Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

All the events of the spookiest season of the year.

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., 281-535-8100

Photo courtesy of goon,
Photo courtesy of goon,

Every day in October, Kemah will be serving up a side of scary with its Dungeon of Doom event. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 p.m. on Fridays. On weekends, it starts at 2 p.m. and goes until midnight on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, younger children can enjoy The Little Boo Haunted Fun House Thursdays through Sundays, as well as the Boo on the Boardwalk event proper, which will involve pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating. The Little Boo Haunted Fun House is open Thursday through Sunday ($5 admission) and the Dungeon of Doom is open all week with varying hours ($15 per victim with $10 Student Night on Wednesdays with ID and $12 group rates).

Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main, 713-528-5858

Lawndale Art Center is presenting its 26th Annual Día de los Muertos events, a celebration of Mexican culture and the customs of El Día de los Muertos. This program gives artists from the area, as well as students, the opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum-quality setting. This year's celebration runs from October 21 to November 9 and includes the following events: the Retablo Exhibition, community and musical ofrendas (offerings), a papel picado (paper cutting) workshop, a sugar skull workshop, a Family Day Fiesta, and the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction.

The National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Springs Dr., 281-876-3063

This month is, understandably, the busiest one for The National Museum of Funeral History, and it's hosting a number of events throughout October. The first of these is a family-friendly haunted house designed to give goosebumps to young and old alike while providing a look at the very serious issue of death. Children below the age of 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the haunted house is half off when you purchase admission to the museum. At the Dracula Cemetery Exhibition, visitors can learn about the history of the Dracula myth, including the real-life inspiration for the character and the terminology involved in vampire lore. They will also have the chance to get their picture taken in a coffin. The 6th annual Halloween Car Show will take place for one day only: October 26. In addition to the opportunity to see decorated cars, there will be a full-on fall festival atmosphere with face painting and arts and crafts for the kids, great food including barbecue and cupcakes from local vendors, a live DJ and a silent auction.


18777 Highway 290, 713-526-3323

Phobia Haunted House is back with five haunted houses, all of which are staged in one convenient location. Darke Institute, Mind Control, Claustrophobia, Dawn of the Machine and Simon Fowler Woods are all ready and waiting every weekend in October, as well as on the Thursday before Halloween and the night before Halloween. The fun runs from 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 to 10 p.m. on Sundays, with longer hours as Halloween approaches. Ticket prices range from $13 to $50, depending on how many houses participants choose to visit, and reduced rates are available for groups of 25 or more.


2225 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., 713-914-1313

Consistently voted into the higher ranks of horror, ScreamWorld is looking forward to another season of scaring people half to death. This fright factory is actually a park composed of three haunted houses and an outdoor maze and cemetery. Among the attractions are Maze of Maniacs; Edge of Darkness; the Skull Cave (complete with Voodoo Swamp); Mummy Hall, the Psycho Farm House; a Giant Skull Monster; The Zombie Graveyard with its Vortex Tunnel; and Jake's Slaughterhouse. The park will be open from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. During the week of Halloween, ScreamWorld will be open from Monday through Thursday. General admission tickets are $25 per person online or $32 at the gates and include admission to the haunted attractions. VIP Fast Passes, which keep you from waiting in line at ScreamWorld, are $29 online or $40 on-site. Select Sundays and Thursdays are Super Discount nights, with tickets costing only $17 online and $20 on site.


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.

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