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Houston Halloween Guide 2008

Trails to Terror

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838

A night of fun awaits at the Halloween Music Frenzy presented by The United Music Alliance. This 12-hour celebration includes 20 different bands and $2,000 worth of prizes from a custom Halloween Halo Guitar to a six-hour limousine ride by Action Limousine. All ages are invited. $12 under 21; $10 over 21.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Dr., 713-639-4629,

www.hmns.org

This is a perfect place to take small children in preparation for a night walking the streets and begging for candy. Those who attend will experience the pleasures of meeting Mad Scientists, Creepy Chemists and Terrifying Taxidermists for an educating show in explosions, vital organs and crispy critters. End the day with world-renowned illusionist Steve Wallach for magic and mayhem that will leave everyone at a loss for words, not just kids. Tickets are $5 for nonmembers and $4 for members. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes.

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel at Rusk, 713-522-2010

www.luckyspub.com

Lucky's Pub is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a Halloween party, the theme of which is "Golf Pros and Tennis Hos." Those planning to attend should come wearing their very best in golf and tennis attire. Wear the best outfit and you could win the prize for Best Golf Pro or Sexiest Tennis Ho; don't and you still get to enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be no cover charge to enjoy this precursor to Halloween, and there'll be DJs on hand to entertain you while you dance.

Tuesday, October 28

Dean's Credit Clothing

316 Main, 713-522-8592 x 2.

Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) presents Salon: SWAMP Thing Halloween Party, at 7:30 p.m. Bring your costumes for free drinks and a chance to win best costume, and get ready to welcome the Ghouls of Honor: "The fiendish Dr. Phil Nichols and Melissa 'MONSTERELLA' Nichols." The brother-sister team of makeup artists founded Nichols Studios in 1985, which became Facades FX Makeup Lab. There will be palm reading and fortune telling as well.

Thursday, October 30

The Backroom at the Mink

3718 Main, 713-522-9985

MySpace.com/SpeakerboxxThursdays

Speakerboxx and the Tipping Point present Spookyboxx at 10 p.m. in the Back Room. Entrance is free with no cover, restricted to those who are 21 or older. Costumes are encouraged at this pre-Halloween celebration.

BooTown

www.myspace.com/bootowntheatre

The darkly unique BooTown theater group, presenter of the popular Grown-Up Story Time series, is welcoming Halloween with a classic fairy tale — in its most twisted, gruesome form. Spaghetti Head, adapted from the Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel," is sure to contain the macabre and delightfully morbid. The performance will last approximately one hour, and, while BooTown is nonprofit, the presenters suggest a donation of $5. Audience interaction is encouraged.

Citizen Lounge

4606 Washington Ave., 713-862-4448

In a partnership between JMG Magazine and HOT 95.7, the Citizen Lounge will be hosting the group's First Annual Halloween Bash for a night of cocktails, music and seduction. A costume contest will, of course, be held, with a first-place prize of a weekend getaway to Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, a second-place prize of a one-year membership to 24 Hour Fitness and a third-place prize of Houston Dynamo playoff tickets. A DJ will be there for all musical needs from the party kickoff at 10 p.m. to its conclusion at 2 a.m.

Friday, October 31

Ashford Arms Pub

14605 Perthshire Rd., 281-497-5316,

www.ashfordpub.com

The Pub will be holding a Halloween party complete with costume contest. A cash prize of $100 goes to the winner, $65 to second place, $35 to third place and an "Irish pat on the back" to fourth place. Judging will begin at 11 p.m. No cover.

The Continental Club

3700 Main, 713-529-9899,

www.continentalclub.com/Houston

Halloween night at the Continental Club will bring a visit from the group Disco Expressions, for a 10 p.m.-to-2 a.m. celebration of Discoween. In the words of the Club, "Do a (spooky) little dance, make a little (haunted) love, get down tonight!" The cover charge is still on.

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838

Halloween night will bring ten bands including Los Skarnales, not to mention the unavoidable costume contest and much more.

The Flat

1701 Commonwealth, 713-521-3528

Spend Halloween night at The Flat with Jibril. No cover charge.

Foozies Bar & Billiards

Inside the Kroger Shopping Center on the corner of Garth Rd and Baker

281-837-8351, www.myspace.com/fooziesbar

Foozies will be holding a Halloween bash featuring two live bands. They plan to double the fun with two costume contests — one for Best Costume and one for Best Couples Costume, each with a $200 incentive. Cover charge is $10.

Frank-N-Stein's Bar & Grill

9907 Hwy. 6 South, Sugar Land, 281-568-5593

233 S Mason Rd., Katy, 281-578-5593

This restaurant is the perfect place for your Halloween party headquarters, featuring food, drink and shot specials all night long. Also available is the chance to embarrass yourself in front of all your friends when you volunteer for karaoke. And, of course, don't forget to come prepared for the traditional Halloween costume contest for a possible prize of $1,000. Come to either location for a fun-filled Halloween night.

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