlight tours this year. (Photo: Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Twenty One Pilots, The 1975’s Matt Healy, Steve Aoki, the late Mac Miller and other stars have talked about the supernatural reputation of the Rave, and its allegedly haunted pool backstage. 

Now you can see the pool and get behind-the-scenes access at the Milwaukee music venue during its “Halloween Blackout” tours this month.

A limited number of guests — all required to wear masks and maintain social distancing — will be guided with only a flashlight on the approximately hourlong tour. Participants must be at least 18 years old. 

Tickets for the tours — on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 — are available at Prices range from $40 to $100 for midnight tours on Halloween weekend, and each ticket includes a drink. 

It’s the latest outside-the-box way the Rave has been trying to make money during the coronavirus crisis. The Rave has also been auctioning autographed posters and canvas prints, and has been selling “concert comeback kits” that include branded face masks, and for the VIP packages, more traditional tours of the Rave.

The venue has gone 203 days without live music, and most venues around the country have been closed since March.

The Rave won’t be the only Milwaukee venue opening its doors for special tours this Halloween season. The Pabst Theater Group is offering haunted tours and ghost hunts at the Riverside Theater this month. They proved to be popular enough that the venue added several tours, beginning Oct. 9. 

Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @pietlevy or Facebook at

Piet also talks concerts, local music and more on “TAP’d In” with Jordan Lee. Hear it at 8 a.m. Thursdays on WYMS-FM (88.9), or wherever you get your podcasts.

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