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Dallas' 20 Best Halloween Events And Parties, October 25 to 31, 2012

Don't worry if your Halloween costume hasn't come to fruition -- that'll work out. The important thing is to organize your weekend in advance.

You'll want to hit all of the big parties and maybe a few black sheep events to get the most mileage from that outfit -- whatever it winds up being. There's free scary movies, huge bashes at your favorite haunts and yes, Gwar is in town. So be a doll and share this list with your ghoul gang, and click the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one dressed like a tap dancing crab.)

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Thursday 10.25 Reality Bites - Big Rich Texas' Bon and Whitney judge this reality television theme party at Quarter Bar on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There's live music by Fingerless Ghost, $2 wells and Honey Boo Boo shot specials (I don't know what's in that, but I'm guessing it's self tanner and Miller High Life). There will be prizes, like line-cutting tickets for Saturday's MasterChef auditions -- so if you want to try out, you should win a pass and do it like a VIP. I call costume dibs on that slap-happy Real World character with Lyme Disease.

Free Screening of Vertigo at the Angelika - This is the closing film for Hitchcocktober, a four-week series of screenings from Alfred's haunting repertoire. The film begins around 8 p.m. and you should cozy up on a blanket or a lawn chair since seating is limited. Also, because cozying up is fun.


Friday 10.26

Gwar at House of Blues - If you've notice a recent precipitation of maggots, namely that they're falling "like rain," do not fret. It's a side effect of Gwar's pending Dallas arrival. There really is no better way to celebrate the dark season than with a bit of bloodletting, a lot of sodomy and the inevitable beheading of various political figures. Tickets cost $20.

Broads and Panties Halloween Burlesque Show - Do something nice for your favorite Halloweenie: take him out for an evening of cobwebs and tassels. The lovely ladies of Broads and Panties present the cheeky side of black magic at the Basement Bar in Fort Worth.

Scaraoke - Mr. Rid brings a maniacal approach to his franchise on Friday with a special spooky edition, held at Texas Theatre. I call dibs on Love Potion Number Nine, y'all.

Elegant Ghost and The Scar - As you age, your perception of Halloween shifts. You see things more philosophically, and it's in that exploration of death's abyss that your fears are triggered. What if you couldn't cross over? It's a terrifying concept and it's being explored in two, back-to-back stage performances at Teatro Dallas. The first is Elegant Ghost, a dance production by the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group which focuses on a handful of tortured spirits, roughed up in their transition to the next realm. The next is The Scar, which weaves a surface tale of friendship and deceit under the Pinochet regime.