Join us for an evening of spooky sounds and creepy creatures for goblins and ghouls of all ages at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 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.
Conductor Robert Franz mesmerizes the audience into a nightmarish performance of horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons and chilling cellos. The petrifying program includes “The Poltergeist Polka,” “The Chill of the Orchestra,” “Symphony Fantastique,” Hexenritt (Witches Ride) from “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Addams Family” Concert Overture, Marc Tango from “Addams Family Values,” Theme from “Ghostbusters” and more.
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. Haunting the plazas before dusk are pre-concert activities starting when the ghoulish gates open at 6 p.m. Brave boys and daring girls can participate in enchanted events to win “spooktacular” prizes at the BOOths offered by H-E-B, The Pavilion Partners, Fidelity Investments, Century 21 Realty Partners, Renewal by Anderson, Woodforest National Bank, “Houston Family Magazine” and Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion. Conquer your fears and greet “fangtastic” figures roaming around The Pavilion, such as Dracula and Frankenstein. Dwell into the House of Blues Hospitality Tent between 6-7:15 p.m. at Radio Disney’s Graveyard Smash Dance Party featuring the Radio Disney Boo Crew for great chills, thrills, tricks and treats. 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.
For “monsterous” prizes, register to win one of three Houston Texan gift baskets provided by H-E-B with one register-to-win designated specifically for veterans. Guests also can enter to win a Pavilion basket. Bring any H-E-B receipt from Oct. 1-11, 2013, 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. 11. 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!
Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Box Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2013 Performing Arts Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Audi of America, official automobile of The Pavilion, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation and United Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion acknowledges the financial support of The Woodlands Township that is generated by the Event Admissions Tax for its performing arts and educational outreach programs.
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