Houstonopoly, the life-size board game known for giving a Houston twist to the Hasbro classic, is reopening next month in honor of Halloween.
The immersive pop-up first opened in June in Rice Village and quickly became a local favorite for its family-friendly, Instagram-worthy experience. Coined "Haunted Houstonopoly," the festive adaptation will be open the entire month of October, starting on Friday. "Everyone had so much fun with the game and all the H-Town photo ops this summer, we can’t wait to share this awesome, spooky twist on the entire experience," Houstonopoly founder, Sherrie Handrinos tell Houstonia.
The game-club closed its doors in September to develop an all-new concept in honor of All Hallows’ Eve. Handrinos shared that fans of the 10,000 square-foot board game will see the space decked out in seasonal decor. "We needed to shut down because we've literally built out new rooms. Every single set has changed, so we had to close for four weeks to literally be able to flip the entire building for fall," Handrinos explains.
The live game is broken up into two sessions during the daytime where children and families can paint pumpkins, play games and win candy. In the evenings, players 16 and up can enjoy an interactive "fright-fest" fitted with multiple haunted rooms, activated with spooky props, special effects, and live Halloween characters. In addition to large props, the space also features a sprawling Dia De Los Muertos mural by local artist Franky Cardona. "Much like the actual board game, players can still earn money, you still roll dice to play the game," Handrinos says. "But at nighttime, we bring out our dare cards that will send players into different haunted rooms."
Handrinos encourages locals and tourists to visit the installation, as Houstonopoly will come to a close after the month of October. "There won't be any more Houstonopoly themes after October. If anyone wants to come and experience Houstonopoly, this is their last chance."
Houstonopoly, 2501 Rice Blvd. October 1-31. Advance tickets are on sale now. To purchase, visit Houstonopoly’s website.