Fear of the intersection between the number 13 and Friday probably goes back to the Middle Ages, when the story of Jesus’ last supper counted 13 people present the night before his death on a Friday. The first Friday the 13th movie was the latest call in 1980 to keep it spooky. Jason found a way to slash this date straight into our hearts.
Lucky for us, the unlucky number 13 catches this coming Friday, when you’ll doubtlessly already be out at the myriad art events happening in town: Dallas Art Fair gets going the same day, inspiring many other openings and parties.
Those options, however, are less than freaky. Here’s how you can get freaky on Friday.
These ghosts say “booze.”
If you seek fear and adventure with a side of drinks, Nightly Spirits and their Dallas ghost tour pub crawl is for you— if you can manage to hold your alcohol. (As in, not drop it.) Start off at Frankie’s downtown at 8:30 p.m. to explore Dallas’ most famous haunted stories, bars, and buildings, at $25 per person.
The Friday the 13th Pub Crawl located on West 7th in Fort Worth is guilt-free, since all profits go towards benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With $25 you can get an official T-shirt and great drink specials all while helping your community.
Get weird with Rocky Horror.
As Dr. Frank-N-Furter said: “Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab!” The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) screens at The Angelika at midnight. $10 per ticket, and another good place to park it and drink.
Mark the day with some ink.
Elm Street Tattoo has a 24-hour Tattoo Marathon every Friday the 13th. Tats are only $13 with a $7 tip for good luck— cash only. Elm Street offers more than 200 designs at this rate.
Just a few other venues with sweet deals for tattoos this Friday: Rose Gold Art Gallery, with your choice of design —as long as it’s silver dollar sized; Lucky Horseshoe Tattoo, which offers deals on piercings, too; and Vato Loco Tattoo Studio, which hosts an art and craft show outside the shop with a side of free hot dogs.
Put some voodoo in your ears.
Detroit rock band Sponge comes to Deep Ellum’s Lava Cantina this Friday to celebrate the 13th with a voodoo twist. Tickets start at $10. With songs like “Plowed”, which appears on Guitar Hero’s Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack, there’s a scary chance this’ll be a rager.