Oct. 27 | Houston Museum of Natural Science
If you were unable to stomach the carnivorous clown from It, Stephen King's latest horror adaptation, perhaps stick to his classics. Jack Nicholson and those awful, awful twins will make an appearance at the HMNS Giant Screen Theatre Friday, just in time for Halloween.
Tickets $5. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr. 713-639-4629. More info and tickets at hmns.org.
Thru Nov. 10 | Resilience Theater at George R. Brown
Sprinkled among HGO's simultaneous run of La Traviata is an imaginative twist on Handel's Julius Caesar set on a Hollywood backlot. While there are certain unavoidable drawbacks to putting on an opera in a convention center, this is probably the best-case scenario. After all, what looks more like a Hollywood studio warehouse than a cavernous exhibit hall?
Tickets from $25. Resilience Theater, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. 713-315-2599. More info an tickets at houstongrandopera.org.
Oct. 28 | Lower Westheimer
There are other spooky crawls in Houston, but this is perhaps the best. A dozen bars along Lower Westheimer—from Dunlavy to Montrose—will open their doors for a mix-and-match, at-your-own-pace boozing experience. There is a costume contest, of course, with prizes for best contest awarded at each stop and DJs spinning music. One thing that won't be present: cover charges.
Free. More info via Facebook.
Oct. 28 | Avant Garden
The hit sci-fi thriller is back for Season 2 Friday, and Saturday brings a transformed Avant Garden for an "immersive Stranger Things themed party as we explore the small town of Hawkins and the Upside Down." There will be a "dark electro" soundtrack, D&D, and, for Eleven's sake, plenty of waffles. Considering Netflix lowered the ban hammer on the Chicago Stranger Things pop-up, let's hope the Houston edition is more legit.
Tickets from $15. Avant Garden, 411 Westheimer Rd. 832-519-1429. More info and tickets via Facebook.
Oct. 29 | El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe
If you're not hip to your microholidays, let us inform you that Sunday is National Cat Day. In recognition, Houston's first cat cafe will throw open its doors for a patio party to benefit the Houston Humane Society, from which all the establishment's cats are adopted. A cat costume will get you discounted admission, and you won't want to miss the cat yoga slated for 5:45 p.m.
Tickets from $7. El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe, 508 Pecore St. 832-968-3006. More info and tickets via Facebook.