Dr. Dead’s Halfway to Halloween CarnEVIL

Halloween is still some six months away, but the appeal of zombies, vampires, werewolves and freaks of nature is not limited to the holiday, as seen in Dr. Dead’s Halfway to Halloween CarnEVIL. The carnival features sideshows, live music, belly dancers, magicians, burlesque and fire performers and an appearance by Erik “The Lizardman” Sprague. Seen in Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Lizardman has undergone nearly 700 hours of tattooing and had his tongue forked to look reptilian. “It is definitely a different kind of creepiness than a haunted house, as a haunted house is more of a physical scare,” says organizer Jay Braggart. “The sideshow is more of a psychological creepy watching, wondering what will happen and then when it does, wondering why or how!” Traditional sideshow features like sword swallowing, balloon artists, face painting, a dunk tank and even a good old-cotton candy vendor will exist side by side with CarnEVIL’s more macabre offerings.

4 p.m. Eastdown Warehouse, 850 McKee. For information, call 832‑316‑5803. $15. (Costumed visitors get $5 off admission.)
Sat., May 10, 4 p.m., 2014

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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