Now, we're not saying it's time for turtlenecks and hot toddies, but we are saying that this is the perfect time of year to get out of the house and really explore all that the Bayou City has to offer. As we ramp up for Halloween, we've got some happy hours, a costumed fun run (hint: It ends in beer) and a Tuesday trivia contest that will test your knowledge of witchcraft and wizardry. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — and seven of them are free! Check out the Houston Press calendar for even more things to do.
Día De Los Muertos Halloween Happy Hour
2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Free
Loteria and a raffle benefiting The Women's Home will be part of a themed happy hour at The Dunlavy. The games are complimentary, with prizes provided by Clark Cooper Concepts. Start your Día de los Muertos celebrating in the glass tree house overlooking the banks of Buffalo Bayou with some fun and philanthropy.
Anime Halloween Party
Ooples Anime Houston
Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Free
Anime, Halloween and Party, three things combined for what is destined to be a great time. The party starts at noon and goes all day but from 2 to 6 p.m., you'll have a chance to meet the voice of Hoenheim from Fullmetal Alchemist. His other roles include Undertaker from Black Butler, Lord Death from Soul Eater and Sir Crocodile from One Piece.
Yepez Vineyard Grape Stomp
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Free
Have you ever wanted to stomp grapes? Saturday is your chance. Yepez Vineyard is having a grape stomp festival with music, vendors and a wine tasting. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the outdoor activities on what is looking to be a gorgeous fall day. Cheers.
Round 45 Opening + Community Market
Project Row Houses
2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Free
Come out for the opening reception of "Round 45: Local Impact" at the art houses on Holman. "Round 45," curated by Public Art Director Ryan N. Dennis, will include artists Regina Agu, JooYoung Choi, Sally Glass, Jesse Lott, Ann Harithas, Tierney Malone, Harold Mendez and Patrick Renner. Artist talks will be held on the porches of the art houses at 2:30 p.m. and a community market will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. Catch a glimpse of the personal insights these local artists bring to the Houston community.
Houston Comedy Film Festival: Fall 2016
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, $8 (with Groupon)
If you take advantage of this Groupon, the film festival qualifies as an event under $10, but hurry because organizers say they are 75 percent sold. The festival includes feature-length and short comedy films from independent filmmakers around the world. Give your funny bone a little exercise and enjoy some laughs.
EarthQuest Birds of Prey Program
Brazos Bend State Park
11 a.m. to noon Saturday, $7
Falcons in flight, hawks soaring overhead, owls swooping in to perch nearby: All are part of an educational program by Steve Hoddy, Master Falconer at Brazos Bend State Park. The program is free with regular park entry fee and will be presented on the lawn in front of the Nature Center. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some time outdoors with some magnificent birds.
A Touch of Class-ical
Holy Covenant United Methodist
4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, $5.50
It's the first concert of The Lone Star Symphonic Band's 24th season. The rock pieces in "A Touch of Class-ical” will include songs from The Eagles, The Beatles and a medley of Elvis favorites. Classical selections slated are Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and Slavonic Dances. Vocal tenor David Van Wyke will be featured in Nessun Dorma. Get your tickets online for the bargain price of $5.50, or pay $10 at the door.
HalloWERC'n! Our Annual Halloween run & Pumpkin Carving!
The West End - A Public House
5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Free
Get your costumes ready but keep in mind you have to run (or walk) in your get-up. The event, sponsored by West End Running Club, is free, but you must sign in and participate in the run before partaking in the festivities. Participants receive a wristband at check-in, log some miles, grab a beer at Karbach Brewing Co. and finish up at The West End for a costume contest and pumpkin carving. Pumpkins are supplied by the organizers and can be taken home or left for Halloween decor. Keep in mind that the club is for all fitness levels; its mission is to make Houston a healthy, happy place by encouraging physical activity, so do yourself a favor and get moving on that costume idea.
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Harry Potter Trivia Night
Front Porch Pub
7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Free
The Front Porch Pub is hosting a Harry Potter-themed trivia night. Come out in Potter genre costumes for prizes and free adult beverage giveaways. Brush up on your J.K. Rowling novel knowledge as there are bound to be some serious Harry Potter fans participating.
Midtown Bar & Grill
9:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Free
Back by popular demand, the Spooky Standup Spectacular will get you in the Halloween spirit as costumed comedians perform stand-up as their respective characters. Laughs, candy and giveaways will be doled out all night.