Halloween on a Saturday is like Christmas for Sixth Street, which once again will be the site of the city's biggest gathering of ghouls, zombies and Michael Jacksons (our prediction for hot 2009 costume).
Thousands will stroll up and down the closed off street in the annual parade of superheros, vampires and all manner of dress up attire.
If Sixth Street is too much for you, check out our roundup of other Halloween events, some of which are tonight and Friday, making this a thrill-filled weekend.
Austin Ghost Tours.90-minute tours beginning at the Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill, 303 Red River St. Varying times; check Web site for details through Saturday. $20. www.austinghosttours.com.
The Belmonster Bash.Featuring DJ Logic, with DJ Blick and a Widespread Panic after-party, plus a costume contest. $10 at the door, benefits Aids Services of Austin. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth St. 457-0300; www.thebelmontaustin.com.
'Blood Ritual.'Haunted house presented by Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas and Scare for a Cure. 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday. Richard Garriott's estate, 7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive. www.scare foracure.org.
Dismember the Alamo.Three days of zombie movies, today-Saturday. Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd. Check Web site for ticket availability and schedule, which includes 'Night of the Living Dead' as part of 'Music and a Movie' tonight, and a zombie shorts program and the Texas premiere of 'Dead Snow' (both Saturday). 219-5408, www.drafthouse.com. Free to $12.
First Night Austin Masquerade Ball.The fifth annual First Night is on New Year's Eve, of course. This event is a precursor of sorts, including a preview of some of the music acts that will play First Night. 8 to midnight tonight. United States Art Authority, 510 W. 29th St. $10. Costumes encouraged. www.firstnightaustin.org.
Graham Wilkinson's Halloween Jam.Featuring Drew Smith along with La Tampiqueña and the Trishas, as well as a costume contest. 7 p.m. Friday. The Ghost Room, 304 W. Fourth St. www.frontgatetickets.com, www.theghostroom.com.
Halloween Ball of Fantasy.Featuring the White Ghost Shivers, Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business, McMercy Family Band and Fortunes and Fantasy. 9 p.m. Saturday. The Mohawk, 912 Red River St. $15 advance, $20 at the door. www.mohawkaustin.com.
Halloween Block Party.Day of events Saturday at Antone's Record Shop (2928 Guadalupe), Tom's Tabooley (2928 Guadalupe) and Sonny's Vintage (2928 Guadalupe). At Antone's: Vince Bell performs and signs books beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a performance by Webb Wilder at 4 p.m. At Tom's: Screening of Wilder's 'Scattergun' at 5 p.m. followed by the Fractals playing at 6 p.m. At Sonny's: Live music begins at 7 p.m. with Soul Proprietors, followed by Doggy Style (Hound Dog Taylor tribute), Shells and Shapes Have Fangs. Antone's and Tom's events are free. Cover is $5 ($3 with costume) at Sonny's. Call: 322-0660.
'House of Torment and Illusion Manor: Rise of the Abominations.'Multilayer haunted house. 7 p.m. to midnight through Sunday. $14.99 to $19.99. Northeast corner of Highland Mall, 523 Highland Mall Blvd. www.thehouseoftorment.com.
Mall-o-Ween.Trick-or-treat in Lakeline Mall; wear a costume. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Center Court, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park. 512-257-8500.
'Mansion of Terror.'Haunted House. Today-Saturday and Nov. 6, 7 and 13. $15 to $20. 2000 S. Interstate 35 in Round Rock behind Walgreens. www.mansionofterror.com.
'Pumpkin Hunt.'Family-friendly event with a variety of activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; activities $2 to $4. 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. www.evergreen-farms.com.
Pumpkin Patch.10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today-Saturday. Prices based on size. St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road.
'Squared Silly!'Family event with games, costume contests, music, hayrides and more. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Lampasas County Courthouse, Fourth and Live Oak Streets. 512-489-2345.
Zombie Ball.Sustainable Waves hosts a costume contest and three stages of music, including Pong, Killa Dilla and T-Bird and the Breaks. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $14 in advance, $20 at the door. Sustainable Waves Event Space, 4715 E. Fifth St. Full schedule at www.zombieball.com.