Halloween Train: Your Definitive Guide to the ATX Madness

If you know me at all, you realize that I have an addiction to dressing up/theme parties/generally winning at life.  Each year Halloween is a debacle.. where do we go? what do we wear?  will there be four other skanky st. paulis girls there? No matter how high my expectations, this city always does me one better. Seriously cross eyed from putting this together. If you have nothing to do this weekend, it will still be too much. Halloween specific items in orange will be at the top of the gig list and those in purple are kid friendly.

This is like the mother of all party trains. For you Halloween Freaks, zombie balls, vampire nights, dolls from the crypt, fantasy balls, zombie fuzz club, pet costume contests, fish fry and scaraoke, monster bashes, kids pumpkin carving and a balkan gypsy costume dance party. For those of you who choose to abstain, a few things to choose from: KGSR Lonestar State of Mind, The Pogues, Sea Wolf, St, Cloud, Soul Track Mind, Owly City, Widespread Panic, Race for the Cure, Gogol Bordello, NERD and the kickoff of yelp drinks week.While you’re puzzling over what to do, enjoy the below:  

Have a fabulous and safe Halloween everyone.  If you want Halloween and nothing but Halloween, click here.  If i missed something, let me know. Actually, don’t. I can’t look at anymore orange font 🙂 Plus I’m totally jealous that all these amazing things are happening while I tailgate for 10 hours on Saturday. 

Yours in confusion over the Zombie trend, 


P.S. Let me know if the orange is too hard to read

Free and Cheap:

To Check Out:

  • I heart Video has “FREE BEER TUESDAYS!” After 6ish
  • House Wine: Every Sunday (regular hours 3-12) 1/2 price glasses of wine on bottles opened Saturday night! While they last!
  • 50% OFF Bar Tabs at Happy Hour @ Fortune Chinese: For the remainder of 2009 get 50% off ALL drinks at happy hour: Monday-Friday 5-8pm. 

Reviews: Finally got around to yelping some RR stuff. Find the full reviews @ kellystocker.yelp.com

  • Barton Springs Saloon: Still smells like vom
  • The Highball: Overrated… but go once
  • Hoodys Sub Shop: Amazing phillys.
  • Smokey Moes: I like it better than rudys
  • Gumbos: Never been disappointed
  • China Wall: Fast, cheap, no roaches
  • The Liberty: Great newish east side bar. 1.50 tall boys.
  • Fortune Chinese Seafood: Good dim sum.
  • BD Rileys: I love this place. It smells like football
  • Ginnys Little Longhorn: If you havent gone for chicken poo bingo, do it.
  • Pour House Pub: New north austin bar. Not bad at all

Halloween Week Fun: 

  • Good site for events & Haunted Houses:http://thisislifeinaustin.com/2009/10/27/halloween-haunts-where-to-get-your-spook-on/
  • Boo at the Zoo: Wear a costume, bring a flashlight and pack a picnic for a nighttime of “fang-tastic” family fun.  The nighttime zoo adventure will feature a haunted train ride, free candy and a chance to see nocturnal animals awake and at play. Boo at the Zoo will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.
    Scare for a Cure Haunted House at 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr.: this annual fundraiser helps out local cancer charities, and does so by putting together one of the most frightening interactive haunted houses there is. Just watch out for ghouls keen on licking your ear. Wednesday through Saturday, guided tours. info
  • The Zombie Ball at 4715 East 5th Street: This one’s so big that they had to split it up into two days. Three stages of music, one of which is a “re-fashioned firetruck with an integrated solar system flying the 2nd largest disco ball in Texas” (!!!), with bands including PONG, Boombox, T Bird and the Breaks, and many more. Friday and Saturday. info

Halloween Freebies

 Wednesday  10/28/09 

  • Flip Scene’s Halloween Bash 2009 at The Mohawk: The Black and White Years, L.A.X. and the Bright Light Social Hour, plus Learning Secrets, Neiliyo, and DJ Markus. Costume contest courtesy of Birds Barbershop and Wish, along with a photobooth by Annie Ray. First 300 attendees get a $25 gift certificate to Wish. Wednesday, 8 p.m. to midnight, $10 for advance tickets, $12 day of show. info
  • Ffree wine tasting at Austin Wine Merchant from 5:30-7.
  • Whole Foods downtown continues wine and cheese tastings at 6:30 at the wine kiosk.
  • Blaggards 6:00pm Fado Irish Pub  21+
  • The Pogues, Stubbs
  • Beyond the Blues: a Peter Case benefit  9:30pm Continental Club 
  • Brother Ali 9:00pm Emo’s $13/$15
  • Builders and Butchers SOLD OUT  La Zona
  • Charlie Mars  8:00pm Threadgill’s World HQ/South $12
  • Dan Dyer  8:30pm Momo’s Club $7
  • Dubkids 9:00pm Flamingo Cantina /21+ DUB REGGAE
  • Eggmen / Eggjam  6:00pm Mangia at 3016 Guadelupe
  • J.J. Usher 12:00am Saxon Pub  $5
  • Jazz Pharaohs 6:00pm Elephant Room  
  • Bock, Barbeque & the Blues event 6:30pm Central Market Cafe, Westgate  
  • John Mills TIMES TEN  9:30pm Elephant Room
  • Matt McCloskey  7:15pm Momo’s Club $7
  • Monte Montgomery  8:00pm Saxon Pub  $10  
  • Sea Wolf  5:00pm Waterloo Records and Video
  • SPAZMATICS 9:45pm Cedar Street Courtyard 
  • Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros 10:00pm Saxon Pub  $10  

  Thursday 10/29/09  

  • First Night Austin 2010’s Masquerade Ball at United States Art Authority: Performances by Artificial Life Preserver, Henry and the Invisibles and the Blue Hit, plus a sneak peek at programming for this year’s NYE festival. Thursday, 8 p.m. to midnight, suggested donation $10. info
  • Black Widow Burlesque presents…A Naughty Nightmare! Elysium
  • Fuerza Latina 2009 Halloween Salsa Bash: DJ G will be spinning the best of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia and Latin pop 18+
  • Free Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Wolfman vs. Dracula’ www.AustinBrevita.com/drive-in.htm
  • Ghostbusters movie night, outside @ the hub
  • Pink Party @ Speakeasy, benefits Race for the Cure
  • Madeleine Albright, Discusses Read my Pins @ Bookpeople on N. Lamar
  • Larry the Cable Guy, Frank Erwin
  • Movie night in Bee Cave, Fion Wine Pub, $2.50 single beers (350 to choose from), $12 Pizza and Beer Specials, and of course Popcorn. Come hang out and bring a lawn chair.
  • Austin360 Concert Series with St Cloud, Justin Jones at Stubb’s
  • Stars in your eyes party: Our Eye on Style Party and Fashion Show. There will be refreshments and drinks. The party starts at 5:30 p.m., with the fashion show at 8 p.m
  • Thursday the 29th enjoy free Treaty Oaks Rum and Sugar Mama’s Cupcakes at Parts and Labour from 6-9.
  • You can also hit the free (RSVP only) tasting at Spec’s – Brodie from 6:30-8:30
  • Royal Blue continues their Thursday night wine tastings with delicious free apps from 5-7.
  • Afroreque 9:00pm Flamingo Cantina  $5 FUNK/HIP HOP/LATIN
  • Blind Pilot  n/a Parish Room 
  • Carolyn Wonderland n/a Saxon Pub  
  • David Wilcox  8:30pm Cactus Cafe  $25/$28  
  • EZRA FURMAN and THE HARPOONS 10:00pm Mohawk /inside
  • Illusionist Electric Orchestra  9:00pm Ruta Maya Int’l HQ  $5 Costume Party with between 29 and 40 talented musicians
  • Kanko 9:00pm Flamingo Cantina  $5 FUNK/HIP HOP/LATIN
  • Love At War  10:30pm Momo’s Club $5
  • Low Anthem  n/a Parish Room 
  • Meagan Tubb  11:00pm Amsterdam  
  • Motel Aviv n/a Antone’s Night Club 18+
  • Mother Truckers  6:30pm Continental Club  $5
  • Pauline Reed  6:00pm Saxon Pub
  • Slow Down Lady  8:00pm Momo’s Club $5
  • SPEAK  10:30pm Antone’s Night Club 18+
  • Warpaint n/a Emo’s

 Friday 10/30/09  

  • Graham Wilkinson’s Halloween Eve Fall Jam at The Ghost Room: Music by La Tampiquena, Drew Smith, and The Trishas, sponsored by Sierra Nevada. Friday, $15 in advance, starts at 7 p.m. info
  • The Ghoulwill Ball at the Driskill Hotel: this spooky fundraiser returns for its third year with the theme “Ghosts of Graceland.” Open bar, hors d’ouvres, auctions, and music by Blue Finger Disco. Proceeds benefit Goodwill’s job-related programs and services. Friday, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., $125 per ticket. info 
  • Gypsy Balkan Costume and Dance Party Inheritance  9:00pm Ruta Maya Int’l HQ  $5
  • Zombie Night with prizes: Widespread Panic After Party Amsterdam , scariest, sexiest, funniest & Most Creative Costumes!
  • Halloween Fundraiser ThrowdownThe Marq, Costume Contest, Cheap drinks, afterwork gathering, Annie Ray photo booth
  • RARE Halloween Costume Bash this Friday night at Speakeasy / RSVP for FREE admission http://www.speakeasyraremagazine.eventbrite.com/
  • Vampire Night at Prague 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Upscale Halloween Party @ Ozone Event CEnter Black Attire w/ Mask or Costume REQUIRED!!! http://www.ozoneeventcenter.com/
  • The Forbidden costume contest @ Aces: myspace.com/specialistphotography
  • Moulin Rouge Halloween Celebration @ Aquarelle: annual Moulin Rouge Halloween Celebration on Friday, October 30 from 8pm to 12am in the restaurant’s backyard, front patio and in their wine bar, Le Bar.
  • Halloween Spooktacular @ Galaxy Dance Studios 6-10pm! Student/Instructer Thriller Dance will be performed at 8pm
  • Everything Pumpkin Dinner Party!, 7:45 PM 
  • Friday Pumpkin Carving: 3-5pm Friday, kids carve free, and the mysteriously creepy invite says Pumpkins, Punch, and Pinatas. @ LaCondesa
  • Nocturnal Vision: Hike into the Night: You’ll learn about owls, bats, spiders, insects, astronomy and Native American lore. Families will also enjoy a 30 to 45 minute Nighttime Spider Hunt with Spider Joe Lapp.
  • Day of the Dead Tribute and Halloween Dance Party 6:30pm Central Market Cafe, N. Lamar  
  • A Soul Happening  9:00pm Club Deville
  • Gary P. Nunn @ Broken Spoke
  • BLACK ANGELS 9:00pm Mohawk /outside
  • Gary Clark Jr. 11:30pm Saxon Pub  KGSR Lonestar State of Mind
  • Greatest American Heros 9:00pm Carousel Lounge
  • Just Released 9:30pm Elephant Room
  • Marcia Ball 7:00pm TDS Exotic Game Ranch Buda  $75.00  3rd Annual Hill Country Nights, see:www.hillcountryconservancy.org
  • Mystic Moot 9:00pm Flamingo Cantina  $5 18+ REGGAE
  • Owl City n/a Emo’s
  • Scabs 10:00pm Antone’s Night Club $18 adv.
  • Shapes Have Fangs 9:00pm Mohawk /outside
  • Stoney LaRue n/a Nutty Brown Cafe/Amphitheatre
  • W.C. Clark  9:00pm Saxon Pub  KGSR Lonestar State of Mind
  • We Are The Kings  7:15pm La Zona Rosa  
  • Widespread Panic SOLD OUT Music Hall

 Saturday 10/31/09 

  • The Saints & Sinners Exotic Halloween Ball is coming to Austin Texas with top DJs and playboy hosts @ Expo Center.
    Halloween Open House brewing. 1-4pm @
    512brewing: Taste the New Seasonal Bruin Double Brown Ale http://tinyurl.com/lqvrjp
  • Dolls from the Crypt: Horror A-Go-G10:00pm Emo’s inside
  • Krewe du Coeur Maudit Halloween parade @ Lady Bird Lake, Texas’ first ever Halloween parade Krewe and Marching Club. Inspired by and in honor of New Orleanian parade traditions,
  • Ranch afterhours halloween party @ Coppertank. Buy wristbands. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144419799849&ref=mf 
  • White Ghost Shivers Halloween Ball of Fantasy at The Mohawk: Join the “Demons, Hobbits, Goblins, Warriors, Gnomes, Creatures, Witches, Warlocks, Fairies, Sprites, Knights, Maidens and Wizards” for an Austin Halloween night tradition. This one’s all about Dark Crystal and Legend. Saturday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. info
  • Zombie Prom at the Highball: You must be dressed as a zombie in order to gain entrance, but feel free to ‘zombie-up’ whatever your existing costume might be—think zombie pirate, zombie sexy nurse, zombie slutty cat, etcetera. Dance party provided via The Action Pack, zombie photobooths, human brains on the menu, and more. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., $13. info
  • HalloWeeN Fish Fry and Karaoke Party at Club Deville: A night of “mayhem, corpses and dead eyes,” plus hellish karaoke and a fiery fish fry. The evening kicks off with The Ripe and Nic Armstrong spooking out as “The Rollercoasters” Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., $5. info
  • 9th Annual Drag-O-Ween – A Rocky Horror Thriller! http://www.austinroundup.com/Austin_Roundup_2010/Fundraising.html
  • Leighton’s Halloween Monster Bash 7:00pm Ruta Maya Int’l HQ  $5 Potluck & Dance
  • Scaraoke Halloween at Opal Divine’s on West 6th: it’s the finale event of Drink Pink, a great fundraiser benefiting Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. Burlesque, celebrity judges and karaoke. Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight. info
  • Zombie Fuzz Club at Scoot Inn: a 60s zombie/monster-themed dance party with reimagined classic moves like the “Sinister Stomp,” “Graveyard Cha-Cha,” and the “Wombat Twist.” Saturday, 9 p.m. info
  • The Belmonster Bash at The Belmont AIDS Services of Austin’s: ASA’s second annual Belmonster Bash features DJ Logic, a costume contest, and cocktail specials. $10. info
  • Halloween at the Graveyard: The list for this one is totally full. Get there early if you RSVPed in time. Saturday, 7 p.m. info
  • Bob Schneider Halloween  10:00pm Antone’s Night Club
  • Halloween at Max’s:  DJ, dancing and costume contest. three course dinner served from 4pm-11pm upstairs in the restaurant for $35 per person (add $20 for optional wine pairings)
  • Thrills, Chills, Haunts and Jolts at Jo’s South Congress: Monomusic, games, concessions, a costume competition, and more. Proceeds will go directly to Urban Roots, a local nonprofit that combines sustainable agriculture with youth development. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Free
  • 9th Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt @ evergreen farms: $2-4 per ticket. Activities include Pumpkin Hunt, Pumpkin Launcher, Train, Maze, Fire Truck ride and more.
  • Halloween Extravaganza @ greenhouse mall: Halloween afternoon (11am-3pm) costume contests, balloon animals, Halloween goodies and treats! face painting
  • Dia De Los Muertos Texas Fireworks @ Krieg Softball Complex
  • Shuck Shack’s Halloween Pet Costume Contest at the Shuck Shack: Daytime benefit for Emancipet with raffle, “owner and pet” photos, and more. Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. info
  • The Austin Rowing Club has a kid’s carnival from 4-7:30 on the 31st after the Head of the Colorado Regatta. There’s a flyer here: http://austinrowing.org/images/uploaded_images/carnival-flyer1.pdf
  • Halloween Show 3:30pm Ruta Maya Int’l HQ The Barton Hills Choir will perform tunes from The Beatles, Wilco and The Flaming Lips.
  •  Blues Mafia  12:00am Saxon Pub  $7
  •  Dertybirds  9:00pm Momo’s Club $20
  • Butthole Surfers, Peaches at Stubb’s
  • Eleven Finger Charlie  10:30pm La Zona Rosa  
  • Emancipator  n/a Parish
  • Fireants 8:00pm Jovita’s
  • Foot Patrol 9:00pm Red 7
  • Fortunes and Fantasy  9:00pm Mohawk /outside
  • Frontier Brothers 10:00pm Emo’s outside (Tickets)
  • Gaelic Storm  9:00pm Threadgill’s World HQ/South $20
  • Liz Morphis 8:00pm Eddie V’s Edgewater Grill 
  • Love At War (opens)  10:00pm Antone’s Night Club
  • NAKIA & His Southern Cousins 10:00pm Jovita’s  $10
  • PASSAFIRE  10:30pm La Zona Rosa  
  • Phil Pritchett n/a Oktoberfest Palestine
  • Rocky Horror Tribute Band 11:30pm Emo’s outside (Tickets)
  • Sin City Social Club n/a Scoot Inn
  • Sister 7 11:30pm Momo’s Club $20
  • Starkey  n/a Parish
  • Widespread Panic SOLD OUT Music Hall

 Sunday 11/01/09  

 Monday  11/02/09    


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  1. Hmm. Pondering my burrito costume…I loves me some Chipotle.

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