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Halloween Comes Early 

It's time for the annual Night & Day Halloween Roundup®! (What would you do without us?) Now, everyone knows that ground zero for All Hallow's Eve fun in this city is the Central West End, so we'll start at the intersection of Maryland and North Euclid avenues and work our way out. In the CWE the festivities begin at the early hour of 11 a.m. — but that's for the kiddos and pets. The real party (meaning the adult party) gets underway at 8 p.m.; that's when the costume-contest judging begins, and things tend to get a bit crazy before the street party wraps up at midnight. If you think your costume is good enough to be considered, show up at 6 p.m. and pay $20. For more information visit www.thecwe.com. (The CWE party is sponsored in part by the RFT.)

Now let's head downtown. Of course, all manner of clubs — from Dante's to Lafayette Pub to Kyo — are hosting all manner of parties, but we're thinking the Sordid Halloween Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at City Hall (1200 Market Street) is going to be off the chain(saw). Costumes are a must, and even though the ticket price is a bit steep ($50 to $75), proceeds from the party go to two great causes (Food Outreach and Doorways) — and you get two drink tickets. And Delta Burke is scheduled to make an appearance. To buy a ticket and for more information, visit www.halloweenstl.com.

If you don't fancy the whole costume thing, head to Portabella in Clayton (15 North Central Avenue; 314-725-6588 or www.portabellarestaurant.com). There, you can get into the spirit without having to wear anything too silly during the Portabella Pumpkin-Carving Contest. All you have to bring is a pumpkin and your creative plan — knives to borrow, chili and cider are all free. The contest happens from 4 to 6 p.m., there's a cash bar, and kids are welcome.
Sat., Oct. 28

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