Halloween is great when you're a kid, but let's face it: It's at its best when you're an adult. Everybody relishes dressing up as a provocative cat or as a zombie. Also, we especially love getting trashed while playing dress up. In fact, Halloween is the best holiday. It easily trumps Thanksgiving because you don't have to spend time with weird family members who throw around pejoratives with the ease of a chef making an omelet. Christmas, no. Your mother doesn't question why you're single during Halloween.
Halloween is what's keeping you young. You are playing make believe a little bit (in a literal sense, rather than the usual, delusional sense). But, you're also doing grown-up things like drinking responsibly and catching shows. So where are the best places in Dallas to get your Halloween on? It's never too early to start planning ahead.
Thursday, October 30
Thriller Night with Who's Bad at Dallas Arboretum, 7 p.m., Free
DeVotchKa w/ Fox and the Bird at Gas Monkey Bar 'N Grill, 8 p.m., $18.50-$35
Devil's Night at Three Links With Richie Ramone with Mothership, Sealion, Convoy, Ramonahs, Plissken, Rodeo Bros, Dog Company, Nasty 'Stache, at Three Links, 8 p.m., $10-$12
Halloween Spooktacular Day 1 w/ Purple Wizard, Party Static, and ill at Double Wide, 9 p.m., $5. Costume Contest at 1 a.m. $50 gift card prize.
Friday, October 31
Halloween Spooktacular Day 2 w/ Wizards of Gore (Rigor Mortis), Cleric, Tolar, Steel Bearing Hand, at Double Wide, 9 p.m., $5. Goriest Costume Contest at 1 a.m. $500 cash prize.
Vulgar Fashion w/ Cyngus, iilll, Street Sects, and Hex Cult at The Crown and Harp, 9 p.m., Free
Cirque du Horror at The Texas Theater, 7:30 p.m., $7-$15
The Prophet Bar Presents: The Halloween Party with Shapes and Faces, 26 Locks, Public Love Affair, Form of Truth, and Dead Beat Poetry, at The Prophet Bar, 8 p.m., $10-$12
Do It For Halloween Presents: Princess For A Night, Spectallica, Black Santa, The Automobiles, Sexy Type Thing, Shaozzy Death Sbourne, at Rubber Gloves, 8 p.m., $10-$12 ($7 if you wear a costume).
Halloween Party: The Mumbles at The Dubliner, 9 p.m., Free
Whiskey Folk Ramblers at Twilight Lounge, 10 p.m., Free
Saturday, November 1
Son of Stan, Catamaran, -topic, at Club Dada, 8 p.m., $8-$10
Haunted Monkey: Metalachi at Gas Monkey Bar 'N Grill, 8 p.m., $16-$35
Halloween Spooktacular Day 3 w/ Elvis: The Experience and Hotrod Hillbillies, at Double Wide, 9 p.m., $5. Dead Celebrity Costume Contest at 1 a.m. $500 cash prize.