For those who dare, tell us your spookiest story or Halloween tale for The Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops “Spooktacular” Essay Contest. It can be purely fictional or based on personal experience. Get creative! The contest is open to all students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Grade categories for the contest are: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, seventh and eight grade, and ninth to 12th grade. The contest ends Sept. 20.

Participants receive “fangtastic” prizes! One winner chosen from each grade category receives a $50 Amazon gift card, two Cinemark movie tickets, four VIP tickets to Hocus Pocus Pops Oct. 12 and has their essay printed in the program for the event. One Grand Prize winner is chosen at random from the six finalists and announced at Hocus Pocus Pops. The Grand Prize winner receives an Amazon Kindle Fire, a $100 gift card to Market Street—The Woodlands and has their essay printed in The Courier and The Villager newspapers. Each participant in the contest is entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.

The Hocus Pocus Pops “Spooktacular” Essay Contest is sponsored by The Courier, The Villager and Simply Tutoring.

Hocus Pocus Pops features the Houston Symphony Oct. 12 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. This event also is sponsored in part by Houston Family Magazine.

Conductor Robert Franz leads the audience through a haunted maze of musical enchantments including “Waltz from the Masquerade Suite,” Suite No. 1 from “Peer Gynt,” Opus 46, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Harry Potter: Children’s Suite/Prince of Azkaban,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and more. The entire family is invited for a night out dressed in their spookiest costumes. 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 across the stage during the concert.

Arrive before the moon comes out for some “spooktacular” pre-concert activities in the North Plaza starting at 6 p.m. Jump on the Great Pumpkin Express as it leaves the station to sweep you away on a tour of The Pavilion’s grounds. Stumble upon some favorite Halloween characters roaming around The Pavilion, from Beetle Juice to Frankenstein. Little witches and zombies can wander the “BOOths” with activities. Creep into the House of Blues Hospitality Tent for Radio Disney’s Graveyard Smash Dance Party featuring the Radio Disney Boo Crew from 6-7:15 p.m. for “fangtastic” dancing, prizes and plenty of tricks and treats!

For more information about the essay contest, contest rules or tickets to Hocus Pocus Pops, please visit

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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is part of The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides diverse, high-quality performing arts events for the entertainment and enrichment of a broad regional audience. Through numerous educational and community outreach programs, The Center is a catalyst for attracting new audiences to the performing arts and building strong ties between the arts and educational institutions.


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