13 Houston area events to mark on your calendar this Halloween season

There's lots to do in Houston this Halloween.

There's lots to do in Houston this Halloween.

From trick-or-treating to haunted houses and movie screenings, Houston offers something for everyone this Halloween.


Oct. 13-31: Zoo Boo at The Houston Zoo
On weekends through the end of the month, The Houston Zoo hosts the annual Zoo Boo event with a pumpkin patch, candy corners, monster mural, spooky stamps station, mystery boxes and the Monster Mashquerade among other attractions. All activities are included with admission to the zoo. Times vary. Free (members), $11.50-$18 (nonmembers). The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org





Oct. 21: ArBOOretum at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Children learn about different creatures as they make their way through the trick-or-treat trail. Other activities include train rides, live owls and reptiles, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and food trucks. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (members), $15 (nonmembers). Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston. 713-681-8433. www.houstonarboretum.org





Oct. 21: Houston Zombie Walk Halloween Fest in The Heights
The 7th annual festival features live music, beer gardens, art vendors, food trucks, a costume contest and a kids’ zone with a pumpkin patch, magician, carnival games, crafts and trick-or-treating. Event proceeds benefit the “Too Ghoul for School” scholarship fund. 5-10 p.m. Free (children under 12), $10 (adults). The Heights, 325 W. 19th St., Houston. www.houstonzombiewalk.net





Oct. 27: Scream on the Green at Discovery Green
‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ is screened on the lawn, and a costume contest offers prizes to the top three contestants in each category. Attendees can also win candy, prizes and play games. 6-10 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com





Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Día de los Muertos at Lawndale Art Center
Community members celebrate Día de los Muertos with a film screening (Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.), family-friendly fiesta (Oct. 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and musical and literary ofrenda (Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m.). Admission is free to these three events.

The weeklong event closes with the retablo art silent auction and closing party (Nov. 2) where artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, poets and dancers come together to raise funds for artistic programming. 7-10 p.m. $25 (members), $30 (nonmembers), $100 (VIP). Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St., Houston. 713-528-5858. www.lawndaleartcenter.org





Oct. 28: Spirits & Skeletons at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
The entire museum is open with a cash bar, live music from The Space Rockers and food trucks including Waffle Bus, Off Beat Eatz and Nom Mi Streets parked outside. 8 p.m.-midnight. $25 (members) $50 (nonmembers). Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-639-4629. www.hmns.org





Oct. 28: Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash at Saengerfest Park
The family-friendly Halloween carnival features games, prizes, trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and a costume contest for children under age 12. 1-4 p.m. Free. Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., Galveston. 409-761-4102. www.facebook.com/saengerfestpark





Oct. 28: Halloween Classic Car Show at the National Museum of Funeral History
More than 150 cars are on display, and food vendors, a live DJ, silent auction and children’s activities are on-site. Prizes are awarded in a costume contest and for best decorated cars. Proceeds benefit Star of Hope, DePelchin Children’s Center, Houston Food Bank, The Shriner’s Burn Hospital, the USO and Morning Glory Ranch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $3 (per person), $5 (per couple/family). National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston. 281-876-3063. www.nmfh.org





Oct. 28-29: Something Wicked—The Asylum at Sam Houston Race Park
Above & Beyond, Marshmello, Tiesto, Zeds Dead and RL Grime perform alongside several other artists throughout the weekend of eclectic live music. 3 p.m.-midnight (both nights). $100 (one-day pass), $160-$230 (two-day pass). Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. www.somethingwicked.com





Oct. 29: ‘Ghost of Frankenstein’ screening at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
The theater hosts a special screening of the 1942 classic horror film directed by Eric C. Kenton in which Dr. Frankenstein decides to replace a monster’s brain with a normal one. 12:30 p.m. $9.74. Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park, 531 S. Mason Road, Katy. 281-492-6900. www.drafthouse.com/houston





Oct. 29: Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens
Trick-or-treating, crafts, face painting and a costume contest for children with prizes are all included in this family-friendly event. Families with a member in costume receive a special discount at $5 per attraction per person at the complex. 2-4 p.m. Free. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston. 1-800-582-4673. www.moodygardens.com





Oct. 29: Boo Bash at Traders Village
The 17th annual event features live music, trick-or-treating, a maze, magic show, face painting and Cy-Fair VFD trucks on display. 1-4 p.m. Free. Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com





Oct. 31: Boos, Brews and Bridges at Under the Radar Brewery
Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable should as HTXoutdoors and Bayou City Outdoors host a haunted walk across the glowing black and orange bridges of the Montrose District. Dogs are also welcome as Pup Squad Animal Rescue will be present. 6-9 p.m. Free. Under the Radar Brewery, 1506 Truxillo St., Houston. www.bayoucityoutdoors.com


By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.