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If you couldn’t tell from all those scary movies flooding your Netflix suggestions, the jack-o-lantern carvings filling clogging our Instagram feeds, or pumpkin spice forcing its way into just about everything (and we mean everything), Halloween season is here.
And while Covid-19 is still giving us a real fright, there's plenty of hoppin' All Hallows Eve events happening around the Houston area. So whether you’re all about screaming your head off at local haunted houses or are just here for the candy and wine pairings (we feel you, folks), we’ve rounded up some of the happenings amid Houston’s spookiest of seasons.
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This Halloween staple is a favorite among Houstonians as young monsters dress up in their best costumes and partake in family-friendly activities. Because of Covid-19, there’s no pumpkin patch or candy giveaway this year, but there's still plenty of not-so-scary fun to be had including a Spooky Train Village, Zoo Boo photo ops, and the Scary-Go-Round.
Thru Nov 1. From $17.95 Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr. More info and tickets at houstonzoo.org.
Galveston Ghost Stories/Haunted Harbor Tours
Residents of historic Galveston are no strangers to ghostly encounters. Learn all about the haunted history during a tour and talk from the island’s oldest home, the 1838 Menard House. If pirates are more your thing, you can learn about all about haunted happening of Galveston’s harbor-side during a 90-minute tour aboard the Seagull II.
Oct 23, 24, 30 & 31, Oct 31. Ghostly Galveston Stops and Stories: $40. Menard House, 1605 33rd St.; Haunted Harbor Tours: $20. Galveston Historic Seaport 2200 Harborside Dr. More info at galvestonhistory.org.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has brewed up a week of Halloween activities perfect for kids of all ages. There're scavenger hunts, pumpkin-decorating crafts, and even a science show. Just hunt down those supplies, parents, and then you’re ready for a ton of fun with your little ghoulies and ghosties.
Thru Oct 24. $10. Online. More info and registration at houstonarboretum.org.
Main Street at the Mic: Things that Go Bump in the Night
Feel that shiver trail down your spine during Main Street Theater’s evening of scary stories. This night of frights includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Gorey, and even some original tales of the macabre.
Oct 29–Nov 1. Free. Online. More info and registration at mainstreettheater.com.
Haunted Halloween POPS
Enjoy an evening of spine-chilling music from the comfort of your own couch, courtesy of this Houston Symphony livestream. Spine-tingling tunes in this concert include Edvard Grieg’s creepy “In the Hall of the Mountain King”—a familiar track to any Tim Burton fan—as well as music from films like Psycho and Ghostbusters. This is one of two Halloween offerings from the Symphony.
Oct 30–Nov 1. $20. Online. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.
Launch yourself into a family friendly Halloween event like no other at Space Center Houston. In addition to the standard costume parade and candy stations (socially distanced this year), this out-of-this-world shindig features activities that are both spacey and spooky. Explore frightening cosmic objects like ghostly nebulas and black holes; check out NASA’s spider-like robot prototype; tap into your inner mad scientist with four pop-up experiments; and see the premiere of space film Facing Fear.
Oct 30–31. From $24.95. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Pkwy. More info and tickets at spacecenter.org.
Everyone’s favorite haunted village has returned to Constellation Field for another year of costume parades, candy give-aways, and face painting. There’ll also be oversized games, balloon artists, and Halloween flicks on an oversized screen during this day of family fun.
Oct 31. From $5. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land. More info and tickets at sugarlandskeeters.com.
Ghosts, Ghouls & Goblins
Unlike the Houston Symphony’s first All Hallow’s Eve offering, this concert aims to please the whole a family with music from fan-favorite films, including Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Oct 31. $20. Online. More info and tickets at houstonsymphony.org.
And don’t forget those Halloween flicks:
- The Drive in at Sawyer Yards is showing everything from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, to Casper and Hocus Pocus (the G.O.A.T. of Halloween movies—fight us). From $28. 2301 Summer St. More info and tickets at rooftopcinemaclub.com.
- Showboat Drive-in is playing double features of Monster’s Inc/Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice/The Lost Boys Oct 23–24. From $8. 22422 FM 2920, Hockley. More info and tickets at theshowboatdrivein.com.
- Moonstruck Drive-in Cinema is showing a variety of freaky films, including The Lost Boys, Halloween, and Hocus Pocus. Oct 23–31. From $30. 100 Bringhurst St. More info and tickets at moonstruckdrivein.com.
- Best Little Drive-in in Houston is also showing Hocus Pocus (see, we told you it’s the clear winner of Halloween movies) on Oct 30 as well as Edward Scissorhands on Nov 6. $30 per vehicle. Raven Tower, 310 North St. More info and tickets at littledriveinhtx.com.
- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is showing the Disney-Pixar classic Monsters, Inc during a special Halloween movie night. Families are encouraged to wear costumes. Oct 23. $20 (for four seats). 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. More info and tickets at woodlandscenter.org.