There are Halloween parties, and then there is the Central West End Halloween Party
. The all-day outdoor celebration starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, with a kids' costume party and parade, led this year by Cinderella and her magical carriage. At 1 p.m. the costume parade for dogs and their people starts, and then general revelry continues until 6 p.m. when the adults-only party begins. The big event is the costume contest, which always features the most creative and inspired costumes in the city because $6,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs to the best of the best in various categories. Competing in the adult contest costs $25 for individuals and $50 for groups (cash only), but entry to the event is free. The CWE Halloween Party is centered on the intersection of Maryland and Euclid avenues (www.cwescene.com
). Pretty much all the neighborhood restaurants and businesses participate in one way or another, so bring your party money to ensure a good time.