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Oct 11
Weekend fun with METRO: Oct. 12-14


This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.

Even though Halloween’s more than two weeks away, this weekend we’re featuring Halloween activities because they’re just so much fun. Get out the costumes now, and give the kids lots of chances to wear them – you know they love to do that. 

The whole family can enjoy spirited fun at the Houston Zoo’s “Zoo Boo,” and the free Kids Day at Guadalupe Plaza Park includes a costume parade. The National Museum of Funeral History is hosting its annual haunted house, and it promises some family-friendly scares to drag you right into a Halloween frame of mind.

METRO takes the “trick” out of traveling to Halloween festivities – and with the “treat” of half-price rides for students with the student Q card, you’ll have more money for Halloween candy. Our Trip Planner can be your spirit guide for instructions on how to reach your destination – without a broom. Have a spooktacular weekend.

Event: Zoo Boo. The Houston Zoo’s annual celebration of Halloween begins this weekend (and continues each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28). Bring the kids dressed in their spookiest or prettiest costumes, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags. They can paint a jack-o-lantern, collect candy, and on Saturday and Sunday, participate in costume parades at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition, there are plenty of animal-related activities. There’s no extra cost to participate in Zoo Boo activities; they’re included in the regular zoo admission. Note that the Medical Center/West Gate entrance is open only on Saturdays and Sundays, so it will not be open for Zoo Boo on Fridays.

When: Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 28 OST-Wayside, 56 Airline/Montrose

METRORail – Red Line (exit Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station)

Event: KBR Kids Day. Here’s a free day of family fun and entertainment that fits our Halloween theme because it includes a Halloween costume parade. In addition, you’ll enjoy lots of hands-on activities, local performers, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock-climbing wall, bird of prey exhibitions, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels St.

Getting there*:

Bus – 6 Jensen/Greens, 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 48 Market, 137 Northshore Express

Event: Halloween Haunted House. What more appropriate place to find a haunted house attraction than the Museum of Funeral History? Dreadford Falls has experienced a nuclear power plant meltdown, and you’re invited to explore the town. Don’t be too scared, though - it’s family-friendly and rated PG-13 for children ages 12 and up, and children under 12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 11 and under, but it’s half price if you purchase a museum admission. On a brighter note, while you’re there you can see a special tribute to Roy Rogers, including his special convertible and western wear. Happy trails to you!

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (open through Nov. 6)

Where: National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 99 Ella–FM 1960

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.


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