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Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

Find out where to make th emost of the spookiest time of the year

Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., 281-807-8700

www.shrp.com

Photo courtesy of goon, facebook.com/goon73photography

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,

800-458-3435

www.texrenfest.com

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

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

531 South Mason Rd, 281-492-6900

www.drafthouse.com/houston

Alamo Drafthouse will celebrate Halloween with a screening of the fan-favorite film Hocus Pocus. Guests will receive bags of candy and are encouraged to wear costumes, as the best one will win a prize at the night's end. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $7.

Stark Naked Theatre Company

1824 Spring, Studio 101, 832-866-6514

www.starknakedtheatre.com

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

Absolve Wine Lounge

920 Studemont, Suite 150, 281-501-1788

www.absolvewinelounge.com

Absolve is holding an event featuring live music, food specials and fall-themed cocktails all night long. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends "whenever they feel like it."

Boneyard Drinkery

8150 Washington, 832-661-3348

The Boneyard Drinkery is hosting the 2nd Annual Boneyard Boo Bash, an event created to benefit Corridor Rescue Inc., an organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from cruelty and abandonment. All money raised at the event will go to Corridor Rescue. Animals and their humans are invited to participate in a costume contest, and gift baskets will be awarded to the wearers of the best dog costume, best human costume, best dog duo or trio and best group. Pet psychic Petrene Soames will be present for ten-minute readings at a cost of $20 a reading. Visitors can make their pets safer and prettier with help from $20 microchipping services, $5 nail trims and $2 face painting. The event will also include a raffle and silent auction, a photo booth and a food truck. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

Brenner's on the Bayou

One Birdsall St., 713-868-4444

www.brennersfest.com

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

www.theconcertpub.com

The pub will be celebrating with the Big Halloween Party, featuring cover band Flicker System.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose, 713-284-8250

www.camh.org

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.

Discovery Green

1500 McKinney,

713-400-7336

www.discoverygreen.com

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.

Frenetic Theater

5102 Navigation

www.bayoucitytheatrics.com

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

www.boardwalkfantasea.com

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.

Numbers

300 Westheimer,

713-526-6551

www.numbersnightclub.com

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.

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