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813 Congress, 713-229-9399
La Carafe will be holding theatrical séances Sundays at 8 p.m. through October 31.
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.
The Texas Repertory Theatre Co.
14243 Stuebner Airline Rd., 281-583-7573
The fifth-anniversary showing of The Little Shop of Horrors at Texas Repertory Theatre plays four performances a week through Halloween night, October 31. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies is full of soaring pop-rock music, lovable comic characters and a man-eating plant from outer space, so don't miss this opportunity.
Under the Volcano
2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282
Under the Volcano will be celebrating Oktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. There will be Oktoberfest specials on beer served in one-liter German steins every day, and bratwurst served with Oma's sauerkraut and potato salad every Thursday through Sunday until the last week in October.
October 29 and 31
Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy, 281-644-5000
Enter from Neighborhood 7 at Katy Mills Mall on the Thursday before Halloween, and you'll find yourself in the middle of Texas Terror, a 50,000-square-foot haunted house that will also give you a free shirt. Through this indoor maze you will see Hollywood-style sets and more than 100 trained actors who will be sure to leave you breathless. Come dressed to thrill, and you may make it to the final round of the costume contest, which will be staged on Halloween night. First-round winners will also receive a VIP ticket to round two, which will cost $35 for everyone else. General admission is $25. Opens at 7 p.m.
Spooky Haunted Fright Lair
3801 Polk, 713-880-2100
Prepare to experience mild anxiety as you witness the somewhat unsettling spectacle of Spooky Haunted Fright Lair. On October 29, 30 and 31, Super Happy Fun Land will be transformed into a displeasing dungeon of discomfort, a claustrophobic cave of confusion, a tormenting tunnel of tediousness and a joyless gutter of gloom, where you'll endure an endless evening of extreme exasperation. Be disturbed by the creepy closet of colorful clowns, revel in the revulsion of the wretched room of '80s rock, gaze at the garish gallery of ghoulish art, participate in pernicious puppet plays, terrible tricks and tempting treats, monstrous music and much more.
403 W. Gray, 713-520-6896
Although there will be a pre-bash on October 30, Halloween night is where the action is. Byzantio will be celebrating with a costume contest starting at 9 p.m.
5102 Navigation, 832-426-4624
Halloween Midnight Movie Madness will be held at Frenetic Theater when independent horror films voted in on the Freneticore Web site will be shown.
4212 Washington, 713-868-5688
The Lot will be celebrating Halloween with "Boogie Nights." Come dressed to impress in your best costume, as there will be many prizes given away on both nights and a $100 bar tab for the best costume. No cover.
2200 Southwest Fwy., 716-528-6399
On Friday, Mezzanine Lounge is celebrating Freaky Fiesta Friday with $3 Mexican beers and house ritas. There will be music upstairs by DJ Robic.
On Sunday, Mezzanine Lounge presents Zombie Prom, complete with a commemorative prom photo, extreme karaoke and undead drink specials of $3.50. There will be a $100 costume contest, so go ahead and dress up so you can vie for prom king, prom queen or best group.
300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551
Friday this year brings a cash prize costume contest, as well as a performance by DJ Wes Wallace as part of the original and most attended '80s night in town. There will be 75-cent Bud on tap all night. Well drinks will be $1.50, and domestics will be $1.75 until 11 p.m. Doors open at 9:15 p.m.; 18 and up. Saturday brings The 14th Industrial Underground Vampire Ball with Chant and Bozo Porno Circus, as well as a special performance by Dominion and the Borg Queen. There will also be a costume contest with big prizes. Doors open at 9 p.m.
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