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2012 Houston Press Halloween Guide

2nd Annual Momentum BMW Thriller Nights Halloween Party
10002 Southwest Freeway, 888-307-6030,

Enjoy an open bar party with Grey Goose and musical entertainment from DJ Bizz and DJ Alo. Tickets are $50, and the event is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

Numbers will be holding its Underworlds Halloween Monster Bash on October 27, featuring entertainment by the DJs Mina and vv James, as well as musical guests Goth, Industrial and EBM.

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
2402 Munger St., 713-926-6368

Join in for the Orange Center's Pumpkin Carving Workshop and learn how to make jack-o'-lanterns on a higher level. The event is free and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their children to this family-friendly event, along with their own pumpkins (none will be provided).

Sam Houston Race Park
7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West, 281-807-8700

This year will bring the Something Wicked Music Festival, Houston's first-ever Halloween dance music festival, to the Sam Houston Race Park. The event will feature Nero, Flux Pavilion and Zedd along with performers Danny Avila, Deorro, Jack Beats, Killsonik, Le Castle Vania, Modestep, Tritonal, tyDi, W&W and Zomboy.

The White Swan
4419 Navigation Blvd., 713-923-2837

The White Swan will be partying it up with Samhain Fest XI, which will feature musical entertainment from ZIKE, Chronophage, Serpent Sun, Blood Stone and TV Casualties. The festivities start at 8 p.m., and the cost of entry is $10.

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.

October 27 and 31

Halloween Masquerade Ball and Cruise
#8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G, 281-538-9600

In celebration of Halloween, take on the role of detective (or don't) as part of this costumed murder mystery show with a big dash of comedy. It starts at 8 p.m. on October 27 and 7:30 on Halloween proper.

Tuesday, October 30

Stereo Live
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.

Engine Room
1515 Pease St. #101, 713-927-0525

On Halloween night, enjoy a live performance from The Twelves at the Engine Room from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also providing entertainment are DJs Josh DuPont, James Reed, Damon Allen, Grrrl Parts, Mishka, Vance Lawrence, Disco Daddies, 2t0ne and Reggie Pumarega. Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $15 normally. This event is only for those 18 and older.

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.

Roosevelt Lounge
5219 Washington, 832-392-8699

The Washington Avenue Block Party will feature DJ Taylor Tran, as well as onstage performances from Guts to Glory, Uprising, and Rewind. The party will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. and will include a costume contest with a $2,000 prize, food trucks, carnival games and a VIP lounge. After the main event ends, the party will go indoors at Roosevelt Lounge from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. This portion will feature a guest DJ, DJ Affect, as well as resident DJs Taylor Tran And DJ Bizz.

Costumes/Party Favors

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.

Erotic Cabaret
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.

Frankel's Costume
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.

Party Boy
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.

Southern Importers
4825 San Jacinto, 713-524-8236

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.

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