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SPOOKY SPOTLIGHT

The Houston Press guide to all things Halloween

The G.R.A.B.

809 Pierce, 713-655-0707

Join in the fun at the 3rd annual GRAB Halloween Bash. Halloween-themed parties every weekend in October. Come dressed to dance and party. Spooky specials and frantic fun all month long. Costume contest Saturday, October 28. No cover.

The Health Museum

1515 Hermann Dr., 713-521-1515,

www.thehealthmuseum.org

Mummies and daddies, ghouls and goblins, witches, fairy princesses and superheroes of all kinds are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween garb and come a-haunting to Healthy Halloweekend. Children of all ages, families and friends will enjoy a festive Halloween party with costume parades, fun characters, carnival games, prizes, healthy treats and more. All children in costume will receive $1 off regular price admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 28; noon until 5 p.m. October 29.

Halloween Havok

4116 E. Crosstimbers,

www.myspace.com/halloweenhavok

Resurge Media presents three areas of music representing hip-hop, rock and electronica. Hosted by Reko Trill, President of the World.

Hans' Bierhaus

2523 Quenby, 713-520-7474

www.hansbierhaus.com

8 minute Halloween-8 minute dating, costume contest and bobbing for beers. Prizes for best costume, best couples costume, scariest costume and most bizarre costume. Noon-2 a.m., no cover.

The Health Museum

1515 Hermann Dr., 713-521-1515,

www.thehealthmuseum.org

Mummies and daddies, ghouls and goblins, witches, fairy princesses and superheroes of all kinds are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween garb and come a-haunting to Healthy Halloweekend. Children of all ages, families and friends will enjoy a festive Halloween party with costume parades, fun characters, carnival games, prizes, healthy treats and more. All children in costume will receive $1 off regular price admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 28; noon until 5 p.m. October 29.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

4501 Woodway Dr., 713-681-8433,

www.houstonarboretum.org

Enjoy a night in nature with the family at ArBOOretum 2006. Bring the family out for carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, puppet show and more. Wear comfy shoes and bring a flashlight to take a trick-or-treat trail through the forest.

HUE

202 Tuam, 713-522-9393

Don't miss out on this spectacular 2nd Annual Halloween Lingerie Party with special guest DJ Homicide from Miami, previously of Sugar Ray. Come witness the ultimate sexy lingerie girls strut their stuff. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

HUSH

15625 Katy Freeway, 713-330-4874,

www.hushonline.com

Heaven & Hell at HUSH. Experience the depths of hell#201and the joys of heaven. $1,000 cash costume contest, $1.25 you-call-its and domestic longnecks. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 21 and over; ladies in costume in free all night. $10.

Jefe Bar

502 Main, 713-226-8868

Live International Mix Halloween Party. All Halloween weekend.

Jimmie's Place

2803 White Oak, 713-861-9707

Live music with Steven Reynolds and The Texas Two for Halloween weekend.

JP Hops House

2317 S. Highway 6, 281-496-0623

Annual Halloween party with live music from Shake Russell & the Spooks.

M Bar

402 Main, 713-222-1022,

www.momain.com

M Bar's Halloween Bash featuring DJ Surain & DJ Little Martin.

Las Manos Mágicas

4819 Blossom, 713-802-2530,

lasmanosmagicas.com

The annual Día de Los Muertos Exhibit at Las Manos Mágicas will feature paper cuttings by Margarita Fick, mixed media creations by Kathy Ortiz and the largest collection of skeletons in Houston. The public is invited to the annual Día de los Muertos reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge. The exhibit will be on display through November 11.

MECA

1900 Kane, 713-802-9370

Day of the Dead Festival. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Latin American holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of family and friends who have gone before us. A playful mockery of death and a reaffirmation of life are demonstrated through music, dance, theater and visual arts. Performances by Houston Balalaika Society, Gabriella "La Tempestad" and Del Espadín Baile Español, The Jive Sisters, Ambassadors International Folkloric Ballet, Second Generation Dance Company, Kuumba House Dance Theatre, Sirrom School of Dance (belly dancers), Michelle Brangwen Dance Ensemble, Vantress Tillman as Tina Turner, Cleola Williams, Colombian Folkloric Dance Troupe, Trio Guadalajara, Sister Sister, Lucy Salazar the female Elvis, Mariachi MECA and MECA Intermediate Mariachi, MECA Ballet Folklórico -- Adult and Youth Groups. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Commit for life by donating blood to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Meridian

1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717, www.meridianhouston.com

Upsidedownhouse.com presents RENT's Halloween party.

The Mezzanine Lounge

2200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150,

713-528-MEZZ, www.mezzaninelounge.com

The Mezzanine Lounge is celebrating Halloween 2006 with a four-day "Fright Fest," with fun and specials from Saturday through Halloween night. Tonight is the "Night of the Living Dolls" theme party. $2.50 Fright Fest drink menu; Extreme Karaoke; $250 costume contest prize.

Mr. B's Billiards and Sports Bar

803 S. Mason, Katy, 281-398-2424

Adrenaline Band 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Halloween costume contest with cash and prizes at midnight. Sign up for contest by 11 p.m. $5.

Museum of Fine Art, Houston

1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300,

www.mfah.org

Celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, Mexico's biggest and most festive holiday. Admission to the museum will be free from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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