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Halloween in Houston

It's Halloween on the Bayou!

 

Ghost Tours | Family-Friendly | Haunted Houses

 

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.

Discover Houston Ghost 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).

People on a ghost tour in 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.

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.

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.

Boo on the Boardwalk 
Oct. 7-31
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.

Mummies of the World
Ongoing
The nationally recognized Mummies of the World: The Exhibition makes its debut at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this fall. Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring," by NBC, "absolutely extraordinary," by NPR, and having been visited by over 1.5 million people nation-wide, Mummies of the World will instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Come face to face with the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled.

Children's Museum of Houston Halloween

Halloween Monster Mayhem
Oct. 11-Oct.31
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.

Hocus Pocus Pops
Oct. 7
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. 14-31
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. 22
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 22
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.

Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash
Oct. 29
Halloween fun awaits you at The 6th annual Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash taking place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 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 Halloween

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.

Traders Village Boo Fest
Oct. 30
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 2016 will present continuous live musical entertainment and activities, and monster-sized Trick-or-Treating.

Scream on the Green
Oct. 28
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.

10th Annual Bayou City Outdoors Haunted Hike
October 28
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.

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Celebration
Nov. 5
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.
 

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 Fest

Houston Scream Fest
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
Oct. 1-31
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.

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.

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.

5th Annual Haunted House at NMFH
Oct. 1-Nov. 2
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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