By: Jessie Chrobocinski Photo via: K Space Contemporary featuring “Topo Chico Til I Die” – a work of art by Alexandria Canchola
Although COVID-19 may have spooked traditional Halloween celebrations away, we can enjoy a thrilling holiday with safe and healthy alternatives. Here is a round up of low-risk events happening around town and a few other options for celebrating at-home.
Halloween with The Hooks
The Corpus Christi Hooks bring socially distanced trick-or-treating on Halloween from 1-5 pm in the Whataburger Field South Parking Lot. The event is free and includes curbside trick-or-treating, a virtual Halloween costume contest, and more. Trick-or-treaters will compete in the following categories: Best Hooks Costume, Best Sports-Themed Costume, Scariest Costume, Cutest Costume, and Best Pest Costume. The winner receives a grand-prize $50 to Hook, Line & Sinker. For more information, visit www.cchooks.com.
Rockin’ K Farms
About thirty miles outside of the city is one of the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals in the area. This weekend until November 7, Rockin’ K Farms offers fall fun on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am- 9 pm.
Rockin’ K Farms covers fun for the whole family, from a corn maze and pumpkin patch to a cow train, farm animals, and photo ops. The spacious seating in the concession area and a large open space for attractions makes social distancing easy. Purchase tickets online at www.rockinkmaze.com.
Boo in the Blue
Visit your favorite underwater creatures this Halloween at the Texas State Aquarium’s “Boo in the Blue” event this weekend! Take fun photos with spooky decorations adorning the exhibits, experience unique animal encounters, and candy! Take part in the virtual costume contest; kids ages 3-12 will receive 50% off admission. One child admission discount per one full-priced adult admission ticket purchase is allowed; to receive the discount, purchase your tickets in-person. The Texas State Aquarium will host a Halloween-themed event every weekend from October 16 to October 31.
Experience The Blue Ghost
This one-of-a-kind museum has a frightful history of rumored paranormal activity. Book a tour aboard the Lexington Museum and walk through the eerie ship, popularly called The Blue Ghost. You can even stay the night on board if you’re brave enough. To reserve your time, call 361-888-5873.
Virtual Dia de Los Muertos Street Festival
While our hearts are saddened to go without the physical attraction, our favorite Dia de Los Muertos Street Festival is still happening this year! K Space Contemporary hosts virtual art exhibitions, including an altar exhibition, online art workshops, and other events. For more information, visit www.diadelosmuertoscc.com.
Boo in the Blooms
If you’re looking for a family-friendly Halloween event, look no further than the South Texas Botanical Gardens. On Saturday, October 31, the ‘Boo in the Blooms’ event treats visitors with half-price admission for kids and a Halloween costume contest. Face masks are required (Halloween costume face masks do not count). For ticket information, call 361-852-2100.
Escape The Riddle Room
Virtually team up with friends and family for a digital escape room at The Riddle Room. The 60-second escape game traps you and your group in a room with clues to help you escape before time runs out. To book your appointment, visit www.riddleroomofcc.com.
Settle in at Concrete Street’s Star Lite Drive-In theater as they host Halloween film classics, including Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and others. To view showtimes, visit their website at www.concretestreet.net.
If staying in is more your style, there are still plenty of ways to have fun. Carve and decorate pumpkins, host a Halloween scavenger hunt indoors or around the neighborhood, or bake up the yummiest of fall treats with your loved ones. Whatever plans you choose, be sure to celebrate safely by wearing your masks, washing your hands, and avoiding large gatherings and crowds.