Not only does Houston have haunted houses, there are also trails, tours, parties and even real haunts!
Houston Ghost Tour Ongoing Do you dare to dive into the paranormal? Houston Ghost Tour guides you through Hermann Park, recalling the history of the civil war cemetery that once laid underneath the park and other stories. The company also offers ghost tours of Old Town Spring, Humble and Tomball, as well as family friendly and R-rated tours.
Ghost Tours of Texas Ongoing Step through the shadows, gather your courage, and discover chilling and ghastly tales of murder, revenge, passion, heartache and breath-taking history! Ghost Tours of Texas in Galveston takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the historic and haunted Silk Stocking district, starting at the famous Broadway mansion, Ashton Villa.
Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tours of Galveston Ongoing For nearly 15 years, Dash Beardsley ("the Ghost Man of Galveston") has used his knowledge of the coastal community to take guests on one of six different tours of Galveston Island, including the original two-hour walking tour, the Restless Spirits Tour and the Secret Society Cemetery Tour.
Hotel Galvez Ghost Tour & Dinner Oct. 3-13, 2017 Learn about the ghostly past of this Galveston hotel during one-hour ghost tours throughout the month of October. Typically reserved for guests, the tours at Hotel Galvez open to the public as part of a dinner package on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in October. Friday night tours are also available as part of an overnight ghost package. Follow your spooky tour with dinner at Galvez Bar & Grill.
Spirits & SkeletonsOct. 28, 2017Have a totally rad Halloween at Spirits & Skeletons, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Halloween party. Be boss on the dance floor, indulge in some serious sweets and dare to try some creepy crawly concoctions, courtesy of the museum’s Bug Chef. After that, abracadabra your way over to the master magician, as he astonishes even the most skeptical guests with his mysterious magic.
FAMILY FRIENDLY THRILLS AND CHILLS
Not a fan of the ghosts and the ghouls? Check out Houston's family friendly attractions and events.
Boo on the Boardwalk Oct. 6-31, 2017 For the entire month of October, families can enjoy an array of Halloween themed activities at Boo on the Boardwalk in Kemah. Brave souls who dare, may want to take a stroll to the dark side at the Dungeon of Doom Haunted House. For the little ones, the Little Boo Haunted Fun House offers tons of spooky fun. Other attractions include pumpkin decorating, live entertainment, and costume contests.
Halloween Monster Mayhem Oct. 10-31, 2017 For three weeks in October, the Children's Museum of Houston unleashes monstrous mayhem as it transforms into the Monsters' Museum of Houston. We dare you to witness how monsters have rummaged, scoured, combed, and turned the Museum upside down to make room for their monster lairs. Don’t miss the grand finale Monster Mash Bash, which includes a Thriller Dance Party for the kiddos.
Symphonic Spooktacular Oct. 15, 2017 Let the Houston Symphony’s orchestra of witches and goblins treat you to a repertoire of creepy classics at Miller Outdoor Theater. But don’t let them scare you; the event is family friendly. Daddies, mummies and their little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for an enchanted musical evening.
Zoo Boo Oct. 13-29, 2017 Dress up in your spookiest costume and get ready to trick-or-treat, learn about bats, paint pumpkins, and play carnival games during Zoo Boo -- the Houston Zoo’s annual Halloween event. Open for three weekends in October, Zoo Boo is one of Houston’s best Halloween celebrations. Don’t miss this year’s new Halloween Zoovie Nights on October 13 and 21 for fun activities and spooky films after dark.
ArBOOretum Oct. 21, 2017 Head out to the Houston Arboretum for their annual Halloween event. Walk a forest trail with scattered trick-or-treat locations, activities and opportunities to learn about wildlife. Activities include hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, a cake walk, carnival games, face painting and pumpkin decorating.
Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival Oct. 21-22, 2017 This two-day fall festival returns to a transformed Russ Pitman Park at the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire. Go with your family and pick out the perfect pumpkin, ride a horse-drawn wagon, visit local vendors, play on bounce houses and climbing walls, and get some good grub. Admission is free.
Scream on the Green Oct. 27, 2017 Discovery Green hosts Scream on the Green from 6-10 p.m. Dress up and take part in Houston's citywide costume contest. Plus, enjoy live music, face painting, dancing, and a showing of this year's feature film: Hotel Transylvania 2.
Tricks & Treats Among the Trees Oct. 28, 2017 Kids and the young at heart are invited to a free trick-or-treat nature trail at Jesse H. Jones Park. Costumed trick-or-treaters are welcome to enjoy fun Halloween crafts, games, hayrides, a critter storybook trail, and more. Proceeds from carnival-inspired games benefit Jones Park.
Halloween Car Show Oct. 28, 2017 Come out and see more than 100 cars from classic to contemporary, from motorized to hoof, while supporting local charities. Enjoy the fall festival atmosphere at the National Museum of Funeral History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. Activities include face painting and arts and crafts for the kids, great food, a live DJ, silent auction and more.
Dia de los Muertos at Lawndale Art Center Oct. 27- Nov. 2, 2017 For its 30th Annual Día de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center brings together artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and more for a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico. Other activities include a film screening, Family Day Fiesta, and a musical and literary ofrenda.
Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash Oct. 28, 2017 Halloween fun awaits you at the 7th annual Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash at Saengerfest Park in Galveston. This free, spooktacular festival on Saturday, October 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. features games and prizes, trick-or-treating at participating downtown businesses, face painting, and a costume contest for children.
Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens Oct. 29, 2017 Drive out to Moody Garden's Halloween celebration for some free fun! Trick-or-treat throughout the complex, make creepy crafts, get your face painted and participate in a costume contest. Families with a member dressed in Halloween costume get discounted admission to Moody Gardens attractions.
Traders Village Boo Bash Oct. 29, 2017 Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready to do the Monster Mash as Traders Village, Houston’s largest flea market. The free, spooky Boo Bash for kids features live musical entertainment, activities, and monster-sized trick-or-treating.
MECA Día De Los Muertos Festival Oct. 28-29, 2017 This public celebration of Latin American folk art traditions commemorating family and ancestry at MECA will delight you with its community ofrenda exhibition, food, dance and music. Performers include Solero Flamenco, MECA’s Ballet Folklórico, Bayou City Swing, and more. Admission is free.
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Celebration Nov. 1- 4, 2017 Visit the National Museum of Funeral History to learn more about the Latin customs surrounding the Day of the Dead. Explore altars by local artists and enjoy kid-friendly activities.
PUMPKIN PATCHES & COSTUMES
Picking the perfect pumpkin can be quite a task. Luckily, Houston is packed with patches all over the city. Try Old Time Christmas Tree Farm, Dewberry Farm, Blessington Farms, or Oil Ranch for prime pumpkin picking, hay rides and other activities. Searching for the perfect costume? Be sure and stop by Frankel's Costume Co.-- a Houston staple for Halloween fashion.
Looking for an adrenaline rush or just want to get into the “spirit” of the season, check out these haunted houses.
Houston Scream Fest Thursdays through Sundays in October, and Oct. 30 and 31 The Houston Scream Fest is more than a haunted house; it's a month long festival. Shoot at walking dead zombies with paintball markers, try to escape the asylum, scream your way through the castle of doom, and more. Also enjoy live music and freak show performances.
ScreamWorld Sep. 29-Nov. 4, 2017 Named the best haunted house in Houston by the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press, Screamworld contains five terrifying attractions: The Maze of Maniacs, the Haunted Hotel, the Edge of Darkness, Jake's Slaughterhouse, and the Zombie Graveyard. Screamworld is open Thursday to Sundays in October. Only go if you dare.
Haunted Trails Oct. 6-31, 2017 Walk the trails of Houston's most thrilling outdoor attraction. Haunted Trails features detailed sets, zombies, clowns and other creeps—body parts, creepy crawlers and more. Find out what lurks beyond the trees every weekend in October.
Houston Terror Dome Thursdays and Weekends, Sep. 30 - Oct. 31, 2017 In its opening year, The Houston Chronicle billed the Terror Dome the "Scariest Haunted House In Houston.” Get ready to scream your way out — if you make it that far. With new effects, rooms, and actors this year, Terror Dome is intense enough to satisfy the most demanding scaremonger.
Nightmare on the Bayou Weekends, Sept. 29-Nov. 4, 2017 Located directly beside Houston's oldest graveyard, Nightmare on the Bayou is the only attraction that is haunted by real ghosts. Aside from possible ghost sightings, the merciless actors torment visitors from beginning to end, while the rooms, monsters, and mayhem will have you running for the exit.
Phobia Weekends, Sept. 30-Oct. 31, 2017 With six haunts, Phobia can scare just about anyone. Features include the Mind Control haunt, Simon Fowler Woods, ClaustroPhobia, Darke Institute and Dawn of the Machine. The remodeled park boasts 30 acres of scare space.
7th Annual Haunted House at NMFH Oct. 1-Nov. 4, 2017 The National Museum of Funeral History's 7th Annual Haunted House will get you into the Halloween spirit all month long. Explore different scenes designed to young and old ones goose bumps taking a light-hearted view of a usually very serious subject. The house is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up.