The Haunted Trails
Billing itself as the scariest outdoor haunt in Houston located in a dark patch of wicked woods, this eight-year-old event warns you not to come alone. It also suggests that you bring toilet paper, and that's not as a last-minute costume. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays through November 1. Coupons are available at its Web site, and at Party City and Hooters. It's open from 8-11:30 p.m. $13.
Nightmare on the Bayou
1515 Studemont St.,
713-868-3344 ext. 4,
Nightmare on the Bayou, located next to Houston's oldest graveyard, has revved things up with four haunted attractions this year. A $25 regular ticket gets you inside all four haunted houses. A $35 VIP ticket gets you to the front of the line with free parking. And to make things even easier, you can buy your tickets online. And it doesn't matter what the weather is like, this Nightmare is open and ongoing. Doors open at 7 p.m.
18777 Highway 290; second location,
I-45 South at Mall of the Mainland,
Come early and leave scared if you want to see all of Phobia's creepy attractions, which include The Dark Institute, Simon Fowler Woods, ClaustroPhobia and more... Open 8 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Sundays, but in the final Halloween week, both locations open an hour earlier, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $24 with discounts available.
2225 N. Sam Houston Pkwy., 713-914-1313, www.screamworld.com
This high-tech haunted house features movie-set quality scares with five attractions at its one location. Selected as one of America's Best Haunts in 2008 and a Best of Houston® winner in its category, ScreamWorld operates out of a 12,000-square-foot building and promises you'll only have to wait in line once — unlike competitors that put you in multiple lines. Highlights include the Edge of Darkness haunted house, Movie Monsters in 3D, Our Maze of Manias and the Tobias Strange Family Cemetery. Hours are 7:30-10 p.m. weekdays, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays and on Halloween, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $35 for VIP.
The Alamo Drafthouse
531 South Mason Road, 281-492-6900,
The Alamo Drafthouse will be warming up for All Hallows Eve with a special showing of The Exorcist (1973) at 10 p.m. Based on William Peter Blatty's novel on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism, this movie will thrill and chill in equal measure. The Drafthouse promises that split pea soup will not be on the menu. Tickets are $6.50.
Join the Drafthouse gang at midnight for a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadow cast The Beautiful Creatures.
The Drafthouse is throwing a Halloween party in the Biergarten and inviting everyone to come, full costume, for a night of face-painting, psychic readings, and mesmerizing magic tricks from 8 to 10 p.m. And, if you stick it out to the end, you can see the 1 ½ Mexicans' presentation of The Lost Boys at 10. The price for this commodity is the standard $6.50, an it's easily worth it to enjoy the comedic stylings of the group as they lambast the vampire classic The Lost Boys for everyone's enjoyment. The best costumes will be rewarded with prizes and Alamo swag, along with the usual Alamo atmosphere.
October 23 - November 8, 2008
Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main, 713-528-5858,
Lawndale Art Center is presenting its 21st Annual Día de los Muertos programs, a celebration of the art, music and practices of Mexico. Lawndale invites Texas artists to create their own interpretation of the traditional tin devotional painting practice in Mexico known as the retablo in this exhibition. Every year the works created for this exhibition range from the very traditional to very contemporary and abstract. All proceeds from the silent auction help to fund Lawndale's annual programs. More than 250 retablos from local and nationally known artists will be on display October 20-November 8 and are available for auction at the gala.
The Retablo Exhibition is October 20-November 8, the Gala/Retablo Silent Auction is October 23, 6-9 p.m., the Musical Ofrenda is October 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Sugar Skull Workshop is October 30, 4-7 p.m. and Family Day Fiesta is November 1, noon to 4 p.m.
410 Bagby, 713-223-FISH,
Join Sharkey and friends for the Downtown Aquarium Halloween Kids Fest, where kids can enjoy pumpkin painting, photo opportunities with animals and the Octavius moonwalk. Also included are exhibit feedings and demonstrations, a chance to meet Shaggy and Scooby in the Mystery Machine and the promise of hauntingly good entertainment.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Dr., 713-521-1515,