The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Halloween Attractions
There's lots and lots to do this Halloween in Houston, from family-friendly festivals to adult-only parties. Here's a look at our picks for the top 10 Halloween events this season.
10. Halloween Mixer! Spirits and Skeletons 2013
8 p.m., October 25
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Move over, dinosaurs - it's time to dance! Molly & the Ringwalds (six time Houston Press Music Award winners for best cover band) provide the music at the annual mixer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. DJ Gracie Chavez and magician Ben Jackson will also be on hand. There's a cash bar inside the museum and food trucks dot the parking lot offering ghostly treats. $15 to $25.
9. Something Wicked 2013
October 26, 2 to 10 p.m.
Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W.
We can forgive the long-ass list of things you can't bring in to the Something Wicked 2013 music festival (although we're not sure why they ban stuffed animals, electronic cigarettes and open packs of tampons) and we don't even mind the price ($80 + fees for general admission), because the festival is crazy fun. There are more than a dozen dance music acts on the roster, roaming costumed performers, Halloween decorations, food, drinks and promised "spooks and thrills at every turn." Be smart, check the list of banned stuff before you go (the festival has a super-strict zero tolerance policy on both drugs and balloons, go figure) and wear some comfortable shoes.
8. Hermann Park Ghost Tour
Hermann Park, 6100 Hermann Park Dr.
Okay, these are some ghosts we didn't know about: the opera singer who died at Miller Theatre, the civil war cemetery was once at the site of the present day park and people who have died on the park's hill (where ghost children have reportedly appeared to visitors). There are lots of shadows in the tree-filled park, so being there after dark can get spooky on a regular day; being there after dark while someone is recounting ghost kids that play on the hill should get outright scary.
7. Ghostly Gardens
October 27, 2 p.m.
Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd., Galveston
Moody Gardens presents their annual Ghostly Gardens event for families. Trick-or-treat stations are spread throughout the complex with a kid's Halloween costume contest, face painting, Creepy Crafts tables and more - all for free.