Houston’s Coolest Halloween Parties and Events This Month

Celebrate spooky season in style.

Truck Yard Houston
Numbers Nightclub | Truck Yard Houston
Numbers Nightclub | Truck Yard Houston

With the misty, sticky air and murky bayou creeping through the old city, Houston always feels a bit haunted. But things get especially eerie around Halloween, when ghost tours and spirited glimpses into the city’s otherworldly past run rampant. It’s not all terrifying though—there are also totally adorable doggy costume contests and slightly less adorable human costume contests. This year’s Halloweekend bashes come with live music, flowing boo-ze, pumpkin smashing, and moon-howlin’ dance parties that go well past your usual bedtime. Here’s everything you need to do in Houston this #SpookySzn.

Select dates October 8 - 31
Missouri City
Haunted mansion Casa Vega has officially opened its doors for the season. The immersive theatrical cocktail experience spooks with roaming specters, secret games, chilling lore, tarot readings, and mini craft cocktails to keep you well boo-zed.
Cost: Tickets are $66 and up.

Saturday, October 22; Saturday, October 29; Monday, October 31
Midtown
Pub Crawl’s official Halloween Bar Crawl will run through popular Midtown haunts on multiple dates (including Halloween night); so you have three chances to break out your best costume and join the fun. Your wristband will earn you discounts on drinks (and food) at participating bars, with Halloween-themed drinks, bands and DJs, and photo ops throughout the crawl.
Cost: Tickets range from $9.99 to $24.99 three day passes.

Thursday, October 27
Doris Metropolitan
Modern Israeli steakhouse Doris Metropolitan will be trickin’ out the sexy space for its annual Vampire Ball. Costumes are encouraged with doors opening at 5 pm, happy hour until 7 pm, and DJ beats into the night.
Cost: No cover, reservations can be made via Resy.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant
B&B Butchers & Restaurant

Saturday, October 29
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Do Halloweekend justice with a Dia de los Muertos themed brunch at one of Houston’s finest steakhouses. B&B Butchers will be rocking Mexico City-inspired brunch plates and Código 1530 Tequila specialty cocktails alongside DJ beats, face painting, swag, and an appearance from mariachis.
Cost: A la carte, book a table via OpenTable from 11 am to 3 pm.

Saturday, October 29
Heights Bier Garten
Kids trick-or-treating in costume are adorable and all, but you know what’s even more adorable? Dogs in costume. And this pet adoption event will have just that. Check out the doggie Howloween Costume Contest for prizes, sip beers and grab snacks, and purchase raffle tickets and rescue merch from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Cost: Free to attend; enter your pup in the dog costume contest for $10.

Thursday, October 29
19th Street in the Heights
Stroll the shops along the historic 19th Street and fill yer Halloween pilsner cup with free brews from local breweries while the kiddos trick or treat from 5 to 9 pm. It’s a win-win.
Cost: Get access to the free brews by purchasing pint glasses at $20 a pop.

Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30
The Rustic Downtown & Post Oak
Saturday night kicks off with an epic Halloween Party, featuring The Rustic’s signature live music and a costume contest with prizes for Best Dressed Couple, Spookiest Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Funniest Costume. On Sunday, you’ll need to soak up the night’s poorer decisions, and you can do so at a Witchy Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm.
Cost: Free to attend.

Truck Yard Houston
Truck Yard Houston

Saturday, October 29
Truck Yard
“Cauldron Cocktails,” free candy for kids (and hey, for you, too, if you want), pumpkin smashing, dog and human costume contests, and a live fortune teller are all in the bag of tricks at Truck Yard’s annual Halloween time bash, which goes down all day and night long. Costume contests are at 6 pm for pups and 9 pm for people; register on-site at least one hour prior, with check in 30 minutes prior.
Cost: Free to attend.

Saturday, October 29
White Oak
Get a fright in the Heights with a boo-zy 2 pm to 6 pm bar crawl at White Oak favorites including Little Woodrow’s, BB’s, Public House, Christian’s Tailgate, Permission Whiskey, Onion Creek, Russos, and Bobcat Teddy’s. There will be something to collect at each stop, and the crawl ends with an afterparty and costume contest at Bobcat Teddy’s.
Cost: Free to attend.

Saturday, October 29
Downtown
Houston’s most walkable slice of town is loaded with bars, several of which will be in the lineup for this Halloween Pub Crawl, which starts creepin’ at 3 pm. Score tickets to earn $3 drinks, shots, and beers at participating spots.
Cost: Super early bird tickets start at $10.

Pistolero's
Pistolero's

Saturday, October 29
Lower Westheimer
After chillin’ in the graveyard these past few years, Houston’s most oddball costume crawl is back from the dead. The o.g. pub crawl starts with a pregame at La Grange and Poison Girl from 7 pm to 8 pm-ish before creeping through Pistolero's and Boondocks (8 to 10 pm), Catbirds and Present Company (10 to whenever you damn please but before the bars close at 2 am). Dress in your best costumes, as winners are promised “Voodoo Doughnuts and a hearty handshake.”
Cost: “No sponsors, no tickets, nothing but a good time.”

Saturday, October 29
Downtown
Private experience curator Utopia Social Club is putting on an all-inclusive Halloween Rooftop Party, bringing the thrills and chills with horror movies, 360 degree rooftop views of Houston, an open bar and light bites, and a costume contest and dance competition. The spooks go down at an undisclosed location (until you unlock it) from 9 pm to 2 am.
Cost: Tickets run $149.99 – $249.99 and require add-ons.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sunday, October 30
Numbers Nightclub
The 1975 musical comedy horror film will be screening at Numbers at midnight, with doors opening at 11 pm on Sunday night. Guests are welcome to join the madness pumped up by a new shadowcast featuring some of Houston's favorite burlesque artists.
Cost: Tickets are $25 with $5 prop bags to enhance the experience.

8th Wonder Brewery houston
8th Wonder Brewery

Saturday, October 30 - Sunday, October 31
8th Wonder Brewery
The Otaku Food Festival and 8th Wonder Brewery are teaming up for a two-day Zombie Halloween food festival this weekend. Hit the brewery on Saturday from noon to 10 pm and Sunday from noon to 8 pm for 30+ food vendors, live music, and flowing 8th Wonder beers.
Cost: No cover; vendor prices vary.

Truck Yard Houston
Truck Yard Houston

Saturday, October 30
Truck Yard
Pumpkin smashing. Eyeball beer pong. A tarot card reader. Halloween costumes for humans and dogs. What more could you want? Head to Truck Yard as early as 11 am on Sunday to catch it all.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary.

Feges BBQ houston
Feges BBQ | Photo by Robert Jacob Lerma

Saturday, October 29
Feges BBQ Spring Branch
Feges invites all ages to do Halloween Texas-style at its Smokehouse Saturday Spooktacular. Expect frozen adult beverages, Halloween cookies and activities for the kids, Hocus Pocus playing on the big screen, Miss Kathy’s New Orleans Style Snoballs truck, and a costume contest with prizes. Oh, and some bangin’ barbecue, of course. The spooks go down from 3 to 6pm.
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary.

Houston Ghost Tour
Houston Ghost Tour

Every day in October
Houston
Walk with the spirits and (hopefully) live to tell the tale on this local ghost tour with tours in Houston (including stops at Hermann Park after dark and a hospital), Old Town Spring (one of the most haunted Old West Towns in America), and Tomball (an eerie railroad towns that hold secrets and stories from the past).
Cost: Tours start at $17.

Thursdays - Sundays in October (plus Halloween)
Take a haunted pub tour of Houston to discover the city’s creepy, spirited past. The haunt begins at Char Bar (one of the oldest bars in town), where you can collect some spirits before running into the real-deal along the three-hour walking tour.
Cost: Tour tickets are $28, with drinks on you (or your new ghastly friend).

Houston Running Company
Houston Running Company

Saturday, October 29
This Halloween-themed run starts bright and early at 7:30 am, so it’s a good thing there’s beer afterwards.
Cost: 5K registration runs $40 per person; 10K registration runs $50 per person.

Dogwood Houston
Dogwood Houston

Saturday, October 30
Some of Midtown’s hottest bars will be on the ticket for this pre-Halloween pub crawl including Capitol Bar, Dogwood, Daisy Dukes, Unicorn Disco (where you can check in from 4 to 6 pm), and more. The crawl runs from 4 to 10 pm, with the after party howling ‘til midnight.
Cost: Tickets start at $20 per person (includes two drink tickets and access to food and drink specials).

Saturday, October 29
HMNS is opening up its entire museum to you and whatever dumb, last minute costume you come up with this year. Expect live music, DJs, food trucks, dancing with the skeletons, and a spooky-kooky good time from 8 pm to 1 am.
Cost: Admission runs $50 per person for members ($60 for non-members).

Texas Renaissance Festival
Texas Renaissance Festival

All Hallow’s Eve Weekend at RenFest

Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30
Expect even better people-watching opportunities as The Texas Renaissance Festival takes on All Hallow’s Eve, from 9 am to 7 pm this weekend. There’ll be your usual kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies, elves, and pirates, sure—but with a far creepier feel.
Cost: Day passes start at $24 per person.

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who started living that pumpkin life in late August. Join her in Halloweentown on IG @brookiefafa or on Twitter @brookeviggiano.