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BEST Halloween Haunts

Here’s a list of places and things in the St. Louis area to do for Halloween! We do it BIG IN THE LOU!

Halloween is always a big deal in St. Louis, where there will be no shortage of events for those dressed as ghouls, freaks and Honey Boo Boo to party hard. Most of the fun is taking place this weekend, though some events are Wednesday night, as well.

Here’s a rundown of some of the happenings.

• A Tortured Soul Halloween with Tortured Soul, the Mo E Allstars, DJ Alexis & the House Kings, Mister Mac, DJ Uptown, Nappy DJ Needles, 18 & Counting, Crate2Crate, Trevor Matthews, a laser light show, gory photobooth, haunted Fox Hole and costume contest with $250 prize, 9 p.m. Friday, Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue), $10, presented by Atomic Cowboy and Leisure Studies,

• Basscrooks Monster Mash-Up with DJ Cupcake and 3-D video projection mapping by LJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Shiver Vodka Bar (1130 Washington Avenue), 314-241-3900.

• Third Annual Go to Hell Halloween Costume Party with Murphy Lee, 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Coliseum Music Lounge (2619 Washington Boulevard), presented by Star Music Entertainment and Be Sharp Images, 314-531-2920.

• A Nightmare on Locust Street Third Annual Halloween Event with a costume contest and live DJ, 8 p.m. Friday, Lumen (2201 Locust Street), $60 includes inclusive premium open bar,

• Drunken Punk’n 5 with Shea Marie, Dino, Brandon B., 9 p.m. Friday, Bad Dog Bar & Grill (3960 Chouteau Avenue), $10 or $5 with a canned food donation for Food Outreach, no entry without a costume, 314-652-0011.

• Halloween Thriller with George Acosta, SlantE, Matt Hurley, a $500 costume contest and a balloon drop, Europe nightclub (710 North 15th Street), 9 p.m. Saturday, $10 and up,

• Night of the Scarecrow, 7 p.m. Saturday, Koken Art Factory (2500 Ohio Avenue), $5,

• Eighth Annual Halloween Hootenanny with Whiskey War Mountain Rebellion, Hellblinki, Strawfoot and special appearances by Lola Van Ella and Sammy the Tramp of Beggar’s Carnivale, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue), $10-$13,

• Nightmares of the Night with Dana Dane (part of the Icons of Hip-Hop Concert Series), breakdance contest and old-school costume contest, 9 p.m. Saturday, Coliseum Music Lounge (2619 Washington Boulevard), presented by Rockhouse Entertainment, Five Starr Productions and Hella Fly,

• Sexy/Spooky Costume Party with $250 prize, Just John (4112 Manchester Avenue), 10 p.m. Saturday,

• Halloween Celebration with Playboy Playmate Brandie Moses, Undead DJ, free giveaways and costume contest, Tif’s on the Landing (801 N. Second St.), 9 p.m. Saturday, 241-3180

• Tiffany Foxx’s True Blood Halloween Bash and “Yellow Tape” mix-tape release party hosted by Trina and DJ Jo Prima, 10 p.m. Saturday, the City (1917 Washington Avenue), presented by Chigga Chase Hurr and All Out Entertainment, 314-757-4535.

• The Grand Sultans Halloween Masquerade Ball featuring Big Brother Thunder & the Master Blasters, Midnight Riders, Beggar’s Carnivale, 10 p.m. Saturday, Old Rock House (1200 Seventh Street), $15, MetroTix.

• Seven Deadly Sins Masquerade Party with Sexiest Costume Contest and Overall Costume Contest, 9 p.m. Saturday, Exo (3146 Locust Street), presented by 1st Friday and HD Marketing, 314-707-7809.

• Old School Halloween Party with DJ Wood, 10 p.m. Saturday, Halo Bar at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard), free, presented by DJ Wood and S.T.A.R. Entertainment, 314-726-1414.

• Saints and Sinners Halloween Bash with optional open-bar party-bus, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Bistro (3701 Jefferson Avenue), $10 before 11 p.m.,

• “The Last Dragon” Halloween Day Party, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Club Dante’s (3221 Olive St.), come dressed as characters from “The Last Dragon” movie, $10 with proceeds going to Harris-Stowe State University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund,

• Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Bash featuring Corey Allen & Music Unlimited featuring BJ Rich, Mika Rockett, Granada Johnson, DJ Buggy B and hosts Mario “Roe” Lockett and Zane “HeyDaddy” Slack, 7 p.m. Sunday, Blackmon’s Plaza (127 Collinsville Avenue, East St. Louis), $10 and up, 618-780-7500.

• The Psychostick Halloween Party with Fungonewrong, Shotgun Bayonet, Moments Before the Massacre, Age of Awakening, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pop’s (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget), $13-$15, Ticketmaster.

• Nightmare on Main St. Halloween Eve Bash hosted by Jose Collazo and music by Arty J. and $500 costume contests for best, sexiest and most erotic costume, 11 p.m. Tuesday, Eros (140 North Main Street, St. Charles), women drink free before 11 p.m., 636-724-3767

• Halloween Show Tunes with DJ Bando and cash for best male and female show-tune costumes, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Erney’s 32° (4200 Manchester Avenue),

• Dropkick Murphys, Teenage Bottlerocket, the Mahones, 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard), $25-$27.50, Ticketmaster.

• A Very Metal Halloween with Cattle Decapitation, the Vile Impurity, Eternium, the Arcane Horror, Suffer the Wrath and Animated Dead, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fubar (3108 Locust Street), $10-$12, presented by Lord Fanch,

• Sixth Annual Eyes White Shut Halloween Costume Party hosted by DJ Cuddy and Mocha Latte with a $1,000 costume contest, 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Loft (3112 Olive Street), 314-225-2505.

• Halloween Funk Jam with Brett Gretzky, Illphonics and Belligerent hosted by Steddy P & DJ Mahf, 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Firebird (2706 Olive Street), $5,

• This Must Be the Band, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Old Rock House (1200 South Seventh Street), $10-$12, MetroTix.

• South City Halloween Dance Party with Adult Fur, AtM/Mastermind Einstein, Palace, Bear Hive, Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue), 9 p.m. Wednesday, $5-$8,

• Hazard to Ya Booty, Benyaro, 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Gramophone (4243 Manchester Avenue), free, the

• Frightmare Halloween Costume Party with Stuey Rock (Jay Nicks), hosts Nelly Da’ Celeb and Alex Sampson, 9 p.m. Wednesday, J’s on the Boulevard (3739 Page Boulevard), $5 till 11 p.m. for everyone in costume, presented by Celeb Status Entertainment, 314-662-4132.

• All Hallows Eve with the Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Lyal Strickland, Cree Rider Family Duo, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Venice Cafe (1903 Pestalozzi Street),