Hocus Pocus Pops

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

At Hocus Pocus Pops, the Houston Symphony’s horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons and chilling cellos will play treats instead of tricks. Conductor Lucus Waldin will lead the orchestra in an evening of festive music from iconic films such as Star Wars, Spider-Man and Sleepy Hollow, featuring narration by Jimmy Phillips. Mummies and daddies, be sure to dress up all the little ghosts and goblins; the first 100 fully costumed children have a chance to march in the Goblin Parade. “Hocus Pocus Pops is an annual tradition for both the Houston Symphony and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion,” says Ashley Gravois, public relations and educational outreach manager for the Pavilion. “Every year thousands of attendees come to the show to kick off the Halloween season.”

7:30 p.m. Friday. 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. For information, call 281-364-3010 or visit woodlandscenter.org. Free to $20.

[Organizer's Description:]

Get ready for tricks and treats at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free. Tickets are not required for free seating. Lucus Waldin conducts the Houston Symphony in a mesmerizing performance of horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons and chilling cellos. Everyone is gravely encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. The first 100 boys and “ghouls” to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza, fully costumed, get the chance to march in the Goblin Parade. Wristbands are required to participate in the Goblin Parade. Haunting the plazas before dusk are pre-concert activities starting when the gates open at 6 p.m. Enchanted events to win spooktacular prizes at BOOths offered by H-E-B, The Pavilion Partners, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands and others. If you dare, hop onto the Great Pumpkin Express and carve out some great (or gruesome) memories on The Pavilion’s haunted grounds. Train rides begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Pavilion’s Gold Lot. Feel free to pack a picnic to sink your fangs into, but keep in mind that outside potions (drinks) cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
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