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You say your costume's so clever it deserves multiple wearings, and your appetite for sweets-be they the trick-or-treat or the eye-candy variety-can't be satisfied by one measly evening dedicated to the macabre? Good news: The witching hour may not officially toll until Monday, but we're not waiting for Halloween night to get into the ghoulish spirit. Some of the city's most spine-tingling spectacles are already in full swing.


Haus party
If you think ho-hum horror flicks are frightening enough, wait 'til you see these classic German shockers. The Dank Haus Halloween Party features screenings of silent films "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "Faust" set to a live jazz score. With a costume contest, DJ Hobgoblin and a cash bar.

Thriller night
Want to pay attention to the writhing bodies on the dance floor as well as on film? At the Psychological Thriller Halloween Party, scary clips from "Carrie," "The Birds," "The Ring" and more flicker on screen while you cut a rug to tunes by DJ Speed. Premium open bar.


Strike it rich
We've all got strikes on the brain, but baseball's not the only sport to spot an inspired throw-or roll. At metromix and RedEye's Halloween Party at Lucky Strike Lanes, you can take aim at the 10 pins, come in costume for a chance to win cash and prizes, and enter raffles to win items like a trip for two to L.A. Includes open bar, appetizers, DJs and more; bowling extra.

Visit the old haunts
The van may be rockin', but it's your knees that'll be knockin': The Tiki Transit Tour of Haunted Chicago includes stops at a spate of local spirit-ridden spots, from the site of the St. Valentine's Day massacre to the Eastland disaster. With comedy, music and magic on the bus from Michael Arch and Danny Donuts.


Monster mash-up
It doesn't matter if you're dressed as Daisy Duke or an Oompa Loompa; we wanna see you shake your thing on the dance floor. DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins goth and industrial at the All Hallow's Eve Ball so you can bust your boo-tylicious moves into the wee hours. With a costume contest, giveaways and more.

What a drag
The best-dressed glam or ghoul at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club's Shaken Not Scared wins $500 cash and a $1,500 American Laser gift certificate (because hairy really is scary). With Delores Van Cartier on Sunday and Madam X on Monday; half-price martinis both nights. 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. No cover. Menu prices vary. 3700 N. Halsted St. 773-525-1111.


Treats, no trick
Here's one doorbell we're planning on ringing: Come in costume to Clybar's Halloween Party, and your first potable potion's on the house (that's a heck of a lot better than the dental floss we scored in our trick-or-treat bags growing up). Best male, female and couples' costumes win prizes; DJ Maverick spins.

March of the penguins …
… and the ghouls, ghosts, caped crusaders and comic-book characters: It's the Ninth Annual North Halsted Street Halloween Parade, featuring outrageous getups and boisterous behavior from Boystown's bedecked. Parade travels north on Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Cornelia Street.

Jennifer Wehunt is the metromix print producer.Originally published October 25, 2005.

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