Trick or Treat Time!

There are many advantages to being a grown-up. No curfews, for one. But every year since I became too old to go house to house on Halloween night, I’ve missed the cool fall weather, the thrill of getting Reese’s instead of Smarties, and dressing up as something genuinely awesome, like a fried egg.

In the meantime, we have to find something else to do on October 31st so we have an excuse to put together a killer costume and be kids again for at least one night out of the year. Luckily for us, there are plenty things to do in Houston this Halloween.

If haunted houses are your thing, you may need to start early to make all the big ones in one night. Check out this list of haunted houses open for scares this weekend.

Between now and the big night, you can squeeze in a little bit of history and get a spook and catch one of Discover Houston Tours’ Ghost Walks. You’ll get a close look at some of downtown’s most haunted places, with no special effects.

If you’re looking for a family friendly event (and an excuse to get more than one night’s use out of that kiddie costume you hand-stitched), you can be at Boo on the Boardwalk in Kemah in just an hour’s drive. You’ll find magic shows, haunted houses, costume contests, food and music.

Scream on the Green at Discovery Green in downtown presents opportunities for more outdoor fun, with food, music, costume contests and other great events on Saturday, October 30. Also on Saturday, music lovers will want to catch GhoulsFest, a one-day music festival at Tom Bass Park. It features a lineup of more than 17 artists and costumes are encouraged!

And if you’re ready to party like it’s 1999, don’t miss the 4th Annual Montrose Crawl! On Saturday, October 30, Houston’s young and hip will crowd the streets of Westheimer for a bar crawl to remember—until next year at least. There will be costume contests and great people-watching. Don’t miss it!

For a more civilized and formal Halloween celebration, this may be the year to attend the Museum of Cultural Arts’ (MOCAH) annual Masquerade Ball. The 2010 ‘Cirque de MOCAH’ on Saturday, October 30 raises money for the organization to continue to help at-risk and underprivileged youth in Houston through the arts. There will be dancing, a silent auction, music, entertainment, great food and an open bar. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Everyone be safe and have a fun Halloween!

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