Ahh! Halloween my favorite time of year, kids trick or treating, fall festivals, and costume parties, lots of parties. If your planning a party might as well be a festive Halloween party.Since my birthday happens to fall on Halloween I've had my share of parties through the years. My mother always had parties for me in our backyard when I was a kid. My father worked at that time at a Ice Cream factory known in Texarkana as Southern Belle Creameries so we always had free ice cream treats at the parties. My mom would invite some of the neighborhood kids and my personal friends over for fun and games. Some of my favorite memories of being a kid were made right there in that old backyard.


At that time there was no i-POD, no cell phones, no video games no social networks, just kids getting together to have a good time. And I think most of my childhood friends today would agree that those were some of the best moments growing up as well.

Now it seems that everywhere you turn someone is throwing a party whether it be at a friends home or out at the club. Halloween has become the second most celebrated holiday behind Christmas and the second most money making holiday of the year.

So I thought it would be cool to put together a Top 5 list of Halloween hot spots for you to enjoy your spooky celebration.

#1 Electric Cowboy located at 4423 East Broad Street is your top Halloween top spot for a ghoulish good time. This year there are 3 big nights to celebrate the witching hour. Friday October 28th,2011 have some fun with' Too Sexy To Be Scary' Doors open at 7pm Cash Prizes will be awarded.

Then the biggest night to party will be Saturday, October 29,2011 with the Costume Ball, Top money for the Best Original Costume Contest. Drink Specials all night long. Doors open at 7pm!

And Halloween weekend wraps up with the 15th Annual Haunted Hoedown on Sunday, October 30th,2011. Doors open at 7pm! More information here

#2 Shooters Sports Bar & Grill located at 310 East 49th Street is your party headquarters for a howlin' good time this Halloween. Shooters Halloween Bash will be Saturday, October 29th,2011 Doors open at 5pm.

Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and you could Win Cash and Prizes. There will also be drink specials all night long. And DJ Shaggy will be playing all your favorite dance music to make this a fright night to remember. Get more information here!

#3 Wooden Indian located at 232 FM 2791, Atlanta, Texas is just a short drive from Texarkana and it's the place to be this weekend as they get a jump on Halloween with a Halloween Bash. Saturday,October 22nd. Come dressed in your favorite costume and dance night away with the live band Butt Roxx. Check  WoodenIndian out on their facebook page.

#4 Another big event going on this weekend, Saturday, October 22nd,2011 is the "First Halloween Costume Pageant Muncheon" at the Regional Arts Center from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Cabe Hall. This event is being hosted by Jim & Sheila Keever and TRACH. Cost is $10 Adults $5 kids limited seating available, reservations can be made by calling 903-792-8681 proceeds to benefit Arts On Main.

#5 And finally, on our Halloween list of  fun is the 3rd Annual Halloween Mudfest 2011 at the Four States Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 29th presented by Classic Bennche of Texarkana. Doors open at 5pm to see the ATV's and trucks and meet the drivers. Kids can trick or treat  from 5-7pm and enter the costume contest for cash prizes. Show starts at 7pm, tickets are $10 adults and kids 12 and under get in free. For more info click here

You may be planning your own Halloween Party if so here's a few food ideas for a spooky good time. And trying to serve up that special witches brew check these drink recipes out.

If you want to learn more about cooking for the holidays be sure and check out our Taste of Home Cooking Show Tuesday, November 1st, at the Four States Fairgrounds. Tickets now available by clicking HERE.