Once viewed as a time for spirits to pass from the boundaries of Earth to the otherworld, Halloween has come a long way. Now as assimilated as any other holiday, Halloween is no longer perceived to be as frightening and ghoulish as it once was. And while trick-or-treating is undeniably a worthy pursuit much better for adults is the dressing-up part of the celebration. Between the prurient nurses and licentious witches, there aren't enough fantastical and eerie costumes (or even fabric, it sometimes seems) to go around. And you'll need a really excellent costume to attend the annual Lemp Mansion Costume Ball
, hosted by the most supernatural residence in St. Louis, the Lemp Mansion (3322 DeMenil Place) on Halloween night. Featuring free food and an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight, live music from Hush, Stacy Collins and Calico Creek, and a costume contest with cash prizes, this could be the party that pays for itself — if you think up a wicked-enough getup. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door; visit www.lempmansion.com
or call 314-664-8024.
Sat., Oct. 31, 2009