Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707,
Dan Electros Guitar Bar will have the Music News "Funk Band of the Year" winners, and the Fondue Monks have costume shows several times a year, so expect something special on this night. The theme is a mixture of funky, sexy and ghoulish. Prizes will be awarded for "Best Costume" and "Most Ghoulish." The opening band will be the Montrose favorite, Her Majesty's Sweatbox, so expect a night of "out of the box" revelry. The show starts at9 p.m. for $10.
Ernie's On Banks
Ernie's is going to have its traditional Halloween party, complete with $100 in cash prizes for best costumes, and drink specials all around. They'll also open their new 2,100-plus-square-foot deck, featuring a built-in "bags" game.
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.
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
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,
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.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Dr., 713-639-4629,
Go to the museum on Halloween night to find a party of massive proportions, better known as Spirits & Skeletons. Watch an IMAX adventure and get sucked into the fun. This night will feature the electrifying music of The Chromatics as well as another visit from Steve Wallach. Fight to win in the Most Triumphant Costume Contest, and prepare yourself for your future with the help of Fatima and her team of psychics. Also, don't miss eating all the creepy concoctions dreamed up by Bug Chef David Temple before settling in to watch Etoile Arabesque, a local belly-dancing troupe. Admission is $15 for nonmembers and $13 for members.
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Fwy., 713-957-6710,
A lively Halloween festival known as First Fest will include activities to suit all ages, including everything from a dunking booth, fire truck and mechanical bull to a petting zoo, pony rides and candy galore. Admission is only $5 per person for a complete evening of all-inclusive entertainment.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234,
The Hyatt Hotel is hosting Phantom at the Hyatt, the hotel's take on the traditional Halloween party. The costume contest will include prizes such as round trip tickets, a 42-inch plasma TV, gift cards, and $3,500 in cash for winners. The party will also feature a Salsa and Brazilian show as well as body painting and a great deal besides. Pre-sale tickets (online) are $15 and tickets at the door are $25. The party will go from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St., 713-226-8563,
The Last Concert Cafe, a musical Mexican restaurant devoted to original music, not to mention drum circles and alternate lifestyles, will be hosting Havok On Halloween. The celebration will be one to remember, featuring such artists as Hit By A Bus, Muchos Backflips, Live Oak Decline, and Jessica Leza for live performances while you enjoy the usual Tex-Mex standbys. The prices stand at $12/18+ and $10/21+.
1006 McGowan, 713-659-3052
Leon's invites you to spend Halloween in your favorite neighborhood bar, costume or no. Swing by for a night of relaxation.
801 St. Emanuel at Rusk, 713-522-2010
It's the Sportsmonkey 12th Annual Pimp & Prostitute Ball, featuring live music from the Lost Boys as well as multiple DJ's spinning in the background throughout the night. The quintessential costume contest has been amped with a prize of $4000. Winning titles will include Pimp of the Year, Classiest Ho and Best Overall Costume. Those who wish to participate must sign up by 10 p.m. The party will last from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will come with the benefits of $3 beer and $3 Skyy, Malibu and Tuaca brands. Tickets are $15 in advance (order online at www.sportsmonkey.com) and $20 at the door. Although the theme is Pimp and Ho, all kinds of costumes are allowed.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999
McGonigel's Mucky Duck is presenting Clandestine for Halloween. The Celtic music group from Houston will wail away with bagpipes, guitar, fiddle, and drums (bodhrán and conga drums), certain to put you in a brooding Halloween mood. The festivities go from 7 to 9:30 and the tickets are $15.