There are Halloween parties, and then there is the Central West End Halloween Party
. The all-day, outdoor celebration starts at 11 a.m. today with the kids' costume party and parade, then becomes a costume parade for dogs and their people at 1 p.m. before evolving into its final form, the adults-only party at 6 p.m. The big event is the costume contest, which always features the most creative and inspired costumes in the city. Of course, first place comes with a $2,500 prize, hence all the creativity. Competing in the adult contest costs $25 for individuals and $50 for groups (cash only), but entry is otherwise 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.