The Men's Club
3303 Sage Rd., 713-629-7900,
The Men's Club is offering patrons a choice with A Heaven & Hell Halloween. There's free admission to those who dress in heaven or hell attire. Best of all, there's $500 in prizes for best costume. But even if you don't win any prize money, you can console yourself with $1.50 cocktails and domestics until 10 p.m.
1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717
The Meridian is featuring Rabbit in the Moon, an original electronic band known for its 12 inch singles, remix work and exploration in live performance. R.I.T.M. is in its tenth year of attacking your senses and emotions. They've been called the Grateful Dead & Pink Floyd of electronic music. Doors open at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $20, at the door $25 and VIP are $35. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com
Messina Hof Winery & Resort
4545 Old Reliance Rd., 800-736-9463,
A healthy alternative to the commonplace Halloween party, Messina Hof will be hosting a Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner called Disappearance of Death. The plot is: The Great Radinski, world-renowned magician, has been found dead along the Shore of Mystic Lake. Participants must try to figure out who brought him to his murderous fate while enjoying a Halloween feast paired with exceptional wine. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $69.95 plus tax and gratuity.
2200 Southwest Fwy. #150, 713-528-MEZZ,
Head over to the Mezzanine Lounge after dark for the Vampire Ball 2008. Come in costume for a "bloody" treat and the possibility for a $200 prize when the costume contest starts up. Upstairs music will be provided by DJ Robic, so arrive early for seats and don't worry about a cover charge. In celebration of this vampiric occasion, drinks will be sold at $3.50 all night long.
605 6th St., 281-334-7800, Kemah
While the Kemah Boardwalk recovers from Ike, Monkey Bar suffered minimal damage and is already open for business. Come out Halloween weekend for great drink specials, a costume contest, and general good fun.
3200 Kirby, 713-526-5595
Mugsy's will be welcoming costumes, but don't get your hopes up for a costume contest. Mugsy's is creating a safe haven for those who want to sit out on this year's Halloween madness with the same great drinks and atmosphere it always provides.
300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551
Numbers will be celebrating a classic Halloween with a cash prize costume contest, Friday night drink specials, and reduced cover. As for entertainment, DJ Wes Wallace will be there to make it even better. Doors open at 9 p.m. And stick around for the next night, also at9 p.m., for Danseparc and a John Waters Halloween, as well as Shoe and Michael. The cover charge is $2 off for people who dress like a John Waters character.
PJ's Sports Bar
614 W. Gray, 713-520-1748
PJ's will be hosting its Halloween party in conjunction with its usual karaoke event that occurs every other Friday. Bring a costume along with your singing voice; they'll be awarding cash prizes to the best.
Santito's Bar & Grill
11520 Northwest Fwy., 713-682-3404
This bar's celebration promises to be a lively one, with a heady cultural mix of Halloween and El Día de los Muertos, the Mexican day of remembrance for the recently deceased. On the one hand, there will be a costume competition, live band performances in a wide variety of genres, and the prize of a bucket of beer to whoever answers the band members' questions. On the other, the bar will be sporting the Dia de los Muertos altar adorned with pictures of loved ones and their favorite foods and beverages, as well as a lucha libre (Mexican masked wrestling) theme for the bar. This restaurant plans on combining the best of both worlds, the height of which is none other than: free tequila.
The 2nd Annual Montrose Crawl
A new Houston tradition, this event calls for anyone and everyone of drinking age to join in for a night of pub-crawling down Westheimer in the Montrose. Participants enjoy such benefits as drink specials in the finest bars Montrose can offer, as well as an opportunity to compete in a costume contest, the Grand Prize Winner of which will win a brewery party for himself and a group of his closest 99 friends featuring all-you-can-drink St. Arnold's beer. Along the way, lesser prizes will be awarded for other superior costumes, along with other Halloween activities at such favorites as Poison Girl, Boondocks, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, and the final stop, Slick Willie's Pool Hall, where the Grand Prize will be awarded. Entrance in the Crawl is free, and no cover charges or minimum drink fees will be required at the designated stops. A portion of all drink sales will be donated to the Houston Women's Center. To take part, be at Brasil at 6:30, and don't forget your costume.
Sonoma Retail Wine Bar and Boutique
2720 Richmond, 713-526-WINE,
If you're tired of pedestrian costume contests, or were never into them to begin with, Sonoma's is the place to be. For Halloween, although costumes are expected and accepted, the night will be business as usual with the customary menu and wines. Customers are invited to come by early for an evening snack before a big night on the town.