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Killer weekend for Halloween

Halloween bashes are popping up faster than zombies in a George Romero movie. See today's Vinyl Word for the lowdown on the dance parties, or continue reading for a list of other events at bars and clubs from Taipei to Kaohsiung.

By Ron Brownlow  /  STAFF REPORTER

The past few years have seen Halloween in Taiwan grow from a small affair to a series of raucous celebrations.

TAIPEI

PS Cafe

It pays to dress up in the city this weekend. Since Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, most of the action is scheduled for tomorrow, beginning with PS Cafe's Night of Mayhem (tel: 02-2776-0970), from 8pm to 1am. Digit will man the turntables and everyone in a costume gets a free "brain" shot.

Citizen Cain

Also starting early, but continuing until daybreak, is the costume party at Citizen Cain (tel: 02-2708-4557). Things get underway at 8:30pm, after which NT$10,000 worth of prizes will be awarded for the "best," "sexiest," and "scariest" costumes. Specially designed "black cat" and "pumpkin cat" shots are NT$100 all night.

Comedy Club

"Hellboy" and "Mormon" Elder Li will make an appearance at the Comedy Club's English-language stand-up comedy show (tel: 02-2369-3730), starring Mark Goding, Trista di Genova, Kurt Penney, Huanger, Chris Wang, Adrian Maidment and Matt "the puppet guy" Bronsil. NT$350 admission includes one free drink. The hour-long, non-smoking event starts at 10:30pm.

Goding, who will dress up this year as Hellboy and motor off to compete in Brass Monkey's costume contest after the show, said he's still sore over losing competitions the previous three years to a man wearing a trash can, a couple dressed as China Airlines employees and Barney the Dinosaur. "If there's anyone wearing a rubbish bin or dressed as Barney, Hellboy will rip their heads off," he says.

Brass Monkey

Moving on to the larger venues, Brass Monkey (tel: 02-2547-5050) sheds its sports bar image for something spookier with what is usually one of Taipei's most well-attended and cut-throat (as in competitive) costume competitions. This year's Halloween Party runs from 9pm to 2am. Women in costumes get free cocktails from 9pm to midnight and a total of NT$10,000 is up for grabs for the "sexiest" and "best" costumes. Contestants are judged by the volume of the crowd's cheers. Last year's winners were Barney the Dinosaur and a couple dressed in bondage gear.

Roxy Vibe

Music! Thrills! Horror! Excitement! Roxy Vibe (tel: 02-2358-2813) marks its return as a concert venue with Live in Hell's Basement, featuring The Unrelentless, Coach (教練) and Public Radio, followed by the O-Brothaz Sound System, "bringing the sweetest reggae and dancehall sin can buy." At the stroke of midnight, NT$3,000 will be given away in a costume contest. The party runs from 10pm to 3am, but, as always, Vibe stays open much later.

Other Taipei parties scheduled for tomorrow:

The Source

Ideoteque at The Source (tel: 02-3393-1789). DJs spin indie, electro, pop and folk. NT$500, all you can drink.

Bliss

The Chillest Haloween Party in Town at Bliss (tel: 02-2702-1855). Entrance to the bar is free. NT$200 to see Panafricana perform upstairs at 10pm. Free to see the O-Brothaz upstairs at 3am.

Carnegie's

Carnegie's (tel: 02-2325-4433). The Anhe Road club where you can dance on the bar always organizes one of Taipei's top costume contests.

On Tap

On Halloween, On Tap (tel: 02-2741-5365) hosts its own Night of Mayhem with the Underdog party crew from 10pm to 4am. Black is the theme, and free bar tabs and complimentary dinners for two will be awarded to three of the best dressed patrons. Shorty will spin funk until the early hours. Happy hour is extended until 11pm and the kitchen stays open until 1am.

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