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Halloween on the Bayou

Ghost Travels
 

Not only does Houston have haunted houses, there are also trails, tours, parties and even real haunts!

Houston Ghost Tour
Ongoing
Houston Ghost Tour gives a great tour in the urban Hermann Park that recalls the history of the civil war cemetery that once laid underneath the park. Or the story of an Opera singer who died in Miller Outdoor Theater. There is an all ages and R-rated tour offered as well as a tour in Old Town Spring - north of downtown.

Paranormal Pub Tour
Ongoing
On this paranormal tour, you'll hear two ghost stories at the Spaghetti Warehouse, then walk with your guide to two more bars in historic buildings and end your pub tour at the Houston Watch Company Bar with happy-hour prices and the story of Houston's first double hanging in 1838. Some of you may even feel the presence of the two men who were hanged haunting the area.

Ghost Tours of Texas

Ongoing
Step through the shadows, gather your courage and discover the chilling and ghastly tales of murder, revenge, passion, heartache and breath-taking history! The exciting Ghost Tour in Galveston takes you on a fascinating walking tour through the historic and haunted Silk Stocking district starting by the famous Broadway mansion, Ashton Villa. Private tours of at least 5 are also offered in the Heights historic district (Houston).
 

Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tours of Galveston
Ongoing
For nearly 15 years, Dash Beardsley ("the Ghost Man of Galveston") has used his knowledge of the coastal community to take guests on one of six different tours of Galveston Island, including the original two-hour walking tour and Restless Spirits Tour to the Secret Society Cemetery Tour and others.

Hellusions Haunted Houston
Oct. 16-Oct. 31
Hellusions is a haunted house located inside West Oaks Mall. The haunted house is open every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12 pm-5 pm. Most haunted to houses charge $30 per person, Hellusions is only $10 per person.

Haunted Trails
Oct. 2-Oct. 31
Walk the trails of Houston's most thrilling outdoor attraction. The Haunted Trails' features include detailed sets, zombies, clowns and other creeps—body parts, creepy crawlers and more. Find out what lurks beyond the trees every weekend in October.

Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour & Dinner
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 2-31
Hotel Galvez & Spa opens its ghost tour, typically reserved for guests, to the public as part of a dinner package on Wednesdays and Thursdays in October as well as Sundays as part of an overnight package. During the tour, staff guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel which is then followed by dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill.

Halloween Fright Night in the Heights
Oct. 31
Leave your hearse behind and let us cart you to six of your favorite Heights haunts for Fright Night in the Heights: Big Star Bar, D&T Drive Inn, Johnny's Gold Brick, Lei Low Bar, Southern Goods, and Town In City Brewing Company.


Spirits & Skeletons
Oct. 31
Have a totally rad Halloween at Spirits & Skeletons. Be boss on the dance floor, indulge in some serious sweets and dare to try some creepy crawly concoctions, courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Bug Chef. After that, abracadabra your way over to the master magician, as he astonishes even the most skeptical with his mysterious magic.

Wicked Woods Party
October 31
Get ready for a wicked good time at Houston's most unique Halloween activity for adults, the Houston Arboretum's Wicked Woods Party - a spectacular night in the woods! Participants will be regaled with a delectable three course meal, libations, and spooky fun under the crescent moon and the shimmering stars.

 

Thrills and Chills for All

Not a fan of the ghosts and the ghouls? Check out Houston's family friendly attractions and events that are fun for the whole family.

Kemah Oktoberfest
Oct. 9-11
The iconic fall celebration of the culture, food and drink of the Germanic peoples who helped settle Texas brings its unique and lively spirit to the bay. Kemah's Oktoberfest will feature all the wonderful cuisine, music and dances of the German, Czech, Polish and Dutch people. Vendors will create a German "Marktplatz" featuring beautiful crafts, clothing, pottery, wood carving and more.

Boo on the Boardwalk 
Oct. 9-31
For the entire month of October, Kemah is hosting Boo on the Boardwalk where families can enjoy an array of Halloween themed activities. For the braver souls, face the dungeon of doom while the kids enjoy the Little Boo Haunted Fun house. Other attractions include pumpkin decorating, live entertainment and costume contests.

Wake The Dead Horror Paracon
Oct. 9-Oct.11
Dash Beardsley's Wake the Dead Horror Paracon is the event you have anxiously been waiting for!! The creator of Ghost Tours of Galveston Island, Dash Beardsley, has decided to get his friends together for a day that will not soon be forgotten. See actors from Hocus Pocus, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and much more!

Monsters' Museum of Houston
Oct. 14-Oct.29
Monstrous mayhem will be unleashed when the Children's Museum of Houston is transmogrified into the Monsters' Museum of Houston for three weeks of Halloween. From Oct. 10 to 31, 2015, we dare you to witness how monsters have rummaged, scoured, combed and turned the Museum upside down to make room for their monster lairs.

Halloween at Sheldon Lake State Park
Oct. 17
Make sure to add this day to your calendar! We will have bat watching, moth black lighting, live snakes, crafts, and the spooky trail. You won't want to miss this annual event that is free and fun for all ages!

Hocus Pocus Pops
Oct. 23
For a delightful "exfearience," join the Houston Symphony for a Halloween event full of tricks, treats and enchanting music. The orchestra casts a spell on the audience with chilling music and spooky sounds that are guaranteed to scare your socks off. Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert.

Zoo Boo
Oct. 16-Nov. 1
The last three weekends in October, Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo turns in to a Halloween party. Explore the pumpkin patch, go "trunk"-or-treating, and participate in a costume parade while seeing the animals.

Tricks & Treats Among the Trees
Oct. 24
Kids and the young at heart are invited to a free trick-or-treat nature trail and Halloween fun with crafts, live creepy critters, games, hayrides, a critter storybook trail, and more. Costumed trick-or-treaters are encouraged! Proceeds from carnival-inspired games benefit Jones Park.

Halloween Car Show
October 24
8th Annual Halloween Car Show One day only! Come out and see more than 100 cars from classic to contemporary, from motorized to hoof, while helping to support local charities. Enjoy the fall festival atmosphere from 10 am - 3 pm on Saturday, October 25 with face painting and arts and crafts for the kids, great food including BBQ and cupcakes from local vendors, a live DJ, silent auction and more.

Dia de los Muertos at Lawndale Art Center
Oct. 20-Nov. 8
Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 28th Annual Día de los Muertos events, a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico. For more than 20 years Lawndale has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context.


ArBOOretum
Oct. 24
Head out to the Houston Arboretum for the annual Halloween event. Walk a forest trail with scattered trick-or-treat locations, activities and opportunities to learn about wildlife. Activities include hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, a cake walk, carnival games, face painting and pumpkin decorating.

Howl-O-Ween Fest
Oct. 24
Tails are already wagging as Bridgeland embarks on a Fido favorite event - Howl-O-Ween Fest! Benefiting local dog rescue groups, the event includes on-stage entertainment, the Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club, the "Splash Dogs" dock-diving contest, a pooch fashion show and costume contest, carnival games, a farmers' market with pumpkin patch, several rounds of bingo with prizes awarded, pet vendors and street performers.

Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash
Oct. 31
Halloween fun awaits you at The 4th annual Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash taking place on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at Saengerfest Park. This free, spook-tacular festival will include assorted games and prizes, trick-or-treating at participating downtown businesses, face painting and a costume contest for children.

Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens
Oct. 25
Drive out to Moody Garden's Halloween celebration for some free fun! Trick-or-treat throughout the complex, make creepy crafts and participate in a costume contest for a prize.

Fall Festival with the Houston Public Library
Oct. 30
Head to downtown's Houston Public Library for games, pumpkin carving, dance contests, fun food, and more at their fall street festival.

Halloween: University of Houston vs. Vanderbilt
Oct. 31
The Houston Cougars football team, ranked number 18 in the nation, host the Vanderbilt Commodores at TDECU Stadium. Get to the stadium early for a Halloween carnival that includes trick-or-treating, face painting, free parking, and free shirts.

Traders Village Boo Fest
Oct. 31
Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready to do the Monster Mash as Traders Village presents the annual Boo Bash, the biggest free spooktacular for kids in Houston. Boo Bash 2015 will present continuous live musical entertainment and activities, and monster-sized Trick-or-Treating.

Big Bad Pop Shop Halloween Family Day
Oct. 31
Join El Big Bad, Magen Pastor, and Pop Shop America for: A Celebration of Dia de Los Muertos & Halloween. The entire block will be shut down for Mariachi Bands, Visual Art, Candy, Kids Activities, and more!

Fall Festival with the Houston Public Library
Oct. 30
Join the Houston Public Library (HPL) for their Fall Festival on the Plaza! Show your support for by bringing a donation to the following charities: a gently used book for the Friends of the Houston Public Library, a canned good for the Houston Food Bank or sandwich bags for Kids' Meals.

Scream on the Green
Oct. 30
Discovery Green hosts Scream on the Green from 6-10 p.m. Enjoy live music, face painting, fortune tellers and dancing, and of course this year's feature film, Book of Life.


9th Annual Bayou City Outdoors Haunted Hike & Pizza Party
October 31
Get your spooky with BCO as we hike and slither our way through Memorial Park with our closest pals on Halloween! We will nourish ourselves afterwards with pizza and beverages, for those who make it out of the forest. Tap into your inner wolf or go all vampy on us, or come as a traditional ghoul (or, hey, wear your office attire- that could be scary enough!) Leave the bars to the zombies and join us in the woods for some quality and creepy exercise and socializing at Memorial Park.

Aliens and Asteroids
Oct. 31
This is not your average creepy crawlies, jack-o-lanterns, and black cats Halloween fun. Enjoy a day of slightly spooky, space adventures! As part of The Next Giant Leap 2015-16 season of exhibits and educational events, this full day of family fun will inspire your family to the thrills of exploration.

Ghostbusters & Ghouls
Oct. 31
It's Halloween, and there's no better place to be than at the Houston Symphony. The Symphony's spooky celebration includes music from Ghostbusters and Michael Jackson's epic hit "Thriller."

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Celebration
Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Visit the National Museum of Funeral History on November 1 and 2 to learn more about the Latin customs surrounding the Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos and celebrations held for deceased loved ones.

Dia de los Muertos at MECA
Oct. 12-Nov. 20
Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) presents this Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring traditions from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Dia de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show.
 

Pumpkin Patches & Costumes

 

Picking the perfect pumpkin can be quite a task. Luckily, Houston is packed with patches all over the city. Try TGR Exotics, Old Time Christmas Tree Farm, or Dewberry Farm for prime pumpkin picking, hay rides and other activities. Searching for the perfect costume? Be sure and stop by Frankel's Costume Co.-- a Houston staple for Halloween fashion.
 

 

Scare Tactics

Looking for an adrenaline rush or just want to get into the “spirit” of the season, check out these haunted houses.

Houston Scream Festival
Thursdays through Sundays in October
The Houston Scream Fest is more than a haunted house, it's a month long Festival. Shoot at walking dead zombies in their zombie maze with paintball markers. Don't miss live music and freak show performances.

Screamworld
Weekends, Sept. 18-Nov. 1; Open daily Oct. 25-31
Named the best haunted house in Houston by the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press, Screamworld contains 5 attractions: The Maze of Maniacs, the Haunted Hotel, the Edge of Darkness, Jake's Slaughterhouse, and the Zombie Graveyard. Screamworld is open Thursday- Sundays in October.

Houston Terror Dome
Thursdays and Weekends, Oct. 1 - 31
In its opening year, The Houston Chronicle billed the Dome the "Scariest Haunted House In Houston". The Terror Dome is intense enough to satisfy the most demanding scaremonger.

Nightmare on the Bayou
Weekends, Sept. 26-Nov. 1
Located directly beside Houston's oldest graveyard, Nightmare on the Bayou is the only attraction that is actually haunted by real ghosts! Aside from possible ghost sightings, the merciless actors torment visitors from beginning to end while the rooms, monsters, and mayhem will have you running for the exit.

Phobia
Weekends, Sept. 26-Oct. 31
With five haunts, Phobia can scare just about anyone. Features include the Mind Control haunt, Simon Fowler Woods, ClaustroPhobia, Darke Institute and Dawn of the Machine. The remodeled park boasts 30 acres of scare space.

4th Annual Haunted House at NMFH
Oct. 1-Nov. 3
The National Museum of Funeral History's 4th Annual Haunted House All month long you can get into the Halloween spirit and be "scared to death" at this family-friendly haunted house. Explore different scenes designed to give goose bumps to young and old alike while taking a light-hearted view of a usually very serious subject. The house is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up.
 

By AJ Mistretta

 

 

 

 

 

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