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October 27 and 28
Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, Texas, 800-458-3435
Make your way over to the Texas Renaissance Festival for a slightly older 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 as well as themed performances throughout the day, and the opportunity to trick-or-treat. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk each day.
Tuesday, October 30
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600
Stereo Live will be celebrating with its Third Annual Vampire's Ball featuring special guests Dada Life, and will include three decorated theme rooms. The party will start at 9 p.m., and ages 18 and up are welcome.
Wednesday, October 31
Brenner's on the Bayou
One Birdsall St., 713-868-4444
Head over to Boo on the Bayou for a night of cocktails, music and a full dinner buffet. Entrance is $50, but costume contest winners will have a chance to win a gift certificate for twice that at second and third place, while the first-prize winner will receive a $250 dinner for two. The event begins at 6 p.m.
300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551
Numbers will be celebrating Halloween with a costume contest with a large cash prize, drink specials, prize-filled balloons and a cheap cover earlier in the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. for all ages.
Kamibashi Asian Art
Enjoy the fun of Halloween and autumn all year long with an abundance of cute but spooky Kamibashi products, including their Freak-O-Bags and handmade and fair-trade dolls. The latest addition to the Kamibashi gang is the female vampire string doll. Also available are Kamibashi cards that share the Halloween theme. Order online or visit the websites for stores carrying Kamibashi.
1222 Westheimer, 713-528-4565
For the trick-or-treater who's not so concerned with candy, Erotic Cabaret is ready with its more mature costume collection.
2801 Polk St., 713-228-9445
Celebrating its 60th year of business, Frankel's is available to meet all your costume needs, both online and off.
1515 Studemont St., 713-861-9080
Party Boy provides the party and the costumes that go with it, so it's a good place to go if you'd like to take your celebration to the home front.
Like most costume places, Southern Importers is gearing up for the Halloween season, and has a wide variety of goods ranging from the Middle Ages to the '60s to the presidential race.