A Scary Good Time

It's time once again to don a costume and head over to your favorite haunt for a chance at cheap drinks and expensive prizes. But be warned: You'll have to get your partying out of the way before the big day actually arrives. With the holiday falling on a Monday, most bars have decided that Halloween is coming early this year. Harry Potter's fans will be sending out the franchise with a bang, and the Super Hero Renaissance is far from over, so don't be surprised if any Norse gods or steroid-pumped soldiers show up on your doorstep.


House of Blues
1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 www.houseofblues.com/houston

The Houston Press Halloween Bash featuring the Lucky Devil Thrillshow, a daredevil stunt spectacular that will make you think you're in Vegas, lights up downtown the Friday before Halloween. RVSP to the House of Blues Foundation Room Concierge at kimmurray@livenation.com. Party is free. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Through October

Discover Houston Tours
912 Prairie Street, 713-222-9255 www.discoverhoustontours.com

Check out the Downtown Historic District with the help of a few ghost stories on one of the Discover Houston Tours annual Ghost Walks. Spend 90 minutes listening to tales such as the Ghost at La Carafe, The Donnellian Crypt, a Bridge Over Troubled Waters, The Barmaid's Best Friend and more. The tour will start at the Spaghetti Warehouse at 901 Commerce Street. Advance reservations are required at $15 per person. Paid parking is available in adjacent parking lots, and free on-street parking will be available Mondays through Saturdays after 6 p.m. and all day Sundays.

The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive, John P. McGovern Building, 713-942-7054 www.thehealthmuseum.org/skeletons

From October 4 through November 6, The Health Museum will be hosting its third annual Siege of the Skeletons, a community art project featuring papier-mâché skeletons submitted by teams from all over Houston. This year's theme is "From Books to Bones," meaning that artists will be drawing inspiration from literary works as they compete for prizes. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Houston Haunted Houses
1500 Elton St., 713-946-2266 www.houstonhauntedhouses.com

Houston Haunted Houses is celebrating its 13th Year of Terror, and so to thank its customers, it is giving away a free car. Entertainment will include a free concert, a free live freak show, free vendor booth spaces, and four separate haunted houses. The hours are from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the cost is from $15 to $25.

Houston Zoo
6200 Golf Course Drive, 713-533-6713 www.houstonzoo.org

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for Zoo Boo, Houston's largest family-friendly Halloween, which will run five days this year. Enjoy safe Halloween trick-or-treating, music, and fun activities with a "naturally wild" twist Saturdays and Sundays, October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And, to help visitors avoid the weekend crowds, Zoo Boo will take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 14, 21, and 28 as well as Halloween Monday, October 31.

Pick a "child-size" pumpkin to paint and decorate from the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch; participate in the costume parade; channel your inner artist and contribute to the Monster Mural; or visit the Tatzoo Parlor for a spooktacular temporary tattoo. This year's events will also feature the Monster Mashquerade, which will be taking place on weekends around the Reflection Pool. Children can sing, dance, and learn all the moves to "Thriller" before joining in for the costume parade. All this, and there will be Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks and the animal-themed Trunk-or-Treat candy stations. All Zoo Boo activities are included with paid zoo admission. Zoo Boo is free for zoo members. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $8 for children ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2.

Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street, 713-528-5858 www.lawndaleartcenter.org

Lawndale Art Center is presenting its 24th Annual Día de los Muertos events, a celebration of Mexican culture and the customs of El Día de los Muertos. This program gives area artists and students the opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum-quality setting. This year's celebration will go from October 17 to November 5 and include such events as the Retablo Exhibition, community and musical ofrendas, a papel picado workshop and the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Volunteers and sponsors are needed.

18777 Highway 290, 713-526-3323 www.darke.com

Phobia Haunted House is more than ready for Halloween with eight different haunted houses staged in one convenient location. Darke Institute, Mind Control, 3D Clown Phobia, Claustrophobia, Dawn of the Machine, Exile: Simon Fowler Woods, Mania and Darkeworld are all ready and waiting every weekend in October. Prices vary from $13 to $45 depending on how many houses participants choose to visit.


2225 North Sam Houston Parkway West Houston, 713-914-1313 www.screamworld.com

Promising to scare the "yell" out of you, ScreamWorld kicks off the Halloween haunt season as the longest running haunted attraction in Houston. ScreamWorld is a fright factory comprised of three haunted houses and an outdoor maze and cemetery. Along with The Haunted Hotel, Edge of Darkness, Movie Monsters, Maze of Maniacs, and The Tobias Strange Family Cemetery, newer attractions include The Psycho Path and Jake's Slaughterhouse. The park opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. General admission tickets are $25 per person to visit the five haunted attractions and $29 for a VIP Fast Pass, with no waiting in line. Sundays and Thursdays are Super Discount nights, with tickets just $17.

October 22

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551 www.numbersnightclub.com

Horror Dance returns with an evening of rock and horror-related entertainment and performances. Numbers will be showing six short and very twisted films, followed by live entertainment by Dana Blue and the Bombshell Betties and Guest DJ Rob, as well as live music performances by Underground Network Intelligence and Opulent. There will be lots of free giveaways and a contest to crown the first Horror Dance "Scream Queen," along with a special presentation by Zombie Walk of Houston and a special guest appearance by Chris Foreman, horror comic book and trade card artist. The event starts at 9 p.m. and is available to all ages at a $10 cover.

October 22

The 14th Annual Halloween House Party
2212 Woodhead, 713-364-8814 www.2212woodhead.com

The 14th Annual Halloween House Party will directly benefit Bering Omega Community Services, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS. The party's official DJ, Danny B., will provide musical entertainment, as well as DJ GUS T. There will be an all-night open bar for those 21 and up. Costumes are required. The party will begin at 8 p.m. and go to 2 a.m. There are 500 available tickets, available online only, for $50.

October 28-30

1900 Kane Street, 713-802-9370 www.meca-houston.org

From 7 p.m. opening night on October 28, followed by events on October 29 and 30 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. This event features 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. It is held at MECA's campus located at the Dow School in Houston's Old Sixth Ward. Opening night admission is $20; the following days' admission is free of charge.

October 29 and 30

Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, Texas, 800-458-3435 www.texrenfest.com

Head to the Texas Renaissance Festival for an olden take on Halloween in the All Hallows Eve Adventure, which will feature a Banshee Screeching Contest, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, and a candied-apple eating contest. The event will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk each day.

Friday, October 28

The Concert Pub (Galleria)
5636 Richmond, 713-278-7272 www.theconcertpub.com

The pub will be celebrating with a Halloween party featuring the Spicolis in true '80s form.

Continental Club
3700 Main Street, 713-529-9899 www.continentalclub.com

The Club will be celebrating Discoween with Disco Expressions from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

707 N. Shepherd Dr, Ste 500, 713-864-4242 www.gowonderwild.com

From 6 to 8 p.m., Wonderwild will be holding its annual Halloween party. The party will feature crafts, a costume parade, and some tasty treats. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Kids' tickets are $10 each.

Saturday, October 29

The Concert Pub (Galleria)
5636 Richmond, 713-278-7272 www.theconcertpub.com

The bands MTA and OZZ will be featured to perform Metallica and Ozzy tributes.

The Concert Pub (North)
2470 FM 1960, 281-583-8111 www.theconcertpub.com/North

This pub will celebrate with a costume contest and a Halloween performance by Victim.

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com

Head to Dan Electro's for a Beans Barton Halloween with Beans Barton and the Bipeds and an appearance by the Tribal Lilies belly dancers. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Fifth Annual Montrose Pub Crawl

The Montrose Crawl has returned for its fifth 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. This year's event will encompass nine separate venues. All Montrose Crawl participants are asked to dress in costume and to assemble at the restaurant Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, at 6 p.m. on October 29. From there, the Montrose Crawl will make its way down Westheimer, with stops at Poison Girl, Boondocks, Anvil, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak, Slick Willie's, and The Hay Merchant, before coming to a close with midnight snacks at El Real Tex-Mex. Costumed participants will enjoy drink specials and Halloween activities at the bars, and the Montrose Crawl will award prizes for best costumes throughout the evening. This year's honorary Grand Crawler, Neartown President and City Council candidate David W. Robinson, will select the grand-prize winner.


The Hideaway on Dunvale
3122 Dunvale Road, 713-977-3515 www.hideawayondunvale.com

The Hideaway will be holding a Classic Rock Halloween Bash with musical guest Quadraphonic. Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite '60s or '70s rock star. The party will go from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The price is $5 at the door. Ages 21 and up only.

JP Hops House
2317 South Highway 6, 281-496-0623 www.jphopshouse.com

JP Hops House will be having a Halloween Party featuring Smythe and Taylor with Kelly Lancaster.

Katie's Bar
315 Grand Ave., Bacliff, 281-559-3773 Katiesbar.com

Celebrate with a look back at Pink Floyd at Katie's Bar's Annual Halloween Party. There will be drink specials and prizes for the best costumes.

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551 www.numbersnightclub.com

Numbers will be holding its Underworlds Halloween Monster Bash on October 29, complete with a costume contest, drink specials, and entertainment by the DJs Mina and vv James, as well as musical guests Goth, Industrial, and EBM. The doors open at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5 before 11 p.m. and $10 after.

Stereo Live
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600 www.stereolivehouston.com

This year, Stereo Live will be holding its Second Annual Vampire's Ball featuring Carl Cox and Vaski. The party will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and ages 18 and up are welcome.

Sunday, October 30

The Concert Pub (North)
2470 FM 1960, 281-583-8111 www.theconcertpub.com/North

This Halloween, the Concert Pub will celebrate with a Halloween Music Frenzy featuring 17 bands, two stages, and costume contests for scariest and best costumes. Entrance is $5 for 21 and up, $10 for 18 and up.

Monday, October 31

300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551 www.numbersnightclub.com

Numbers will be celebrating Halloween with a costume contest with a large cash prize, drink specials, and a cheap cover earlier in the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. for all ages.

Costumes/Party Favors

Kamibashi Asian Art
828-683-7994 www.kamibashi.com

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 handmade and fair-trade dolls. Also available are Kamibashi cards that share the Halloween theme. Order online or visit the websites for stores carrying Kamibashi.

Pleasure Zone
5705 Richmond Ave, 832-251-8400 www.pzhouston.com

There are more than 1,000 costumes to choose from, hundreds of stockings and other accessories available including handbags, hats and shoes. This is the exclusive provider of Trashy-brand costumes in Houston, and it also offers a large selection of men's costumes and women's plus-size costumes and accessories.

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