Bayou City Boo

This year's best Halloween parties.

Fridays and Saturdays

Creepy Hollow Haunted House
12872 Valley Vista Dr., 800-357-3323

Creepy Hollow Haunted House features three haunted houses — 288 Scare Factory, Pitch Black and the Haunted Woods — at one location. The houses are open from 7 p.m. to midnight, and entry is $25.

Friday, October 26

Captain's Costume and Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
#8 Kemah Boardwalk Suite G, 281-538-9600

On October 26 at 8 p.m., head out on the sea for a little dose of murder. Audience members can participate as characters in the solution of a live-action murder-mystery show.

The Gardens Houston
12001 Beamer Rd., 832-304-1848

The Gardens will be hosting the Nawty Hotties and the Hunks of Horror Halloween Ball starting at 8 p.m. The party includes a DJ and live comedic and musical entertainment as well as five costume contests complete with cash and prizes. Awards include sexiest female, male and couple, and most original costume for couple and single. Entry is $25 at the door and discounted in advance. There will be an additional $2.25 convenience fee for credit card/debit card purchases. Women 18 and older are welcome; men must be 21 and older.

October 26 and 27

ComedySportz Arena
901 Town & Country Blvd., 713-868-1444

Guests who attend the ComedySportz Halloween-themed matches called Hysterical Horrors, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, will receive discounts on tickets. Two teams of improvisational comedians will battle for points and laughs, all with a Halloween theme. There will also be a halftime costume contest with the opportunity to win prizes.

October 26-28

Houston Symphony
Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 713-224-7575

The Houston Symphony will be celebrating Halloween with a performance of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, a dramatic and spooky story all in music, led by Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The Friday concert will begin and end earlier and will be preceded by commentary in order to deepen the audience's connection to the performance, after which there will be a question-and-answer session with some of the artists. Friday's showing begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday's at 8 p.m. and Sunday's at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $25.

1900 Kane St., 713-802-9370

MECA's Day of the Dead event opens at 7 p.m. on October 26 and is followed by events on October 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., respectively. MECA will present Dia De Los Muertos: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future once again this year and will feature Dia de los Muertos celebrations from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Dia de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show, all to represent as much of the festival's culture as possible. It is held at ­MECA's campus, located at the Dow School in Houston's Old Sixth Ward. Opening night admission is $25 ahead of time and $35 at the door; the following days' admission is free of charge.

October 26-31

Mezzanine Lounge
2200 Southwest Fwy. #150, 713-528-6399

The Mezzanine Lounge will host a costume poker tournament with prizes, drink specials and no entry fee on Friday, followed by a black and orange ball with skaraoke and a $200 costume contest, also with drink specials, on Saturday. On the following Monday, there will be an engaging game of spooktacular bingo, and All Hallow's Eve itself brings another round of skaraoke and, of course, drink specials.

Saturday, October 27

Sixth Annual Montrose Pub Crawl

sponsored by the Houston Press, the Montrose Crawl has come back for its sixth year. This event infuses a traditional pub crawl with the spirit of trick-or-treating as several hundred people dress in costume and visit bars and pubs on Westheimer in Montrose. This year's event will encompass 11 separate venues, including Brasil, Poison Girl, Boondocks, Anvil, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak, Slick Willie's, El Real Tex-Mex, Mo Mong and The Hay Merchant. All Montrose Crawl participants are asked to dress in costume and to assemble at Brasil and Poison Girl at Dunlavy and Westheimer at 6 p.m. on October 27. Costumed participants will enjoy drink specials and Halloween activities at the bars as well as no cover, and the Montrose Crawl will award prizes for best costumes throughout the evening. This year's honorary Grand Crawler, Chef Bryan Caswell, will select the grand-prize winner.

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

The pub will be celebrating with a Halloween Bash featuring the songs of Ozzy and Metallica as performed by tribute bands OZZ and MTA.

Continental Club
3700 Main, 713-529-9899

The club will be celebrating Discoween with Disco Expressions from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and invites all visitors to "get funky." Tickets are available for purchase online.

Discovery Green
1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336

From 6 to 10 p.m. at Discovery Green, Houston will have its fifth annual citywide costume contest. The party, dubbed Scream on the Green, will feature prizes, music, and a showing of the animated film Coraline.

Howl at the Moon
612 Hadley St., 713-658-9700

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