Trails to Terror

2008 Halloween Guide

The Spot

1732 W. 18th St., 713-864-4485

The Spot is holding a Halloween party with a live band made entirely of lawyers, called Randy Marshall and the Law. The costume contest winner will be awarded a cash prize, so don't forget this Houston bar when Halloween rolls around. The party starts at 9 p.m. No cover.

Union Bar and Lounge

2708 Bagby, 281-974-1916

This cocktail bar in midtown will be holding a party it's calling One Naughty Night Out. It will include a costume competition with a cash prize of $1,000 to the winner, as well as drink specials, a party bar, and plenty of visual entertainment. Getting in is free, and the party will last from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. the next morning.

West Alabama Ice House

1919 W. Alabama, 713-528-6874

The West Alabama Ice House is hosting Nightmare on Alabama Street, a party that promises a costume contest, live music by Human and more than 50 lit pumpkins handcrafted by visitors the night before in a pumpkin-carving contest.

November 2-21

TBH Gallery

333 S. Jensen Dr., 713-222-1213

www.tbhcenter.org

The Talento Bilingüe de Houston will be celebrating Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, by showing two fantastic exhibits: "Arbol de la Esperanza/Tree of Hope," a Día de los Muertos altar by Elvira Díaz-Ocampo, which was constructed in recognition of the soldiers in Iraq, and a collection of photographs called Fiesta de Muertos a la Oaxaca, by Mary Helen and Roberto Perez. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Friday. Free.

Costumes and Decorations

Bedrock City Comic Co.

Multiple Locations, www.bedrockcity.com

The Lucky 13th annual Halloween sale has finally come. Come in costume October 31 and get fabulous loot at fabulous sale prices. Not brave enough for a costume? It's okay, everyone saves. November 2, 3 and 4.

Bizarre Bazaar

Five locations, www.bizarrebazaarhouston.com

Your Halloween costume one-stop. Bizarre Bazaar has everything from sexy-cop to teachers-pet costumes, as well as a full line of men's costumes.

Cindies

Six locations, www.cindies.com

Cindie's sells costumes filled with fantasy and fun.

Danny's Trix & Kix

3400 FM 2920, Spring, 281-353-6618

Danny's offers Halloween costumes and accessories.

DareWare

9019 Westheimer, 713-953-9393,

Looking for a sexy Halloween outfit? Look no further.

Frankel's Costume Co.

2801 Polk, 713-228-9445,

www.frankelcostume.com

Costumes, costume accessories, make-up and magic.

Goodwill Houston

Various locations

www.goodwillhouston.org.

If you're looking for a truly unique costume this Halloween, head over to Goodwill, where they're prepared with all kinds of clothing that can be changed to suit your needs. They even provide suggestions on how to make a cheap and attractive costume that will easily rival those that are preassembled. Goodwill gives you a spooky alternative with the added benefit of helping those in need.

Party Boy

1515 Studemont, 713-861-9080

Party Boy offers costumes and

decorations.

Pleasure Zone

5705 Richmond, 832-251-8400

Pleasure Zone offers costumes of all kinds for men and women alike, as well as anything else you might need for a sensual and sexy Halloween, or a funny Halloween if that's more your speed. There are plus sizes and the most diverse collection in Houston.

The Way We Wore

2602 Waugh Dr., 713-526-8910

The Way We Wore offers a great selection of ready-to-wear and rentable costumes, as well as wigs and vintage clothing for all your Halloween costume needs.

Wear it Again Sam

373 W. 19th St., 713-862-9327

www.wearitagainsamhouston.com

If you're looking for the perfect, one-of-a-kind costume, try this vintage clothing store on for size.

Candy Stores

Candylicious

1837 W. Alabama, 713-529-6500

Costumed Halloween visitors will be rewarded with a free "Goodie Candy Bag" anywhere from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Chocolate Bar

1835 W. Alabama,

713-520-8599,

www.theoriginalchocolatebar.com

Stop by in costume anywhere from 10 a.m. to midnight, and you'll receive a free small ice cream from the store "where every hour is happy hour."

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