By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
By Jeff Balke
Michael Jackson. Trend spotters say his face will be everywhere you look this coming year, and why not? It certainly has a ghostly aspect, although one wonders how all the would-be Michaels will manage the nose. But if your idea of a good time doesn't include wearing the face and makeup of a celebrity who died a sudden, tragic death, or you already did the Heath Ledger thing last year, maybe you should lighten things up with a costume from Star Trek. In any event, a Saturday-night Halloween makes this year's holiday all the more special, and there are plenty of events leading up to the big day.
ACE Community Theatre
17011 Bamwood, 281-587-1020
Enjoy a revival of cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Show at ACE Community Theatre. Purchase a favor bag to participate in the show. On Halloween night, come in costume for a kitschy rock and roll "sci-fi gothic" event. The party starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at midnight on October 17 and Halloween night. The price is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Through October 31.
Discover Houston Tours
912 Prairie, 713-222-9255
Listen to true tales and urban legends on this nighttime walking tour in the Downtown Historic District featuring: Ghosts of Spaghetti Warehouse, Ghosts of The Confederacy, Charlie Chaplin at the Isis, The Hanging Oak, and The Barmaid's Best Friend. Tickets are $30. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. at Discover Houston Tours, 912 Prairie. The tour goes from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be free happy hour appetizers, $3 beer and $3 well drinks at the Isis, as well as a 30-minute rest stop at Landry's Downtown Aquarium. Everyone will receive a copy of Sandra Lord's Short Guide to the Paranormal. Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends, except at specially marked meters. The dates of the tours are October 15 through 17, 22 through 23, 29 and 31.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Dr., John P. McGovern Building, 713-942-7054
Through November 1, The Health Museum will be hosting its first annual Siege of the Skeletons, a community art project featuring papier-mâché skeletons submitted by teams from all over Houston. Tuesdays through Saturdays, the hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Visit the museum before October 22 to vote for your favorite skeleton, then come back October 29 to see if your pick wins. Skeletons also will be judged by Texas Medical Center partners and museum professionals. Viewing the skeletons is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.
6200 Golf Course Dr., 713-533-6713
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for Zoo Boo, Houston's largest family-friendly Halloween, which will run five days this year. Enjoy safe Halloween trick-or-treating, music and fun activities with a "naturally wild" twist Saturdays and Sundays, October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick a "child-size" pumpkin to paint and decorate from the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch; participate in the costume parade; channel your inner artist and contribute to the Cooper Tools Monster Mural; or visit the Gardere Wynne Sewell Tatzoo Parlor for a spooktacular temporary tattoo. All this, and there'll be Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks and the animal-themed Trunk-or-Treat candy stations. All Zoo Boo activities are included with paid zoo admission. Zoo Boo is free for zoo members. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $6 for children ages two to 11 and free for children under two. Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult zoo admission for $8 and a child zoo admission for $5.
4912 Main Street, 713-528-5858
For more than 20 years, Lawndale Art Center has presented an annual open-call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum-quality setting. This year's celebration goes from October 19 to November 7 and includes such events as the Retablo Exhibition and Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Volunteers and sponsors are needed.
2225 North Sam Houston Pkwy. West,713-914-1313
Promising to scare the "yell" out of you, ScreamWorld kicks off the Halloween haunt season as the longest-running haunted attraction in Houston. ScreamWorld is a fright factory comprised of three haunted houses, an outdoor maze and cemetery, and eight new terrorizing scenes certain to get your blood flowing. Along with The Haunted Hotel, Edge of Darkness, Movie Monsters, Maze of Maniacs and The Tobias Strange Family Cemetery, newer attractions include The Maniacal Mausoleum, Farm House Bedroom of Death, The Torture Chamber and the Evil Emergency Room, Cave of Skulls and The Catacombs. The park opens at 7:30 p.m. October 15 through 18, 22 through 25, and 27 through 31. General admission tickets are $25 per person to visit the five haunted attractions, and $35 for a VIP Fast Pass, with no waiting in line. Sundays are Family Nights, with tickets just $20, and Thursdays are Student Nights, with tickets at $18 if students show a valid ID.