Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

No matter who you are this year, one of these events will fityour needs.


Houston Zombie Walk

Jones Plaza

10860 FM 1960 Road W., 281-783-9337

Zombies will flock to Jones Plaza at 2:30 p.m. on October 19 to prepare for a .75-mile shamble around downtown Houston, all in the name of charity. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Houston Children's Charity, the Houston Humane Society and the Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehab. The event will include food vendors, beer and wine service, and live entertainment performed by The Reverend Horton Heat and the Dolly Rockers. The walk itself begins at 4 p.m. and officially ends at 8 p.m. Children are welcome, and children under the age of ten can enter the walk free of charge.

OCTOBER 19 & 26

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., 281-535-8100

The Kemah Boardwalk will be holding a costume contest on these two days to encourage children 12 and younger to dress up for a chance to win spooky prizes.


Continental Club

3700 Main, 713-529-9899

The Continental will be celebrating Discoween with Disco Expressions. Costumes are required. Tickets are available for purchase online and cost $12.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr., 713-639-4629

HMNS is getting into the Halloween spirit with a mixer titled "Spirits and Skeletons." Events will include dancing, cash bars, food trucks and a performance by master magician Ben Jackson. Musical entertainment will be provided by the cover band Molly and the Ringwalds as well as by DJs Gracie Chavez and Dame Hype. Costumes are encouraged. The event will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight and is open only to those 21 years of age or older. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $25 general admission.


300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

Head over to Numbers for a Classic Numbers Halloween celebration, which will feature entertainment by DJ Wes Wallace. The event begins at 9 p.m. and will include drink specials through 11 p.m.

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600

Stereo Live will be celebrating with Phantom at Stereo Live. Prizes will be awarded for Sexiest Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Couple Costume and Best Group Costume. Special guests include DJ Charles Bell, DJ Yetti, VJ Crazylegs and many others. The event will feature three decorated theme rooms. The party will begin at 8:30 p.m., and creatures 18 and older are welcome. Tickets range in price from $15 to $60.

OCTOBER 25 & 26


ComedySportz Arena

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

ComedySportz will be holding two improvisational matches, Frankenstein Friday and Superhero Saturday. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a half-time costume show for each event. Those who come in wearing costumes will receive discounts on tickets, which cost $18. The events begin at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.


Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

SportsMonkey is bringing some extra flavor with its newest Halloween tradition — the Undead Fest. It begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. This year's festivities will feature entertainment by DJ Johnny of the Boothpimps and $3,000 in cash and prizes for the costume contest, which will include awards for Best Undead and Best Original Costume. The party will include drink specials and costs $9.45 in advance and $15 at the door. If you're looking for VIP treatment, try an "Undead Fest RIP ticket" for $35 (in advance). It gives you access to a separate bar, complimentary beer and tickets for three cocktails. However, supplies are limited, so hurry.

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

2402 Munger St., 713-926-6368

For a family-oriented Halloween, visit the Orange Show Center's annual Pumpkin Carving and Scary Mask Workshop. As the name suggests, guests will learn how to carve pumpkins and make masks, with guidance from local artists. Supplies are limited, so come early and feel free to bring your own materials as well as your own pumpkin. The event takes place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Saengerfest Park

2302 Strand, 409-762-0062

The whole family's invited to the third annual Saengerfest Park Mini Monster Bash from 1 to 4 p.m. The free Halloween carnival will include assorted games and prizes, trick-or-treating at participating downtown businesses, and a costume contest for children 11 years old and younger. Kids will compete for prizes in the following categories: Scariest, Cutest and Most Creative costumes. The park will be decorated to provide the ideal backdrop for Halloween photos. In addition, Haunted Mayfield Manor is hosting scary stories as well as kid-friendly tours.

Seventh Annual Montrose Pub Crawl

The Montrose Pub Crawl is back for its seventh year. This event combines 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. There are 11 separate venues taking part in this year's event, including Brasil; Poison Girl; Pistolero's; Boondocks; Etro Lounge; Catbirds; Royal Oak; Slick Willie's; El Real Tex-Mex; Mo Mong; and The Hay Merchant. All participants are asked to wear costumes and to assemble at Brasil or Poison Girl at Dunlavy and Westheimer at 6 p.m. Costumed participants will enjoy drink specials and Halloween activities at the bars, as well as no cover charges. The Crawl will award prizes for best costumes throughout the evening. To qualify for a prize, participants must be at specified locations by a certain time, although they're encouraged to proceed at their own pace. Winners at each location will compete for the grand prize. This year's honorary Grand Crawler will select the grand-prize winner for Overall Best Costume. A portion of drink sales will be donated to the Houston Area Women's Center.

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