Get All Dressed Up

Michael Jackson. Trend spotters say his face will be everywhere you look this coming year, and why not? It certainly has a ghostly aspect, although one wonders how all the would-be Michaels will manage the nose. But if your idea of a good time doesn't include wearing the face and makeup of a celebrity who died a sudden, tragic death, or you already did the Heath Ledger thing last year, maybe you should lighten things up with a costume from Star Trek. In any event, a Saturday-night Halloween makes this year's holiday all the more special, and there are plenty of events leading up to the big day.

Through October

ACE Community Theatre


2009 Houston Press Halloween Guide

17011 Bamwood, 281-587-1020

Enjoy a revival of cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Show at ACE Community Theatre. Purchase a favor bag to participate in the show. On Halloween night, come in costume for a kitschy rock and roll "sci-fi gothic" event. The party starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at midnight on October 17 and Halloween night. The price is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Through October 31.

Discover Houston Tours

912 Prairie, 713-222-9255

Listen to true tales and urban legends on this nighttime walking tour in the Downtown Historic District featuring: Ghosts of Spaghetti Warehouse, Ghosts of The Confederacy, Charlie Chaplin at the Isis, The Hanging Oak, and The Barmaid's Best Friend. Tickets are $30. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. at Discover Houston Tours, 912 Prairie. The tour goes from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be free happy hour appetizers, $3 beer and $3 well drinks at the Isis, as well as a 30-minute rest stop at Landry's Downtown Aquarium. Everyone will receive a copy of Sandra Lord's Short Guide to the Paranormal. Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends, except at specially marked meters. The dates of the tours are October 15 through 17, 22 through 23, 29 and 31.

Galveston Historical Foundation


During October, Galveston's haunted history is explored in three intriguing tours. During the Ashton Villa "Are We Haunted?" Tour, find out if the villa's haunted by the spirit of "Miss Bettie," the daughter of the house's first owner, James Moreau Brown. The tour also features the restoration in progress on the ground-floor level, follows damage by Hurricane Ike, and explores the undamaged second floor. The Haunted Harbor Excursion is a look at the water and waterfront. For this tour, trained GHF guides present a fascinating, frightening look at the many tragic events that have occurred in and around Galveston Harbor, all while aboard the 50-foot passenger boat Seagull II. There's also a "Spirits of the Past" Cemetery Tour. Ashton Villa's "Are We Haunted?" Tour: Fridays at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. and 3 and 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Haunted Harbor Tours aboard Seagull II: Fridays and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and October 30 and 31 at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Haunted Cemetery Tours: October 29, 30 and 31 at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

The Health Museum

1515 Hermann Dr., John P. ­McGovern Building, 713-942-7054

Through November 1, The Health Museum will be hosting its first annual Siege of the Skeletons, a community art project featuring papier-mâché skeletons submitted by teams from all over Houston. Tuesdays through Saturdays, the hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Visit the museum before October 22 to vote for your favorite skeleton, then come back October 29 to see if your pick wins. Skeletons also will be judged by Texas Medical Center partners and museum professionals. Viewing the skeletons is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Houston Zoo

6200 Golf Course Dr., 713-533-6713

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for Zoo Boo, Houston's largest family-friendly Halloween, which will run five days this year. Enjoy safe Halloween trick-or-treating, music and fun activities with a "naturally wild" twist Saturdays and Sundays, October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick a "child-size" pumpkin to paint and decorate from the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch; participate in the costume parade; channel your inner artist and contribute to the Cooper Tools Monster Mural; or visit the Gardere Wynne Sewell Tatzoo Parlor for a spooktacular temporary tattoo. All this, and there'll be Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks and the animal-themed Trunk-or-Treat candy stations. All Zoo Boo activities are included with paid zoo admission. Zoo Boo is free for zoo members. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $6 for children ages two to 11 and free for children under two. Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult zoo admission for $8 and a child zoo admission for $5.


Kemah Boardwalk

Bradford and 2nd Street, 877-285-3624

Through Halloween night, the Boardwalk will be holding a variety of events including the Dungeon of Doom haunted house, which is open every night from 6 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. to midnight Saturdays; and 2 to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Other events include live music by the Boogie Man Band and a kids' costume contest on October 24 and 31 (with prizes for the best ten kids).

La Carafe

813 Congress, 713-229-9399

La Carafe will be holding theatrical séances Sundays at 8 p.m. through October 31.

Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main Street, 713-528-5858

For more than 20 years, Lawndale Art Center has presented an annual open-call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum-quality setting. This year's celebration goes from October 19 to November 7 and includes such events as the Retablo Exhibition and Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Volunteers and sponsors are needed.


2225 North Sam Houston ­Pkwy. West,713-914-1313

Promising to scare the "yell" out of you, ScreamWorld kicks off the Halloween haunt season as the longest-running haunted attraction in Houston. ScreamWorld is a fright factory comprised of three haunted houses, an outdoor maze and cemetery, and eight new terrorizing scenes certain to get your blood flowing. Along with The Haunted Hotel, Edge of Darkness, Movie Monsters, Maze of Maniacs and The Tobias Strange Family Cemetery, newer attractions include The Maniacal Mausoleum, Farm House Bedroom of Death, The Torture Chamber and the Evil Emergency Room, Cave of Skulls and The Catacombs. The park opens at 7:30 p.m. October 15 through 18, 22 through 25, and 27 through 31. General admission tickets are $25 per person to visit the five haunted attractions, and $35 for a VIP Fast Pass, with no waiting in line. Sundays are Family Nights, with tickets just $20, and Thursdays are Student Nights, with tickets at $18 if students show a valid ID.

The Texas Repertory Theatre Co.

14243 Stuebner Airline Rd., 281-583-7573

The fifth-anniversary showing of The Little Shop of Horrors at Texas Repertory Theatre plays four performances a week through Halloween night, October 31. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies is full of soaring pop-rock music, lovable comic characters and a man-eating plant from outer space, so don't miss this opportunity.

Under the Volcano

2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282

Under the Volcano will be celebrating Oktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. There will be Oktoberfest specials on beer served in one-liter German steins every day, and bratwurst served with Oma's sauerkraut and potato salad every Thursday through Sunday until the last week in October.

October 29 and 31

Katy Mills Mall

5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, 281-644-5000

Enter from Neighborhood 7 at Katy Mills Mall on the Thursday before Halloween, and you'll find yourself in the middle of Texas Terror, a 50,000-square-foot haunted house that will also give you a free shirt. Through this indoor maze you will see Hollywood-style sets and more than 100 trained actors who will be sure to leave you breathless. Come dressed to thrill, and you may make it to the final round of the costume contest, which will be staged on Halloween night. First-round winners will also receive a VIP ticket to round two, which will cost $35 for everyone else. General admission is $25. Opens at 7 p.m.

October 29-31

Spooky Haunted Fright Lair

3801 Polk, 713-880-2100

Prepare to experience mild anxiety as you witness the somewhat unsettling spectacle of Spooky Haunted Fright Lair. On October 29, 30 and 31, Super Happy Fun Land will be transformed into a displeasing dungeon of discomfort, a claustrophobic cave of confusion, a tormenting tunnel of tediousness and a joyless gutter of gloom, where you'll endure an endless evening of extreme exasperation. Be disturbed by the creepy closet of colorful clowns, revel in the revulsion of the wretched room of '80s rock, gaze at the garish gallery of ghoulish art, participate in pernicious puppet plays, terrible tricks and tempting treats, monstrous music and much more.

October 30-31


403 W. Gray, 713-520-6896

Although there will be a pre-bash on October 30, Halloween night is where the action is. Byzantio will be celebrating with a costume contest starting at 9 p.m.

Frenetic Theater

5102 Navigation, 832-426-4624

Halloween Midnight Movie Madness will be held at Frenetic Theater when independent horror films voted in on the Freneticore Web site will be shown.

The Lot


4212 Washington, 713-868-5688

The Lot will be celebrating Halloween with "Boogie Nights." Come dressed to impress in your best costume, as there will be many prizes given away on both nights and a $100 bar tab for the best costume. No cover.

Mezzanine Lounge

2200 Southwest Fwy., 716-528-6399

On Friday, Mezzanine Lounge is celebrating Freaky Fiesta Friday with $3 Mexican beers and house ritas. There will be music upstairs by DJ Robic.

On Sunday, Mezzanine Lounge presents Zombie Prom, complete with a commemorative prom photo, extreme karaoke and undead drink specials of $3.50. There will be a $100 costume contest, so go ahead and dress up so you can vie for prom king, prom queen or best group.


300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

Friday this year brings a cash prize costume contest, as well as a performance by DJ Wes Wallace as part of the original and most attended '80s night in town. There will be 75-cent Bud on tap all night. Well drinks will be $1.50, and domestics will be $1.75 until 11 p.m. Doors open at 9:15 p.m.; 18 and up. Saturday brings The 14th Industrial Underground Vampire Ball with Chant and Bozo Porno Circus, as well as a special performance by Dominion and the Borg Queen. There will also be a costume contest with big prizes. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

1201 Fannin, 713-337-7383

Pete's will be hosting an all-request, sing-along, dueling piano show. The event will be on October 30 and 31, starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Showtime is at 8 p.m. There is a $7 cover. Anyone in costume gets a free drink.

Sonoma Retail Wine Bar and Bistro

2720 Richmond, 713-526-9463

Sonoma will be offering a Masked (blind) Wine Tasting Contest where you can test your palate, guess the grape, and, if you guess correctly, get a glass free. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.


707 N. Shepherd, suite 500, 832-863-3275

Wonderwild, Houston's first arts-themed party playground for kids, is opening its doors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with live bands, a children's costume parade, art activities and musical performances. The party continues on Saturday, October 31, with a little monsters' disco featuring DJ Spooky Pants. Adults are free to enter. Walking kids are $15 and nonwalkers are $13. Tickets must be purchased before the event by calling 832-863-3275 or e-mailing Wonderwild is an art gallery and education center for kids and parents, a birthday party facility and an indoor playground.

Friday, October 30

Houston Press Halloween Party

The Houston Press Halloween Party will take place at the House of Blues Friday, October 30, in the Bronze Peacock Room. This is a FREE SHOW featuring The Flamin’ Hellcats and spooky spins late into the witching hours. Pick up your free tickets starting October 9 at ­Momentum Audi and Momentum Volkswagen. Ticket will include access to the “Members Only” Foundation Room. There will also be a $1,000 costume contest with $500 in cash and $500 in prizes.

Big Woodrow's

3111 Chimney Rock, 713-784-2653

The band 3 Peace will be playing at9 p.m., followed by a costume contest at midnight. There will be cash and prizes as well as drink specials all night.

Cactus Music

2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272

Cactus Music will be hosting Day of the Dead Rock Stars featuring a performance by the Flamin' Hellcats, provisions from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and a Treasures of the Sixties Show. The Record Ranch gallery will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. and will feature new paintings and prints by Carlos Hernandez.


6166 Richmond, 713-952-0799

Centerfolds hosts one of Houston's most talked-about parties.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose, 713-284-8250

Celebrate Halloween a day early by joining in at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston — costumes are encouraged but not mandatory — for Steel Lounge Underground. Presented with DJ Pooks and Josh Zulu, this event brings together musical artists representing a variety of genres. The audience is free to explore the exhibitions on view while enjoying the music. This month's talented lineup: Badbwoy BMC, Little Martin, and a live performance by Peekaboo Theory. There is no charge for admission. Cash bar.

Crystal Ballroom

909 Texas, 713-838-9050 ext. 304

Mark Brinker and the Development team of United Cerebral Palsy are excited to announce the first annual Halloween Bash. Tickets will include an open bar, tasty treats by Sambuca, live music by Skyrocket, and a costume contest judged by local Houston celebrities. All proceeds from the Bash will benefit UCP's eight programs. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door based on availability. There are a few table sponsorships left, starting at $3,500, but they are selling out fast.


Gold Cup

12747 Northwest Fwy., 713-460-0171

The Gold Cup throws its Halloween bash.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

One Hermann Circle Dr., 713-639-4629

From 8 p.m. to midnight, visitors to the museum will enjoy the Spirits and Skeletons event, which will feature live music by Molly and the Ringwalds, food, and a tribute to Michael Jackson in the form of a Thrill-off. Tickets are $25, and there will be a cash bar.

Mardi Gras

1200 Durham, 713-864-5600

Zydeco Dots will be performing at 7 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 9 p.m. The deadline to sign up is 8 p.m. There will be prizes as well as food and drink specials.

Ragin Cajun Sugar Land

16100 Kensington, 281-277-0704

Ragin Cajun holds its Third Annual Halloween Party, which includes a costume contest with a $100 prize. And, for a limited time, red snapper and rock lobster will be going for $5. The party runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and entrance is free. A DJ will be spinning all night long.


7440 W. Greens Rd., 281-477-3000

Today brings Splendor's Halloween party.


5647 Westheimer at Chimney Rock, 713-629-6200

Treasures hosts its Halloween party today.

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483

At 9 p.m. in the Green Room at Warehouse Live this Halloween Eve, any and all can enjoy a cover-free Undead Dance Party. The DJs will include Ceeplus Bloody Knives, Count G-Wizz, Bobby DJ of the Dammed, Fredster Deadster, and DJ Sober with a special birthday set. There will also be haunted art and a costume contest with cash and prizes. Drink specials include $2 Lone Star beers and $3 well drinks all night long. The photo booth will have the theme of "One October Night," and birthday girl Monique will throw a Scorpions birthday bash.

Mardi Gras

1200 Durham, 713-864-5600

Zydeco Dots will be performing at 7 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 9 p.m. The deadline to sign up is 8 p.m. There will be prizes as well as food and drink specials.

Ragin Cajun Sugar Land

16100 Kensington, 281-277-0704

Ragin Cajun holds its Third Annual Halloween Party, which includes a costume contest with a $100 prize. And, for a limited time, red snapper and rock lobster will be going for $5. The party runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and entrance is free. A DJ will be spinning all night long.

Saturday, October 31


1100 Westheimer, 713-523-7217

Chances' Halloween evening will include the Kari K Band live and a costume contest for cash.

Community Bar

2703 Smith, 713-526-1576

Join in at Community Bar for a Halloween Party/Grand Opening Bash.

Elegant Hogg

1900 S. Kirkwood Rd., 281-531-5065

Join Emily for a night of Kostume Karaoke — with prizes, of course. Entrance is free, and the party lasts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Fitzgerald's in the Heights

2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838

Fitzgeralds will be hosting its West of Dread Halloween Party: A Space Oddity, complete with Neon Light Extravaganza. Tickets are $15 and costumes are required (fluorescent is best). There will be live bands, fortune tellers and face painting, all complemented by a late-night free buffet and a cash bar.


5085 Westheimer, 713-966-3525

This Halloween, take your kids to the Nordstrom wing of the Galleria for a free, family-friendly event including trick-or-treating through the stores and family entertainment, as well as face painting and magic shows. And don't miss the spooky, 34-foot spider hanging over the ice rink. Tell your kids to wear costumes, and they can get free ice skate rentals from Polar Ice. Picture People is offering free family photos — with a harvest theme, of course. This event will go from 1 to 4 p.m.


3416 Roseland Street, 713-528-9912

There will be a Halloween Party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Isla Ixtapa Mexican and Seafood Restaurant

12225 Westheimer, 832-379-1717

Triple-the-Treat specials of the night include: free kids' brownie to all kids in costume, 95-cent margaritas to all adults in costume, and a $25 gift certificate to whomever wins for best adult costume. 5 to 10 p.m.

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

Lucky's Pub is teaming up with Warehouse Live to bring back a newer, even better version of the annual Pimp and Prostitute Ball. This year's event will feature live music from Minikiss, and starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. There'll be multiple DJs spinning, as well as a $4,000 costume contest, with prizes for Pimp of the Year, Classiest Ho and Best Overall Costume. Although the theme is Pimp and Ho, you can wear any costume you want. You must sign up by 10 p.m. to be in the contest. They'll be serving your favorite malt liquor, and $3 beers all night long. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.



1900 Kane St., 713-802-9370

This October 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Multicultural Education and Counseling proudly presents "Día de los Muertos: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future." This event features Día de los Muertos celebrations from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Día de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show.

Mezzanine Lounge

2200 Southwest Freeway, 716-528-6399

Mezzanine Lounge presents Zombie Prom, complete with a commemorative prom photo, extreme karaoke, and undead drink specials of $3.50. There will be a $100 costume contest, so go ahead and dress up so you can vie for prom king, prom queen, or best group.

Mike's Ultimate Sports Bar & Grill

8670 Highway 6 North, 281-855-1194

For a funky, spooky night of thrills and chills, come down to Mike's and dance the night away with Strange Brew. While you're waiting for the witching hour to come, take a few moments to play the newest bar game — Guess the Number of Jell-O Shots — and text your answer in. If you guess right, you'll win at least $1,000. Then join the costume parade at 11:30 p.m., where the best costume will collect a cool $200 in cash.


5925 Almeda Road, 281-213-9554

Come to the Masquerades and Martinis costume party at Mosaic for a chance to win the prize for best individual costume or best couples costume at this party, complete with food from Crave Gourmet Bakery, Catered Café, Madison Ave. Catering and Langstead Catering. The party will also feature DJ Smooth, and the proceeds will go toward benefiting Kipp Polaris Academy for Boys. $25 per person in advance; $40 at the door. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.


2401 San Jacinto, 713-759-9606

Rich's presents: Fangtasia Halloween Freak Show, a haunted house on its property. Entry is free with the entrance into the club itself, and the benefits are numerous. Fangtasia will include a costume contest for which the grand prize is a car, second place is $500 and third place is $250. DJ Wes, DJ Fox and Brian Paul will entertain in the red room, DJ Dan Fields in the blue room and DJ Hardy, DJ Red and Ebonix on the main stage. Discounted tickets are available on the Web site.

Roof Bar

2800 Travis, 713-522-4900

The evening will include a performance by Guns4Roses (The Ultimate Guns N' Roses Tribute Experience) at 9 p.m. and a special guest DJ on the roof under the stars and skyline. $2 drafts, domestics and $5 you-call-it's.


2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521

There will be a free-form costume contest starting at 10 p.m., as well as entertainment courtesy of The Meat Puppets, Those Darlins, and Nasty Stach. The cost is listed as "cheap."

Scout Bar

18307 Egret Bay Boulevard, 281-335-0002

Halloween at Scout Bar will feature the bands Erase The Virus, Dented, and 12 Gauge. There will be a costume contest at midnight with cash and prizes. Entrance is $5 for 21 and up; $10 for 18 to 20. The doors will open at 8 p.m.

Sheffield's Ice House

5118 Telephone Rd., 713-847-8552

Come visit the House of Whorrors for Sheffield's Halloweenie Party, complete with prizes, food and karaoke.

Sherlock's Pub

Multiple locations

Sherlock's Pub will be hosting costume contests at all its locations.

South Beach

810 Pacific Street, 713-529-7623

Here's an unusual one for you: head over to South Beach this Halloween to join in for the First Annual High Heel Drag Race. It starts at 9 p.m., entrance is free, and there's a chance to win prizes.

Temptation Lounge

2628 FM 1960 E., 281-443-6969

In a partnership between and DareWare, Temptation Lounge will be the site of a Halloween Erotic Fantasy Ball, complete with a dungeon, a live fire show, and fetish playrooms. There will be door prizes and a vacation give-away. The party is BYOB and goes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.; tickets are $35. Go to to purchase your tickets, or to DareWare at 6363 Westheimer.

Third Annual Montrose Pub Crawl

Break out your costumes and get ready for a blast, because it's time for the Montrose Pub Crawl. Participants will get dressed up for the occasion and meet at Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, at 6 p.m. From there, the crawlers will head up Westheimer to bars such as Poison Girl, Boondocks, Anvil, Etro Lounge, Catbirds and finally Slick Willie's around midnight. All crawlers will enjoy drink specials and the opportunity to take part in the costume contest for the Grand Prize, the winner of which will be decided at the last stop. A portion of all drink sales will go to the Houston Area Women's Center.



Carmen's Love Boutique

8200 Southwest Fwy. and many other locations, 713-799-1300

Come here for your Halloween costume needs. Costumes are available for men and women, as well as in plus sizes. Carmen's also offers pole dance lessons at $25 for a trial lesson.


18165 Gulf Fwy. and many other locations, 281-486-1000

Cindie's is your Halloween headquarters with costumes, lingerie, swimwear, dance apparel, and more. Take home one of its adult videos or sensuous body oils as well.

Pleasure Zone

5705 Richmond, 832-251-8400

There are more than 1,000 costumes to choose from, hundreds of stockings and other accessories available including handbags, hats and shoes. This is the exclusive provider of Trashy-brand costumes in Houston, and it also offers a large selection of men's costumes and women's plus-size costumes and accessories.

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