There are lots of places to have some good ghoulish fun in Houston this Halloween, and we’ve rounded up a few of the best to make choosing that bit easier. Sadly, since all the monster mayhem results in a fair few accidents every year, we’ve included some safety tips so even the biggest and baddest monsters get home safely.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
Whether you’re going to organized Halloween celebrations or getting together with a few friends to go trick or treating, be aware of the earthly dangers that lie in wait. These safety tips will make sure no-one in your coven has a spell in the emergency room.
- Check treats for choking hazards before giving them to small children.
- Add reflective tapes to costumes and bags so kids stay visible after dark
- Always travel in groups. The more monsters the merrier, and safer.
- Only carry soft, flexible knives or swords.
- For kids, don’t enter the homes of strangers unless you’re with an adult you trust, and don’t get in strangers’ cars, either.
- Make sure costumes fit properly so small children don’t fall over and hurt themselves.
- Don’t run in the road. Even ghosts are safer on the sidewalk.
- Don’t carry candles. Flashlights are safer.
Now you know how to stay safe, here are some great places to get out and have some grisly fun:
Monsters’ Museum of Houston
For a couple of weeks at the end of October the Monsters’ Museum of Houston is taken over by monsters of all kinds, offering scary fun to all family visitors. Interact with monsters and their friends, find out what monsters actually do for hobbies, and experience the ‘yuck’ factor by examining slobbering monsters’ slime blobs.
There are other fun activities too, such as painting pumpkins to disguise them as monsters and learning the monster language with a variety of shrieks and yells. There are different scary events happening on different days, such as trick-or-treat monster hunters on Thursday evenings and all day weekends, and special monster Museum events like frightening fashion shows and flashlight storytelling. Find full details on their website.
You’ll find Children’s Museum of Houston at 1500 Binz in the Museum District. Admission is $10.
16th Annual Boo Bash
Get dressed up and practice your monster shrieks for one of the best monster gatherings in Houston, with the Annual Boo Bash at Traders Village. Running between 1 and 4 PM on October 31, there is trick or treating for children aged 12 and under at shops in the market, along with free bags in which to collect goodies.
Add continuous live music, a magic show, face-painting, a maze and free gifts for children while stocks last and you’re set for a spooky good time. Entry is free, ($4 to park) and you’ll find Traders Village at 7979 N. Eldridge Road near Highway 290.
Scream on the Green
This annual citywide event is a great way for the family to have a spooky Halloween, with contest prizes, toe-tapping music and lots more. Festivities start at 6 PM and run through to 10 PM with free entry for everyone, including a screening of the movie “Book of Life” starting at 7 PM.
The highlight of Scream on the Green is the costume contest, and if you’re taking part in this be at the Anheuser-Busch Stage To Register by 7:30 PM. There are several categories, so everyone can find something:
- Infant to 8 years
- 9 to 17 years
- Best Male 18+
- Best female 18+
- Best family
- Best dog
- Best Houston themed costume
It all happens on Discovery Green, which you’ll find at 1500 McKinney Street, Houston.
Houston zoo opens its gates to ghouls and goblins of all ages during the popular Zoo Boo event, so get your broomsticks ready for some fine family fun. There are various attractions going on:
- Pumpkin painting with child-sized pumpkins for little ones.
- Plenty of candy from stations around the zoo just waiting for you to fill up your trick-or-treat bags.
- Contribute to the monster mural with a painting of your own.
- Visit the bat cave for larger-than-life candy including lollipops bigger than your head.
There are plenty of other things going on too with special events on Saturdays and Sundays only, including a living pumpkin family, and kids music and costume parades, plus the chance to learn the Thriller dance moves.
As a family friendly event, there are a few restrictions including the request that any dressed-up adults leave their faces clearly visible, no one brings along fireworks or toy weapons of any kind, and that make up or costumes are not excessively gory.
You will find The Houston Zoo at 6200 Hermann Park Drive. All Zoo Boo activities are included in the normal zoo admission price, and Zoo Boo is free for zoo members.
Where will you be spending your Halloween? Make sure to read more about safety tips during this holiday.
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