28 Thrilling Things To Do For Spooky Season In Houston This Year

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28 Thrilling Things To Do For Spooky Season In Houston This Year

Get your chills and thrills this Halloween season.

Halloween is here, Houston. 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: @lalis_zt]

1. Experience a Haunted Evening of Candlelight Classical Compositions

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

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

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.

4. Zoo Boo

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

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.

6-7. Watch a Scary Movie

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!

  • See a movie under the stars at one of the most uniquely Houston movie experiences at Moonstruck Drive-In.

8. Visit Haunted Houstonopoly

Earlier this year, Houstonians were able to experience the city like never before at the Houstonopoly pop-up. The exciting event saw the classic board game brought to life, reimagined in the likeness of Houston. Here, participants could meander through a massive, 10,000-square-foot board populated with city-centric locales such as Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, Astroworld, and NASA. This October, Houstonopoly is resurrecting with a Houston-centric Halloween experience and a skele-TON of fun for the whole family!

9. Witch Market

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!

10. Embrace your Fear of Heights at this Halloween Rooftop Party

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.

11. Tour Houston’s Haunted

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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.

12. Pop in to a Horror Market Pop-Up

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.

13. Scream at the Top of your Lungs


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 Tickets are now available.

14-15. 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.

16. Venture Out to a Monster Mansion

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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. 

17. 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.

18. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

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Is there anything more representative of the fall season (outside leaves) than the pumpkin? Whether it’s sipping on a pumpkin spice late, digging into pumpkin pie, or re-reading instructions on how to properly carve a jack-o-lantern, the pumpkin is (literally, in the latter case) the face of autumn. Get your hands on one of your own at one of these bountiful pumpkin patches around Houston!

19. Savor Spine-Tingling Specials

From October 25 – 31, Safina and The Naturalist will offer a darkly delicious assortment of food and drink specials. The themed menu will include eerily decorated Deviled Eggs with Caviar at 9$, as well as The Chainsaw Shot ($10) – made with chilled tequila, Rose’s lime juice, freshly squeezed lemon and limes, Tabasco, and a dash of black pepper “that will get your tastebuds screaming in delight”.

20. Witch’s Brew and Bowl at Palace Social

On Halloween weekend, red hot new bowling alley and entertainment center is pulling out all the tricks and treats. Palace Social will host a Halloween-jam-spinning DJ, a costume contest with the chance to win up to $100 in Palace Social Play Cards, and offer spooky and spectacular drink specials from 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm on Saturday, October 30. On Sunday, October 31, little ghouls and goblins can collect candy throughout the venue; additionally, costume contests will be held at 2 pm and 6 pm with the chance to win up to $50 in Palace Social Play Cards. Specialty cocktails offered this All Hallow’s Eve include the Witch’s Brew cocktail — a wicked blend of Midori, orange liqueur, and sweet and sour mix — and a favorite of basic witches, the Pumpkin Spice White Russian.

21-22. Sip On Something Spooky

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Arnaldo Richards Picos, an authentic Mexican institution, will raise a glass to Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos this fall. Picos’ Chief Marketing Officer, and Arnaldo’s daughter, Monica Richards, has masterfully concocted El Miedo and La Ofrenda presently featured on Picos’ cocktail menu through November 2. Meaning “The Fear,” The El Miedo ($13) puts a Halloween twist on the classic Negroni, blending Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, Vittone Bianco, ST. Elizabeth’s all Spice Dram and orange agave nectar. The La Ofrenda ($13), meaning the offering, is a nod to Dia De Los Muertos traditions, featuring Cazadores silver, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar and Mexican squirt served in a prayer glass. 

  • Additionally, Back Table Kitchen & Bar, is will offer an array of season libations from October 11-31. Spooky sips include the Witches Cauldron Martini ($15), a special brew of bourbon, maple, blood orange and prickly pear juices, sweet vermouth, orange whipped cream and sugar skulls, and for the kids or children at heart, The Skeleton Shake ($10), a devilish combination of Neapolitan ice cream, chocolate sauce, black and white sheet cake and house made white chocolate skeleton hands and skulls.

23. Spirit Away for a Halloween Getaway

The Woodlands Resort is hosting a spooktacular weekend this season. In addition to its regular outdoor activities and amenities, the resort will host pumpkin decorating as well as a screening of Corpse Bride on Friday, October 29. The following day, visitors can partake in arts and crafts, karaoke, trick or treating, and sit on the lawn for a screening of Coco. On Halloween day, the resort will host a Spooky Bash Brunch ($35 for adults, $16 for kids 12 and under) from 7 am – 1 pm. Open to the public, the brunch is set to include such decadent dishes as Jack O’ Lantern Pork Belly Bao and Devil Street Tacos to a Wicked Griddle Station and Witches Sweets like Macabre Milk & Cookies and Rusted Pumpkin Crème Brulee.

24. Gnash Your Teeth On Fall Treats

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Beyond the Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts of the world, awaits a cornucopia of local bakeries, restaurants, and coffee shops that know how to enrich your autumn experience in Houston with all the season’s best flavors. (Trick or) treat yourself to 10 of our favorite spots to get fall treats in the city!

25. Experience Actual Fall

Let’s be real, the only way you can see fall colors in Houston is through filters and photoshop. Those that seek the upmost fall experience with breathtaking sights of blazen, changing leaves, will have to take their PSL to-go on a state-bound road trip.

26. Go Medieval at Texas Renaissance Festival (October 9 – November 28)

The 47th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest renaissance festival in the nation, is set to make its return this weekend on October 9 with a kingdom of entertainment for the whole family.

 27-28. Venture Out to the Most Haunted Places in Texas

Ushering in the celebration of all that is spooky, we’ve compiled a list of the most haunted places in and around Houston as well as the grim tales that beseech them.

  • La Carafe Wine Bar is a historic haunt housed in a building that’s stood for over a century and remains to be the oldest in the city of Houston.

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