Leave Monday night to the little kids. For us grown-ups, Halloween is happening all weekend long. ¶ Every bar with a beer sign will hold a costume party Friday and Saturday night. But I've narrowed the field to help you pick your poison. ¶ Do you want to dance to a couple of superstar DJs? Wanna win some big money? Or dress up like zombie John Lennon? These 10 parties are a good representation of all the ghastly fun to be had this weekend (and on Monday, too).


Everyone's favorite U.K. bar celebrates its 21st anniversary with -- what else? -- a British-themed costume shindig. Plus, dance to Brit tribute bands E.L.nO. and Kinda Kinky. Who it's for: People who wish they had bad teeth.

  • 7:30 p.m. Sat. 10/29
  • 1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.
  • Free. 21 and older.
  • 612-332-3908 or britspub.com


San Francisco's influential dance music duo Gabriel & Dresden spend their Halloween weekend with us at the old Skyway Theater, which the Bar-fly owners have turned into a concert hall. Who it's for: Dance music fans who don't mind sweating in their Halloween costumes.

  • 9 p.m. Sat. 10/29
  • 711 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.
  • $15-$25. 18 and older.
  • 612-333-6100 or barflyminneapolis.com


The downtown Minneapolis club is treating Halloween like New Year's Eve, offering an all-you-can-drink option ($75-$85). If you're just interested in showing off your costume, the top prize is a diamond ring. Who it's for: Club-goers looking to get wasted?

  • 9 p.m. Sat. 10/29
  • 400 1st Av. N., Mpls.
  • $15-$20 regular admission. 21 and older.
  • 612-232-3232 or aquampls.com


"The Big Gay Halloween Party" is just that -- huge. Held at one of downtown's largest clubs, it'll feature DJ Escape, remix king to the stars. Who it's for: Well-dressed gays.


Leave your baby toys at home. This so-called "Grown and Sexy" soiree is hosted by Shannon Blowtorch, Nadine DuBois and Sweetpea. Expect some great burlesque and nonstop dancing. Who it's for: Like the name says, the grown and sexy.

  • 9 p.m. Sat. 10/29
  • 80 S. 9th St., Mpls.
  • $10. 21 and older.
  • 612-332-4700 or hk-underground.com


One of the scene's oldest VIP nightclubs boasts one of the weekend's biggest costume contest prizes: $1,000. Who it's for: Naughty nurses, I'm guessing.

  • 9 p.m. Sat. 10/29
  • 411 2nd Av. N., Mpls.
  • $10. 21 and older.
  • 612-333-8800 or theloungempls.com


This "Clubhouse of Horrors" is being led by the Attitude City DJs, who will spin real vinyl. Also, there's a costume contest for a $25 bar tab (pulling out all the stops, huh?). Who it's for: Those dying to hear authentic Halloween music (i.e. dusty records).

  • 10 p.m. Sat. 10/29
  • 923 Washington Av. N., Mpls.
  • Free. 21 and older.
  • 612-332-2686 or clubjager.com


The Aster isn't exactly known for house music, but Halloween night belongs to dance music vet Woody McBride (and friends). Costumes welcome. Who it's for: Bar-goers looking for a "flattering environment" (that's what the flier says, at least).

  • 8 p.m. Mon. 10/31
  • 125 SE. Main St., Mpls.
  • Free. 21 and older.
  • 612-379-3138 or aster-cafe.com


The 26th annual Krewe of Dads Masquerade Ball won't feature the Radiators this year (they broke up), but it'll have the next best thing. The New Orleans Suspects, formed with former Radiators and other NoLa-style musicians, will perform in the hall next to this Shakopee bar. Who it's for: Fish heads.


Costumed dance party at First Ave. Need more enticing? OK, here's a little more: the DJs include Soviet Panda, Jake Rudh, DJ Smitty, Roy Freedom, Mike 2600, King Otto and Verb X. Now that's a lineup. Who it's for: Clubbers looking for the best costume party there is, duh.

  • 8 p.m. Mon. 10/31
  • 701 1st Av. N., Mpls.
  • $5-$10. 18 and older.
  • 612-332-1775 or first-avenue.com