Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas, and with a spooky array of things to do, chances are you will be contributing to the statistic, this year. To keep you from looking like a lost soul on fright night, I compiled a list of some freaky fun things to do called the official McAllen Halloween Survival Guide.
Venture to McAllen’s Entertainment District any weekend and you will see night crawlers lurking around in skimpy clothes, but on Halloween, when it’s socially acceptable to dress in dangerously tight and adventurously short outfits, you’re guaranteed to see the freaks come out. Get in the Halloween spirit at these 17th Street haunts.
Yerberia Cultura 613 S. 17th Street, McAllen
With a name like Yerberia Cultura, you’re pretty much obligated to do something spooky on Halloween weekend, and it has a slate of hauntingly good happeningsto appease the roaming spirits of 17th Street.
All Souls Night – Thursday, October 27th
Get ahead of the scary clown curve and start your weekend early at this celebration of Dia De Los Muertos and Halloween. Hosted by BOLD Organization of Designers, the event will showcase the unique culture of South Texas through art, music, food and dance with live performances by Sine Cura and The Hero Prevails, to name a couple. If you happen to “forget” to wear a costume, have no fear. Event organizers will be handing out blank masks and colored markers, so you can craft your own custom creepy face cover. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets are $5 for 21 or older and $10 for 18 and up. The proceeds will benefit UTRGV’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design Exhibit, so dust off your Ghostbuster costume and go trap you a wicked witch.
Did you know? Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
Halloween Tribute Night – Saturday, October 29
There is no better time of year to pay homage to the ghosts of music past and present, and Halloween Tribute Night at Yerberia Cultura is the place to boogie the night away to your favorite undead dance jams. This special night of fright will feature your hits from Boo Order (New Order), Princes of the Universe (Queen), Bikini Thrill (Bikini Kill), System of a Brown (System of a Down), Mas Nerders (Descendents) and Yas Yas YASSS (Yeah Yeah Yeahs). With clever cover names like those, you know it’s going to be the best bloody dance party in town. Practice your Thriller dance routine, and go for the jugular with your Halloween ensemble because there will be a costume contest. Doors open at 8pm and the cover is $5 for 21 or older and $10 for 18 and up.
Tres 323 S. 17th Street, McAllen
Tim Burton Halloween Party – Thur & Fri, October 27th & 28th
Tim Burton is the Godfather of dark, gothic, quirky and freakishly great movies, and Tres is honoring the ghoulish moviemaker with its two-night tribute party. If you’re a fan of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands , The Nightmare Before Christmas or Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (which I find is the creepiest of all his movies), then this is the party for you. Step into a trippy time warp at this local watering hole as it transforms into a fantasy film lovers dream come true for two nights this year.
Ghost With The Most: Michael Keaton, who played Beetlejuice, spent only two weeks filming his part in the film, which lasts 17.5 minutes out of the 92-minute movie. It’s Keaton’s favorite film.
Suerte 301 S. 17th Street, McAllen
Dia De Los Muertos with Estrella Beer – November 2
It makes sense to honor your loved ones by cracking a cold beer because that’s what we do, and leave it to Suerte to be the ones to do it. Stop by its famous alter and remember your loved ones by celebrating their lives with a cold Estrella Jalisco beer. There will be a candle decorating contest hosted by L&F Distributors and, in keeping with tradition, bar goers are welcomed to leave photos of their lost loved ones at the alter.
Nightmare on Broadway 4D 120 S. Broadway, McAllen
Thur-Mon, October 27-31st
For the brave-at-heart Halloween enthusiasts, Nightmare on Broadway is the place to bring on the scares. The largest indoor haunted house in South Texas returns this Halloween with its scariest horror house yet, featuring thrilling special effects and a creepy cast of creatures lurking guaranteed to keep you up at night. Thrill seekers will come face-to-face with their fears at this terror-inducing spook spot. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Freaks, Beat and Treats – Boggus Ford Events Center 3000, N. Cage Blvd
Saturday, November 5th
Feeling the post-Halloween blues? Repaint that creepy smile on your face because Global Groove Events is delivering the Halloween afterparty you’re looking for. Dance music enthusiasts don’t need a reason to dress up for a show, but at Freaks, Beats & Treats, concertgoers up the ante with eccentric ensembles and over-the-top outfits. Creative costumes are only part of the fun at the fourth-year music event, which will feature performances by DVBBS and Zomboy along with top regional artists. Freak fans can expect to dance the night away to mind blowing special effects and ground shaking beats. Your best move here is to buy tickets in advance or risk being left out in the dark while your nocturnal friends have a freakishly good time without you. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $45 for VIP, which includes a limited edition collector laminate, front-of-stage view from the VIP area and, my favorite, express entry. Click HERE for tickets.
The day-after-Halloween walk of shame is no joke, but it always makes for a great story. So instead of running around, threatening tricks to appease the spirits of the night, get your annual night of fright thrills at one of these local haunts.