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Have Some Spooky Fun with Halloween Happenings

Friday, Oct. 26-Wednesday, Oct. 31


Back in your college house party days, going out and about involved a closet full of reasons to dress in odd attire, with themes ranging from black light and white trash to tennis attire and wearing colors to signify your relationship status. But we can't all stay in the Neverland of creative drunkfests, and so the end of October serves as an excuse for adults and children alike to wear something crazy and get a little wild. Boise has plenty of places to do just that; here's a rundown of a few.

Those still weaning themselves off of the college party circuit can enjoy a sure-to-be scantily clad costume party at the Bermuda quasi-Triangle of downtown Boise bars Saturday, Oct. 27. China Blue, Dirty Little Roddy's and the Main Street Bistro will team up for a Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Block Party. $15 gets you into all three clubs.

Want your near-naked party to be a little more artsy? The Red Light Variety Show's Halloween Costume Party happens Friday, Oct. 26, at the Visual Arts Collective. Enjoy the varied talents of the Red Light performers, videos by Antimagic and music by Jumping Sharks and Slow Bunny. Costumes--including "constricting underwear" for men and "ShamWow" panties (think about that one for a minute) for women--are encouraged. Entry is $5 and proceeds benefit VAC. Visit for more info.

Prefer to look at Boise scenery? The Halloween Boise Trolley Tour takes place Friday and Saturday evenings through Saturday, Oct. 27, and then nightly through Wednesday, Oct. 31. The always-informational tour takes a spooky turn for the season, with certain nights featuring an extended two-hour tour and adults-only evenings. Prices start at $16; visit or call 208-334-2844 for more info.

If getting creeped out by nature is more your style, there are plenty of places to make you scared of the woods around the Treasure Valley. Check out the Freaky Forest, at 1800 W. Hubbard Road, in Kuna, or the Eagle Volunteer Firefighters Association's Haunted Woods at Merrill Park in Eagle. Both run Friday and Saturday evenings and on Halloween night.

Halloween enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the Monster Bash Friday, Oct. 26, at Boise State University's Student Union Building. The event features a costume contest, pumpkin carving and more. Admission is FREE and the bash is presented by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

The kiddies can also attend Boo at the Zoo, Zoo Boise's annual event, where costumed kids can partake in various activities and check out the animals. Standard admission rates apply and proceeds support improvements to the zoo. That event takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.