A Scary Good Time

The Houston Press Guide to Halloween

October 22

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

Horror Dance returns with an evening of rock and horror-related entertainment and performances. Numbers will be showing six short and very twisted films, followed by live entertainment by Dana Blue and the Bombshell Betties and Guest DJ Rob, as well as live music performances by Underground Network Intelligence and Opulent. There will be lots of free giveaways and a contest to crown the first Horror Dance "Scream Queen," along with a special presentation by Zombie Walk of Houston and a special guest appearance by Chris Foreman, horror comic book and trade card artist. The event starts at 9 p.m. and is available to all ages at a $10 cover.

October 22

The 14th Annual Halloween House Party
2212 Woodhead, 713-364-8814

The 14th Annual Halloween House Party will directly benefit Bering Omega Community Services, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS. The party's official DJ, Danny B., will provide musical entertainment, as well as DJ GUS T. There will be an all-night open bar for those 21 and up. Costumes are required. The party will begin at 8 p.m. and go to 2 a.m. There are 500 available tickets, available online only, for $50.

October 28-30

1900 Kane Street, 713-802-9370

From 7 p.m. opening night on October 28, followed by events on October 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., respectively, MECA will present Dia De Los Muertos: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future. This event features Dia de los Muertos celebrations from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Dia de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show. It is held at MECA's campus located at the Dow School in Houston's Old Sixth Ward. Opening night admission is $20; the following days' admission is free of charge.

October 29 and 30

Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, Texas, 800-458-3435

Head to the Texas Renaissance Festival for an olden take on Halloween in the All Hallows Eve Adventure, which will feature a Banshee Screeching Contest, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, and a candied-apple eating contest. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk each day.

Friday, October 28

The Concert Pub (Galleria)
5636 Richmond, 713-278-7272

The pub will be celebrating with a Halloween party featuring the Spicolis in true '80s form.

Continental Club
3700 Main Street, 713-529-9899

The Club will be celebrating Discoween with Disco Expressions from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

707 N. Shepherd Dr, Ste 500, 713-864-4242

From 6 to 8 p.m., Wonderwild will be holding its annual Halloween party. The party will feature crafts, a costume parade, and some tasty treats. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Kids' tickets are $10 each.

Saturday, October 29

The Concert Pub (Galleria)
5636 Richmond, 713-278-7272

The bands MTA and OZZ will be featured to perform Metallica and Ozzy tributes.

The Concert Pub (North)
2470 FM 1960, 281-583-8111

This pub will celebrate with a costume contest and a Halloween performance by Victim.

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707

Head to Dan Electro's for a Beans Barton Halloween with Beans Barton and the Bipeds and an appearance by the Tribal Lilies belly dancers. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Fifth Annual Montrose Pub Crawl

The Montrose Crawl has returned for its fifth year. This event combines a traditional pub crawl with the spirit of trick-or-treating as several hundred people dress in costume and visit bars and pubs on Westheimer in Montrose. This year's event will encompass nine separate venues. All Montrose Crawl participants are asked to dress in costume and to assemble at the restaurant Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, at 6 p.m. on October 29. From there, the Montrose Crawl will make its way down Westheimer, with stops at Poison Girl, Boondocks, Anvil, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak, Slick Willie's, and The Hay Merchant, before coming to a close with midnight snacks at El Real Tex-Mex. Costumed participants will enjoy drink specials and Halloween activities at the bars, and the Montrose Crawl will award prizes for best costumes throughout the evening. This year's honorary Grand Crawler, Neartown President and City Council candidate David W. Robinson, will select the grand-prize winner.

The Hideaway on Dunvale
3122 Dunvale Road, 713-977-3515

The Hideaway will be holding a Classic Rock Halloween Bash with musical guest Quadraphonic. Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite '60s or '70s rock star. The party will go from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The price is $5 at the door. Ages 21 and up only.

JP Hops House
2317 South Highway 6, 281-496-0623

JP Hops House will be having a Halloween Party featuring Smythe and Taylor with Kelly Lancaster.

Katie's Bar
315 Grand Ave., Bacliff, 281-559-3773

Celebrate with a look back at Pink Floyd at Katie's Bar's Annual Halloween Party. There will be drink specials and prizes for the best costumes.

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