While Halloween is thought to be just for kids, there are often activities for adults too. Most of the events in the Rio Grande Valley are geared toward families and children, but there are some that everyone can take part in. Some of the Winter Texan parks have their own events as well. Here are a few outside of the parks that we adults can enjoy.
The City of Pharr is having a Nightmare on Fir Street tonight from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Pharr Aquatic Center, 1000 S. Fir St. Your choice of dressing up for the event, it features Halloween themed activities, a haunted house, and of course candy. They will also be holding a canned food drive, so bringing a non-perishable canned item is encouraged.
The Gladys Porter Zoo always holds their Boo at the Zoo. The last two nights of this event are tonight and tomorrow, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $2.50 per person, free for zoo members. The event boasts a spooky good time including trick or treating, carnival-style games and more.
Hidalgo will have a Dia de los Muertos Halloween Fiesta on October 31 with a parade beginning at 6 p.m., a movie at 8 p.m. and a haunted house will be available the entire evening. The event will be located at Hidalgo Pumphouse Museum and World Birding Center, 902 S. 2nd St.
A Dia de los Muertos Procession will be held in Brownsville on November 1 at 6 p.m. The events will continue through November 2 at 10 p.m. Location for the main events is Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center at 1452 E. Madison St. The procession will take place from the historical cemetery and will include the market square, Brownsville Performing Arts Academy and the Cultural Center.
The International Museum of Fine Arts will be holding their A Dia de los Muertos Festival on November 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On exhibit will be community altars honoring humanitarian leaders who inspire the RGV community and beyond. For extra fees, visitors can decorate a sugar skull. There is a schedule of events throughout the day that include a Catrina contest, a performance by the UTRGV Ballet Folklorico, story times, crafts, games, vendor market, food trucks, and a lecture titled Mexico, Bones and Life. For more information visit their website at theimasonline.org.
The Museum of South Texas History will have an event on November 2 from 4 to 10 p.m. The museum will celebrate and commemorate the traditions of religious and spiritual worship. There will be an altar exhibit featuring 11 altars intended to tell stories, share memories and honor the lives of the dearly departed. The exhibit will be on display through November 17.
A Mystery Altar will feature vintage photographs of unidentified people from the photograph location in the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives. The altar will honor the nameless and carry a preservation message about the importance of documenting family photographs. Another altar, located in the Grand Lobby, constructed by CISD Longoria Middle School art students, will honor the legendary Rogelio Botello Rios, radio and television personality who passed away in 2017.
The event is included with museum admission. The museum is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. in Edinburg.
We are sure this is not a complete list of Halloween events in the area. Look at your city websites and the museums close to you to see if they are holding something closer to you.