A Raver’s Guide to Escape the Psycho Circus

A Raver’s Guide to Escape the Psycho Circus

by: Emma Carlson


As far as Halloween festivals go, Escape the Psycho Circus is by far my favorite. This will be my second year attending and given the fact that the lineup just dropped, I wanted to share my experience and provide tips for all who plan to attend this year.

Basic Information:

Located in San Bernardino, about an hour outside of LA, fellow ravers can enjoy beautiful Southern California weather and a mountainous backdrop, culminating in a wonderful outdoor festival experience. The event is incredibly well run. Last year I was enthralled by it all – the stages, the art, the vendors, the entire experience. They even had great food options, which is a huge plus in my book! 

What to Wear:

Of course, Escape is a Halloween festival, so costumes are encouraged. However, the vibe is very chill and there is no pressure to dress in theme. About half the attendees I saw were in costume as opposed to more typical rave outfits. I love that it’s a two-day event, because that allows the option to wear a costume one day and show off your rave fashion the other.

As you’re planning festival outfits, one thing to keep in mind is that temperatures can get a little chilly at night. I would recommend creating an ensemble with leggings/pants or bringing a jacket or pashmina if you tend to get cold easily. On the bright side, cooler weather means an opportunity to incorporate more accessories and different pieces into your look, which can be a lot of fun! 


Who to See

The lineup is an essential part of any festival and Escape always delivers. I’m consistently impressed by the diversity they achieve, booking talent across many of the main EDM subgenres, from smaller up and coming artists to the big names. 

Here are a few of my personal favorites on this year’s lineup:

  • Claptone – really solid house music, he brings a great vibe and always wears a costume, so seeing him at a Halloween festival is especially fitting!
  • Deadmau5 – he’s playing two sets this year, one as Deadmau5 and one as Testpilot, his new more techno focused alias
  • Chris Lake – a great tech-house producer for anyone who loves bangin’ beats 
  • Eric Prydz – my all-time favorite. He’s great at creating both melodic feelsy tracks and certified bangers. If you haven’t seen one of his sets, do it. You’ll thank me later.

I definitely have a bias towards techno and all kinds of house music, but if that’s not your style, there are a ton of other great artists across multiple genres such as Alesso, Said the Sky, Excision, RL Grime, and Dillon Francis, to name a few.

Lastly, with any festival, you can’t go wrong if you come prepared and excited. Create the outfits of your dreams, get hyped for your favorite artists, and always be true to yourself. I hope to see you on the dance floor! 

Make sure you check out the great festival gear here at Rave Bae Couture and remember that for every purchase 1 tree is planted!  


About the author: Emma Carlson

Hi Rave friends, I’m Emma Carlson. I’ve been raving for about 4 years now, and I have a huge passion for dance music and the entire community. My other hobbies include health and fitness, reading, and writing. You can follow me on Instagram @emmabeancarlson and if you see me at a festival, definitely come say hi!


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