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Halloween and Día de los Muertos events around Houston this week

Día de los Muertos kicks off on Wednesday. Free events around town will be hosted to kick off the start of the holiday.

MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival 2018
MECA's Día de los Muertos Festival 2018

Houstonians are in for a treat this week as a lineup of events around town will ring in the final celebrations of Halloween this year. A slate of Día de los Muertos events are scheduled for this week also. Here are just a few of those headlining events.

The Halloween lineup:

  • Zoo Boo 2023
    -A months-long kid-friendly Halloween celebration at the Houston Zoo will end on Tuesday, where giant inflatable pumpkins are on display, and a spooky pumpkin lantern tunnel near the tiger exhibit and a Scary-Go-Round are featured in the Halloween celebrations. Zoo Boo is available with general admission to the zoo, and is free for members.
  • Boos & Booze Game Night
    Velvet Oak Tavern in Montrose will host a free Boos & Booze Halloween game night 7 p.m. Tuesday featuring Halloween themed drinks, like a pumpkin spice espresso martini, a costume contest and prizes.
  • Halloween at the Children’s Museum Houston
    Open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Children’s Museum will host a Happy Halloween Bash, with a lineup of activities scheduled. DJ Beetlejuice will return for a graveyard mash from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kid’s Hall Alcove in the museum. a make-your-own Haunted House diorama workshop will be hosted from 4:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and a spooky magic show from Jamie Salinas will be held in the Brown Auditorium from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is available with purchase of general admission tickets on the museum’s website.
  • Trick or Treat Trail at Independence Park
    Trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcomed to the 18th annual Trick or Treat Trail at Independence Trail in Pearland on Tuesday. The community event will host food vendors, trick or treating and Halloween inflatables. Parking is available at Pearland High School, a short walk from the park.

Día de los Muertos:

  • Community Ofrenda para Día de los Muertos at Discovery Green
    Día de los Muertos kicks off on Wednesday. Houston artist Angel Quesada will build a community Ofrenda in Discovery Green to kick off the celebration. The event is free to attend on Wednesday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring photographs of loved ones for the community display.
  • Día de los Muertos Mariachi show
    A Mariachi concert headlining Adelaide Pilar Band will be held at the nature center at Memorial Park on Thursday to commemorate traditional Mexican folk songs. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday evening. Tickets for the event are selling from $55 and up.
  • 3rd Annual Houston Dia de los Muertos downtown parade
    For the third year, the Día de los Muertos festival will return to downtown Houston this Saturday to celebrate life. The eight hour event will kick off on Bagby Street at 2 p.m., when live music will play and arts and crafts activities and concessions will be displayed. The parade will kick off at 7 p.m. and the free-to-attend event is scheduled to end by 10 p.m.
  • Alebrijes fall festival at the Museum of Fine Arts
    -a family-friendly festival celebrating Día de los Muertos and Latin American art will be hosted by the museum on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Live music will feature Latino artists, and temporary sculptures inspired by the folk-art tradition alebrijes will be on display in Cullen Sculpture Garden. The free-to-attend event hosted by H-E-B will kick off with a mariachi performance and dance performances by MECA Ballet Folklorico. More information can be found on the museum’s website.

MORE: Creating an Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos (Houston Matters)

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