Slip on your costume and head out for a night on the town at one of the 35+ parties, concerts and celebrations happening in Houston for Halloween 2021.
Whether you’re looking to make your way (slowly, clinging to a friend) through a terrifying haunted house, hop from bar to bar, have a cocktail with skeletons or go to an all-out costume ball, there are plenty of parties to let loose this Halloween in Houston.
If you’re looking for kid-friendly Halloween activities, be sure to check out our roundup of Halloween fun for families.
2021 Pre-Halloween Events in Houston
- Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo | Daily to Halloween, Sunday, October 31 – Check out the return of Zoo Boo to the Houston Zoo. Visit the Giant Pumpkin, find more than 10 different photo ops throughout the Zoo, walk the new Lantern Tunnel between the lion and tiger exhibits, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Included with general admission; ticket prices vary based on day of the week. 9am to 5pm daily.
- Houston Scream Fest at H-Town Paintball | Friday & Saturdays in October – Start off spooky season at a Houston haunt that offers up frights like a tour through a sanitarium, a graveyard and a Texas Chainsaw maze, then calm down with free drinks (including beer and margaritas), a carnival-style midway, live music and more. Tickets vary by day, ranging from $10 to $40. 8pm to 11pm.
- Halloween Movies in the Park: Beetlejuice at Clay Family Eastern Glades | Saturday, October 9 | FREE – Head to the expansive Eastern Glades in Memorial Park to enjoy a screening of the 1988 Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice. Food trucks will also be on site and costumes are encouraged. Free; 17+ only. 6pm to 9pm.
- Halloween Pup Crawl & Pet Expo at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Sunday, October 10 – Bring your furry friend for a pup-tacular Sunday at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Dress your pup in costume for a chance to win fun prizes while exploring the Arboretum trails. There will be local pet vendors at the expo and attendees will get a commemorative Pup Crawl glass to fill with Saint Arnold brews. If a new pet is in your future, pet adoptions will also be taking place. $40 for ages 21 and up; free for ages 20 and under. 4pm to 7pm.
- Witches Night Out at Kemah Boardwalk | Saturday, October 16 | No Cover – Get down at the Kemah Boardwalk when it hosts a night of live music on the Plaza Stage, plus a DIY skull-culent herb sachet, a vendor market, raffle prizes, and retail specials. 6pm to 10pm.
- Movies Under the Stars: Poltergeist at Market Square Park | Wednesday, October 20 | No Cover – The Downtown park hosts a spooky installment in its Movies Under the Stars series, with a screening of the 1982 haunt, Poltergeist. 7:30pm.
- Fright Night at Houston Art Center | Friday, October 22 – This family-friendly community festival in Park Place sends visitors through its haunted house, plus you can enjoy an interactive art zone, games, a vendor market, or dive into the pumpkin patch. Stick around for a VIP art show after the event for 21+ only. Tickets are $15; $10 for ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and under. VIP tickets start at $30. 4pm to 9pm; VIP art show from 9pm to midnight.
- ArBOOretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, October 23 – The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts its biggest family event of the year, featuring fall activities for all ages, including live animals, pumpkin decorating, train rides, a pumpkin patch, Halloween markets, and Houston’s only trick-or-treat nature trail. Tickets are $15 in advance for ages 3 and up; $20 at the door. 10am to 4pm.
- Thriller Dance Class & Halloween Party at Just Danze | Thursday, October 28 – Near Willowbrook, this dance studio will walk you through Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance, followed by a dance social and winner-takes-all costume contest. Open to ages 7 and up. Tickets are $25. 7pm to 9:30pm.
- Urban Green’s Halloween Screen: The Addams Family at McGovern Centennial Gardens | Thursday, October 28 – The Hermann Park Conservancy’s fall fundraising event invites all-ages to come out for a screening of the 1991 classic, The Addams Family, plus enjoy food and drink from some beloved eateries like Hughie’s Vietnamese Grille, Paulie’s, and Saint Arnold. Tickets are $10; $25 for the food package; free for ages 3 and under. 7:30pm; film starts at 8pm.
2021 Halloween Weekend Events in Houston
- Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions at Sanman Studios | Thursday, October 28 to Saturday, October 30 – The Listeso String Quartet sets up for three nights of compositions just before Halloween. Hear “Thriller,” John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” a tune from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and other pieces alongside classical works by candlelight. Tickets are $50. 6:30pm and 9pm each night.
- Freaky Deaky 2021 at Houston Raceway | Friday, October 29 & Saturday, October 30 – Get ready for two nights of costumed EDM fun at this festival taking place in Baytown, featuring headliners Excision and Deadmau5, plus dozens more DJs and pulse-pounding spooky fun. Tickets are $99.95 for single-day admission; $179.95 for both days. VIP and camping packages are also available. 2pm to 11:30pm both nights.
- 2021 Halloween Street Party at Eagle Houston | Friday, October 29 to Halloween, Sunday, October 31 | No Cover – The LGBTQ+ friendly bar takes over the surrounding block for a weekend celebration of Halloween, featuring drag shows, DJs, a costume contest, and more. 21+ only. Friday 4pm to 2am; Saturday and Sunday noon to 2am.
- Valloween Madness at Vallensons Brewing Co. in Pearland | Friday, October 29 | No Cover – The Pearland brewery hosts a special Halloween event featuring live music by Castaway Radio, plus food trucks, a costume contest, and tasty suds. 6pm to midnight.
- Scary Nature: A Halloween Night for Adults at Nature Discovery Center | Friday, October 29 – This adults-only after hours event at the Nature Discovery Center sets out on a night hike through the park, with creepy nature stories, games, snacks and adult beverages. Tickets are $25. 7pm to 9pm.
- Haunted Warehouse Mixer at Galveston County Food Bank | Friday, October 29 – Get spooky at this social that includes music, refreshments, spirits and appetizers, along with a costume contest and more inside Galveston County Food Bank’s haunted warehouse. Tickets are $50; $80 for two; 21+ only. 7pm to 10pm.
- Halloween Weekend at Numbers Nightclub | Friday, October 29 to Halloween, Sunday, October 31 – The popular Montrose haunt hosts a weekend full of feet-shuffling fun with a Halloween-themed Classic Number night on Friday; a Halloween bash on Saturday night with the traditional costume contest, cash prizes, and DJs; and more spooky surprises, costumes and prizes on Halloween Night. Cover charge at the door. Friday 7pm to 2am; Saturday and Sunday 9pm to 2am.
- Halloween Outdoor Film Party: Destroy All Monsters at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday, October 29 – Join Godzilla for the ultimate monster mash in the 1968 Japanese film, Destroy All Monsters. Show up early to participate in the family-friendly version of the Squid Game, with prizes on the line. Costumes are encouraged and a variety of Halloween treats will be on-hand. $10; snack box is $10 and serves two. 7:30pm.
- Riff Raff’s Neon Icon Halloween Bash at Scout Bar in Clear Lake | Friday, October 29 – The Houston rapper hosts a Halloween Bash in Clear Lake. Tickets are $20; $50 for a reserved table; VIP packages available. 9pm.
- Haunted Halloween Horror Market Pop-Up at Wildcatter Saloon in Katy | Saturday, October 30 – Dozens of local vendors will set up shop at this day-before-Halloween market, which also offers the opportunity to meet horror celebrities from The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Cujo, and other silver screen scare films. Tickets are $5; free for ages 12 and under. Noon to 7pm.
- Halloween Party & Halloweird at Southern Star Brewing Company | Saturday, October 30 | No Cover – The Conroe brewery opens its doors for a big celebration complete with a costume contest, new glassware, t-shirts, food trucks, and an all-day Halloweird concert series featuring the Folk Family Revival. Noon to 10pm.
- Halloween Town 2021 at Constellation Field | Saturday, October 30 – The ballpark in Sugar Land hosts another year of Halloween Town, featuring candy, vendors, a costume contest, rides, and much more. Advance tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up; $7 for ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and under. Prices go up for day-of admission. 3pm to 9pm.
- 4th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl in Downtown | Saturday, October 30 – Back again for its fourth year, the Downtown pub crawl sends costumed partygoers through popular bars in the lively district with specials that include free drinks, food, and a $1,000 grand prize costume contest. Tickets start at $15, and will rise ahead closer to the event. 4pm to midnight.
- 3rd Annual Haunted Warehouse in Texas City | Saturday, October 30 – The Galveston County Food Bank’s annual fundraiser returns for a third year, transforming their warehouse into a unique, family-friendly haunted house to help end hunger in Galveston County. Come by early from 1pm to 5pm to enjoy a free Halloween carnival with vendors, games, and trick-or-treating. Tickets are $10; free for ages 2 and under. 5pm to 10pm.
- Harbor Halloween Party on the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa | Saturday, October 30 – In Galveston, the tall ship celebrates its 144th birthday by hosting a special outdoor event with Saint Arnold brews, celebratory cake, food, music and prizes for those who arrive in costume. Tickets are $75. 6pm to 9pm.
- Scream on the Green at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – The Downtown park hosts a citywide Halloween celebration with a costume contest, music, and film screening of the 1988 Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice. 6pm to 10pm.
- 4th Annual Into the Woods Halloween Party & Fundraiser at the Woodlands Waterway | Saturday, October 30 – This charity fundraiser gathers proceeds for different youth and community-oriented organizations, while also putting on a big Halloween bash with casino games, a costume contest, fortune tellers, mystery boxes and more. Tickets are $100. 6:30pm to midnight.
- Knocking Film Screening at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Saturday, October 30 & Halloween, Sunday, October 31 – This 2021 Swedish film is a frightful tale of gaslighting when Molly, after being released from a psychiatric ward, hears knocking and screams coming from near her new apartment. But when she contacts neighbors and the police, no one believes her and she finds herself in a spiral. Tickets are $9. Saturday 7pm, Sunday 5pm.
- Scaryoke at Klaus Brewing Co. in Jersey Village | Saturday, October 30 | No Cover – The Jones Road brewery hosts a costume contest and Halloween karaoke event, with cash prizes for various costume winners. 7pm to 9pm.
- Halloween Sip & Stroll at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, October 30 – Guests will walk along the Arboretum’s dimly lit trails where they may encounter creatures of the night. The final destination will feature outdoor music and mingling with charcuterie provided by Graze HTX and beverages from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Tickets are $55; 21+ only. 7pm to 9pm.
- Doomsday Wrestling at Market Square Park | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – The live, body-slamming comedy show comes to Downtown for a full night of laughter from the wacky, Halloween-themed wrestlers. In addition to the action, enjoy fun lawn games, drinks and music. 7pm to 10pm; wrestling starts at 8pm.
- 94.5 the Buzz presents Halloween Bash with Blue October at Bayou Music Center | Saturday, October 30 – 94.5 the Buzz’s Theresa hosts this Halloween Bash in Downtown, complete with a costume contest, fun treats, and a special performance by Houston’s own, Blue October, performing on their This Is What I Live For tour. Tickets range from $38 to $59.50. 8pm.
- Zoo Ball 2021: The After Party at Houston Zoo | Saturday, October 30 – While the Zoo Ball has reached full capacity, you can still get into the after party which wraps up the main event with DJ tunes, an open bar, late-night bites, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $125. 8pm to midnight.
- Spirits & Skeletons at Houston Museum of Natural Science | Saturday, October 30 – The Museum District hot spot will open up the entire museum, allowing for ghouls and goblins to enjoy a big Halloween bash with live music, DJs, food trucks, and drinks. Tickets are $60. 8pm to 1am.
- Hallows Cup at Houston Polo Club | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 – Swing by the polo grounds for a special Halloween-themed match. Costumes are encouraged and kids can participate in a halftime candy toss, plus there will be prize drawings, live music, a player parade and a special trophy presentation after the match. Tickets are $32.50; $15.50 for ages 12 and under. Grandstand boxes, which include seating for 2 to 20 guests, range from $79 to $695. 4pm.
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