An '80s Nightmare Ball: It's Requiem vs. That '80s Club with costume contest, door prizes, dancing and live entertainment by DJ Skeletal and DJ X-Bot; 21 and older only. Mon., Oct. 31, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., $6. Velvet, 1301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 314-241-8178, www.velvetvibes.com.
All Hallow's Eve: Kid-friendly Halloween activities including face painting, balloon artists and palm reading, with free candy and age-appropriate ghost stories. Sun., Oct. 30, 1-4 p.m., free. Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd & DeBaliviere Ave (Forest Park), St. Louis, 314-746-4599, www.mohistory.org.
American Liver Foundation Halloween Costume Bash: Tim Gilbert of KLOU Oldies (103.3-FM) hosts this Halloween party, with costume contests, live music by Jackson Hill and That '80s Band and special guest stars; proceeds benefit the American Liver Foundation of Missouri. Thu., Oct. 27, 6-11 p.m., $25, call 314-352-7377 for tickets, www.liverfoundation .org/missouri. Ameristar Casino's Bottleneck Blues Bar, St. Charles Landing, St. Charles, 636-940-4300.
And Away You Go: Interactive murder-mystery with four-course dinner & wine. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $34.95-$39.95. Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Dinner Theatre, 4426 Randall Place, St. Louis, 314-533-9830, www.bissellmansiontheatre.com.
Animated Dead, Harkonin and Deaden: Three wicked metal bands crush your skull in honor of Halloween. Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., free. Three-1-Three, 20 Mascoutah Ave, Belleville, IL, 618-239-6885.
Antoinette's Bare Bones Tour: This trolley tour doesn't involve dinner, but it may involve ghosts! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot. Fri., Nov. 4, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 12, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 19, 7-10:30 p.m., $33, 618-462-4009, www.hauntedalton.com. Piasa Masonic Temple, 300 State St, Alton, IL, 618-462-1542.
Antoinette's Eating with the Entities Tour: Enjoy cuisine from Tony's Restaurant in Alton, but watch your plate -- the ghosts could be hungry! A trolley tour is a part of this night out, too. E-mail email@example.com to save your spot. Fri., Oct. 28, 6-10:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 6-10:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 6-10:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 5, 6-10:30 p.m., $54, 618-462-4009, www.hauntedalton.com. Piasa Masonic Temple, 300 State St, Alton, IL, 618-462-1542.
Antoinette's Witching Hour Tour: Like the Bare Bones tour, you will be served no dinner, but you will be ghost-hunting on the trolley at the prime time. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot. Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Continues through Nov. 19, $42, 618-462-4009, www.hauntedalton.com. Piasa Masonic Temple, 300 State St, Alton, IL, 618-462-1542.
Arch Rivals Comedy Showcase: This show of "chills, dancing, monsters and costumes" includes the audience, who should be dressed up in costumes as well. Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., $5, 314-495-9454, www.entertainmentgroup.biz. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-241-2337, www.schlafly.com.
Bare as You Dare Fantasy and Fetish Ball: Dress in a scandalously revealing costume (body paint, chaps and/or liquid latex are recommended) and get in for free. Sun., Oct. 30, 12-3 a.m. Faces, 132 Collinsville Ave, East St. Louis, IL, 618-271-7410, www.facesnolimits.com.
A Beer and a Shot: Where Beer Baron Billy Lemp Meets Al Capone: The several-course meal that accompanies this murder-mystery dinner theater includes apps, salads, main courses, desserts and more; the rest, well, that's a mystery! Call ahead to make reservations. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5, $45.95. Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, 314-664-8024, www.lempmansion.com.
Black Friday: Halloween costume party with DJ SOS and Mark Lewis, drink specials and all-you-can-drink beer & well option ($25 at the door); no cover. Fri., Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 609 & U Lounge, 609 Eastgate Ave, University City, 314-721-9168, www.609u.com.
Boo at the Zoo: Safe and free trick-or-treating along the Pumpkin Trail. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park, St. Louis, 314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org.
Boo-tacular Car Wash: Black cars are washed free by costumed attendants, and free cookies and candy are handed out to all patrons; donations gladly given to St. Louis Children's Hospital. Mon., Oct. 31. Gas House Express Car Wash, 9849 Manchester Rd, St. Louis.
Carnivale: Fund raiser for Craft Alliance features art activities, carnival games, concessions, live entertainment, adult beverages and Halloween movies projected on the building. Sat., Oct. 29, 4-8 p.m., $6. Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd, University City, 314-725-1177, www.craftalliance.org.
The Cat and the Canary: New Music Circle provides a live soundtrack for this silent horror movie about a woman who will inherit a wealthy relative's estate -- provided she can be proven sane (hint: she may not be sane if proof is a stipulation of the will). Fri., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., $3-$5, www.newmusiccircle.org. Saint Louis Art Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, 314-721-0072, www.slam.org.
Celtic New Year Celebration: Celebrate the holiday that morphed into Halloween with a special evening of music and tales by Geroid O'hAllmurhain and Eileen Gannon. Sat., Oct. 29, 5 & 7 p.m., $10, call 636-798-2005 for info. Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy F 5 mi. w. of Hwy 94, Defiance.
Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion Tours: Check out this old Greek-revival-style mansion, built in 1848, and its 1904 World's Fair memorabilia, and then have lunch at Cafe DeMenil (in the house's old carriage house) -- what a nice day! But beware: During the month of October, the house will observe Victorian-style mourning customs. Creepy! Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $1-$4 for the guided tour. Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, 314-771-5828, www.demenil.org.
Costume Carnival: Put on your costumes for fall fun and free admission to the kids' corral and entertainment farm. There will be a costume parade at 2 p.m. each day. Sat., Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eckert's Grafton Farm, 20995 Eckert Orchard Rd, Grafton, 618-786-3445; Eckert's Country Store & Farms-Belleville, 951 S Green Mount Rd, Belleville, IL, 618-233-0513; Eckert's Millstadt Farm, 2719 Eckert Orchard Ln, Millstadt, IL, 618-476-3260, www.eckerts.com.
Crematorium: This dilapidated funeral home and neighboring cemetery may just scare you to death! Admission also grants you access to Silo-X and the Creature. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sundays, 7-10:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $10-$20, 314-631-8000, www.scarefest.com. Silo-X, 1600 Old Hwy 141 (Old Riveria Pool), Springdale.
The Creature: Climb into the belly of this 140-foot-long beast -- if you dare! Admission also grants you access to Silo-X and the Crematorium. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sundays, 7-10:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $10-$20, 314-631-8000, www.scarefest.com. Silo-X, 1600 Old Hwy 141 (Old Riveria Pool), Springdale.
Creepy Crawl's Halloween 2005 Fest: Where better to go on Halloween than a place with "creepy" in the name? And a place with six (!) bands playing (including the Lurking Corpses)? And a place where there's a costume contest at midnight? Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $10-$12. Creepy Crawl, 412 N Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, 314-621-9333, www.creepycrawl.com.
The Darkness: Two floors of terror so scary you'll be crying for your mummy! (And you thought Soulard was scary enough already!). Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sundays, 7-10:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $10-$14, 314-631-8000, www.scarefest.com. The Darkness, 1525 S Eighth St, St. Louis.
An Evening for the Animals: Benefit for START's efforts to end animal abuse features music, gourmet vegan dinner and desserts; costumes encouraged. Sat., Oct. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $15. Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, 314-863-5811, www.art-stl.com.
Faces Masquerade Ball: 3 a.m. costume contest with cash prizes (winners picked by audience participation); if you're not in costume, you will not be allowed in Faces; 18 to enter, 21 to drink. Mon., Oct. 31, midnight. Faces, 132 Collinsville Ave, East St. Louis, IL, 618-271-7410, www.facesnolimits.com.
Fright Fest: There's going to be a mansion of 3-D Terror, haunted hayrides, the terror train and more! Plus, kids twelve and younger can trick-or-treat! Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30. Six Flags, I-44 & Allenton Six Flags Rd, Eureka, 636-938-4800, www.sixflags.com.
Get Out of the Suburbs and Into the City III: Trick or treating, costume contest and pumpkin-carving, plus Halloween-themed crafts in Art City. Sat., Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., $10. City Museum, 701 N 15th St, St. Louis, 314-231-2489, www.citymuseum.org.
Ghostride Cemetery History & Symbolism Tours: These tours depart from the Arch garage and take you to Calvary and Bellefontaine cemeteries to hear the terrifying tales of real-life (well, real-dead) St. Louis celebrities interred in these boneyards. Advance reservations are required; wine and cheese are included. Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $45, 618-451-2381 or 314-849-3211, www.ghostridetours.com.
Ghostride Dinner: Get ready for a night of terror! The cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the scary tour gets going at 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 28; Sat., Oct. 29, 618-451-2381 or 314-849-3211, www.ghostridetours.com. Al Smith's Feasting Fox, 4200 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, 314-352-3500, www.feastingfox.com.
Ghostride Tours: These tours depart from the Arch garage and take you on a journey through a downtown and south St. Louis you've never seen before! Advance reservations are required; wine and cheese are included. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $45, call 618-451-2381 or 314-849-3211 for info, www.ghostridetours.com.
Ghosts of Onondaga Cave: Flashlight tours of the cave emphasizing the human elements of the cave's history; bring your own flashlight, reservations recommended. Fri., Oct. 28, 6:30-8 p.m., $2 (free for kids 13 and younger), call 573-245-6576 for reservations. Onondaga Cave State Park, 7556 Highway H (seven miles southeast of the I-44 Leasburg exit), Leasburg, www.mostateparks.com/onondaga.htm.
Ghouls Night Out Costume Party: Party with MTV's Real World cast members and dance to the sounds of DJ Silver. Fri., Oct. 28, 10-midnight, $10-$15. Al Habrosky's Ballpark Saloon, 800 Cerre St, St. Louis, 314-241-6969.
Grant's Farm Halloween Celebrations: Through Oct. 30. Grant's Farm, 10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, 314-843-1700, www.grantsfarm.com.
Great Godfrey Maze: Seven-acre cornfield maze features 2.4 miles of trails to explore. Plus, the maze is haunted October 21-31 -- bring your own flashlight! Through Oct. 31, $4-$6, www.greatgodfreymaze.com. Robert E. Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Ln off Rte. 67, Godfrey, IL, 618-466-1483.
GWAR: The Scumdogs of the Universe return to East St. Louis to lay waste to our pathetic civilization. Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $18-$20. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Ave, Sauget, IL, 618-274-6720.
Halloween Family Day at the Contemporary: Come in costume to create pumpkin art, see masked performers and have your spooky photo portrait taken. Sat., Oct. 29, 1-4 p.m., free. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.
Halloween Family Fun Day: Halloween-themed games, storytelling, face painting, goodie bags and more, for all the members of your family. Sat., Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Westfield Shoppingtown Chesterfield, I-64 & Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, 636-532-0777.
Haunted Hall: One hallway of the Old Normandy Hospital has been transformed into a not-so-scary haunted hallway (recommended for kids age 14 and younger), with free goodie bags and hot chocolate at the end. Thu., Oct. 27, 6-11 p.m., free, call 314-516-4774 for info. UM-St. Louis-Old Normandy Hospital, 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Rd, Normandy.
Haunted Hayrides: Take the wagon through the Haunted Orchard, then calm down in the Fun Farm. Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29, $6. Eckert's Millstadt Farm, 2719 Eckert Orchard Ln, Millstadt, 618-476-3260. Eckert's Grafton Farm, 20995 Eckert Orchard Rd, Grafton, IL, 618-786-3445, www.eckerts.com.
Johnnie Brock's Vampires Ball: Open bar, costume contest, Decadent Dessert & Coffee Den and prizes at this gala fundraiser for the Gateway Hemophilia Association. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $100, call 314-729-0233 for info, www.gatewayhemophilia.org. Chase Park Plaza, 212 N Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, 314-633-3000, www.chaseparkplaza.com.
Keith Jozsef Halloween Magic Spectacular: The Master of Bizarre Magic performs amazing feats such as mind reading, acts of telekinesis and a séance encounter with (cross your fingers!) Jack the Ripper. Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 & 9:15 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., $10, call 314-752-9882 for reservations. Cheshire Inn, 6300 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, 314-647-7300.
Lemp Mansion Halloween Party: Admission includes open bar (with Mali-BOO Witches' Brew), food, music from three bands and a costume contest. Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $40-$45. Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, 314-664-8024, www.lempmansion.com.
Mardi Gras Bicyclists Ball: Hostelling International Gateway Council presents this Mardi Gras themed costume ball with snacks, beer and King Cakes; proceeds benefit the New Orleans Hostel. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-midnight, $10 suggested donation, call 314-644-4660 for info. City Museum, 701 N 15th St, St. Louis, 314-231-2489, www.citymuseum.org.
Miso Scary 5: Costume contest (those in costume get preferential treatment at the door), DJ Gary Mac and more surprises at Miso's best party of the year. Thu., Oct. 27, call for prices. Miso on Meramec, 16 N Meramec Ave, Clayton, 314-863-7888, www.misolounge.com.
Molly Crenshaw's Haunted Forest: Two terrifying trails to travel: Village of the Living Dead or Molly's Grimm Tales. Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sun., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-midnight. Continues through Oct. 29, $12 per trail or $20 for both, call 636-928-4141 for info. Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Rd, Wentzville.
Murder at the Mineral Spa: This interactive murder-mystery dinner and experience will incorporate aspects of the hotel's history, and you can even spend the night! (And get a massage!) Call the hotel for reservations, and wear a costume. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $32.95-$219.95, 314-495-9454, www.entertainmentgroup.biz. Original Springs Hotel & Bath House, 506 N Hanover St, Okawville, IL, 618-243-5458, members.tripod.com/okawvillehotel.
Mystery & Laughter Collide: Come in costume to this interactive murder-mystery dinner, and try to solve the puzzle. Call the restaurant to make your reservation. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $34.95, www.entertainmentgroup.biz. Al Smith's Feasting Fox, 4200 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, 314-352-3500, www.feastingfox.com.
Non-Prophet Halloween Show & Costume Contest: NonProphet Theatre Company performs The Militant Propaganda Bingo Machine, and during intermission they hold a costume contest for you, the viewer; sorry, you must be 21 or older for entry. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m., $10, call 314-752-1302 for reservations, www.nptco.org. The Hi-Pointe, 1001 McCausland Ave, St. Louis, 314-781-4716, www.hi-pointe.com.
Not-So-Haunted House: Fright-free Halloween activities for kids including trick-or-treating on all four floors, visits from Harry Potter and Cinderella and the Haunted Trail. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $6.50. Magic House, 516 S Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, 314-822-8900, www.magichouse.org.
Professor Weird Magic Lab & Halloween Makeup and More: Pre-register for these two Halloween workshops for kids ages 6 to 12. Sat., Oct. 29, 12-2 & 2-4 p.m., $25. Kennedy Recreation Complex, 6050 Wells Rd, St. Louis, 314-894-3089.
Psychic Fair: Readings, vendors, free lectures every half-hour and aura photography. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $7, call 812-925-3039 for info. Gateway Convention Center, Hwy. 157 just north of I-55/70, Collinsville, IL, 618-345-8998, www.gatewaycenter.com.
Pumpkin Prowl: This non-scary costumed adventure allows kids to explore Frankie's Maze, the Goofy Graveyard, the Pirate's Cove, crafts and more. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30, $5. Saint Louis Zoo, Forest Park, St. Louis, 314-781-0900, www.stlzoo.org.
Reel Late: Rocky Horror Picture Show: What midnight movie series would be complete without the old "Timewarp?" Starting Oct. 28, Fridays, Saturdays, midnight. Continues through Nov. 5. Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis. $6.50.
Shriektacular: A walking tour of the park with live bluegrass music, magicians and jugglers, with a post-tour bonfire and marshmallow roast. Sat., Oct. 29, 6:30-9 p.m., $6, call 636-391-0922 to register. Suson County Park, 6073 Wells Rd, St. Louis, www.stlouisco.com/parks.
Silo-X: Toxic gas, burning helicopters, a government cover-up, mutated folks, a crazy bus ride? Sounds like Halloween to us! For $5 more per adult, you can also access the Crematorium and the Creature. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sundays, 7-10:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $10-$20, 314-631-8000, www.scarefest.com. Silo-X, 1600 Old Hwy 141 (Old Riveria Pool), Springdale.
Spirit Search Dark Room Sessions: Interact with Lemp spirits in the attic of the mansion; reservations required. Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. & midnight; Sun., Oct. 30, 9 p.m. & midnight; Mon., Oct. 31, 11 p.m., $25, 314-776-4667, www.stlspiritsearch.com. Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, 314-664-8024, www.lempmansion.com.
Spirit Search Haunted History Tours: Ghost stories, psychic & ghost-hunting lessons, Lemp history and attempted spirit communications come with the tours; call for a required reservation. Mondays, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 27, 6 & 9 p.m., $15, 314-776-4667, www.stlspiritsearch.com. Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, 314-664-8024, www.lempmansion.com.
Spookodyssey: Every day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., young children can enjoy the Odyssey for $4 and receive a free pumpkin. Then, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. the monsters come out, and admission costs $6. A portion of all proceeds benefits the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Cancer Center. Through Oct. 29. Zick's Great Outdoors, 16498 Clayton Rd, Wildwood, 636-458-1445, www.zicksgreatoutdoors.com.
Tombstone Haunted Ghost Town: This ain't no pizza town -- there's some bad outlaw ghosts here, plus a train! Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sundays, 7-10:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 31, $10-$14, 314-631-8000, www.scarefest.com. Tombstone Haunted Ghost Town, 5901 Lindwedel St, Imperial.
Trail of Terror: The miners dug too deep and unleashed monsters from the pits of Hell -- and now they haunt this cursed trail. Fridays, Saturdays, 7-11 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29, $5-$6. Collinsville Jaycees Civic Center, 2016 N Keebler Rd, Collinsville, IL, 618-345-8448, www.collinsvillejaycees.org.
Webster Film Series: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Puerto Muerto provide a new live soundtrack for Tobe Hooper's classic splatter fest; you'll come for the gore, you'll stay for the creepy-ass music. Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $5-$6. Webster University-Moore Auditorium, 470 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, 314-968-7128. Call 314-968-7487 for information. www.webster.edu/filmseries.html.