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Spooks & Thrills!

HalloweenPumpkinHalloween treats throughout the month of October

• Through October 31
Siege of the Skeletons. The Health Museum’s 6th annual art competition for area students showcases Franken-skeletons, zombies, and mummies, and more. Info:
Ghostly Galveston. Galveston Historical Foundation offers ghost tours of the island’s harbor, cemeteries, and historic mansions, and this year offers a new roster of uniquely created events for adults and youth alike. Tickets for all events are available for purchase at
The National Museum of Funeral History. A month-long celebration of Halloween and Day of the Dead features a haunted house, Dracula’s cemetery exhibition, a Halloween car show, and a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Visit for the spooky details.

• Through November 1
ScreamWorld. Prepare to be terrified! The 26th haunted house event plans to scare more than 30,000 visitors this year with scenarios like the Swamp, Jake’s Slaughterhouse, and the Zombie Graveyard. Info:

• October 4
Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi. Movie night on The Strand, with a special Halloween treat! Info:

• October 19
Houston Halloween Festival and Horror Con. It’s a day-long family friendly event complete with a kids carnival with a Ferris wheel, rock wall, inflatables, obstacle course, face painting, balloon twisters, a Fiesta pumpkin patch photo op, trick-or-treating, a seasonal crafts booth, and a Vanilla Ice concert! And a Zombie walk! See for the gory details.

• October 25
Mini Monster Bash. Family-friendly Halloween carnival with trick-or-treating, costume contest, games, and prizes in downtown Galveston. Info:
First Montrose Halloween PUP crawl. Friends of Cherryhurst Park present the first party in the park for costumed pups and dogs. Visit Friends of Cherryhurst Park on Facebook.

• October 31
Scream on the Green. Have a spooky good time at Houston’s seventh annual citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration! Prizes, music, and more! And see the film Frankenweenie at 7pm. Info:


Marene Gustin

Marene Gustin has written about Texas culture, food, fashion, the arts, and Lone Star politics and crime for television, magazines, the web and newspapers nationwide, and worked in Houston politics for six years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Dance International, Dance Magazine, the Advocate, Prime Living, InTown magazine, OutSmart magazine and web sites CultureMap Houston and Austin, Eater Houston and, among others.

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