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The 16th Annual Halloween House Party
2212 Woodhead, 713-364-8814
The 16th Annual Halloween House Party directly benefits Bering Omega Community Services, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to offering compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS. The party's official DJ, Danny B., will provide musical entertainment, along with guest DJ Lance Morris. There'll be an all-night open bar, and visitors must be at least 21 to attend. Costumes are required. The party begins at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets are available online, and donations are welcome.
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., 281-807-8700
This year brings the Something Wicked Music Festival to Sam Houston Race Park once again. From 2 p.m. until midnight, guests will be able to watch performances by DJ Tiësto and more than 20 other artists. Guests must be 18 years of age or older, and there will be open bars available for those 21 and over. General admission is $80.
OCTOBER 26 & 27
Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, Texas,
Make your way to the Texas Renaissance Festival for a slightly older take on Halloween in the All Hallow's Eve Adventure, which will feature a Banshee Screeching Contest, a jack-o-lantern carving contest, a costume contest and a kettle-corn-eating contest, as well as themed performances throughout the day and the opportunity to trick-or-treat. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk each day.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Stark Naked Theatre Company
1824 Spring, Studio 101, 832-866-6514
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, and to celebrate Halloween, the Stark Naked Theatre Company will present a live reading of the broadcast's original script, followed by a Survivor's Champagne Toast. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
Brenner's on the Bayou
One Birdsall St., 713-868-4444
Head over to Boo on the Bayou for the Boo on the Bayou Spirits Dinner, a Halloween-themed four-course meal with alcohol pairings. $75 per person. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and must be 21 or older to attend.
The Concert Pub (Galleria)
5636 Richmond, 713-278-7272
The pub will be celebrating with the Big Halloween Party, featuring cover band Flicker System.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose, 713-284-8250
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is kicking off its new exhibition series, "Outside the Lines," the season opener for its 65th anniversary and a celebration of its history, with a Halloween-themed party. Dress is "Halloween Art Chic" and the night's entertainment will include a food truck, performances by a DJ, Hope Stone and surprise guests. It begins at 6 p.m. and entry is free.
1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336
From 6 to 10 p.m. at Discovery Green, Houston will hold its sixth annual citywide costume contest. The party, dubbed Scream on the Green, will feature prizes, music and a showing of the film Frankenweenie starting at 7 p.m. Other activities include Scary-oke, Mad Science, Living Statues, entertainment by a DJ, caricature artists, fortune-tellers and face-painting.
Bayou City Theatrics will be performing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" this All Hallow's Eve. The event will take place from 6 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. General Admission is $30. The event includes a pre-party with catering from El Tiempo and a prize draw, as well as an after-party complete with light desserts; a costume contest with prizes for Sexiest Costume, Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume, Best "Rocky Horror" Costume; and Best in Show Costume; a Time-Warp dance contest; and an additional prize draw.
Halloween Masquerade Ball Cruise
#8 Kemah Boardwalk, Suite G, 281-538-9600
At 7 p.m. on Halloween, head out to the water for a buffet meal, a cash bar, the Captain's Costume Contest and live entertainment courtesy of a DJ, complete with dancing on an open-air dance floor. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The event ends at 10 p.m. Admission is $79.99 for adults, $74.99 for seniors and $71.99 for members of the military.
300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551
Numbers will be celebrating Halloween with a costume contest featuring a large cash prize, drink specials, prize-filled balloons and a discounted cover early in the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. for all ages.
Kamibashi Asian Art
Enjoy the fun of Halloween and autumn all year long with an abundance of cute but spooky Kamibashi products, including their Freak-O-Bags and string dolls. Order online or visit www.kamibashi.com.
1222 Westheimer, 713-528-4565
For the trick-or-treater who's not so concerned with candy, Erotic Cabaret is ready with its more mature costume collection.
2801 Polk, 713-228-9445
Frankel's is available to meet all your costume needs, both online and off.
1515 Studemont, 713-861-9080
Party Boy provides the party and the costumes that go with it, so it's a good place to go if you'd like to take your celebration to the home front.
4825 San Jacinto, 713-524-8236