First off, I wanted to get this post up early so you guys can start planning. We’ll tell you where to buy costumes and decor, some of the parties going on around town, where to get your pumpkin, kid-friendly stuff and most importantly…where to go to BE SCARED! Because we’re posting this early there are some events that have not ironed out all of their details yet. In the interest of keeping my readers informed, I will be adding to the post with any new information or details. Stay posted on updates by subscribing to this blog!
COSTUMES AND DECOR
OK, let’s start with your costume. Your best bet for one-stop costume shopping in my book is Party Boy, located at I-1o and Studemont. This place is HUGE! Not only do they carry over 30,000 costumes in stock along with all of the wigs, accessories, and decorations but they have perfected the Halloween madness that takes over the store. They have rental costumes as well, so get there now to reserve something special. Their stock is so huge, that you can still find a lot of selection at the last minute. I used to avoid Party Boy around Halloween because the parking and crowds looked like a nightmare (bwahahaha). But, once you get inside the place runs like clockwork and you can easily be in and out with all of your goodies in no time. Plus, they have extended hours making it super convenient. Much better than the smaller stores around town. Halloween Express is another good option for costumes and decorating as they have six locations around town, or you can order on line.
So now you’ve got your costume, what are you going to do? There are some awesome events going on around town. Here are some of our favorites:
What started as a college Halloween bash 23 years ago has now evolved into a huge party and everyone is invited! The Halloween Bash will be held at the Bar at Union Station (1800 Texas near Minutemaid). They haven’t forgotten their college beginnings either as they will be serving up 25 kegs of beer (Bud/Bud Light), 40 gallons of witches brew (sounds really college-scary to me), and over 2000 jello shots (including a XXX version that comes with a warning), all included in the ticket cost ($30, with discounts for purchases of 10 or more). They will also have a cash bar with mixed drinks and bottled beer for those whose tastes have “matured.” This is also one of those parties where you will be extremely out of place if you show up NOT in costume. www.halloweenbash.org
Looking for more refined festivities, then you should go to “The Bash” which is a benefit (read: for a good cause, pricier admission, but much better food and drinks!) supporting Easter Seals. Any event catered by Houston societies well loved Jackson Hicks is sure to draw a very pretty crowd. Advanced tickets are $150 ($200 at the door) and price of admission includes free valet, heavy hors d’ouerves (check out their website for the full menu) and open bar. The event will be held at The Corinthian, 202 Fannin. www.houstonbash.com
Of course, many clubs and bars will be holding their own Halloween festivities. You can check out who’s doing what and when at www.beforelastcall.com.
HOUSTON HAUNTED HOUSES: PREPARED TO BE SCARED!!!
OK…confession to make here. I am too much of a scaredy cat to go to one of these haunted houses so I cannot speak from personal experience. I would send my husband, but he’s more scared than I am. There are a few well known haunts around and I thought I’d share them with you here. If you’ve been to any or all of these events, please post a comment and let everyone know what you thought!
Nightmare on The Bayou
This event is not recommended for small children, those who are pregnant, have a heart condition, or people with asthma due to fog machines in use.
Located next to Houston’s oldest graveyard and boasting a truly haunted house, this scary attraction of over 15,000 square feet was ranked the nations 13th best haunted adventure by Hauntworld Magazine. Nightmare on the Bayou is located at 1515 Studemont near I-10 (The Heights) making it a great, central location. This is the event’s 12th year and they take their hauntings seriously with professionally trained actors, state of the art animatronics, and Hollywood quality sets their only goal is to scare the beetles out of you. Tickets are $30 ($40 VIP gets you to the front of the line) and can be purchased on their website.
Houston Haunted Houses
This attraction claims to be more kid-friendly for even the little ones.
Not just a haunted house, but a haunted theme park, they have concessions including food, drinks and “adult beverages” as well as things to do while you wait to get in to the event of your choice. Everything is enclosed and parking is paved so rain is not an issue. Admission is charged “per attraction” although they offer a free one: the Texas Chainsaw Maze. They also offer a ticket for the “Observation Room” which is perfect for folks like me, too scared to go in myself but happy to observe others getting the crud scared out of them.
The Houston Haunted Houses is located out I 45, south of Loop 610 South at 1500 Elton Street.
This one also discourages those who are pregnant, or with a heart condition and small children. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
OK, so their website claims that if they can’t scare you, you are already dead. Sounds scary enough to me. This is a five-in-one event has been named Houston’s best Haunted House by the Houston Press and the Houston Chronicle and has been in existence for 23 years, so I would say they probably know what they are doing (they were the same group that used to have downtown the Haunted Hotel and the Fear Factory). The new location is near the north beltway and I 45 (2225 N. Sam Houston Parkway). Their website is super cool including a blog so folks can comment on their experience, and videos of some of the attractions. You can also get discounts on tickets purchased on line. http://www.screamworld.com
PUMPKINS AND KID FRIENDLY STUFF
Pumpkin carving is a long held tradition in preparation for the Halloween season. Check out the Pure Pumpkin Patch at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in River Oaks. The patch officially opens on October 2 and runs through November 2. All shapes and sizes available, and makes a great photo op spot for kid pictures, too. If you’re more adventurous in your pumpkin hunting, or just looking for a fun fall treat for kids, check out Dewberry Farms pick your own pumpkin patch. They have tons of other activities and farm fun like their huge corn maze, ziplines, cattle roping, pig races and lots more, so plan on making it a day!
Looking for some fun Halloween events for the kiddos? Check these out:
Houston Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo-October 20-21 and October 27-28 (regular admission rates)
“Trunk-or-treat” stations throughout the zoo and Halloween themed games and activities make this an even more fun way to check out the awesome Houston Zoo including the brand new African Forest.
Happy Halloween Mansion at the Houston Children’s Museum-October 18-31 (see website for times/admission)
Wear your own costume, or pick out one to wear there! Lots of activities including a mad scientist and trick or treating every day!
Houston ArBOOretum at the Houston Arboretum October 22 11-5 $15 entry for 3 and up
Forest trail trick or treating, carnival games, train rides, petting zoo, and more!
Scream on the Green at Discovery Green-October 29 from 6-10-free
They will have trick-or-treating, magicians, face painting and lots more for family fun.