Houston has always been a city that knows how to party. Even though COVID-19 restrictions have changed how we celebrate, Houston real estate owners still have tons of options for getting into a Halloween state of mind. We’ve got a round up of events, from fun stuff for kids and families to super scary events, both online and in-person.
This week, get all the little scientists in your Houston home together for the Houston Arboretum’s Science Spooktacular. Starting on Monday, October 19th, there will be a livestream event every day from 6 to 7 p.m. Members can access the virtual events for free. Non-members pay $10.
Tune in on Monday for bedtime songs and stories, then on Tuesday it’s neighborhood scavenger hunt day. On Wednesday, decorate pumpkins and learn about local wildlife with naturalists from the arboretum. Come to the Arboretum on Thursday to explore the Halloween Trail. Look for animals, learn about their behavior and enjoy a treat at the end.
Friday is a super fun day with an interactive program of science experiments and demonstrations. The fun wraps up on Saturday. You can replay any programs you missed or re-watch favorites. There will also be a finale with some fascinating reptiles.
If you choose to visit the arboretum in person, remember to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. The public restrooms are open, though the playground is closed. The Nature Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Saturday, when it’s closed.
Learn more about Science Spooktacular and register at the arboretum website.
On the other end of the spectrum is Houston ScreamFest. This event pushes the boundaries and sets the bar high for haunted houses throughout Houston real estate. If you love horror movies and all things terrifying, this is the event for you. The Sanitarium is where the inmates have really taken over the asylum. Bring a few brave friends so help you make it through. The Castle of Doom is a maze of horrors with freaky surprises around every corner.
In addition, ScreamFest hosts live music every weekend and a carnival-style midway. Dress up, get scared, then grab a beer or a margarita to relax. Being in a state of terror is pretty hungry work, so don’t miss the food vendors. H-Town Paintball is also on the scene with Nuketown, a replica of Call of Duty’s Blackops Map.
Tickets to ScreamFest are $60, which includes entrance to all haunted houses, paintball (you have to purchase the paint), carnival, live entertainment, and free beverages--including beer and margaritas.
Remember to pack your scariest mask to lower your risk of the real-world fright of COVID-19. There are sanitation stations throughout ScreamFest. Guests are reminded to stay six feet apart from people not in their party.
ScreamFest is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 1st. Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Check out the ScreamFest website to learn more.
If you were disappointed at the news that the Houston Horror Film Festival was postponed until 2021, take heart. There will be a Horror Market Pop-up on Saturday, October 24th. Grab your friends, get on your Halloween costumes, and head to Houston Marriott South Hobby Airport from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several fan favorite horror actors will be on the scene. Horror fans from Houston real estate can get autographs and selfies with Felissa Rose, Sandy Johnson, Andrew Bryniarski, and Jennifer Banko. Each actor will have 8x10 photos for sale for autographing. You can also bring your own items. There is a charge for both autographs and selfies.
In addition to meeting some of your favorite horror stars, there will be a number of local vendors. Shop for clothing, toys, art, collectibles, movies, and more.
Measures will be in place to lower the risk of COVID-19 for everyone at the market. Wear a face covering and make use of the hand sanitizing stations. Vendors and hotel staff will be sanitizing high touch areas. When taking a selfie with one of the actors, you can pull down your mask.
Check out the Horror Market Pop-up online to see a full list of vendors and prices for autographs and selfies. Tickets are $10. Act quickly, since quantities are limited. You can buy them on the website. While you’re there, check out the updates on the plans for the June 2021 Houston Horror Film Fest.
If things are getting scary at your Houston home, take a break and head to Buffalo Bayou Park. There are several art installations and events celebrating the fifth anniversary of the park’s opening. Snap a photo at Urban Yarnage, a knitted installation of bright colors and fantastic shapes. The exhibit will run through October 31st. On Thursday, October 22nd, Carmen Herrera’s larger than life installation entitled Estructuras Monumentales will open. The exhibit runs through April 23rd, 2021. The park is currently open to the public. Remember to keep six feet of distance and wear a face covering if you’re in a group.
Visit the Artful Anniversary website to learn more about the public art exhibits. You’ll also find videos of past performances in honor of the anniversary.
We hope this quick list gives you some ideas for celebrating Halloween and exploring our city as the weather cools off.
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