Get ready for tricks and treats at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for free seating. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Lucas Waldin conducts the Houston Symphony in a mesmerizing performance of horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons and chilling cellos. The performance will feature selections from “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jurassic Park,” and Disney favorites like “Pocahontas” and “Aladdin.”
Everyone is gravely encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. The first 100 boys and “ghouls” to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza, fully costumed, get the chance to march in the Goblin Parade. Wristbands are required to participate in the Goblin Parade.
Haunting the plazas before dusk are pre-concert activities starting when the gates open at 6 p.m. Participate in enchanted events to win spooktacular prizes at BOOths offered by H-E-B, The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Andersen, Woodforest National Bank and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. If you dare, hop onto the Great Pumpkin Express and carve out some great (or gruesome) memories on The Pavilion’s haunted grounds. Train rides begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Pavilion’s Gold Lot.
Register to win monstrous gift baskets provided by H-E-B at the event. Bring any H-E-B receipt from Oct. 1-23, 2015, to Hocus Pocus Pops. Receipts must be brought to Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza prior to the performance (between 6 and 7:15 p.m.) on Oct. 23. The drawing takes place on the Main Stage before the concert.
Feel free to pack a picnic to sink your fangs into, but keep in mind that outside potions (drinks) cannot be brought into The Pavilion. Sitting on the hill? Lawn chairs also are provided free for this event!
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