You've suffered through the tough part: hot gluing sequins, cardboard and feathers into a perfect -- or at least somewhat wearable -- costume.
It's time to take that thing for a ride.
We do Halloween well in Dallas, so plan on calling in sick this Friday and spend Thursday night hitting up the best parties. There are costume contests, weird interactive films and warehouses filled with music and art. Pick a few, update that Uber account and go make the rounds. Here are our nine favorites.
The Golden Age -- Organized by Green Bandana at Darryl Ratcliff's new experimental project space, an 18,000-square-foot warehouse next to the Contemporary, this party holds nothing back. Music by Taylor Effin Cleveland, Bobby Sessions, AZ featuring Dustin Cavazos, Jenny Robinson, Buffalo Black, Lord Byron, Tunk, -topic. and Team From Nowhere and Tony Vice provide the auditory spine while art by Fred Villanueva, Steph Hargrove and Jordan Castilleja soothes your eyes. It's a big one, and costumed ladies get in free before 10 p.m. Presale is just $10 and it's BYOB.
The Double Wide -- Hightail your sweet little Hall and Oates-loving self to Commerce Street for East Dallas' biggest party. Headliners The Rich Girls will leave you swaying to "Sara's Smile," shaking a tail feather to "You Make My Dreams" and generally ignoring "Adult Education." They've got company with Party Static and 'cause Halloween's on Thursday, you'll get an extra special (read: drunk) installment of Good Luck Karaoke, plus the big costume contest. The karaoke's free, the show's $7.
The Tingler and a Sock Hop at Texas Theatre -- After his success with House on Haunted Hill, film studios were inclined to let director William Castle mess around a bit with his horror films. He did that in 1959 with his gimmicky camp classic, The Tingler, which gets a Halloween resurrection, complete with its spine-teasing "Percepto!" effect. The interactive experience begins at 8 p.m. Stick around for the costumed sock hop that follows, where you can release any lingering cinematic anxieties on the dance floor. The film is $10.50. The party is free.
NYLO-Ween -- It's a fancy shindig up on NYLO's rooftop and it runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. You'll get a costume contest, light bites and a chilled-out version of the typical party night.
Ships -- Don't you dare knock Ships. Halloween photos already line the walls of this treasured East Dallas dive, so go in knowing that you're walking into greatness. Will anyone else show up to Ships, cash in hand, ready to party in costume without swearing? Who knows. It's a gamble. But if you and your friends are there, that's all that matters.
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Medieval Times -- These dudes dress up on the daily, so arrive in a properly foolish outfit and receive "an upgrade to royalty," which we assume means first dibs at the community bathtub. Tickets are cheap for the night, slashed down to $29.95 if booked online (use the code 29HWEB) and come with all of that festive stuff, like face painting and candy. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Deepo'Ween -- Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s weekly tour gets a little something extra, thanks to those helpful dark forces behind Deepo'Ween. Ten bucks gets you three pint tokens, a collectable glass, live music, a tour and a costume competition, making this the cheapest way to get drunk in Dallas Thursday night. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Halloween Hoedown -- Over at Sissy's Southern Kitchen you get poultry AND a promenade at this hillbilly-themed bash. So if you're trying to win first prize in the costume contest (200 bucks), you'll want to convert that griffin outfit into a chicken, or some other barnyard resident. If you want to stay for dinner, reservations are encouraged. Otherwise, just freeball it.
Dallas Comedy House Spoofs Horror Films -- The DCH Film Society has been jostling the horror genre through improv. Thursday is your last chance to see the crew move through a brand-new, completely weird, audience-inspired sketch, based on those cliche elements we associate with the things. Watch the DCH kids flip those tropes around and pants 'em. Tickets cost $5 to $7 for this 8 p.m. show. Bonus: DCH comics have built a haunted house. Roam the sucker for free before the show. Stick around afterward for a costume contest.