Houston's Best Non-Halloween Halloween Party: MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA -- We've Got Free VIP Tickets UPDATED

UPDATE: Organizers for the October installment of MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA originally planned to ban costumes. After hearing from their audience, organizers decided that costumes will be allowed. In order to keep the art safe, the galleries will be closed off.

Lots of invites to Halloween parties have been crossing our desk, but the one for MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA is the only one that stipulated "no costumes, please!" But then again, this event series has always done its best to surprise attendees. MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA transforms the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, already a sensory haven, into a high-energy multisensory party with live music, DJs, cocktails, dancing and, this month, Halloween fun.

There's live music by Night Drive. DJ Rewards (DFA Records, NYC), a.k.a. Aaron Pfenning (formerly of Chairlift), headlines the event with featured guest DJ Fredster and resident DJ, Houston's own Ceeplus Bad Knives also spinning.

And -- here's the really good part -- we've got free VIP tickets! We'll be giving away two VIP ticket packages with four VIP tickets (no waiting at the door), two free drinks for each guest and four wigs from RockStar Wigs each. Each package is worth more than $200, but you can get yours for free. Check out the Houston Press promotions page for more details.

Oh, and about that "no costumes, please!" invite. It's true, the folks at the MFAH would rather not have guests bumping into or rubbing up against the artwork on display, so there are no masks, costumes or props allowed. Wigs, however, are allowed. In fact, they'll be provided. VIP ticket holders (that could be you) and the first 100 people through the door will each get a free wig from RockStar Wigs. Everyone is asked to wear his or her best fashionable black/haute orange non-costume outfit.

MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA is 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, October 26, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, visit or call 713-639-7771. $6 to $14.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez