A Spirits & Skeletons wrap-up: 4,000+ guests, 13 Cruella Devilles and nearly 500 pictures

Were you one of the more than 4,000 costumed guests to grace Spirits & Skeletons 2012 on Friday night?

It was one of the best-attended events in museum history, and we were delighted to have everyone out in full, freaky regalia. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite snapshots below:

To peruse the full gallery of nearly 500 photos by Catchlight Group and order prints of your favorites, click here!

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ZOMG ROFL it’s LMFAO

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More like Beelzehub(ba hubba)

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Rosie finds Scooby Doo riveting!

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I went to Prom with these people. No joke here, just the facts.

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There’s history here, I can feel it.

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Ironman meets Leather Lady.

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Jellyous?

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It’s heart not to have a blast at HMNS.

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There! There in the world is Carmen San Diego.

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Rocket maaan, on his way to Moriannn alone!

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If Keeping Up with the Kardashians is what’s wrong with America, Duck Dynasty is what’s right.

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You had me at cat breading.

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Fred Flintstone parties in the paleo hall.

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Is that a banana on your person, or are you just happy to see us?

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Erhmagherd, binders full of women!

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Dancing with the dino.

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In the thumbnail version, I thought this lovely young lady was a narwhal. Maybe next year?

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McKayla Maroney is impressed!

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Can pandas be the next villains of Gotham? Imagine the pandamonium.

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Who doesn’t love the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the big, bad Chewbacca?

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Who are these freaks?

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Do I make you … oh never mind.

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Molly & The Ringwalds rocked it.

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This guy went as a nevernude.

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Zombie Christopher Lloyd?

It’s the bee’s knees: Join us for LaB 5555 Friday and learn all about the art of beekeeping!

Etymology meets entomology at this Friday’s LaB 5555: The Bee’s Knees.

LaB 5555 | Bee's KneesMany etymologists speculate that the expression “the bee’s knees” originated as an abbreviation of the British expression “the be-all and end-all.” This was shortened to “The B’s and E’s” and ultimately slurred together into the unlikely expression “the bee’s knees.” Nifty, huh?

However the phrase originated, we know Friday’s LaB 5555 will live up to it. With live music by The Suffers, noms on the patio from It’s a Wrap, Firehouse Tacos, Zeapod Cakery and Oh My Gogi! AND samples of Independence Brewing Co.‘s honey Braggot for the first 250 people, it’s bound to be sweet.

So whether you’re bringing your honey or aim to find one on the dance floor, join us this Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. and dive in to the art of beekeeping with the Houston Beekeepers Association.

You must be 21 to attend, or feel the STING of rejection. For tickets, click here.

Get ginned up at LaB 5555 on Friday and learn the chemistry behind a good cocktail

Jumping juniper berries — LaB 5555 is back!

LaB 5555

This month’s theme is all about mixology, with the best bartenders in town — as curated by the Houston Press — pouring gin-based cocktails for guests between 8 and 9 p.m. Guests can learn about the chemistry behind a fine cocktail, vote on their favorites and then boogie to DJ Dave Wrangler and enjoy live video projection art by CHNNLZ (check him out here).

Participating venues include the cocktail programs at new Midtown haunt Mongoose versus Cobra, Haven, El Gran Malo and The Heights’ Liberty Kitchen. Come support your favorite hang-out and enjoy their drinks in a different, more scientific setting.

If gin’s not your thing, a full bar is available at multiple cash bars, with food on the front patio from Htown StrEATS, The Rice Box, Good Dog Hot Dogs and SweetRide!

For more information and to snag your tickets in advance, click here!

Please note: This event is strictly 21 and up.

There’s no crying in the Grand Hall: Cool off with Cryology – the study of freezing – at Friday’s LaB 5555

Cryology: It’s not the study of what makes you cry (answer: Sarah McLaughlin for SPCA, wild animals reuniting with previous owners), it’s actually the study of freezing, and we’re delving into it this Friday Night at HMNS’ second LaB 5555.

Join HMNS Educational Program Coordinator Carolyn Leap in the Grand Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. as she does live demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and explains the processes that cause matter to rearrange itself and freeze. Get here early for these scintillating science demonstrations AND free mini cups of Blue Bell ice cream!

LaB 5555 | Cryology

Fill up on the best local food truck fare from H-town StrEATS, Happy Endings, Coreanos and Melange Creperie and get some liquid courage from one of our City Kitchen cash bars before joining in the eccentric and electric performance of Vockah Redu.

Vockah Redu creates dance-ready beats that adhere to the New Orleans-born “bounce” genre of hip hop. Their animated, elaborate live performances incorporate street art and dance and dare the crowd not to shake it.

Watch Vockah Redu perform below:

For tickets to the smartest party in town, click here!