We’re facing the end of another October and if you’re anything like Austin Social Planner then you don’t have a costume picked out quite yet. Nor will you, because the Social Planner doesn’t do costumes. Some years, the scariest thing about Halloween in Austin is that the temperatures might still end up in the 90s. Zoinks!
Of course, if you’re like a lot of people in Austin then you aren’t costume averse in the least. For those revelers, it’s just another excuse for dress-up. This is a city, after all, where segments of east-side hipsters dress year round like they’re riding steerage on the Titantic and even Pirate day gets traction. So what kind of trouble can you scare up this holiday weekend … provided your dance card isn’t already full with the very scary idea of having to watch the Longhorns sweat another home game…to Baylor?
The Social Planner likes a side of redeeming social value with the screams so you have two best bets to ponder while costumed and out for a cause. The great folks at Goodwill Industries of Central Texas hold their annual Ghoulwill Ball at the Driskill Hotel on Friday, the 29th. This year’s theme is “The 80’s Resurrected,” so big hair, shoulder pads and skinny ties should be in abundance, along with food by Bess Bistro. 80’s covers from the Newsboys will be the soundtrack, classic arcade games will be beckoning for your quarters and after the obligatory “Thriller Dance,” everyone can discuss if you can really resurrect something that refuses to die.
On Saturday the 30th, A-Town Entertainment and Sustainable Waves will present the Zombie Ball, along with sponsors like Do512 and the Austin Chronicle. Sustainable Waves is a company that specializes in green solutions for concerts, events, and festivals, and this year the Zombie Ball moves into the capacious Seaholm Power Plant, Austin’s favorite empty industrial shell cum event space. There you’ll find multiple lounges, VIP booths, a “haunted” fashion show, huge dance floors and multiple bars. On the music side there will be a specially-themed set from White Ghost Shivers and an appearance by the legendary Roky Erickson. If you’ve never been to Seaholm, this might be a great opportunity to do so because this time you can actually dress appropriately…perhaps as a Zombie Construction Worker?
The Bottom Line:
Ghoulwill Ball 2010: The 80’s Resurrected
When: Friday, October 29, 2010, 7:30 – 11:30pm
Where: The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street
Benefiting: Goodwill Industries of Central Texas’ Job-Related Programs and Services
Cost: $125.00 (Special Packages Available)
A-Town Entertainment and Sustainable Waves Presents Zombie Ball
When: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8pm
Where: Seaholm Power Plant, 214 West Avenue
Cost: $20.00 / $65.00 VIP