As we fight in the trenches of the Starbucks drive-thru line to make Pumpkin Spice Season™️ last as long as humanly possible, we mustn’t forget our other important duties this decorative gourd season. Multiple costumes because Halloween is on a Thursday this year, which means there can be weekday lewks plus a weekend lewk? Check. Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, and Halloweentown ready for viewings? Check. List of spooky and campy and autumn-y things to do in Houston this October? Check and check!


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Kick this month off with a teaser and a pleaser at House of Blues for the spooky edition of the monthly burlesque show, Kiki Maroon’s Burly Q Lounge. Saturday, October 12th at 8 PM will have a (g)host of girls and ghouls in their hottest getups for an evening of frightful, delightful fun. Hosted by comedienne Kiki Maroon, this show is also co-hosted by former Vocal Local, Honey Moonpie!


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Head to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in the Museum District on Thursday, October 17th for this month’s craft social: BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin, of course). Watch a live demonstration by a local pumpkin-carving expert, and learn helpful tips to carve your own hair-raising gourd, while you enjoy a crisp fall beer provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company. All carving tools and materials are provided.

If that doesn’t scratch your craft-beer-and-pumpkin-carving itch, swing by Axelrad on Monday, October 21st at 7 PM for a pumpkin carving contest with The Addams Family projected on the big screen.


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Obsidian Theatre is presenting two spooky plays at MATCH in Midtown this month, both running now until Saturday, October 26th. The Feast by Corey Finley is about a couple whose relationship is going swimmingly until the sewers under their apartment open up and begin to speak. The New York Times called it, "...nicely creepy…agreeably scary and original…There are twists and turns and more than one startling U-bend." Empanada Loca by Aaron Mark features a heroine living deep under Manhattan in an abandoned subway tunnel with the Mole People. The New York Times called it, “Exuberantly macabre…A creepy urban-myth drama that doesn’t seem all that mythical. I’ll be shuddering as I enter the subway for a while yet.”


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Station Theater is holding a Halloween-themed stand up show called Late Night at The Station starting at 11 PM. This is a BYOB show, but if you show up in a costume, you also get a free beer, so strut your stuff and earn that drink, honey.

The Spooky Standup special celebrates its 5th year in action at Secret Group in EaDo on Wednesday, October 30th at 8 PM. Witness the funniest comedians in Houston tell jokes in costume and in character. Hands down the funniest Halloween show every year, you never really know what you’ll see and hear.


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If your Halloween steez is more spooky than goofy, an absolute must is Houston’s longest running haunted house, ScreamWorld. With 31 years and more than 1 million victims under its belt, the city’s reigning No. 1 haunted attraction continues to proudly wear the “Badge of Horror” for Houston.