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Trick or treat: 13 spooky ways to spend Halloween in Austin

Trick or treat: 13 spooky ways to spend Halloween in Austin

The crowd at the St. Luke's PULSE Saints & Sinners Halloween party October 2013
Whether you're looking for a candy, dancing, laughs or just a chance to wear your costume, we've got you covered with a list of 13 Halloween events around town. Photo by © Wilson Parish

Are you ghouls and gals looking for a ghastly way to spend All Hallow's Eve? Take a gander at these 13 different spooky soirees around town. Whether you're looking to dance, eat, trick-or-treat (or something more sinister), you'll find the perfect Halloween event. 

5th Annual Comedy Seance Hosted by Satan
Thursday, October 30 at 7 pm
Details: Stop by the Spider House Ballroom to see Satan and his "Cavalcade of Celebrity Corpses" at one of Austin's funniest Halloween traditions. Commune with celebrities — or rather, the spirits of dead celebrities played by Matt Bearden, Mike MacRae, Cody Hustak, Aaron Brooks, Lashonda Lester, Maggie Maye, Ralphie Hardesty and Avery Moore.
Why you should go: The lolz.
Price: $7 in advance; $10 at the door

The Scary Tales Ball: A White Ghost Shivers Halloween
Friday, October 31 at 8:30 pm
Details: Eleven years and running, local band White Ghost Shivers' Halloween ball is the ultimate celebration of all things dark and dangerous. This year's theme, "A Night of Grimm Tales," will offer you a night of storytelling and live performances from The White Ghost Shivers (of course) as well Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business, East Cameron Folkcore and more.
Why you should go: Because you feel like dancing!
Price: $30

6th Annual Zombie Masquerade Ball with Neon Trees
Friday, October 31 at 7 pm
Details: The Zombie Ball Masquerade is an evening of "Haunte’d Couture." Enjoy a live performance from musical guest Neon Trees as well as a burlesque show, aerial acrobatics, a costume contest and more at this lavishly supernatural event.
Why you should go: You have a not-so-secret zombie apocalypse contingency plan.
Price: $35-$65

Hops and Grains 2nd Annual Halloween Party
Friday, October 31 at 7:30 pm
Details: The Hops & Grains Brewery is opening its doors for all the costumed creeps on All Hallows Eve. Your ticket purchase will also include a special mug to be filled with four beers throughout this spooky, music-bumping night.
Why you should go: Delicious brews.
Price: $20

Hallo-Scream Haunt at Pinballz Arcade
Friday, October 31 at 7 pm
Details: Pinballz is pulling out all the stops for Halloween. Haunted arcade? Check. Games? Check. Complimentary beer? Check. Costume contest? Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies as a guest judge? Check!
Why you should go: Games! Beer! BNL!
Price: Admission is free.

Halloween at the Drive-In Finale: Beetlejuice
Friday, October 31 at 7:30 pm
Details: Blue Starlite Drive-In's Halloween movie series is wrapping up with a screening of Beetlejuice. Come early for the the Charlie Brown Holiday Special pre-show and the first ever car-to-car trick-or-treating — just be sure to bring a bowl of candy to share.
Why you should go: Halloween movie classics ... plus candy.
Price: $5-$25

Gourdough's Public House Two Year Anniversary Halloween Party
Friday, October 31 at 7 pm
Details: Gourdough’s Public House is turning two on Halloween, so to celebrate the it will transform into a creepy circus tent with karaoke, a costume contest and classic carnival games.
Why you should go: Cotton candy, a Frito pie stand and (of course) Gourdough’s famous donuts.
Price: Admission is free.

Halloween Hootenanny at the Thinkery
Friday, October 31 at 6 pm
Details: Celebrate Halloween at Thinkery with story time, crafts, activities, a reptile show, pumpkin decorating and more. This family-friendly affair is perfect for all ages.
Why you should go: You're looking for a fun-filled evening for the kids.
Price: $12-$15

Blood, Guts and Beer Costume Party at School House Pub
Friday, October 31 at 8 pm
Details: Find out why the "Pumpkin Massacre" is so infamous while feeding blood sausages and gut pâtés to the beast in your stomach at School House Pub's Halloween party.
Why you should go: A costume contest with a $100 School House Pub gift card as the prize.
Price: Admission is free.

Hotel San Jose presents Disco Crazy Halloween
Friday, October 31 at 8 pm
Details: Put on your costume (and your dancing shoes) for a Disco Crazy Halloween celebration at the Hotel San Jose Lounge. Later in the evening, prizes will be awarded to the best costumes.
Why you should go: DJ Chino Casino's disco tunes.
Price: Admission is free.

Weird! True Hollywood Tales presents Hollyween!
Friday, October 31 at 8 pm
Details: Weird! True Hollywood Tales is putting on a Halloween special for its third anniversary. Brace yourself for some of the strangest and spookiest stories, including "The Strange True Tale Of Houdini," "The Ghosts Of Hollywood Forever Cemetery," "The Curse Of Poltergeist" and more.
Why you should go: Everyone loves a good ghost story.
Price: $10

Russian House's Halloween House Party
Friday, October 31 at 8 pm
Details: Russian House is hosting a Halloween party with drink specials all night as well as music from Ulrich and the Tribe followed by DJ Mikael's Discotheque. There will also be a best and worst costume contest.
Why you should go: You feel like braving the fright fest that is Halloween in downtown Austin.
Price: Admission is free.