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65 Spellbinding Things To Do In Houston This October

Colby Smith Colby Smith

65 Spellbinding Things To Do In Houston This October

Fall is finally here!

We all know that fall is more an idea that a reality here in Houston, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin spice lattes, and the occasional crisp autumn day, embrace it all this autumn in Houston! [Featured image: @bryanmalloch]

1-4. Experience Magical Candlelight Concerts

Experience a magical spring here in Houston thanks to the amazing indoor and outdoor venues the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals has brought its popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful venues for the season with concerts that include:

5. Get Your Tickets to this Blockbuster Van Gogh Exhibition

Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both.

6. Dine in the Dark

Ever wondered what it is like to eat in the dark? Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years. Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level. After donning your blindfold in the darkened, candlelit room, you’ll soon realise that focusing on taste and smell alone can be a truly enlightening experience—provided you’re not afraid of the dark!

7. Venture Across the Frighteningly Fun, Life-Sized Game Of Houstonopoly

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 fall, Houstonopoly is resurrecting with a Houston-centric Halloween experience and a skele-TON of fun for the whole family!

8-9. Watch A Scary Movie

Nothing says “Halloween” like watching a movie that will prevent you from sleeping for a week. Thankfully there are plenty of places in Houston where you can see such films in the company of a crowd, you know, strength in numbers.

  • Rooftop Cinema Club of Houston is conjuring up a special batch of movies that will give you the heebie jeebies – the good kind.
  • Located at Midway’s 150-acre East River development on 100 Bringhurst St., Moonstruck Drive-In screens a variety of 4K features on a 80 x 40-foot screen with a stunning skyline backdrop.

10. Hop Over to the Zoo’s New Flamingo Terrace 

Now that crisp autumn air is gradually, periodically, making its entrance into Houston, the urge to unwind al fresco is all the more great. Just in time for sweater weather, the Houston Zoo has opened their brand new Flamingo Terrace beer garden!

11. Have a Dog-gone Good Time

Furry friends and doting owners, the Puptopia festival is finally here! Whether it’s enjoying a ball pit-jumping show at the main stage, hanging out together for a drink at the K9 Lounge or getting a family photo next to the giant tennis ball at the Pawground, there’s something for everyone. Spend some quality time with your best friend at a guided group doggy massage session or even treat your pup to a high-end peticure at the Spaw. A one-of-a-kind experience that’ll be sure to get all the tails wagging!

12. Walk Among Ghosts

This Haunted Houston Ghost Tour is a family friendly activity that will take you on a walking tour that explores the fascinating history and ghosts of the city. A costumed guide will lead tour goers on a 1.5 – 2 hour journey through downtown Houston and reveal some of its most famous and creepy haunted stories. Each tour will be equipped with an EMF reader so we know where the ghosts are lurking! Visit several of the oldest buildings in Houston and walk its historic streets, where the past may not be as buried as it seems.

13. Scream at the Largest Horror Amusement Park In Texas

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.

14. Fly into the Witch Market

Photo credit: @spookylittlehalloween

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!

15. Boo on the Boardwalk

Photo credit: @kemahboardwalk

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.

16. Spirit Away 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.

17. Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

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!

18. Answer the Call to Adventure at the GOT Pop-Up

Arya ready to bend the knee, Houston? Because the city’s first Game of Thrones-themed pop-up is coming to town this October. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be awesome!

19. Howl at the Moon

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.

20. Go On a Daring Journey Of The Most Haunted Places In Texas

Gather around the campfire, folks, for Halloween season is here. 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.

21. Have Second Breakfast at the Hobbit Cafe

You don’t have to journey all the way out to Mordor to enliven your Tolkien-esque fantasies. Here in Houston, just southwest of Montrose is The Hobbit Café. Since 1972, the café has served all the hobbits, elves, wizards, and dwarves the best food Middle Earth, Houston has to offer.

22. Dance All Night at this Twin Peaks Nightclub

The public can now see what’s behind the red curtains at the new, Lynchian-inspired nightclub, Cherry. The darkly lavish new nightclub is a concept from Hospitable Viking the group behind The Commoner + The boulevardier, Rosemont, and the 006 Bar. It’s set in the two-story space formerly occupied by the Nightingale Room – which is rather appropriate all considering.

23-27. Cozy Up at Houston’s Best Coffee Shops

Thankfully, there are plenty of coffee houses scattered about the city for residents to take refuge, re-energize, and maybe eat a scone or two.

  • Rev up your mornings at the motorcycle and coffee garage.
  • Secret Garden offers various international coffees with options in the form of Vietnamese, Greek Espresso, Greek Freddo Cappuccino, Turkish Coffee, and more.
  • Husband-and-wife caffeine team, Manuel and Martha Gil, have recently opened Segundo Lab inside Ironworks near downtown, bringing rich, creative java flavors to the Second Ward.

28. Visit The Hidden Castle in Texas

Photo credit: @beckystravellist

A short drive outside of Houston in the small town of Bellville Texas lies a  medieval castle equipped with a 3,000-pound drawbridge, moat, and a knightly guest quarters.

29. Embrace Everything Pumpkin

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!

30-34. Sweeten Up at a Speakeasy

There’s something special about speakeasies. The secretive, vicarious forbidden feel of transporting back to the prohibition make imbibing cocktails all the more tantalizing. Stow away in wonderful hidden bars that Houston has to offer!

  • So Clutch, the owners of the Concrete Cowboy, Clutch Bar, and a host of establishments in other US cities, opened the doors of the Sugar Room on Washington Avenue. The cocktail lounge hidden inside a local bakery features a glamorous selection of drinks as well as tasty treats.
  • Tucked away in the corner of Cantina Barba’s back patio is a scanty, nondescript, somewhat rusty container. The door on which advertises “Mijo’s Mezcal Bar” – which, to our knowledge, lays the smallest bar in Houston.
  • Relive the ’20s and all of its splendor at the Daisy Buchanan Lounge, from the group behind Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse. The flashy new 52-seat lounge, located at what was once Bar Victor on 4321 Montrose Blvd, is made in the image of the era infamously captured in Scott F. Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. 

35. Unwind Inside This Cozy Beer And Wine Bus

Parked on Montrose Blvd., Bacco Wine Garden is an intimate, fire-lit, two-story bar and patio that serves wine, beer, and an assortment of Italian comfort food. Beyond the wraparound balcony, there lies a dazzling wine and beer bus for patrons to share an even more intimate experience.

36-38. Hit the Dive Scene

Houston thankfully has plenty of places to take shelter in a flurry of rain: whether to escape the weather, shoot a round of pool, grab a cheap beer, or to play a song on a jukebox, consult this list to discover where to go.

  • Those who leave up their festive decorations year round, like the people over at Grand Prize Bar, are complete freaking lunatics – and we love them for it.
  • 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.

39-40. Or, Hit a Patio Bar

Photo credit: @wicklowheights

One surefire way to capitalize on the weekend, weekday, weeknight – really just any time – is to have a couple drinks amongst friends in the open air of a patio. Get out and about this season at some of our favorite watering holes in town

  • Nestled on 1239 W 19th St. among a familiar crowd of patio bars – Preslee’s, McIntyre’s Heights, and Bungalow Heights– is a newcomer known as Moonshine Deck, a throwback Americana-inspired bar and kitchen with moonshine and whiskey to boot.

41. Transport Yourself To Madrid at this Clubby Restaurant

If you’re looking for a taste of Spanish cuisine, with the sight, sound, and feel of Madrilenian nightlife, MAD Houston is your ticket.

42-44. Cheer For Sports

Houston is a sports town, plain and simple. Even if you don’t care nor follow any of the teams, you can’t help but get a kick from the energy and passion of Houston’s loyal fans. See for yourself at the many lively sports bars the city has to offer.

  • Popular Heights sports and patio bar, McIntyre’s, has opened up a second location with their three-story facility in Downtown, Houston overlooking Buffalo Bayou.
  • With a plethora of patio games, a mega pool table, and an indoor soccer field that allows you to go toe-to-toe in a game of bubble soccer, Pitch 25 Beer Park in Houston fits the bill.

45. Get Your Tickets To This Day of the Dead Sip And Paint Party

Celebrate Day of the Dead with a paintbrush in hand! Prime Art Gallery has organised some incredible painting parties that you won’t want to miss. Based in Houston, it is home to a unique gallery, paint studio and creative workspace. Release your inner creativity as you create your masterpiece with all the materials provided. Whether you go with friends, family, co-workers or other artists, you are guaranteed to enjoy this fun and stress-free experience.

46. Celebrate Oktoberfest In Houston

Change out your Wranglers’ for Drindls and Lederhosen, your boots for Half Shoes, and your cowboy hat for a feather-sporting Alpine cap because this October, Houston is going full Bavarian with a massive two-day Oktoberfest celebration.

47. Drink Endless Margaritas on this Bayou City Booze Cruise

What could be better than floating the Buffalo Bayou? Floating the Bayou with a buzz, of course. Cuchara is bringing back their Xochimilco boat tour: a booze cruise that serves ceviche, party favors, and all the margaritas you can drink.

48. Saunter Through Houston’s Fresh New Market

Photo credit: @houstonjase

Railway Heights is now open on Washington with two stories of vibrant businesses, food stalls, local vendors, and an art gallery on the second floor.

49. Pick Your Poison at this Virtual Mixology Class

It’s Spooky Season, and you are invited to join in for an evening of magic and mixology from the comfort of your home. Throughout the class, you’ll explore three mystical cocktail making techniques featuring smoke, fire, and transmutation. There will also be other tricks in store: live magic, musical guests, and other spooky surprises! Each kit features all the cocktail ingredients to concoct three potent potations shipped straight to your door.

50. See the Big and Bright Stars at Night

Photo credit: @museum_mike_

See what Space City is all about this weekend at the re-opening of the George Observatory! The observatory first opened in 1989 and run until temporarily closing in 2019 for a “much needed makeover”. This weekend, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is reopening their totally revamped observatory!

51. Elevate Your Lifestyle at these Houston Rooftop Bars

Nothing quite says “living the highlife” like clinking glasses on a city rooftop. Touch the sky this season with a brunch, evening, or nightcap on the most jaw-dropping rooftops in Houston.

52. Costume Crawl Before You Ball

Come down and join in on the Halloween Costume Crawl in historic downtown Houston! You are in for a night of fun with tonnes of specials, giveaways and swag for you to enjoy. Your first drink will be included, and many of the bars will be selling lots of awesome drink and food specials. Get a group of friends together and get your tickets now!

53. Tiki Your Way to the Top

Summer is on its last legs, Houston. As the season turns, that feeling might give some up of you what’s known as summer-separation anxiety. Alas, there’s still plenty you can do to hold on to that feeling of beachside sunshine, fruit-flavored rum, and entirely too colorful libations that come in all shapes and sizes by coasting into one of Houston’s top tiki bars.

54-60. Eat Your Heart Out

Houston’s culinary scene is a vast, rich landscape populated with delicious eateries, scrumptious bakeries, and Tex-Mex as far as the eye can see.

  • Whether it’s a classic Neapolitan-style Margherita, a traffic cone-sized slice, or some warped creation piled high with everything and the kitchen sink – we don’t discriminate when it comes to pizza. Any way you slice it, here’s 10 of the best pizza parlors in the Houston area!
  • Not all buffets are created equal. When seeking out a local in which to stock up on calories to last you the winter hibernation, we recommend heading to one of our 10 favorite all-you-can-eat buffets in Houston.
  • Whataburger, Taco Bell, McDonald’s – the usual suspects when it comes to late-night munchies. Sometimes, though, you got to broaden your horizons, especially when a glorious late-night food scene of delis, pizzerias, taquerias await in the city of Houston.
  • Hot, cold, rain, or shine, ice cream is a good call on any day. Here’s the scoop on where to find the best ice cream in Houston
  • Like breakfast tacos, kolaches are synonymous with breakfast in Texas. Savory, comfortable, portable – perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, or bought-by-the-dozen hangover cure. Unlike similar handheld breakfast staples such as donuts, bagels, and croissants, it’s not so easy finding kolaches outside of Texas. We’d probably travel more if you could, but for now, we’ll stay here in Houston with our favorite comfort breakfast food on the go.

61. Get Up Close and Personal With Sharks

Without doubt, the ocean is full of alien life that continues to intrigue our wonder and fascination. Yet, there’s one creature that stands out. One in particular that’s as terrifying as it is beautiful: the shark. Take an underwater train ride at the Downtown Aquarium to get a closer look at this fascinating creature.

62. Visit Lucky Land

Photo credit: @beckystravellist

On the Northside lies one of Houston’s enchanting hidden secrets, a three-acre attraction park showcasing Asian culture and history that includes a full-scale replica Terracotta Army, Koi fish ponds, a Panda village, and much more!

63-64. Glamp In The Stars

New resident Texan, Elon Musk, promises that humans will land on Mars by 2026. If you can’t wait that long, you can spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.

  • Horizon on the Hill in Marble Falls is a wedding venue like none other. The countryside venue offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, a majestic look over Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls, and a dazzling stardome that acquaints visitors with a magical view of the constellations.

65. Drink a Bubblegum Martini

The latest boozy hangout to grace the Houston bar scene is the Trash Panda Drinking Club in Lindale Park. TPDC is a Southern-inspired concept from bartender, Greg Perez, and chef, Lyle Bento, of Night Moves – the self-same group behind the newly opened Space Cowboy poolside bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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