Top Halloween Costumes

The top Halloween costumes in Houston: Sexy, creepy and torturous looks create party awe

The top Halloween Costumes in Houston: Sexy, creepy, torturous looks

Roaxana Tamijani and Michael Poskey  at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
Roaxana Tamijani and Michael Poskey at the Petroleum Club Once Upon a Nightmare bash. Photo by Kristie Puckett
7 Patricia Runner at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
"Miley Cyrus"  aka Patricia Runner at Easter Seals: The Bash at The Corinthian. Photo by © Jenny Antill
16 Michael Massey, from left, Jordan Massey, Pam Massey and Jana Campbell at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Michael Massey, from left, Jordan Massey, Pam Massey and Jana Campbell at the Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash at Hotel ZaZa. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
8 Edward Sanchez and Diane Caplan at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Edward Sanchez and Diane Caplan at Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash at Hotel ZaZa. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
5 Kasi Kubiak at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
Kasi Kubiak hits a costume home run at the Easter Seals: The Bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
1 Gina Bhatia, from left, Cindi Rose and Mary D'Andrea at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Gina Bhatia, from left, co-chair Cindi Rose and Mary D'Andrea at Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
11 Lucinda and Frank Vingerhoets at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Lucinda and Frank Vingerhoets at Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash, voted best couple costuming. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
12 James and Janet Golden at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
James and Janet Golden at the Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash at Hotel ZaZa. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
2 Chita Johnson and Len Cannon at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
KHOU Channel 11's "showgirl" meteorologist Chita Johnson and news anchor Len Cannon step out at Easter Seals: The Bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
5 Dr. Lamar and Theresa Roemer at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Dr. Lamar Roemer and Theresa Roemer at Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
2 Alex Blair, left, and Karina Barberi at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Alex Blair, left, and Karina Barbieri at Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
4 Alticus Lyon and Carolyn Farb at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
Alticus Lyon and Carolyn Farb at Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
3 Carla Pampolina, left, and Tiffany Halik at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Carla Pampolina, left, and Tiffany Halik at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
2 Carey Kirkpatrick at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Carey Kirkpatrick at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
6 Myron and Kim Vernice at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
Myron and Kim Vernice at Easter Seals: The Bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
3 David Heiland at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
David Heiland channels Liberace at Easter Seals: The Bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
10 Roman Belotserkovskiy and Erika Doerr at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Roman Belotserkovskiy and Erika Doerr at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
4 Cary Tito, from left, Sheila Ybarra and Kelly Gurevich at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Cary Tito, from left, Sheila Ybarra and Kelly Gurevich at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gene Schulle, from left, Magan M. Hunt and Jonathan Luke at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
Gene Schulle, from left, Magan M. Hunt and Jonathan Luke at the Petroleum Club's Once Upon a Nightmare. Photo by Larry Fagala
5 Damon and Jennifer Pampolina at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Damon and Jennifer Pampolina at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Dr. Fito Innocente, left, and David Rexroat at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
Dr. Fito Innocente, left, and David Rexroat at the Petroleum Club's Once Upon a Nightmare. Photo by Larry Fagala
8 Lady Bunny at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Lady Bunny spins the vinyls at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
6 Hira Khan, left, and Ashley Wilson at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Hira Khan, left, and Ashley Wilson at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
12 Taylor Bartholomew, from left, Martin Ryan, Claire Ryan, Matt Barnhill, Belinda Cadd, Chris Heunick, Stacy FullerHenry Brewer and Elizabeth Ortiz at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Taylor Bartholomew, from left, Martin Ryan, Claire Ryan, Matt Barnhill, Belinda Cadd, Chris Heunick, Stacy FullerHenry Brewer and Elizabeth Ortiz at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9 Natalie and Vincent Jayawardene at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Natalie and Vincent Jayawardene at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9 Newie Brinker, from left, Sloane Brinker and Dr. Mark Brinker at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
Newie Brinker, from left, Sloane Brinker and Dr. Mark Brinker at Easter Seals: The Bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
10 Dr. Gary Brock and Cathy Brock at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
Chairs Dr. Gary Brock and Cathy Brock at Easter Seals: The Bash where they dressed as a giant Oreo cookie. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Uliana Maslovksaya at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
Uliana Maslovksaya at Once Upon a Nightmare. Photo by Larry Fagala
4 Jenny Barnes, from left, Madison Shofner, Erin Upton and Heather Noah at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
Jenny Barnes, from left, Madison Shofner, Erin Upton and Heather Noah at Easter Seals: The Bash. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Roaxana Tamijani and Michael Poskey  at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
7 Patricia Runner at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
16 Michael Massey, from left, Jordan Massey, Pam Massey and Jana Campbell at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
8 Edward Sanchez and Diane Caplan at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
5 Kasi Kubiak at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
1 Gina Bhatia, from left, Cindi Rose and Mary D'Andrea at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
11 Lucinda and Frank Vingerhoets at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
12 James and Janet Golden at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
2 Chita Johnson and Len Cannon at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
5 Dr. Lamar and Theresa Roemer at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
2 Alex Blair, left, and Karina Barberi at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
4 Alticus Lyon and Carolyn Farb at the Bone Bash Halloween party October 2013
3 Carla Pampolina, left, and Tiffany Halik at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
2 Carey Kirkpatrick at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
6 Myron and Kim Vernice at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
3 David Heiland at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
10 Roman Belotserkovskiy and Erika Doerr at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
4 Cary Tito, from left, Sheila Ybarra and Kelly Gurevich at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Gene Schulle, from left, Magan M. Hunt and Jonathan Luke at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
5 Damon and Jennifer Pampolina at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
Dr. Fito Innocente, left, and David Rexroat at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
8 Lady Bunny at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
6 Hira Khan, left, and Ashley Wilson at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
12 Taylor Bartholomew, from left, Martin Ryan, Claire Ryan, Matt Barnhill, Belinda Cadd, Chris Heunick, Stacy FullerHenry Brewer and Elizabeth Ortiz at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
9 Natalie and Vincent Jayawardene at Hotel ZaZa's Halloween party October 2013
9 Newie Brinker, from left, Sloane Brinker and Dr. Mark Brinker at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
10 Dr. Gary Brock and Cathy Brock at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013
Uliana Maslovksaya at Once Upon a Nightmare October 2013
4 Jenny Barnes, from left, Madison Shofner, Erin Upton and Heather Noah at the Easter Seals: The Bash October 2013

Playing dress-up for Halloween, a tradition once reserved for youngsters, has become the domain of grown-ups who harbor a penchant for releasing alter egos and indulging evil twins. Consider the recent rash of Halloween costume bashes that have brought out every type of character from the ghoulish to the wicked, from the naughty to the sublime. And don't forget the popular Duck Dynasty characters.

CultureMap surveyed the recent party landscape and selected our fave costuming from four parties that have rocked the recent night scene.

More than 300 creatures slithered into Hotel ZaZa for the Arthritis Foundation's "Bone Bash," co-chaired by Cindi Rose and Lara Bell with Diane Caplan and Edward Sanchez chairing the costume contest. Beyond the costuming, the evening honored Dr. Sandra Sessoms and Theresa and Dr. Lamar Roemer. While raising $150,000 for the non-profit, guests partied in the haunted graveyard, had their fortunes read and caricatures drawn. The diehards stayed on for the after-party, dubbed The Graveyard Shift.

The following night, Halloween spirits took over The Corinthian for Easter Seals' "The Bash: A Halloween Happening." Over the years this event has grown into a seriously ghoulish affair with costumes going beyond the cutesy baby doll looks into serious walking-dead characters. But this fall the most popular costumes among the crowd of 675 seemed to be Batman and Catwoman and those Duck Dynasty trolls. The event was chaired by Newie and Dr. Mark Brinker and Cathy and Dr. Gary Brock.

Over at the Petroleum Club, the Young Professionals Association's "Once Upon a Nightmare" bash was strong on zombies and very creative creepy costuming. This was Magan M. Hunt's fourth annual Halloween bash, which has become a not-to-be-missed party with more than 200 costumed fans dining and dancing to D.J. Tiffany of Las Vegas. The club's ballroom was transformed into a sinister setting beginning with Bright Star's one-of-a-kind Dichrolier chandelier that cast images and shadows of a wooded forest throughout the room. Joining Magan in the orchestration was committee chair Stephanie Quisenberry and a host of volunteers.

Hotel ZaZa and Veuve Clicquot unleashed a flock of characters with its "Yelloween" spook fest (the "yellow" inspired from the labeling of the French bubbly). While the spirits flowed and chef Jeff Axline kept the revelers well-fed, DJ Lady Bunny spun the tunes that inspired dancing til dawn.