Killer costume: Check. Dance fever: Double check. Spot to strut your Halloween stuff: Not yet? If you haven't planned your Hallow's Eve hurrah, don't despair. We've scouted the top bar bashes for your partying pleasure.
Don't turn into a pumpkin at midnight?
Head to All Night Long, Motel Bar's nod to the witching hour and beyond. Don your best costume for this fete with DJ Allen Burris, tarot card readings and 25 cent Malort shots. No cover. Oct. 29.
Why you should go: Cherish, the Burlesque Snake Dancer performs.
Wanna do more than dress like a fairy?
Annual costume bash BooBall benefits the Fairygodmother Foundation (which grants wishes to terminally ill children); get down and feel good with music and eats. $10. Oct. 27.
Why you should go: Good cause, great drinks? Sounds like a winner.
Need a good cha-cha-teeth chatter?
Rumba over to Randolph Street newbie Carnivale, whose colorful decor and tasty treats make this resto-lounge seem like the inside of a candy bag every day of the year. Watch horror flicks while sipping specials like the Peanut Butter Cup Martini. Menu prices vary. Oct. 31.
Why you should go: The first 100 guests snag a free masquerade mask.
Just can't get enough?
Crobar doesn't stop at one gig; the club's got three nights of holiday to-dos: Crobar's Halloween Party, Deadman's Ball and The Gumball. Oct. 28, 29 and 31.
Why you should go: $3 cocktails on Halloween night.
Fool for money?
Think we're wearing these costumes for our health? Heck, no! We're in it for the cold, hard holiday payoff. Top dog at Exotica takes home $5,000 in cash and prizes. Don't make the cut? You can still enjoy sounds by DJs John Curley, Chris Tomasone, Jernell Geronimo, Shaka 23 and Ben Castaneda. Oct. 29. $10-$20.
Why you should go: The reward is rich, but entry is cheap: RSVP at sound-bar.com for reduced admission before 11 p.m.
Prefer adult exxxcitement?
Just can't get past good ol' costume standbys like the naughty nurse and slutty angel? Go ahead, dress like a tramp. It's part of the program at the Fifth Annual Pimp and Ho Halloween Party, hosted by adult film stars Nina Hartley, Stormy and Shane. DJs spin, Too White Crew plays, and adult film company AVN's giving away two trips to Vegas. Oct. 29. $25-$35.
Why you should go: Free drinks from 9-10:30 p.m.
Know how to handle a knife?
Looking for some fun that's a little more good and clean? We can't promise it'll be tidy, but Bungalow Lounge's Pumpkin Carving Party offers a lark that harks back to your childhood Halloweens. Just remember to BYOP (that's pumpkin; there's plenty of pints and potions at the bar). Oct. 26. No cover.
Why you should go: Win gift certificates to local bars and restaurants.
Got a penchant for Paris?
Get your 15 minutes of fame (or just borrow it for an evening, courtesy of Miss Hilton) when you dress as your fave celeb for a chance to win up to $1,000 in cash at the Yelloween Celebrity Ball. If it means we can bring along our pint-sized pooch as an accessory, we're there. Oct. 29. $10.
Why you should go: First 50 costumed guests snag Veuve Cliquot gift bags (but good luck; this bar fills up fast on regular nights).
Magic floats your boat--er, body?
Legions of live bands are so last summer; this autumn we're opting for the Sixth Annual Hallo-Palooza: The Great Sidini's Halloween Psychic Soiree, when Sidney Friedman performs hypnosis, levitation and mind reading. Oct. 29-30. $13-$18; two-drink minimum.
Why you should go: Maybe Friedman can tell you what you were thinking when you decided to dress up as Daisy Duke.
Rather crawl than float?
It's like trick-or-treating for grownups. Move from bar to bar at the Crawl with the Creeps: Halloween Pub Crawl, and get unlimited drafts at each stop. Trolleys leave every 15 minutes from Durkin's, McGee's, Duffy's and Wrightwood Tap. Oct. 31. $15.
Why you should go: The only thing better than chocolate in your goodie bag is beer.
Love ladies in leather?
Here's one fete that'll have revelers lining up outside: The Velvet Rope Circus features acts by Lord Mike's Dirty Calypsonians, Wise Woman Fools Circus and a "temptress carnival" courtesy of Eve's Parlor Burlesque "temptress carnival" and more. Oct. 30. $12-$15.
Why you should go: These aren't your average parlor tricks; Eve's what we call a specialist. In domination.
Jennifer Wehunt is the metromix print edition producer.Originally published October 19, 2005.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun