The Ruby Room's "Pussycat Dolls"
The Ruby Room's "Pussycat Dolls"
Brad Ottosen

Ghostly Glamour

Celebrities do a lot of weird and scary stuff, so coming up with a costume idea for this weekend's Haunted Hollywood Party at The Ruby Room shouldn't be hard. How about feigning some super-hollow cheekbones for the Lara Flynn Boyle look? Or painting some bruises on your back to emulate Gwyneth Paltrow's post-child-bearing "cupping" routine? Or Michael Jackson... actually, if you want anyone to rock with you, all night, you may want to steer clear of that one. Or at least opt for his less frightening "Thriller" look. Ah, there's nothing like dancing, drinking and pretending you're famous. The Ruby Room will let you do all three, for three nights. Each evening starts with an invitation-only VIP hour featuring dollar drinks; the rest of the revelers are admitted at 10 p.m. Show up then and you'll enjoy DJ Joey V's blend of hip-hop, old-school funk and dance music, and even the club's bartenders doing their rendition of a "Pussycat Dolls" routine. (If you've seen Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, we're pretty sure you'll get there on time.)

The Halloween-night installment features a costume contest: The lady and gent who receive the loudest audience cheers (hint: bring friends) will win $500 in cash and prizes. One prize is a photo session, so you can capture your own star turn for good. 10 p.m. Friday, October 29, through Sunday, October 31. 509 Main. For information and to RSVP, call 713-222-1033 or visit $5. -- Julia Ramey

Downing Street's Pink Diamond

I was getting in touch with my feminine side. First, I discovered my fondness for wearing women's stockings. Then I agreed to a complimentary facial at the salon where I get my hair cut. When Chrissie, the 22-year-old aesthetician, introduced herself and led me to the back of the shop, I knew I was in trouble. She giggled at my exposed stockings and proceeded to entertain me with tales of her nonstop hurl-a-thons during spring break. Afterward, she agreed to meet me for a drink at Downing Street (2549 Kirby, 713-523-2291) for a round of pink diamond martinis and a possible cigar. She matched me drink for drink, and we laughed to the point of crying. Then she said she had to go...home to her boyfriend! I kept going, though, and drank so much I had to get a cab back to my war-torn abode. By midnight, I was drunk-dialing an old girlfriend, and the alcohol made me emotional. The call was a living nightmare for the poor girl, and she kept me on the phone long enough to make sure I wasn't going to hang myself. I woke up the next morning to find my eyes pasted together and my nose swollen, wearing nothing but the stockings.

2 ounces Bombay Sapphire gin
Splash of De Kuyper crème de menthe
Splash of Chambord
Rock candy swizzle

Chill a martini glass while measuring out booze in a cocktail shaker. Shake gently and garnish with the swizzle stick. Perfect for late-afternoon facials, deluxe hydrating pedicures or salt-glow body scrubs. -- J.W. Crooker

Hallow Weird

SUN 10/31

It's normally Houston's home for experimental music, underground jazz, outsider art and all other kinds of weird stuff. But Sunday night, Super Happy Fun Land will turn into Spooky Haunted Fright Lair. "Actually, we'll be both at once," says SHFL's Brian Dvorak. Children's activities will commence early on; later, says Dvorak, "the kiddies better run, because the insane grown-up music will start." The insanity includes acts such as Rusted Shut, the Crinkles and others. First prize for the adult costume contest? A "Weirdo Sock Monkey" puppet. If you win, here's hoping it's not a used one. 6 p.m. Sunday, October 31. 2610 Ashland. For information, call 713-880-2100 or visit $6. -- Bob Ruggiero

Pimp-kin Patch

SAT 10/30

Yes, 'tis the season of Martha Stewart and Lord of the Rings costumes, but any true playa knows that a pimp outfit is the essence of Halloween style. We suggest perfecting yours and heading to SportsMonkey's Pimp and Prostitute Ball at Red Star, where they'll be doling out $5,000 in prizes for their Pimp of the Year, Classiest Ho and Best Overall Costume contest. Arrive early and down some free forties -- a pimp's preferred beverage -- or bump it with DJ Jager, DJ Velvet and the Electric Gypsies in the parking lot. Show up lookin' fly and bring your foxiest lady at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 30. 2606 Fannin. For information, call 713-522-0881 or visit $15 to $50. -- Steven Devadanam


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