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Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

Find out where to make th emost of the spookiest time of the year

Numbers

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

www.numbersnightclub.com

Head over to Numbers for a Classic Numbers Halloween celebration, which will feature entertainment by DJ Wes Wallace. The event begins at 9 p.m. and will include drink specials through 11 p.m.

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600

www.stereolivehouston.com

Stereo Live will be celebrating with Phantom at Stereo Live. Prizes will be awarded for Sexiest Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Couple Costume and Best Group Costume. Special guests include DJ Charles Bell, DJ Yetti, VJ Crazylegs and many others. The event will feature three decorated theme rooms. The party will begin at 8:30 p.m., and creatures 18 and older are welcome. Tickets range in price from $15 to $60.

OCTOBER 25&26

ComedySportz

ComedySportz Arena

901 Town & Country Blvd., 713-868-1444

www.comedysportzhouston.com

ComedySportz will be holding two improvisational matches, Frankenstein Friday and Superhero Saturday. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a half-time costume show for each event. Those who come in wearing costumes will receive discounts on tickets, which cost $18. The events begin at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Alvin Community College

3110 Mustang Rd., 281-756-3686

www.alvincollege.edu

Alvin Community College hosts its annual Fall Festival on the school's campus. The festivities include food booths, fun activities and a costume contest. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and run through 9 p.m.

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., 281-535-8100

www.kemahboardwalk.com

The Kemah Boardwalk will be holding a costume contest on these two days to encourage children 12 and younger to dress up for a chance to win spooky prizes.

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

www.luckyspub.com

SportsMonkey is bringing some extra flavor with its newest Halloween tradition — the Undead Fest. It begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. This year's festivities will feature entertainment by DJ Johnny of the Boothpimps and $3,000 in cash and prizes for the costume contest, which will include awards for Best Undead and Best Original Costume. The party will include drink specials and costs $9.45 in advance and $15 at the door. If you're looking for VIP treatment, try an "Undead Fest RIP ticket" for $35 (in advance). It gives you access to a separate bar, complimentary beer and tickets for three cocktails. However, supplies are limited, so hurry.

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

2402 Munger St., 713-926-6368

www.orangeshow.org

For a family-oriented Halloween, visit the Orange Show Center's annual Pumpkin Carving and Scary Mask Workshop. As the name suggests, guests will learn how to carve pumpkins and make masks, with guidance from local artists. Supplies are limited, so come early and feel free to bring your own materials as well as your own pumpkin. The event takes place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Saengerfest Park

2302 Strand, 409-762-0062

www.hauntedmayfieldmanor.com

The whole family's invited to the third annual Saengerfest Park Mini Monster Bash from 1 to 4 p.m. The free Halloween carnival will include assorted games and prizes, trick-or-treating at participating downtown businesses, and a costume contest for children 11 years old and younger. Kids will compete for prizes in the following categories: Scariest, Cutest and Most Creative costumes. The park will be decorated to provide the ideal backdrop for Halloween photos. In addition, Haunted Mayfield Manor is hosting scary stories as well as kid-friendly tours.

Saengerfest Park

2302 Strand, www.Facebook.com/ZomComInc

Zombie enthusiasts are invited to the park from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for live entertainment. The rock/reggae band Idiginis will set the mood for the Voodoo dance party, followed by the gypsy rock band Come See My Dead Person. The event will feature fire jugglers, zombie makeup artists and many surprises. ZomCom makeup artists will be applying realistic zombie makeup and prosthetics so attendees can experience the full undead ­experience.

Seventh Annual Montrose Pub Crawl

www.montrosecrawl.com

The Montrose Pub Crawl is back for its seventh 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. There are 11 separate venues taking part in this year's event, including Brasil; Poison Girl; Pistolero's; Boondocks; Etro Lounge; Catbirds; Royal Oak; Slick Willie's; El Real Tex-Mex; Mo Mong; and The Hay Merchant. All participants are asked to wear costumes and to assemble at Brasil or Poison Girl at Dunlavy and Westheimer at 6 p.m. Costumed participants will enjoy drink specials and Halloween activities at the bars, as well as no cover charges. The Crawl will award prizes for best costumes throughout the evening. To qualify for a prize, participants must be at specified locations by a certain time, although they're encouraged to proceed at their own pace. Winners at each location will compete for the grand prize. This year's honorary Grand Crawler will select the grand-prize winner for Overall Best Costume. A portion of drink sales will be donated to the Houston Area Women's Center.

The 16th Annual Halloween House Party

2212 Woodhead, 713-364-8814

www.2212woodhead.com

The 16th Annual Halloween House Party directly benefits Bering Omega Community Services, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to offering compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS. The party's official DJ, Danny B., will provide musical entertainment, along with guest DJ Lance Morris. There'll be an all-night open bar, and visitors must be at least 21 to attend. Costumes are required. The party begins at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets are available online, and donations are welcome.

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