BALTIMORE BEWITCHED

The Baltimore Sun

Tomorrow night after the kiddies trot home with their bulging candy bags, it's playtime for us adults.

Not only is it Halloween - it's Friday night. That means double the tricks and treats for the taking - from Halloween-themed concerts to costume contests with cash prizes. You just have to know where to look.

Here are some of the best options for Halloween revelry in and around the city.

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How could Halloween night in Fells Point not be No. 1 on our list? Most of the bars are slammed all night, and masked mayhem will rule on South Broadway until the wee hours of the morning. Some people drink themselves silly, and others get their kicks by photographing the creative costumes. Either way, the historic neighborhood is guaranteed to be party central. Oh, and the scariest part? Finding parking. Good luck!

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Power Plant Live claims to have the "biggest Halloween Bar Crawl in Baltimore." That may or may not be true, but the prizes are hard to top: The best overall costume wins a $1,000 cash prize, and the sexiest woman and best couple get gift certificates and other loot. There is no cover charge, and Miller Lites are $3 all night. A DJ will spin in a heated tent in the plaza, and each bar in Power Plant Live will hold its own costume contest. Power Plant Live is at 34 Market Place. Go to powerplantlive.com.

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The Vagabond Players vant to suck your blood. But they'll settle for seeing a blood donor card instead, which will qualify you for $5 admission to a midnight performance of Bram Stoker's Dracula on Halloween. Theatergoers in costume will also be admitted for the discounted price. Shirley Bell, who handles publicity for the theater, promises a creepy show, with stage smoke, trap doors, eerie lighting, hidden passages and oversized bats hanging from the lobby ceiling. Dracula runs through Nov. 23 at Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The nondiscounted ticket price is $15. Call 410-563-9163 or go to vagabondplayers.org.

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For a neighborhood haunted house, Kim's Krypt has blood, guts and gore galore. You're guaranteed to see some spooky stuff on the roughly 30-minute walking tour. Kim Yates has a fairly long history of spooking people; she started her haunted house in 1994 in Rosedale. It's now at Dundalk's Merritt Park Shopping Center, 1748 Merritt Blvd. Parking is free, and Friday and Saturday night shows have been known to sell out, so get there early. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children 11 and younger. Call 410-391-7726 or go to kimskrypt.com.

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Halloween meets Ladies Night tomorrow at Bourbon Street, 316 Guilford Ave. That means women get in free and drink free beer and rail drinks all night (men pay a $10 cover charge), and costumed revelers can compete for sexiest costume and scariest outfit. The contestant in each category who gets the most applause wins a $250 prize. So if you go, bring plenty of friends - the more clappers in your corner, the better chance you have. Call 410-528-8377 or go to bourbonstreetbaltimore.com.

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If you're looking for a spook-filled fright fest, head to The Fear Grounds at Merriweather Post Pavilion. This year, it's split into two parts: the Haunted Von Dahl Manor and Face Your Fears. The manor includes a haunted library, dining hall and graveyard, and the Face Your Fears exhibit has a Twisted Clown Room and a Deranged Hospital. You can also catch free horror movies all night, buy a costume and see magic tricks. Admission, which is $20, is limited to those 13 and older. An R.I.P. pass for tomorrow and Saturday is $30 and moves visitors to the front of the line. The pavilion is at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Call 301-604-7283 or go to thefeargrounds.com.

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What could be the city's biggest hipster throw down is (surprise!) at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. The Charm City Roller Girls present their Bruiser's Ball, which is an annual excuse for swilling suds, pounding shots and other such partying. Junkrod Joe and the Cadillac Hearse will take the stage and grind out gritty blues rock and rockabilly. And we can't forget the Miss Fits, an all-female cover band performing music from hardcore punk band the Misfits. Since it's Halloween, there will also be costume contests and the like. Admission is $10. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Call 410-662-0069 or go to theottobar.com.

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How about a little blistering rock 'n' roll on Halloween? Drop by the Talking Head Club, where local label Reptilian Records is presenting Killdozer, Hollywood, Pygmy Lush and L.A. Cross. Wear a costume to the show and get a free shot on the house. The club is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 410-207-8011 or go to talkingheadclub.com.

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Tom Kiefaber and the folks at the Senator Theatre are offering a free screening Saturday of the legendary Boris Karloff's The Mummy, a 1932 classic from Universal Studios and the golden age of movie horror. Karloff, just a year removed from gaining screen immortality in Frankenstein, plays Prince Im-ho-tep, buried alive a few eons back but awake once again and looking for a queen. It's all very creepy, especially the scene where Im-ho-tep first rouses. The theater is at 5904 York Road. Call 410-435-8338 or go to senator.com for showtime.

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For those who can't make it to the Senator, here are a few films to help you fete All Hallows Eve the way it should be. In theaters now: Saw V - It's not for the squeamish, but those who enjoy a little torture once in a while might just want to entrust themselves to Jigsaw and his sadistic buds; Quarantine - Here's a good time waiting to be had, as a TV reporter and her cameraman find themselves trapped inside an abandoned building with a deadly virus; Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Jack Skellington, Dr. Finkelstein and a group of delicious spooks try to take over Christmas from Santa Claus. It's very cool, and it's at the Muvico Egyptian 24 in 3-D, no less.

Sun reporters Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley contributed to this article.

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