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are my fa­vorite days in au­tumn. I’m a fan of things spooky, macabre, and melan­choly, and who doesn’t like a good Toot­sie Roll or nine or twenty? Beats a dry turkey leg. I also love the cos­tumes, which can tell you a lot about a per­son. (I’ve dressed as both Scooby Doo and a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer from

for the past five years — draw your own con­clu­sions).

It’s al­ways a mixed bag on Santa Fe’s nightlife front if Hal­loween falls on a Sun­day — when bars and clubs must per­form their last-call rit­u­als at mid­night in­stead of the reg­u­lar 2 a.m. cut-off time. This year, Day­light Sav­ing Time doesn’t end un­til Sun­day, Nov. 7, so there’s no look­ing for­ward to that ex­tra hour of bar-belly-up time dur­ing the Hal­loween week­end, as was the case last year when DST ended on a Sun­day, Nov. 1.

A lot of venues in Santa Fe are hold­ing their Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day this time around. And be­cause it’s not ac­tu­ally Hal­loween, that makes it feel strange to me. On the up­side, how­ever, this lessens the chance that you will ar­rive at your desk on Mon­day morn­ing sport­ing a in­spired ly­cra “mank­ini” un­der­neath your khakis and reek­ing of sloe gin, taxi­cab air fresh­ener, clown makeup, and shame. (You do have a des­ig­nated driver, right?),

If I had to declare one clear king of the Santa Fe Hal­loween fete, it would be Mikey Baker, pro­pri­etor of night­club (401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559) and six-string-axe-wield­ing mem­ber of three lo­cal trib­ute/cover bands. Al­most ev­ery late Oc­to­ber, Baker and the other mem­bers of the Kiss trib­ute band don the ly­cra, wigs, makeup, fake blood, and plat­form shoes and roll out a sweat-drenched, beer-soaked show of shows. This year, Baker and his rock ’n’ roll co­horts are up­ping the ante. At Corazón hosts the with a cos­tume con­test and per­for­mances by lo­cal bands

(and some spe­cial guests). Dis­as­ter­man brings the metal-tinged grunge/sludge prog rock à la Mud­honey and early Tool. Here’s where things get messy and in­ces­tu­ous: Baker, vo­cal­ist An­drew Primm, and bassist Peter Wil­liams form three-quar­ters of Love Gun. Baker, Primm, and drum­mer David Wal­drop make up Deus Crepi­tus, a metal cover band. And Baker and Primm play to­gether in Led Zep­pelin trib­ute band Moby Dick. Watch­ing how some of these guys man­age to get through three sets as three dif­fer­ent acts — with cos­tume changes — is rea­son enough to cough up the $7 cover in ad­vance (plus a $2 pro­cess­ing fee) or $10 at the door. Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able at www.cora­zon­santafe.com. Sadly, there are no screen­ings of the cult-film clas­sic

in Santa Fe over Hal­loween week­end. To make up for it, and to of­fer you a mel­lower al­ter­na­tive to the heav­enly, hell-bent rock ’n’ roll ear-drum mas­sacre at Corazón, (125 E. Palace Ave.) presents a mu­si­cal re­vue. There are four shows:

Reser­va­tions are a must, pro­mot­ers de­scribe the per­for­mance as PG-13, and cos­tumes are en­cour­aged. Call 988-9232 for reser­va­tions and de­tails.

At hit (319 S. Guadalupe St., 982-2565) to catch Brook­lyn nürock­a­billy lounge-swing out­fit “Griz­zly” Izzy Zaid­man, for­mer lead gui­tar player for Wayne “The Train” Han­cock, has branched out on his own, and the re­sults are jumpin’! Get in the mood for the show at Cow­girl and prep for Hal­loween at the same time: head to the band’s MyS­pace site and lis­ten to “Mambo on Your Grave.” There’s a $5 cover for the show.

— Rob DeWalt

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