From the Events Calendar
Eight parties, two Halloween nights: The don't miss spooky bashes
Editor's note: Listings editor Carolina Astrain will write a regular feature, where she spotlights things pulled from CultureMap's extensive events calendar. This edition: Houston's hopping Halloween bashes.
Want to know whose chandelier you should be swinging from this frightful weekend? With Halloween on Sunday, the scariest day of the year has essentially morphed into a double-barreled weekend of fun. There's twice as much opportunity to party as Halloween's turned into a two or three day event.
Here are the eight Houston Halloween shindigs you don’t want to miss:
Za’lloween at @Hotel ZaZa (Saturday, 9 p.m.)
Renowned drag-queen Lady Bunny (bring a ruler to measure the false eyelashes and a thick skin for her often-hilarious commentary) returns to Hotel ZaZa for a night of elegant company, drinks and décor nestled in the heart of the Museum District. The most romantic pick of the weekend? The most outrageous?
Halloween Costume Party @Hearsay (Saturday, 10 p.m.)
Are you into spooky buildings? Hearsay on Travis is inside of The W.L. Foley Building, built in 1889 by Texas courthouse architect Eugene T. Heiner. Its costume party features DJs Craig and Metro Mike, a raffle for two $50 Hearsay gift certificates and a costume contest where the winner gets $100 in bar tab free for the night. Yikes!
Wicked @House of Blues (Saturday, 8 p.m.)
Flying monkeys, talking trees, and a hot air balloon are just a few treats waiting for you behind these Blues doors.
House of Blues is giving a $10,000 cash prize to the winner of its costume contest. Check into one of the themed rooms (Emerald City, Land of the West, Munchkinland, Land of the East) and knock some pins over at Lucky Strike Lanes next door.
Halloween Party @51 Fifteen (Saturday, 9 p.m.)
In the heart of Saks Fifth Avenue, 51 Fifteen throws a Halloween party featuring international music from a DJ, drink specials, a costume contest and table bottle service.
So why not go shopping for your costume that afternoon, get dolled up at a salon, pick up a pair of killer heels and head for this swinging bash?
Yelloween @Del Frisco’s (Saturday, 6 p.m.)
Ignite your senses as the sun goes down with $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot, the champagne responsible for starting the “Yelloween” tradition. Del Frisco will also bring out their Spookytini, a passion fruit cosmo with a twist.
Halloween Party @Ocean's (Saturday, 9 p.m.)
Plunge face-first into ceviche (not literally please) at Ocean's restaurant. With a decked out festive interior, Ocean's brings you a haunting night of bites from the sea, set by music.
Come in costume as your favorite sea crustacean if you want, but remember to steer clear of the frying pan.
13 on the 31st @13 Celsius (Sunday, 4 p.m.)
13 Celsius and CultureMap team up for a sophisticated Halloween party featuring themes from Day of the Dead — with a twist. The idea according to the party's Facebook page is to celebrate all that is good by paying homage to all the good people and things that have helped to make this life wonderful, interesting and weird.
The reality is that if you're looking for a low-key, cool party to wind down your weekend at, this is your event. Admission is free with food and drinks available for purchase.
16th Annual Halloween Party @La Gríglía (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)
A gem in the River Oaks district, La Gríglía promises a swirl of guests at their free bash — get ready for a stylish, sinfully scary night.
Also, if you're worried about getting around safely on this weekend of mischief, The Wave shuttle service (713-863-9283) is offering a special deal. All rides will be half off the regular $10 price all night Saturday. And plenty of fancy folks will be taking it.
Hotel ZaZa and Ocean's — knowing that there will be plenty of overlap between its well-heeled crowds (who limits themselves to one Halloween party after all?) — has enlisted The Wave to shuttle its guests back and forth between the venues.