The John P. McGovern Museum of Medical Science, a.k.a. the Health Museum, will feature Haunted House 4D, a cinematic version of the traditional haunted house. Complete with rain, thunderstorm effects, and even thick, pearly fog, this daily dive into a world of terror will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. Recommended for children ages 7 and up. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children and senior citizens, but children two and under, as well as museum member, are admitted for free. Admittance to Haunted House 4D requires another $4 per person.
Wednesdays and Saturdays,October 22-29
813 Congress, 713-229-9399,
Twice weekly, La Carafe will be having Meet and Greets at 8 and 10 p.m., followed by Séances at 9 and 11 p.m. Join in for an unsettling look at the other side.
This Weekend, October 25 & 26
6200 Golf Course Dr., 713-533-6500,
The Houston Zoo will be celebrating Halloween with Zoo Boo, a fun weekend event for kids who enjoy decorating pumpkins from the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch, dressing up in animal masks they've colored themselves for the Monster Mashquerade, visiting the educating Jamba Juice Lost Species Cemetery, and listening to zookeepers talk anout creepy-crawlies at the Keeper Chats. Also, give the kids a taste of Halloween early with the zoo's Trunk or Treat stations. To make this event even more accessible, discount tickets to Zoo Boo will be available at Fiesta Mart. The schedule is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and normal prices are $8 for an adult and $5 for a child.
Friday, October 24
Home Plate Bar and Grill
1800 Texas, 713-222-1993
The Home Plate will be hosting the "Pre-Halloween Bash @ the Balcony Bar", making Halloween hit Texas Avenue a week in advance and bearing gifts such as free Halloween T-shirts all around and a free raffle for prizes. There will also be live music featuring David LeGate and Kenny King, as well as DJ music by Twisted. To top off all these premature wonders, drinks specials will be going on all night, not to mention free street parking.
Saturday, October 25
1800 Texas, next to Minute Maid Park, 713-222-2287
The B.U.S. is offering a 20th Anniversary pre-Halloween bash with free draft beer, free Jell-o shots, and free witch's brew to anyone with a ticket. There will be a DJ and an open dance floor for entertainment purposes. The Bash will go from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Prices are $25 for advance tickets and $35 at the door.
The Charles Brown Music Festival
9th Avenue North, at Nessler Park,
This concert, named for one of the most influential blues artists of the 20th century and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, features Sparky's Jazz Express, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Hamilton Loomis, and The Zydeco Dots, promising a night of exceptional blues, rock, Cajun and funk all rolled into one. Aside from the musical entertainment, there will be arts and crafts, concessions and a children's area. Free admission.
2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838
A night of fun awaits at the Halloween Music Frenzy presented by The United Music Alliance. This 12-hour celebration includes 20 different bands and $2,000 worth of prizes, from a custom Halloween Halo Guitar to a six-hour limousine ride by Action Limousine. All ages are invited. $12 under 21; $10 over 21.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
One Hermann Circle Dr., 713-639-4629,
This is a perfect place to take small children in preparation for a night walking the streets and begging for candy. Those who attend will experience the pleasures of meeting Mad Scientists, Creepy Chemists, and Terrifying Taxidermists for an educating show in explosions, vital organs and crispy critters. End the day with world-renowned illusionist Steve Wallach for magic and mayhem that will leave everyone at a loss for words, not just kids. Tickets are $5 for nonmembers and $4 for members. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes.
Longhorn Cafe and Bar
The historic and haunted Longhorn Cafe and Bar downtown, with the help of Reprogram Music/ Multimedia and Friends, is presenting the Spellbound dance party, art show and costume bash featuring the spooky sounds of indie dance, rock and roll, underground disco, nu-no wave, retro, electro, house, hip hop, garage rock and 45 funk. They're fitting all this in with DJs in two areas, inside and patio. The it's-spooky-how-good-this-talent-is includes: Ceeplus Bad Knives (Best DJ
Houston Press Best Of 2007), Dj Dayta + Squincy Jones (Best DJ Houston Press Best Of 2008), DJ Cuba Gooding Jr., Reverberation and DJs On Hiatus. TENSE will perform live. The art show is curated by J. Paul Jackson, featuring Death Head / Eyesore / Buffalo Sean / Miguel C. Ross Mohr / Lindsey Ball / Lillian Barrera. All this is being hosted by Yougenious (Houston Press Best Of 2008). Reprogram Music / Multimedia and Friends present: There will be free witches brew while it lasts, otherwise a cash bar. There will also be free giveaways from Obey Clothing and a costume contest for cash and prizes. Tickets are $5. Doors are open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the art show and 10 p.m. till late for the dance party.