We've got a hefty dose of Halloween flicks this week, including the camp Blacula from the '70s, the silent-but-deadly classic Phantom of the Opera, the animated Hotel Transylvania and, of course, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But it's also a great week for ghost stories, a costumed beer crawl and a Halloween-themed latte throwdown. 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.
6th Annual UHD Outdoor Halloween Film Screening
University of Houston Downtown — North Deck
7 p.m. Thursday, Free
The North Deck at sundown already sounds scary. UHD’s Sixth Annual Halloween Outdoor Film Screening features Blacula (1972), the first vampire film with an African-American director and an African-American actor in the title role. Pizza will be served, but you'll need to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Costumes are encouraged. 18 and over only.
Take Two: Hotel Transylvania (2012)
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
7:15 p.m. Friday, $5
Revisit the 2012 animated film Hotel Transylvania in The Houston Museum of Natural Science's Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Grab the nearest hand and head to the Museum District to fall in love again with Jonathan and Mavis. Tickets are available here.
Inversion Coffee & Art
7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, $5 to $8 (or free)
Inversion Coffee and Art is hosting a $300, winner-take-all, Halloween latte art throwdown. They'll waive the buy-in fee if you come dressed in costume. Calling artistic baristas to come out and see if you've got the stuff to bring home the win in this caffeinated competition.
Yoga on the Green
8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Free
Suit up Halloween style and bring your mat to enjoy 45 minutes of yoga on the CityCentre plaza. Yoga instructors from Revolution Studio will lead you through the flow. Stick around afterwards for the CityCentre block party including food, shopping and costume prizes. Namaste.
Pops at the Park: Route 66
Miller Outdoor Theatre
7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Free
If Halloween parties aren't your kind of fun, come get your kicks with the Houston Chamber Choir singing metaphorically along Route 66. The free concert is a commemorative celebration of America's famous highway of days gone by.
Halloween at Historic Market Square
Market Square Park, Historic District in Downtown Houston
7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Free
This Saturday, Historic Market Square will be alive with Halloween festivities. There'll be a free screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (8 p.m.), a costume contest with prizes and even a live Time Warp dance mob brought to you by Theatre Under The Stars. Start your evening here and then continue through the night at the bars and restaurants in the Historic District neighborhood, or find the food trucks at the Market on Main. The merchants are offering an abundance of spooky specials.
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Halloween Street Party on White Oak — Karbach Creep
White Oak Drive
6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Free
Do the Karbach Creep with live music and trick or treating. Keep an eye out for Karbach staffers who will be selecting participants for the costume contest at Fitzgerald's at 11 p.m. Creepers are welcome at the following White Oak establishments: Onion Creek Cafe, Fitzgerald's, Ritual, Little Woodrow's In The Heights, BB's Cafe, Jimmy's Ice House, Tacos A Go Go, Christian's Tailgate White Oak, Happy Fatz and Public House Heights. Costume up and come on out, creepy crawlers.
Skyline Screamers: Ghost Tales Under the Stars
7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Free
What's scarier than a scary movie? A well-told ghost story, at night, under the stars. Tellers from the Houston Storytellers Guild will share some scary stories with those who dare to listen. Bring your blanket, chairs and snacks to Marmion Park in the Heights and get ready for some goosebumps. Don't forget the bug spray, and maybe a little garlic and holy water for good measure.
Phantom of the Opera with Live Organ Music
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, $5 to $10
The movie is silent but the magnificent Schoenstein organs are not. The classic silent movie Phantom of the Opera will be shown on the big screen accompanied by live organ music improvised by Daniel J. Fenn.
Dress up in your Halloween costumes and enjoy the silent but not so silent movie. Tickets available here.
Free A Little Day Music
Wortham Theater Center
Noon Wednesday, Free
The longest-running free concert series in Houston runs on the first Wednesday of each month. The concert will be performed in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center. This month in conjunction with The Menil Collection's exhibition, Picasso The Line, Da Camera presents Picasso and Music. Grab your brown bag, gather some friends and spend your lunch break listening to a little day music.