Plan your perfect Halloween week, starting on Friday, October 25 and lasting all the way until Saturday, November 2, 2013 with our extensive list of Houston Halloween parties, bashes and events for grown-ups.
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See Dia de los Muertos Events[/quote_box_right]Halloween, and the preceding weekend, increasingly referred to as “Halloweekend” have become one of the biggest party times of the year. So we’ve rounded up some of the biggest and most unusual spooktacular events happening around town for “Halloweekend” (Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26) through Halloween night itself, October, 31, 2013 and beyond.
Whether you’re looking for a wild party, a posh costume ball, a swanky catered costume affair or something more laidback, there’s a party in Houston this Halloween with your name on it.
Also check out our full round up of Houston’s Halloween haunted houses and ghost tours and fun Houston Halloween events for kids and the whole family.
Friday, October 25, 2013
- Spirits & Skeletons Halloween Mixer at Houston Museum of Natural Science – Enjoy dancing, libations, magic and food truck goodies from HTown StrEATs, The Waffle Bus, Good Dog Hot Dog and Chi’Lantro. Music from Molly & the Ringwalds, DJ Gracie Chavez and DJ Dame Hype. Costumes are encouraged. $15 for members. $25 for nonmembers.
- Classic Numbers Halloween – DJ Wes Wallace spins for a Halloween rendition of Classic Numbers with music and video from the 80s mixed in with current Classic Numbers tracks. Cash prizes are promised for best costumes. Doors open at 9pm.
- Critical Massacre Ride to Liberty Station – The monthly Houston Critical Mass bike ride takes a dark turn for this Halloween event. Riders, many in costume, depart from Market Square Park around 7:15pm on a route that concludes at Liberty Station around 9pm for the Halloween after party, with drinks, tunes from DJ Ill-set and a costume contest.
- Discoween at Continental Club – It’s boogie oogie oogie time as the Disco Expressions take to the stage. Costumes are mandatory and 70s costumes will be celebrated. $12 at the door.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
- The Annual Halloween Party – In its 16th year, the big Halloween bash at 2212 Woodhead street includes an open bar and music from DJ Danny B and DJ Lance Morris. Food truck FlipNPatties will be on hand. Tickets are limited and none will be sold at the door, so plan ahead. Ages 21 and older only. Costumes are mandatory. 9pm to 2am. $50.
- 7th Annual Montrose Crawl – Join in the costumed pub crawl making stops at 11 Montrose mainstays: Brasil, Poison Girl, Pistolero’s, Boondocks, Etro Lounge, Catbirds, Royal Oak, Slick Willie’s, El Real Tex-Mex, Mo Mong and Hay Merchant. There will be multiple costume awards along the route. 6pm to midnight. Free to join, but you’ll be buying your own drinks along the route.
- 3rd Annual Midtown Spookfest – Pub Fiction, 3rd Floor and Celtic Gardens join forces for a 40,000-square foot party, billed as Houston’s “Largest Halloween Bash”. Costumed guests who arrive before 10:30pm are eligible to compete for some of the $2,000 in cash prizes. 7pm to 2am. No cover. $10 gets you VIP access.
- Something Wicked Festival – Houston’s Halloween electronica dance music festival returns to Sam Houston Race Park featuring musicians Tiësto, ATB, Adventure Club, Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash and Simon Patterson performing amidst spooky special effects. Costumes encouraged. $85 general admission. $149 VIP admission.
- Halloween at Hotel Zaza – Put some swank in your spook with this special costumed ball at Monarch, alive with magicians, DJ Lady Buddy, makeup artists and bubbly from Veuve Cliquot. 10pm to 2am. $75.
- St. Luke’s PULSE Saints and Sinners Halloween Costume Bash – St. Luke’s young professionals organization hosts a ghoulish costume ball fundraiser at the Rosemont Club in Montrose. 9pm to midnight. $75 to $150.
- 10th Annual Spooktacular Boo Bash – Benefitting Candlelighters Houston, this costume ball at ADDIX starts off with free beer, witches brew bunch and jello shots. DJ Bizonee will keep the music pumping. $10 minimum donation.
- Undead Fest at Lucky’s Pub – Drink specials, music by DJ Johnny J and a costume contest offering $3,000 in cash prizes are markers of this first-time event at the uber-popular EaDo bar. 8pm to 2am. $10 general admission in advance, $15 at the door. $35 VIP admission in advance.
- Halloween Pub Crawl – Kicking off at the Midtown Drinkery, the three-day Halloween Pub Crawl actually happens on Saturday, October 26 and then resumes on Halloween Night itself and Friday, November 1. Your wristband will get you drink specials at participating bars on all three nights. $20 or $10 discounted tickets.
- Brazilian Halloween Costume Ball – Halloween arrives south of the equator at this big Brazilian costume ball hosted at the Houston FunPlex, complete with prizes and Bahian rhythm and samba reggae band Batala Houston and Brazilian tracks spun by DJ Ras Flavio. $20 at the door or $10 discounted tickets.
- Halloween Party at Little Woodrow’s in the Heights – There’s a total of $1750 in cash prized on the table for the costume contest at Little Woodrow’s outpost on White Oak.
- HalloWINE at the Corkscrew – Enjoy specialty drinks, a costume contest and music from Nick Greer and the G’s at this Heights neighborhood patio and piano bar. No cover.
- Howl-O-Ween Bash at Howl at the Moon – Liven up your Halloween with dueling pianos, spooky drink specials and a costume contests with $2,000 total in prizes to be given away. No cover.
- Galveston Island Zombie Crawl – Hit the bars of Historic Downtown Galveston in full zombie mode and enjoy drink specials all night. Do your own make up or head to Saengerfest Park between 5pm and 10pm, where makeup artists will “zombify” you. $28.
- 41st Moonlight Bicycle Ramble – Thousands of Houstonians in the Moonlight Bicycle Ramble, a festive midnight bike ride through Downtown Houston. Choose between an 8-mile or 20-mile route. Ride starts at George R. Brown Convention Center at 11:59pm. $30 in advance. $35 at the event.
- Naked Zombie Karaoke at D&W Lounge – This risqué zombie karaoke party organized by edgy arts group Southmorehouse presents a twist to the popular zombie-themed events. Here’s a hint: They aren’t kidding about the “naked”. Rules state that not everyone need be nude, but exposed parts are to be expected and everyone should be chill about it. Zombie costumes and a willingess to karaoke are mandatory. You’re welcome to bring a bottle, as set ups sold at the bar. No photography. $5 donation at the door.
Halloween Day, Thursday, October 31, 2013
- STRAITS Restaurant and Lounge Halloween Weekend | Through Saturday, November 2 – STRAITS’ weekend-long costume party starts Thursday night, with a Throwback Thursday-themed costume party. Clothing and paraphernalia from the 70s, 80s or 90s is encouraged. On Friday, November 1, there’s a G-I Joe and Barbie costume theme. Saturday, November 2 is a costume free-for-all for Houstonians who cannot get enough costumed shenanigans. 7pm to 2am nightly.
- Pints for Pups at Underdogs Sports Pub – Grab your pooch and head over to Underdogs on Washington for doggie trick-or-treating and a dog costume contest, with beers and drinks for all the doggie moms and dads. 6pm to close.
- 7th Annual BCO Haunted Hike: The Year of the Walking Dead (and deadly After-Party) – Pull yourself into your favorite undead walking clothes, throw on some zombie makeup (or any other costume and joint the Bayou City Outdoors Haunted Hike deep into Memorial Park.
- A Halloween Eve at Triniti and Four-Course Menu – Triniti will be serving up a ghoulish special prixe fixe menu, with music by DJ LoveFreq and bar bites and happy hour specials all evening. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes or spooky upscale attire. No cover. $55 prixe fixe menu. 4pm to midnight.
- Mr. Creetures Halloween Bash at Mr. Peeples – As the clock strikes 9pm, Mr. Peeples becomes Mr. Creetures for one night as ghouls and goblins take over the Midtown hot spot. Enjoy free horror d’oeuvres, deserts, tricks and treats, tunes from spooky DJs and dancing until 2am. Cash bar. $20 in advance. $25 at the door.
- RA Sushi Bar Restaurant’s Boo Bash – Find a big Halloween party at both the Highland Village and CityCentre locations, featuring food and drink specials, a costume contest, and a guest DJ. 7pm to close. No cover.
- Haunting of the Américas – River Oaks is ground zero for a Halloween haunting. Patrons will be dressed to kill while DJ Ill-Set spins tunes and specialty cocktails flow leading up to a costume contest with special prizes. $35 for a devilishly delicious dinner menu.
- Worhals Halloween Costume Jam – Enjoy live music from the Flamin Hellcats and an unnamed special guest amidst drink specials, costume contests and other spooky treats. 7pm to 2am. $10 in advance. $15 at the door.
- Haunted Garden at Celtic Gardens – DJ T. Gray spins for a Halloween night party. All costumed guests have their picture taken and are entered into a Facebook voting contest. The person whose costume photo has the most Facebook likes on November 7 wins $1,000.
- Halloween Costume Party at Dogwood – The new Midtown favorite gets its pumpkin on with a costume contest for best costume and best couples costume and features Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
Friday, November 1, 2013
- Black Swan Halloween Party at the Omni Houston Hotel – Keep the Halloween party going until the early hours of Dia de los Muertos at the chic, urban Uptown bar tucked away within the stylish Omni Hotel. Enjoy dancing, special spooky drinks and a costume costume awarding $1,000 in prizes. 8pm to 2am. No cover.
- Blue Cure Masquerade Party Halloween Edition at Hughes Hangar – Step it up a notch with this formal masquerade ball at Hughes Hangar, itself located next to a cemetery. Enjoy music from Third Coat Swing and Big Band at this fundraiser benefitting Blue Cure. Formal attire and disguises are required. 9pm to 2am. $35 in advance.
- STRAITS Restaurant and Lounge Halloween Weekend | Through Saturday, November 2 – STRAITS’ weekend-long costume party continues on Friday with a G-I Joe and Barbie costume theme. It wraps up on Saturday, November 2, with a costume free-for-all for Houstonians who cannot get enough costumed shenanigans. 7pm to 2am both nights.