Get your chills and thrills this Halloween season.
Spooky season is almost upon us, Houston. While you’re hiding out from the rainfall, break out your calendar and start your plans for this October. Don’t be frightened of missing out this year, for there’s legions of terrific things to do in Houston for you to get into the spirit of it all. [Featured image: @kemahboardwalk]
1. Experience a Haunted Evening of Candlelight Classical Compositions (October 7 – October 30)
A performance of some haunted classical music like you’ve never seen before. Fever’s Candlelight is an intimate performance set in a historical building that is almost as stunning as the pieces you’ll hear. Savor the music in a uniquely romantic atmosphere created by flickering candlelight and the other classical music lovers. You’ll be hearing some selections from the best known composers in history – discover new music and classics that everyone loves in the most magical setting!
2. Howl-O-Ween Howl Night (October 30)
Yeah, Dancing With Wolves is cool, but at this Wolf Sanctuary outside Houston you can roast ‘smores and camp overnight with them. On Saturday, October 30, the sanctuary is hosting Howl-O-Ween Howl Night, with a special spooky campfire chat, costumes, and the option to camp out overnight – if you dare.
3. Answer the Call to Adventure at this Game of Thrones Pop-Up (October 1 – )
GOT fans, remember how terrible the red wedding was? Well, this is going to be the complete opposite of that. Haus of Thrones, a Game of Thrones pop-up is King’s Landing in Houston on October 1.
4. Zoo Boo (October 2 – November 1)
The Houston Zoo’s annual eerie event is scheduled to return this year with a month of spooky, but not too spooky, fall festivities for the whole family. Details are still limited at this time, but you can stay updated via its website.
5. Boo on the Boardwalk (Weekends October 1 – 31)
Boo on the Boardwalk is back for another year and promises a bag of treats for all ages. On weekends throughout October, the Kemah Boardwalk will feature themed nights full of Halloween fun activities. Whether you shriek by for Freaky Fridays, Scary Saturdays, or Spooky Sundays, you’ll be in for a hauntingly good time, with live music, magic shows, and festive entertainment.
6. Watch a Scary Movie on a Rooftop (October 1 – 31)
The Rooftop Cinema Club is an open-air theater on top of the Whole Foods in BLVD Place. It provides an atmosphere of what’s been called “social cinema” wherein viewers at times walk around and interact with the environment during the course of the movie. This October, they’re going all in all spooky features, with screenings that include: Coraline, Hocus Pocus, The Craft, The Nightmare Before Christmas, BeetleJuice, Tales from the Hood, The Addams Family, The Shining, and more!
7. Witch Market (October 2)
Thorn and Moon’s Magickal Market is an enchanting monthly bizarre, a covent of charming vendors, witchcrafted goods, and occult oddities all (spell)bound together in one wickedly sweet atmosphere. The market takes place on the first Saturday every month, which in October, lands on the second!
8. Embrace your Fear of Heights at this Halloween Rooftop Party (October 30)
Perched on top of the 23rd floor of La Méridien hotel in Downtown, Houston, Z on 23 has some of the most elevated views in the city. On October 30, the hotel is hosting a Halloween rooftop party packed with cocktails, DJs, perfofmers, and spooky surprises throughout the night. Halloween costumes required! Tickets start at $50.
Bad news, Houston, evidently we’re one of the most haunted cities in America. Bars, buildings, town hall — all possessed by undead spirits dating back from the 1800s. Nightly Spirits gives you the opportunity to meet your incorporeal neighbors while unmasking the freaky history that plagues the local neighborhood. But keep your spirits up, the tour also makes a number of boozy stops at local haunts along the way.
10. Pop in to a Horror Market Pop-Up (Oct. 30)
Helmed by the frightfully fun Houston Horror Film Festival, the Haunted Halloween Horror Market is set to wake the dead at the Wildcatter Saloon on Saturday, October 30, with a market brimming with vendors, artists, filmmakers, costume contest, and celebrity guests. Tickets are priced from $5 – $10.
11. Scream at the Top of your Lungs (October 1 – 31)
Houston Scream Fest, billed as the largest haunted amusement park in Texas, is coming back to life this October. The park is plagued with multiple haunted houses, a carnival-style midway, a zombie paintball course, live concerts, big screen horror movies, eats, and (free!) drinks Pre-sale tickets are now available at $10.
12-13. Fight Spirits with Spirits in a Pub Crawl
Weekend witches and warlocks are invited to participate in a couple of ghostly pub crawls this Halloween season. On October 30, retro bowling alley bar, Unicorn Disco, as well as two-story Midtown hangout, The Dogwood, are inviting guests get in costume and begin their “spiritual” journeys at their respective establishments. Both bar crawls are set to feature food, drinks, and no shortage of mischief along the way.
Ghouls, goblins, and other unearthly creatures are invited to hang their head – er, hat – at Waxahachie’s Munster Mansion, a colossal replica of the house featured in ’60s cult-classic sitcom, The Munsters.
15. Spirits and Skeletons at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
It’s hard to beat a Halloween party that features skeletons in the flesh – so to speak. The Houston Museum of Natural Science invites you to mixers and elixers at the museum, filled with spellbinding gems, live music, DJ sessions, and a slew of food trucks. Tickets to the 21 and up event start at $60.
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