Yes, Halloween is upon us and, even though the pandemic has made it somewhat impossible to roll up on people's houses and demand candy, there are still myriad Halloween-related events popping off all over town.
So, instead of doing the same ol' same ol' — heading to a haunted house, attending a Hocus Pocus screening — here are 12 intriguing events you can check out on All Hallows' Eve:
A'Bouzy will start Halloween early in the day with the Veuve Clicquot Yelloween Brunch. Enjoy Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV for $49 a bottle. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and reservations are required. 10 am.
On Friday and Saturday, Space Center Houston will present Galaxy Frights. This family-friendly experience will include a costume parade around the new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, special guest speakers like NASA astronauts, the premiere of a new space film and weird science activities. 10 am.
Lone Star Flight Museum presents its Halloween in the Hangar event. Guests can have a spooky good time among some incredible aircraft. Kids 12 and under in costumes get in free all day long. Also, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, the museum has added a safe and fun twist to “trick or treating." 10:30 am.
Over in Humble, Balmoral will be a Haunted Lagoon on Friday and Saturday. A “spooktacular” adults-only party will be on Friday night, while Saturday will be for families to bring their own pumpkins for decorating, participate in safe trick-or-treating at holiday-themed candy stations and more. 11 am.
You know we had to throw in a Day of the Dead event in here, and Old Town Harrisburg will be throwing a two-day, Dia de los Muertos Fest. 25 vendors of jewelry, crafts, antiques, clothing and traditional Mexican pastries will be around, as well as music, dancing and a little girls' pageant. 11 am (Noon Sunday).
With its Halloween Trick-or-Treat event, CityCentre will be offering children and parents the opportunity to prowl the district for tasty treasures. Trick-or-treating will take place rain or shine and the event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket/Bag). Noon.
East End Backyard will host a Halloween Dog Costume Contest. Prizes will include a private dog park party with a $200 gift card to East End Backyard for first place, a $100 gift card for second place and a $25 gift card to Three Dog Bakery for third place. Noon.
Over at M-K-T Heights, the Hike, Bike & Fright Fest will have a local market featuring artisans and collectors. There will also be activities including Halloween T-shirt screenprinting, a zombie breakdance performance, a "Thriller" dance lesson and a pumpkin-patch photo opportunity. Noon.
Up in Sugar Land, Halloween Town will return over at Constellation Field. All the good stuff will be there: candy, a costume parade for kids, oversized games, balloon artists, face painting, etc. Plus, a beloved Halloween movie (probably Hocus Pocus) will be shown on the video board. 4 pm.
B.B. Lemon will have a Nightmare on Washington Spooky Drag Show, where guests can enjoy food and drink specials, music from veteran spinner DJ Melodic, and a costume contest with prizes. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. 9 pm.
Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar will be the locations for the Fright Night double soiree. Drink specials, stilt walkers, a DJ, and Greek belly dancers will be over at Ouzo, while Loch will have a snake charmer, a costume contest, a live band and — you guessed it — drink specials. 9 pm.
Revelry on Richmond will have a late-night, Halloween costume contest. A $250 prize will be given for first place, and second place will receive a $50 gift card. $5 Halloween shot specials will also be available all night. 11 pm.