By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
In this weekend's roundup of events, it's Halloween (almost) all the time. See what activities — spooky and otherwise — you can't miss.
- Amarillo Museum of Art's annual 12 x 12 art exhibition and silent auction opens Thursday with a preview party at 6 p.m. and the main event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St. The exhibition will feature more than 80 works in a variety fo styles and media, all measuring no more than 12 feet by 12 feet (by 12 feet, if it's 3-D). All works will be for sale, with bidding starting at $120. Tickets are $12 for the main party and $24 for both. Velvet Funk will perform. Call 806-371-5050, and click here for more details.
- National Junior Bull Riding Finals returns to Amarillo for action at 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday; finals begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. Nearly 200 cowboys and cowgirls will compete in the Amarillo National Center on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Weekend passes are $75 for adults and $50 for children; daily tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Click the link above or call 806-378-3096.
- Collective Heritage Lab will discuss its initiatives to combat the sale of "blood antiquities" at a public forum at 7 p.m. Friday at The Chalice Abbey Spiritual Center and Fair Trade Store, 2717 Stanley St. That will be followed Nov. 4 by a collaborative art show featuring works by Afghan and American artists that will hang at The Object Gallery inside The Galleries at Sunset Center, 3701 Plains Blvd. Click here for more on the initiatives.
- Pianist David Palmer and violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza will continue their cycle of violin sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven for Chamber Music Amarillo on Saturday. The evening begins with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Fibonacci Space, 3306 S.W. Sixth Ave. "In actual years it's a span of only six years (between the four sonatas), yet it is hard to imagine four works by one composer that are more different from one another," Jekova-Goza said. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students. Call 806-236-3545. Click here for my preview.
- The Amarillo Bulls will face off against the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Coliseum, 401 S. Buchanan St. Single tickets range from $13 to $23, or $9 for children ages 2 to 12.
- Rockin' Road to Dublin will bring its first national tour to Amarillo for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday show in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Van Buren St. Tickets are $35 to $55, plus fees. Click here for my interview with its two founders.
- The West Texas A&M University Opera Workshop will stage Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 pm. Sunday and 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on the Canyon campus. In the opera, a fake spiritualist (played by Laurel Bowersox) experiences something mystical during a seance and becomes unhinged. "Rather than a stereotypical love story, we see a charlatan faced with the possibility that all she believed is wrong. How does she deal with that? Where does this knowledge lead her? Is it all in her head? Was it real? I’d like the audience to make that decision for themselves," director Suzanne Ramo said. "(And) for purely selfish reasons, I love spooky stories, and wanted to do a spooky opera Halloween weekend." Tickets are $15 or free for WT students, faculty and staff. Call 806-651-2840.
- Dallas comic Roy Lee and Albuquerque comic Robert Gibson Jr., a/k/a Buck Dangerous, will headline a comedy show at 9 p.m. at the 806 Event Center, 7111 E. Amarillo Blvd. Hosts are Big Stevie and L.B. Johnson. Cover is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 505-710-4744.
- Photographer Jim Livingston will lead a workshop in night photography at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 Soncy Road. Participants will need a DSLR camera, a tripod, an intervalometer and a wide-angle lens. Admission is $100 for center members and $125 for nonmembers. Call 806-352-6007.
- Halloween weekend in downtown Plainview features trick or treating from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. Call 806-296-1119.
- The Turn Center, 1250 Wallace Blvd., will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 806-353-3596.
- Don Harrington Discovery Center's annual Monster Bash runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 1200 Streit Drive. Costumed kids can trick or treat and experiment with science throughout the center. (Volunteers are still sought for the treat stations; call Mandi Ried at 806-355-9547, ext. 108.) Admission is $5 for children ages 1 to 12 and free for their chaperones.
- Amarillo College clubs and organizations will take part in a Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the north parking lot of the AC Washington Street campus, featuring games, prizes and refreshments. Call 806-382-5569.
- A mystery bash will help raise funds for Another Chance House. Secret Party Amarillo will host a Halloween party in a classified downtown location at 9 p.m. Friday. A limited number of tickets are available for $20; the purchase gets attendees the password required to enter the party, which will feature music, food, a bar and a costume contest.
- Buckles Lounge, 6800 E. Interstate 40, will throw a Halloween party at 9 p.m. Friday, featuring B-Man's Karaoke. Call 806-379-8064.
- Old Santa Fe Lounge, 4901 S. Western St., will throw a Halloween party at 9 p.m. Friday featuring DJ James Erik McMurry and drink specials. There's no cover charge. Call 806-356-9919.
- Cactus Bar, 4831 S. Western St., will hold a Halloween party at 10 p.m. Friday with a costume contest and music by Lindi Willis. There's no cover charge. Call 806-356-6369.
- Boobies and Banshees: A Cursed Cabaret will feature performances from the Bomb City Pretties burlesque troupe, Pickled Sister Sideshow and an Amarillo rock band with a name I can't post (but can link to; NSFW, obviously). Performances are set for 10 p.m. Friday at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. Admission is $10.
- Whiskey River, 4001 S.W. 51st Ave., will feature Strange Saints for its Halloween celebration at 10 p.m. Friday; cover is $7 or two for $10. Call 806-367-6163.
- The Fair Theater, 717 Broadway St. in Plainview, will screen Casper, Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters (2016) beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children per movie. Call 806-296-1119.
- The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle will host a Trunk or Treat event from noon to 4 p.m. at Buzula Furniture, 716 W. Interstate 40. The event is free, but donations will benefit the club, which supports injured law enforcement officers and firefighters or the families of those killed on duty. Food is available for purchase from Badlands Barbecue, Prime Kitchen, The Pit Stop and 3D Catering. Call 806-676-2180.
- Archer Comics, 4205 Ridgecrest Circle, will host its Halloween ComicFest from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring a kids costume contest, free comics, artist booths, crafts and more. Call 806-373-5508.
- Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host a Trunk or Treat event in its east parking lot from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Game stations will be set up on a new patio, and cash prizes will be given for best vehicle and best game station. (The party continues later for adults; see entry below.) Call 806-331-7305.
- Bell Avenue Church of Christ, 1600 S. Bell St., will hold a Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call 806-355-2351.
- The Loft Church will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Coronado Elementary School, 3210 Wimberly Road. Call 806-418-8572.
- Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St., will hold a Fall Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in its Christian Life Center. Call 806-374-2891.
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park will host a Zombie Survival Hike from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Park admission fees apply, and reservations are required. Call 806-488-2227, ext. 2067.
- Bar Z Winery, 19290 Farm-to-Market Road 1541, will hold a Hallowine event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, featuring music by Old Dog Tray, food from Back Roads Grill and, of course, wine. Admission is $10; attendees should wear red and black. Call 806-488-2214.
- Amarillo Area CASA will host its annual CASAtume party from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Khiva Shrine Center, 305 S.E. Fifth Ave. The party will feature a costume contest ($10 entry fee), an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and live music by IDT Band from Dallas. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Call 806-373-2272.
- Tascosa Drive-In, 1999 Dumas Drive, will hold a Halloween carnival at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring games, screenings of Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family and a video-game tournament on the screen. Admission is $10 per car load.
- West Texas A&M University will hold a Fall Carnival from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Sports Park parking lot on campus. The party will feature a Trunk or Treat, games, bounce houses and more. Call 806-651-2313.
- Equality Texas, which lobbies for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights in the state, will hold its 21st annual Halloween Costume Gay-la from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 3600 Danbury Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. The party will feature open bars, hors d'oeuvres, music by DJ MacPrime, a costume contest and more.
- Imperial Taproom, 410 15th St. in Canyon, will celebrate its first Halloween with a screening of the film Beetlejuice at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by a performance by Amarillo indie rockers Mount Ivy. The party also will feature a costume contest. Call 806-452-8004.
- Jr's Pool Hall, 1301 S.E. 10th Ave., will host the Toe Tagged 'n' Body Bagged Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday. Featured acts include 806 Kannibal, ReZerect, Leon Charo, H.O.H., Kraze, Pilakarty, Flesheata and more.
- Broken Spoke Lounge, 3101 S.W. Sixth Ave., will feature karaoke at its Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 806-373-9149.
- Duke Tracy's, 3101 S.W. 26th Ave., will feature "skaraoke" and a costume contest at its Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 806-351-0757.
- Midnight Rodeo, 4400 S. Georgia St., will throw a Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday featuring music by Atteberry Station and a costume contest. Cover is $6 in advance and $10 day of show. The bar will feature drink specials on Oct. 27 and 28, as well. Call 806-358-7083.
- The Mudd Rack, 500 E. Hastings Ave., will throw a Halloween party at 9 p.m. Oct. 29 featuring a costume contest and music by Karma. Call 806-381-2599.
- Ranch House Bar, 7117 River Road, will host a Halloween costume party at 9 p.m. Saturday featuring cash prizes, drink specials, live music by RC and more. There's no cover charge. Call 806-381-1213.
- 6th Street Station, 609 S. Independence St., will feature The Jack C'Ryver Band, shot specials and a costume contest at its Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5 for guys and free for women. Call 806-356-0873.
- Zombiez Bar & Grill, 711 S.W. 10th Ave., will hold a grown-up Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday, featuring live music by South of the Sun and a costume contest with a $150 prize. (The bar will hold a family event earlier in the day; see entry above.) Call 806-331-7305.
- Country band Bakersfield Twang will perform for a Halloween party at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Western Horseman Club, 2501 E. Interstate 40. Cover is $5 for men, free for women. Call 806-379-6555, ext. 2999.
- Shandy Bandits will give its second-annual Halloween party at 10 p.m. Saturday at Austin's Texas Pub, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave. The party also will feature Maggie Burt and band. Cover is $5. Call 806-803-9063.
- The 806 Event Center, 7111 E. Amarillo Blvd., will host a costume party at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 505-710-4744.
- The Cassettes, a popular '80s retro band, will perform for the annual Halloween party at 10 p.m. Saturday at Hoots Pub, 2424 Hobbs Road. Cover is $10. Call 806-358-9560.
- House Bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave., will throw a Halloween party at 10 p.m. Saturday featuring DJ James Erik McMurry, a costume contest and drink specials. There's no cover charge. Call 806-677-6450.
- Leftwoods, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave., will hold a Nat tribute partyat 10 p.m. Saturday featuring music by a DJ and more. Cover is $5. Call 806-367-9840.
- RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St., will hold its annual Fetish Ball — this year featuring a Halloween-inspired blacked-out bar — at 10 p.m. Saturday. Ten2One and Pistol Holliday will give a burlesque performance at midnight. The party, at which fetish attire is encouraged, will feature drink specials, prizes and more. There's no cover charge. Call 806-342-9000.
- Skooterz, 4100 Bushland Blvd., will feature Loaded Six at its Halloween party at 10 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $5. Call 806-355-6600.
- St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., will hold a Trunk or Treat at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. Call 806-376-6316.
- First Family Church, 6101 S. Bell St., will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call 806-353-9803.
- Jus Loung'n, 401 S.W. Third Ave., will combine a Halloween party and first-anniversary party into one event at 7 p.m. Sunday. The party is free, and $15 gets you access to the open bar. Call 806-803-9404.
- The Colonies Church of Christ, 4500 Wesley Road, will hold a Trunk or Treat event at 4 p.m. Monday. Call 806-355-7303.
- RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St., will hold a kids Halloween party from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in its back room and on the patio. Call 806-342-9000.
- Westgate Mall, 7701 W. Interstate 40, will hold its Mall-O-Ween trick or treating at 5:30 Monday. Call 806-358-7221.
- First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St., will hold a Family Fall Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Call 806-373-2891.
- Comanche Trail Church of Christ, 2700 S.E. 34th Ave., will hold a Trunk or Treat event at 6 p.m. Monday. Call 806-373-4190.
- The annual 6th Street Creepy Crawl kicks off at 6 p.m. Monday with family events between Georgia and Carolina streets on Historic Route 66. Activities include pumpkin painting and "Thriller" dance lessons at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St.; a mirror maze; clowns; street performances; kids activities; free meals for kids in costume at Bracero's Mexican Bar & Grill, 2822 S.W. Sixth Ave.; and a kids costume contest at 7:30 p.m. at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. Creepy Crawl Cards are $5 in advance or $7 on Halloween; click the link for pre-sale locations. The card gets families discounts at OPJ Furniture and Antiques of Amarillo, The Roseberry and Oh My Vintage Soul, and a grab bag at The Nat. The party continues its activities with a 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. pub crawl. At 9 p.m., Playa Lake and The Foxfire Experiment will perform at The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. at 10 p.m., Strangetowne and Mount Ivy will perform at Golden Light Cantina, 2908 S.W. Sixth Ave. And at 11 p.m., Deathbelles will perform at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. An adults costume contest will be held at midnight at Golden Light. Creepy Crawl Cards are $5 in advance or $7 on Halloween; click the link for pre-sale locations. The card offers a free drink at The 806, Golden Light Cantina, RR Bar, Bracero's Mexican Bar & Grill, Broken Spoke and Austin's Texas Pub, and a discount on the shot of the week at Leftwoods.Proceeds benefit ACTS Community. Call 806-322-1806.
- Amarillo Montessori Academy, 3806 S. Bowie St., will hold a Trunk or Treat event at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Call 806-353-3871.
- Grace Church, 4111 Plains Blvd., will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Call 806-353-1488.
- South Georgia Baptist Church, 5209 S. Georgia St., will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. Call 806-355-8169.
All weekend long
- Maxwell's Country Family Fun & Maze is located at 12908 S. Bell St. and is open 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Sunday. It features more than 80 acres of mazes, games, hayrides and more. Tickets are $14.95 (plus tax) including unlimited rides on the ziplines or $11.95 (plus tax) without. Call 806-373-9600.
- Gee Family Farm, located at Loop 335 and South Whitaker Road, offers a family-friendly maze, a special trail for families with young children, farm-related activities, a hay slide, a zipline and more. Admission is $10 (plus tax). Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 5. Call 806-346-5677.
- Amarillo Scaregrounds, which boasts five different haunts at 2736 S.W. 10th Ave., will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, then Oct. 28-31. The haunts include Terror ($15 admission), Insanitarium ($15 admission), The Basement ($20 admission), a blackout maze ($5 admission) and the Zombie Apocalypse Training Center ($5 admission). Admission is $35 for all or $50 for an all-night pass.
- Chainsaw Massacre, 12851 Interstate 27, is open 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays throughout October, plus Sunday and 31. Admission is $20 or $25 for a fast pass.
- 6th Street Massacre, 3015 S.W. Sixth Ave., is from 7 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday in October, plus Monday. Admission is $20 or $25 for a fast pass.
- Van Buren Frightmare, 816 S. Van Buren St., is open 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Sunday and 31. Admission is $20.