Halloween is filled with ghostly goblins and terrifying mummies. And don’t forget about the piles of candy that is sure to last well until the end of February, better start scheduling those dentist appointments! Besides dressing as your favorite scary Halloween character and roaming the dark streets in your local neighborhood, what else is there to do around Houston on Halloween? If you want to venture outside the norm, here is a list of the top things to do in Houston for Halloween.
Texas Renaissance Festival - All Hallows Eve (October 29th & 30th) 9 am - 8 pm
Get a taste of the Renaissance era at the nation's largest Renaissance-themed festival. Enjoy 55-acres of fun that includes mouthwatering pasties and the largest turkey legs you’ll ever find, unique handcrafted goods, live entertainment, and amazingly good actors who make you feel like you were born in the 14th century. Established in 1974, The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) has grown to attract over 600,000 people and holds eight themed weekends from October 8th through November 27th. TRF features kids free Sundays and TRF After Dark, a 21 and older majestic night celebration under an exotic tented pavilion. The Texas Renaissance Festival is fit for any age and is the best ghouly experience for your Halloween weekend adventures. For more information head to texrenfrest.com.
ScreamWorld - (October 28th - 31st) Fri. & Sat. 8 - 12 pm/ Sun. 7:30- 10 pm
Voted #1 in Houston by the Houston Chronicle and Houston Press, ScreamWorld is the longest-running haunted attraction in Houston. With 4.5 acres, the fright fest takes pride in scaring the socks off each of their 30,000+ attendees. ScreamWorld Owner, Jim Fetterly, maximizes the fright factor by paying attention to every terrifying detail using Houston’s best actors and make-up artists. Feel the exhilaration of fear run through your veins as you experience each of ScreamWorld’s 5 haunted attractions (Jake’s Slaughterhouse, Zombie Graveyard, The Swamp, Edge of Darkness, and Asylum Maze). Also, set your eyes on a family of circus-style entertainers, The Braggart Family Freak Show. Watch the family wow the crowd during their sword swallowing, knife juggling, fire-breathing tricks and more on Friday and Saturday nights in October. For more information visit screamworld.com.
Creepy Hollow Haunted House - Fri. & Sat. 7- 12 pm/ Sun. 7- 10 pm
Voted Houston’s Scariest Haunted Attraction and the #1 Haunted House of Texas in 2015 by The Haunted Attractions Association, Creepy Hallow is sure to fill you with a lifetime of nightmares. Once a facility meant to experiment on feral hogs, the attraction gives you a bone-chilling, heart-stopping experience that you’re craving for this Halloween. Come rain or shine infectious zombies, insanely creepy scientists, and flesh eating vagrants wait to send you running for the hills. If you dare to enter, Creepy Hollow Haunted House features three exhibits that include 288 Scare Factory, Haunted Woods, and Pitch Black for only $30. For more information visit creepyhollowhauntedhouse.com.
Houston Scream Fest - Fri. & Sat. & Mon. (Oct. 31st) 8- 10:30pm/ Sun. 8- 10:30 pm
Tired of waiting in long, never ending lines just to experience only but 5 minutes of gruesome, adrenaline pumping horror? Houston Scream Fest is the perfect attraction to experience a night long of Halloween fun. Voted #1 by your one and only local Houstonians, Houston Scream Fest holds ten attractions for one unbelievably affordable price. Spend the night shooting flesh-eating zombies at each of Scream Fest’s two paintball arenas or enter one of the 7 haunted houses that will have you screaming until your eyes turn red. Enjoy the spooky night with an unlimited access to Midway games, concerts, food, and horror movies that is guaranteed to cater to all ages. No matter what you choose this Halloween will be a night to remember. For more information visit hauntedhouses.com.
Scream on the Green (Discovery Green) - October 28th 6- 10pm
Let the ghoul time roll as you spend the evening with family at Houston’s ninth annual citywide Halloween costume contest. Enjoy the night filled of prizes, Halloween spectacle, movies, music by DJ Astra and more as you make unforgettable family memories. Come dressed in your scariest Halloween costume as prizes will be awarded to the top 3 contestants in the following categories: infant- 8 years, 9- 17 years, best male 18+, best female 18+, best family, and best dog. For more information visit discoverygreen.com/scream-on-the-green.
Corn Maze & Punkin Hollar (Drewberry Farm) - Be ah-maized by Drewberry Farm’s uniquely designed corn maze of Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Inspired by the upcoming election, the farm allows you to navigate through the eight acres of corny fun. Bring friends and family to help you solve the “CORNundrums” before reaching the end of the maze. If you think the maze is jaw dropping, wait until get a look at over 500 hand-carved pumpkins at Punkin Hollar. Be delighted by the coolest pumpkins you’ll ever see, from SpongeBob to Spiderman and even Betty Boop, a variety of artists have come together to display their artistic talents. For more information visit dewberryfarm.com/farm-fun/.
We hope we’ve helped you come up with fun, unique ideas to add to your Halloween schedule. So start your car and don’t forget your ExactMats to help with the effortless cleanup, no matter what adventure you choose to experience!