Costumed adventures: Where to get your Halloween tricks and treats this weekend
In case you haven't been to Target in a while, Halloween falls on a Monday this year. That means the little kiddos won't be out as late ringing your doorbell, and you can get more sleep before work the next morning. It also means this weekend will be when all the lil' ghouls and baby goblins head out to haunt all hours of the night. Spooooooky!
To make sure you get ample use of your sexy butterfly/vampire/toothpaste holder costume, these are our picks for the best and weirdest events taking place all weekend long. 'Cuz not everyone likes to spend their Halloween on the bathroom floor of a 6th Street bar... Even scarier!
On Friday, the whole family is invited to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for the Spooktacular! Halloween kids' event. A family of Vaudevillian inspired musicians will light up the night while a circus of performers (jugglers, magicians, sword swallowers and tightrope walkers) amazes everyone with their skills. Kids will be invited to participate in spooky storytelling, science lessons and a costume parade.
Later that night, Goodwill hosts their annual Ghoulwill Ball gala, "Divinely Wicked," at the W Hotel. Soul Track Mind plays the spine-chilling soundtrack while a host of heroes and villains enjoy endless cocktails and other goodies. At $150.00 per ticket, you better make sure your costume is up to snuff and ready to impress.
Probably not one for the kiddies, the sexy ladies of Jigglewatts Burlesque Revue put on a Halloween inspired show at the 29th Street Ballroom. Called Seance de Femme, the beautiful dancing ladies will be your mediums for the evening and are sure to get a rise out of you and the spirits. Host Nicole Lucas knows how to rev up the crowd, but it's the naughty moves of all the dancers that will really heat up the night.
On Saturday, Save Austin's Cemeteries hosts their annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour at Oakwood Cemetery. Each year, S.A.C.'s tour guides dress up like the denizens of the graves to share the amazingly scandalous stories of Austin's 19th Century citizens who are buried here. Tours happen every thirty minutes, and are a great way to get pumped for the ghostly side of Austin's history.
Too scary for your kiddos? Bring 'em on down to the Domain on Saturday for a Halloween Party on the Plaza. This free campus-wide party will allow your little costumed consumers to learn the fine art of free candy as they trick or treat from store to store. Getting anything for free from The Apple Store is a major accomplishment, so we endorse this extreme sale completely.
Saturday night, ACL Live is taken over by all forms of the walking dead. No, Keith Richards is not touring; it's Sustainable Waves' annual party to die for, the Zombie Ball. It's a pricey ticket, but it's the best way to see the impressive creativity of Austinites and their extreme versions of zombie fashion. With music all night, including Bright Lights Social Hour, you'll be the belle of the (Zombie) Ball with your perfected Thriller dance routine.
Meanwhile, further south, The Highball is hosting a Haunted Highball featuring an all-out costumed dance party. The costume theme is up to you, but get creative because the costume contest will result in a $100 prize for one lucky winner. There will be DJs, music videos and designs by the Action Pack, so you'll likely scream out of hilarity and genuine terror at some point throughout the night.
If you spent the night partying, Sunday would be a good day for taking it a little bit easier. We recommend an afternoon at the theater; UT's B. Iden Payne Theatre, in particular. There you can catch playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Promising MFA student director Daria Davis heads this project that reveals the monster that lurks beneath us all. A fitting time for a classic project, reimagined for today's audiences.
The Alamo Drafthouse provides another form of classic Halloween entertainment with local comedian and movie critic Owen Egerton's narrated screening of Halloween 4. Egerton is a regular member of the Master Pancake crew, and beyond that, is passionately in love with this film. Join a real fan as he deconstructs what is, in his own words, "the ultimate 80s horror sequel."
And then we're on to Monday, ya'll. The night when the dead walk amongst the living! (Right, we know it's not the weekend, but it's Halloween! There's too much do!)
Away from the hullaballoo on Sixth Street, the W Hotel is throwing their classier take on Halloween. They call it HalloWeen. That capitalized 'W' means you get treated to a swinging good time in the W's Living Room including a DJ set by Mike Swing and catered holiday treats from pastry chef Janina O'Leary. A costume contest and an online sweepstakes could result in a weekend stay-cation at the W.
Further away from Sixth Street, the VORTEX hosts a Nightmare Circus at their backyard compound. But be warned: you'll be met by the scary variety of clowns, an evil ringmaster and knife jugglers. It's not quite a haunted house because there's also an element of awesome and beautiful involved here as well. You'll have a chance to meet with a fortune teller, witness aerial acrobatics, magic routines and burlesque dancers. A great mix of sexy and scary.
Finally, The Austin Facial Hair Club is hosting their next Halloween Boat Party on Monday with a fun and ridiculous party on Lake Austin. Republic Tequila will be keeping everyone toasty while Austin's ABBA punk cover band, StABBA, plays along the open waters. Expect their strange cast of characters (like the diamond-clad Johnny Hottub) to crash the party as well.
If none of this floats your boat, we recommend curling up on your couch with a DVD copy of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and waiting for the inevitable doorbell rings from the trick or treating rugrats. At least we hope they're just trick or treaters... Spooooooooky!