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Dress up and win big during Halloween in Des Moines

The rest of the Court Avenue District will be hosting Halloween parties that night too!
The rest of the Court Avenue District will be hosting Halloween parties that night too!
Photo Courtesy of the Surf Shack

Time to let that freak flag fly by checking out these festive haunts. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, not just because of the freedom to dress all slutty and get free booze and candy, but also to celebrate the joy and fun of fear while remembering how big a role the dead still play in our lives. So lets play:

The Surf Shack's Halloween Costume Party is always one of the biggest in town. This year show up early for FREE BEER from 9-10 on October 30th, and stay for the $200 in bar tab giveaways, $300 costume contest, DJ's and a balloon drop full of goodies. Bring friends to help you polish off that $6 fish bowl, and reserve your bottle service and tables early!

The 2nd Annual Halloween Pub Crawl is a great way for the A.D.D. drinker to have a continuous change of scenery without the hazards of driving under the influence! The Original Pub Crawl Guys put this on each year, and some of the proceeds help out local charities. Pay online at by October 20th and pay only $15, or pay only $20 if you sign up by the 30th. Cost for cover at each of the bars is included in the ticket price. The night starts off with FREE PIZZA and a FREE KEG at Wellmans Pub and Rooftop. Hop on the bus and continue the party at Miss Kitty's, Liars Club, Uncle Bucks and return to Cabaret West Glen.

The Licker Room on SW 9th is hosting its First Annual Halloween Bash. This is the classic dive bar -never know what trouble you're gonna get yourself into- random party situation. Prizes for best costumes in the sexy, scary and couples categories. Awesome live music. $2.00 UV Blue Shots all night, $1.00 Jello shots till they disappear!

If you know of a fun bar hosting a Halloween party in Des Moines feel free to add it in the comments and happy haunting!