Bayou City Boo

This year's best Halloween parties.

Head to the Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar for its Howl-O-Ween Bash. There will be plenty of drinks to be had, including lager shots and select beers. There will also, of course, be a costume contest with $1,500 in cash and prizes.

Lucky's Pub
801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

SportsMonkey is bringing back its annual Pimp and Prostitute Ball for its 16th year. It starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. This year will feature multiple DJs, $3,000 in cash and prizes for the costume contest with awards for Pimp of the Year, Classiest Ho, and Best Overall Costume. In order to be part of the contest, you must register by 10 p.m. The party will include drink specials and costs $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You may also buy a SuperPimp VIP pass, which costs $40 in advance, but be aware that the supply is limited.

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 EDM.

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

Join in for the Orange Show'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
1 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.

Deborah Colton Gallery
2445 North Blvd., 713-869-5151

Celebrate a plastic fantastic Halloween from 7 to 10 p.m. this Halloween at the Deborah Colton Gallery, where you can shop with artist Paul Horn as part of his collaborative art project Paul-Mart, take in a musical performance by Daniel Johnston and enjoy refreshments as provided by Sorrel Urban Bistro. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

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.

1001 Austin St., 832-360-2222

Head over to MKT bar at Phoenicia to be a part of its Halloween event, Get Your Ghoul On! Visitors are invited to come in costume to enjoy a variety of complimentary snacks and spooky drink specials, including Babies' Back Ribs, Buffalo Bat Wings and Devil Eggs, as well as Smokin' Sangria and pumpkin gelato. Admission is free, and the event runs 7 to 10 p.m. There will also be costume prizes.

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