Trails to Terror

2008 Halloween Guide

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.,

713-304-3265

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 kick-off at 10 p.m. to its conclusion at 2 a.m.

West Alabama Ice House

1919 W. Alabama, 713-528-6874

The West Alabama Ice House is offering up more than 50 pumpkins for a pumpkin-carving contest. Carve your own, unique Halloween creation and stick around to see it again when it's lit up in a fantastic display to celebrate Halloween night.

Friday, October 31

Al's Sports Bar

16203 Westheimer, 281-493-9797,

Al's will be celebrating the night all spirits walk the earth with a traditional Halloween party, complete with a costume contest, drink specials and karaoke. They've introduced a true triple threat — a chance to dress funny, get drunk and sing in front of strangers.

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.

Berryhill Baja Grill Galleria

1717 Post Oak Blvd., 713-871-8226,

www.berryhillbajagrill.com

This Berryhill location will be offering $3 Jack-O-Ritas all day and $1 Kazis and drink specials all night. There will be a costume contest at9:30 p.m. as well as live music and a DJ. The winner will receive $150 cash.

Berryhill Baja Grill Sugar Land

Sugar Creek Shopping Center,

13703 Southwest Fwy., 281-313-8226,

www.berryhillbajagrill.com

Berryhill will be offering Jack-O-Ritas all day for $3 each, with happy hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. there will be a costume contest with the prize of a $50 Baja Grill gift card. There will also be a DJ for auditory entertainment.

Berryhill Baja Grill Woodlands

Market Street

9595 Six Pines Dr. #250, 281-298-8226,

www.berryhillbajagrill.com

This Berryhill location will be offering $3 Jack-O-Ritas all day and $1 Kazis and drink specials all night. There will be a costume contest at9:30 p.m. as well as live music and a DJ. The winner will receive $150 cash.

Caroline Wiess Law Building

1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7531 for info, 713-639-7771 for tickets, www.mfah.org

MFAH will be showing the original 1935 Bride of Frankenstein at the Caroline Wiess Law Building this Halloween at 7:00. Directed by James Whale in a brilliant display, you won't want to miss this creepy classic. Still, if you do, there are two more showings on November 2 at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $7, with a $1 discount for members and seniors.

Citizen Lounge

4606 Washington Ave., 713-304-3265

Halloween brings us the Citizen Lounge hosting a Lingerie Costume Ball with sounds by DJ Styles and the promise of gifts to the best dressed.

Club 2020

2020 Leeland (at St. Emanuel), 713-227-9667,

www.club2020houston.com

Club 2020 is gearing up for a Fright Night Costume Party. There will be cash prizes for the best costume, most original costume and sexiest costume at the midnight hour. Doors open at 9 p.m. It'll cost you $5 to get in if you arrive wearing a costume, $10 without.

Club 20 Grand

14700 Kuykendahl, 281-895-8711,

www.club20grand.com

Club 20 is having a Halloween Ball from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. They'll be offering "freaky" drink specials until 11 p.m. and a costume contest, with a $50 prize for the best dressed of both genders. For the day leading up to the party, happy hour is at5:30 p.m., and no one will have to pay the $5 cover charge until 9 p.m. Also, attendees can look forward to free gas cards, giveaways and more as part of the party.

Coaches Sports Bar and Grill

17460 Northwest Fwy., 713-446-7773

Join in at this bar for great drink specials all through the night and a costume contest with cash prizes for the best female and male costumes. The judging begins at 11:30 p.m.

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 a10 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.

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