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Ghosts Gather Here (And You’re Invited) This Halloween

Local offerings for the creepiest season on the coast

By: Julieta Hernandez  Photo by: Rachel Benavides

The two most asked questions for October 31st are: who you’re going as, and where you’re going to go. Whether you’re ready to trick or treat, get the life scared out of you, or just show off your really, really well crafted outfit (even if nobody else gets it right away) here’s what the spooky city by the sea has to offer on the weekend before and the night of Halloween.

The night begins young – and so do the trick-or-treaters. Grab your jack-o-lantern buckets or pillowcases and be ready to fill it to the brim with candy. Local participants have teamed up to create safe, innovative routes for little monsters and zombies to roam harmlessly and for setting the perfect tone to your creepy night.

South Side, Corpus Christi – a seemingly-normal neighborhood by Galvan Elementary school has become overcome with (Halloween) spirits! A way creepier version of Candy Cane Lane, the neighborhood participating in Scary Lane will soon become a horrorcore wonderland. Stroll through the nightmare street before or during your trick-or-treating plans; the all-ages display starts at 6pm.
Scaritage at Heritage Park
As haunting as the event title sounds, the “Scaritage” that will be going on is providing a safe, fun place for young trick-or-treaters from 5-8 pm at Heritage Park. Live music, food trucks, games, and lots of candy make this event a perfect outing for family and friend groups alike.

Trunk-or-treating is a fun, backward way of traditional trick-or-treating. The community participates by decorating their car trunks and creating a short (and sweet) candy route for candy goers. On the day of Halloween, you can find free trunk-or-treating routes done by The Salvation Army on Buford street at 5pm, the Grace United Methodist Church on Northwest Blvd at 6pm, and the Summit Church on Weber road at 6pm.

After candy bags are collected, distributed, and checked, the last quarter moon still leaves plenty of light for your creepy night to begin. After dark…

Halloween Costume Contest at The Gold Fish

Okay, so even if nobody gets your costume at first, you can always just explain it over a few drinks at The Gold Fish in downtown Corpus Christi. The costume contest and the drink specials will be accompanied by “celebrity guests”, prizes, and candy shots. The thriller question of the night is who those celebrities end up being.

Halloween Party at The Exchange

The Exchange Downtown is ready to get weird at their first annual Halloween party. Curated cocktails like the “Good and Evil”, “Dragon’s Blood Punch”, “Monster Mash Margarita” and the “Grave Digger” will be served along with alien brain hemorrhage shots, yum! Come in your best (or worst) costume because the winner of the costume contest will receive a prize of $100. You can also look forward to moonlight music by DJ Wolf Face.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Halloween Showing

Your last chance to catch the Aurora Arts theater on Everhart perform a timeless horror classic will be their Halloween night showing. The science-fiction horror glam is definitely an excuse to pull out your most dramatic costume ideas and totally get away with it. Fans dressed up as Rocky Horror will probably get some good street cred, and you can try and catch a picture with some of the dressed-up cast members!

The USS Lexington’s Haunting on The Blue Ghost

Iconic to the shores of our city is the Lexington, but the Lexington on Halloween is a must-have experience. Two floors, 85 rooms, and over 120 monsters make it the largest haunted house on a ship in South Texas. Tickets range from $20-$40 with a portion of sales going towards the Wounded Warriors project as well as cancer research foundations.

No matter your costume or destination, the best thing you can do on Halloween is try really hard to avoid the ghosts. Oops — we mean, have fun.