Let's Get Spooky

Our guide to Houston's best Halloween haunts.

Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29

1740 Harold

BooTown presents "The Farmer and the Badger" as its Halloween performance. The show is based on a Japanese folktale of the same name. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets to the October 28 performance are $15 and include a post-show party and reception with the cast. The Friday performance is pay-what-you-wish, with a suggested donation of $8.

Bronx Bar (Washington)
4520 Washington, 713-869-8844

Bronx Bar will have entertainment by DJ Xav1 & DJ Ardie.

Friday, October 29

Houston Press Halloween Bash
House of Blues
1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837

Don't miss what is, in our humble opinion, the city's best Halloween party, with a costume contest, drink specials and music by Gene's Addiction. Doors open at 7 p.m.; all guests will have access to the club's members-only Foundation Room after 11 p.m. This party is free.

1515 Pease, 832-287-5577

Enjoy Halloween in the Swamp with Ryan Scroggins and The Trenchtown Texans, The Umbrella Man, and Sean Reefer and The Resin Valley Boys.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 29-31

The Concert Pub (Galleria)
5636 Richmond, 713-278-7272

From a Halloween party with the Spicolis in true '80s form on Friday to Outlaw Dave's Masked Ball on Saturday, to a Halloween party with Rock Radio on Sunday (complete with $1,000 in cash and prizes), The Concert Pub is getting into the spirit.

The Concert Pub (North)
2470 FM 1960, 281-583-8111

This pub will kick things off on Friday with a Halloween performance by Victim. Then, on Saturday, Whattzit2ya will make an appearance. Sunday will round things off with a performance by The Liars and a chance to win something out of $1,000 in cash and prizes.

3720 Raymond, 713-862-9911

There'll be a haunted Halloween house all weekend, complete with drink specials and costume contests. No cover.

4701 Nett, 713-802-0640
Come to Nox for all-weekend drink specials and True Blood-themed costume contests. No cover.

Taps House of Beer
5120 Washington, 713-864-0650

Drink specials will be available all weekend. There will also be cowboys-and-Indians-themed costume contests.

Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E 24th St, 713-862-8707

Saturday will see Beans Barton and The Bi-Peds and the Tribal Lilies Belly Dance Troupe entertaining at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar. Costume prizes include Beans performance art (value $500-plus). Doors will open at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m. and entrance is $10. On Halloween proper, Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit will entertain from 4 to 6 p.m. As part of the John's Juke Joint Show, customers will see performances by Funky Mustard, Romeo Dogs, T.C. and The Cannonballs, and Big Al Bettis from 6 to 11 p.m. Entrance is $10. There will be costume prizes, and doors open at 3 p.m.

1900 Kane St., 713-802-9370

This October 30 and 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., respectively, MECA will present Día de los Muertos: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future. This event features Día de los Muertos celebrations from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Día de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show. It is held at MECA's campus, located at the Dow School in Houston's Old Sixth Ward.

Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, Texas, 800-458-3435

Head to the Texas Renaissance Festival for an old take on Halloween in the All Hallows Eve Adventure, which will feature a Banshee Screeching Contest, a pumpkin-carving contest, a costume contest and a candied-apple-eating contest. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk each day. Entry is $23 per person.

Saturday, October 30

The 19th Hole Bar and Grill
202 Sawdust Rd. # 118, Spring, 281-363-2574

This bar's Halloween Bash will feature Paris Green and Seven Candles Fall. The party starts at 8 p.m.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St., Beaumont, 409-832-3432

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas invites children and their families to celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead by feasting on fried crickets, decorating sugar skulls and enjoying a variety of exciting art activities and entertainment at "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and participate in the costume contest that will be judged at noon. Live entertainment will also be provided by the Mexican Heritage Society.

BFE Rock Club
11528 Jones Rd., 281-894-1811

BFE Rock Club will be holding a party with the Absolute Pistols, Alkari, Covington and Purapharm.

Chateau Polonez
12612 Malcomson Rd., 281-655-5656

If you're in the mood for something more formal, head to Halloween at the Chateau. This event will consist of a costume party with prizes for the top three costumes, a full open bar and a buffet of hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The DJ entertainment will be provided by Partyman. Entrance is $80 per person. The party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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