3 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

waldo.wendaHalloween is 7 days away — plenty of time for procrastinators like me to pull together a costume. Curious what’s trending this year in the costume world? The Top 5 Costume Searches in 2014, according to Yahoo, are:

1. Frozen
2. Star Wars
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
4. Monster High
5. Captain America

Here are a few ways to get your costume on the cheap:

1) Use your creativity: Pinterest is an amazing place to browse for cute DIY Halloween costumes. You can find inspiration on my creative Halloween costumes Pinterest board. I’ve had fun browsing for cute and creative homemade costumes for kids, adults — and don’t forget the pets! Google says searches for dog costumes are up 15% this year! Here are some of my favorites:

Cheap Halloween CostumesFind these and more on Houston on the Cheap’s Pinterest.

2) Shop sales: New sales are popping up as it gets closer to Halloween:

3) Browse thrift stores: Goodwill and other thrift stores can be a goldmine for pulling together creative, yet inexpensive costumes. Families often donate costumes to Goodwill after Halloween, so it can be a great place to find a gently-used costume for kids — who grow quickly anyway. Here are a few costume ideas from an article on Goodwill’s site. And some tips: keep an open mind, find a starter piece, and think characters.

Friday Costume = Free Alamo Drafthouse Ticket

Alamo DrafthouseThanks to a fun October promotion, Alamo Drafthouse is giving a free movie ticket to folks who dress in costume for its Friday Night Fright movie Fridays in October. Here is the remaining schedule:

October 24
Fright Night — Mason Park
Trick-R-Treat — Vintage Park

October 31
Halloween — both locations

This is valid at the Mason Park and Vintage Park locations.

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Free Weekend Fun in Houston October 24-26

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 18 Free Things to Do in Houston October 24-26:

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FRIDAY

Listen to spooky musicHocus Pocus Pops returns to The Woodlands Friday as a free Houston Symphony annual favorite. Arrive early for all the fun pre-activities. Kids in costume will get to walk across the stage during the performance. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free and do not require a ticket. Located at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

GreenStreetWatch a 30-year classic — Get in the spirit of Halloween with a free outdoor screening of Ghostbusters October 24, 8 pm, at GreenStreet downtown for the next Friday Flicks on The Lawn. Free beverages and popcorn thanks to ZipCar. Located at 1201 Fannin. photo: GreenStreet

Get in the holiday spiritCelebrations Gift Market returns to Katy Friday, noon – 9 pm, and Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. Free parking and free admission featuring some of your favorite local vendors. Located at Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 S. Mason Road.

Love that kooky family — Head to Miller Outdoor Theatre Friday and Saturday for a free performance of The Addams Family — and other dates October 30-November 1. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Have a goolish time — Bass Pro Shops proudly sponsors its free Halloween activities,It’s a Great Pumpkin” October 24-31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, Halloween Scavenger Hunt and more. Halloween night includes trick-or-treating, costume parade, and mini pumpkin decorating. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston area locations in Katy and Pearland.

SATURDAY

Pick a free pumpkin — It’s a special weekend for JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers — hosting its first farmer’s market and pumpkin patch at its West University location. Customers who bring their kids in their spookiest costumes will receive a free pumpkin, while supplies last. Shop the farmers market for fresh fall produce and goods from local farmers this Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm. Proceeds from the pumpkin patch benefit Houston Humane Society. Located at 3501 W. Holcombe.

Party with your poochHowl-O-Ween Fest returns October 25, 10 am – 4 pm at Bridgeland in NW Houston. Enjoy stage performances by the Olate Dogs (America’s Got Talent winners), pumpkin decorating, competition jumps from Splash Dogs, fall craft making, street performers, sidewalk chalk art, trick or treating, food trucks, farmers market and more.

Bless your animals — Head to the Houston Humane Society’s free Fall Festival Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm. There will be free adoptions on select pets, blessing of the animals, bounce house, face painting, kids’ and pet photos, trick or treat stations, pumpkin painting and more! Located at 14700 Almeda.

Kick off Rockets’ season — Houston Rockets’ fans will love Saturday’s Open Practice and Fan Fest from noon – 5 pm. The afternoon kicks off with Rockets Legends Autograph Session leading into 2 pm Open Practice. An autograph session with current players begins after open practice (around 3:15 pm). Bring 10 non-perishable food items to benefit Casa Esperanza and receive 10 free activity tickets.  The fan fun is located around Toyota Center downtown.

Howl-O-WeenGo Howl-O-Ween — Head to the Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk, Costume Contest, and Pet Expo at Central Green Park at La Centerra October 25 at Cinco Ranch. Enjoy a dog walk, costume contest, rescue groups, and expo with celebrity judge Casey Curry, KTRK meterologist. Sponsored by Citizens for Animal Protection. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Get in the holiday spiritCelebrations Gift Market returns to Katy Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. Free parking and free admission featuring some of your favorite local vendors. Located at Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 S. Mason Road.

Enjoy a street fest — Don’t miss East End Street Fest Saturday beginning at 11 am with Afoot! the Marching Band Extravaganza at 2600 Navigation. The event features games, two music stages, food, art, family fun and more. Proceeds benefit Barrio Dogs.

Love that kooky family — Head to Miller Outdoor Theatre Saturday for a free performance of The Addams Family — and other dates October 30-November 1. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Love free family fun — Don’t miss Flick-nic On the Lawn featuring Wreck It Ralph at Fort Bend Community Church. Movie starts at dusk. There will also be inflatable moonwalks for kids. Food available for purchase from popular food trucks. The church is located at 7707 Texas 6 in Missouri City.

Have a goolish time — Bass Pro Shops proudly sponsors its free Halloween activities,It’s a Great Pumpkin” October 24-31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, Halloween Scavenger Hunt and more. Halloween night includes trick-or-treating, costume parade, and mini pumpkin decorating. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston area locations in Katy and Pearland.

SUNDAY

Scare up some fun — Sugar Land Town Square brings back its favorite Halloween Town Sunday, October 26, 4 pm – 8 pm. Kids in costume will love jack-o-lanterns, candy stations, and Halloween characters roaming through the area. Retailers and restaurants will not be passing out candy this year — it’s at candy stations and the candy cannon.

halloween Get your costume onGhostly Gardens at Moody Gardens offers a number of special treats for kids Sunday including free trick-or-treating, face painting, creepy crafts and a costume contest for kids 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. The event is from 2 pm – 4 pm. Dress at least one family member in costume and get a $5 discount admission to the various attractions at Moody Gardens.

Hit the trail: Kids can travel Trick or Treat Trail Sunday, 3 pm – 6 pm, at Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway. Kids will love trick-or-treating, costume contests, children’s activities, games, vendor booths and more.

Pick a free pumpkin — It’s a special weekend for JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers — hosting its first farmer’s market and pumpkin patch at its West University location. Customers who bring their kids in their spookiest costumes will receive a free pumpkin, while supplies last. Shop the farmers market for fresh fall produce and goods from local farmers this Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm. Proceeds from the pumpkin patch benefit Houston Humane Society. Located at 3501 W. Holcombe.

Have a goolish time — Bass Pro Shops proudly sponsors its free Halloween activities,It’s a Great Pumpkin” October 24-31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, Halloween Scavenger Hunt and more. Halloween night includes trick-or-treating, costume parade, and mini pumpkin decorating. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston area locations in Katy and Pearland.

Halloween Family Fun: 20+ Things to Do in Houston October 2014

Houston has plenty to offer for Halloween-themed family fun in October. Check out this round-up of events this weekend and beyond — some of which are free!

During the month of October

1) Monster’s Museum of Houston: The Children’s Museum of Houston will turn into a Halloween mecca October 9 – November 2 with Monster’s Museum of Houston. Kids can wear their costume and explore the mansion, wander the pumpkin patch for photo opps, complete spooky science experiments, play with slime, paint pumpkins and more. Free trick-or-treating is available weekdays Tuesday – Friday 4 pm – 6 pm, 4 pm – 8 pm Thursdays, and all day on weekends and October 31. Don’t miss Moe’s Monster Mash Bash October 31! Free family admission on Thursdays, October 23 and October 30, 5 pm – 8 pm, for Free Family Night. The Monster’s Museum of Houston is included in $9 museum admission. photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Houston

2) Boo on the Boardwalk: Kids can enjoy free Trick-or-Treating at the Kemah Boardwalk retail stores every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from 4 pm – 8 pm. Don’t miss the Kid’s Costume Contest October 25, 5 pm. Boo on the Boardwalk also includes live music, outdoor movies, magic shows, and more. Most activities are free, except for rides, Dungeon of Doom Haunted House, and the Little Boo Fun House.

3) Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo: It’s a Halloween party that takes over the Houston Zoo! The annual Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo features lots of kid-friendly fun including trick-or-treating, costume parade, pumpkin painting with a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, Monster Mural, new costume contest, and Candy Cave. Enjoy lighter crowds on Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm. Weekend hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 4 pm. Zoo Boo is included with Zoo admission: $11 for kids age 2-11 and $15 for adults. Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park.

October 24-26

4) Pumpkin Carving & Mask Making: The annual Pumpkin Carving event at Orange Show is a fun family event October 25, 11 am – 1 pm. The workshop is taught by Carter Ernst, whose art installations and sculptures can be seen around Houston. Supplies are limited so BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and any special items you want to use for your mask, such as paper or paint. This event is for children and parents. $5 suggested donation. The Orange Show Monument is located at 2402 Munger.

5) Tricks, Treats & T-Rex at Sugar Land HMNS: Discover the scary side of science at this annual family event. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sugar Land presents Tricks, Treats & T-Rex, October 25, 10 am – noon, with chemistry concoctions, crafts, creepy crawlies, magical maze, kid-friendly haunted house, and more. Costumes are certainly encouraged! Price is $15 for adults and $12 for kids. Located at the Sugar Land Houston Museum of Natural Science, 13016 University Blvd in Sugar Land.

ArBOOretum 20146) ArBOOretum: It’s a family fun day at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s ArBOOretum October 25 with public admission noon – 5 pm. Members-only can attend 10 am – noon. The day features hay rides, pumpkin decorating, baby animal petting zoo, hay maze, live owls, and more. Don’t miss the Trick-or-Treat Trail where kids can learn about different creatures out on a nature trail. Admission is $15 for ages 3 and up. Members are free. Wear costumes and comfortable walking shoes! Free Houston Wave shuttles from two offsite parking lots: 1001 West Loop garage on 610 and a satellite lot east of the HANC entrance on Woodway.

7) Howl-O-Ween Fest  — Bridgeland in NW Houston sponsors the annual favorite Howl-O-Ween Fest October 25, 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy stage performances by the Olate Dogs (America’s Got Talent winners), pumpkin decorating, competition jumps from Splash Dogs, fall craft making, street performers, sidewalk chalk art, trick or treating, food trucks, farmers market and more.

8) It’s the Great Pumpkin: Bass Pro Shops proudly sponsors its free Halloween activities,It’s a Great Pumpkin” October 24-31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, Halloween Scavenger Hunt and more. Halloween night includes trick-or-treating, costume parade, and mini pumpkin decorating. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston area locations in Katy and Pearland.

9) Halloween Town — Sugar Land Town Square brings back its favorite Halloween Town Sunday, October 26, 4 pm – 8 pm. Kids in costume will love jack-o-lanterns, candy stations, and Halloween characters roaming through the area. Retailers and restaurants will not be passing out candy this year — it’s at candy stations and the candy cannon.

halloween fest katy10) Howl-O-Ween: Head to the Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk, Costume Contest, and Pet Expo at Central Green Park at La Centerra October 25 at Cinco Ranch. Enjoy a dog walk, costume contest, rescue groups, and expo with celebrity judge Casey Curry, KTRK meterologist. Sponsored by Citizens for Animal Protection. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

11) Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens: Head to Galveston for this free Halloween-related family event… Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens offers a number of special treats for kids Sunday, October 26, including free trick-or-treating, face painting, creepy crafts and a costume contest for kids 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. The event is from 2 pm – 4 pm. Dress at least one family member in costume and get a $5 discount admission to the various attractions at Moody Gardens.

12) Trick or Treat Trail: As an annual favorite in The Woodlands, Trick or Treat Trail is October 26, 3 pm – 6 pm, at Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway with trick-or-treating, costume contests, children’s activities, games, vendor booths and more.

13) Ghostbusters: Get in the spirit of Halloween with a free outdoor screening of Ghostbusters October 24, 8 pm, at GreenStreet downtown for the next Friday Flicks on The Lawn. Free beverages and popcorn thanks to ZipCar. Located at 1201 Fannin.

October 31

Scream on the Green14) Discovery Green: This citywide Halloween party, Scream on the Green, is a free event for the whole family October 31, 6 pm – 10 pm. Kids will love the face painting, Scary-oke, and more. Watch a free outdoor screening of Frankenweenie beginning at 7 pm. Dress up the whole family for the costume contest with major prizes. Categories range from infants to adults and dogs! Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

15) Central Green Park: Katy’s Central Green Park is hosting a free Halloween on the Green October 31 complete with outdoor movie The Addams Family, pirate clown and face painter. The fun kicks off October 31 at dusk. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in LaCenterra.

16) CityCentre: CityCentre offers retail trick-or-treating October 31 6 pm – 9 pm at Houston’s outdoor shopping district. The event is rain or shine! Pick up a map in the plaza for participating retailers. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

17) Houston Premium Outlets: Families in Cypress will enjoy Halloween fun again with Houston Premium Outlet’s Trick-or-Treat Off the Streets October 31, 4 pm – 6 pm. Enjoy a costume contest and retail trick-or-treating for kids 13 and under. Live music to boot! Located at 29300 Hempstead Road in Cypress.

18) Greenspoint Mall:Greenspoint Mall is putting on the fun for kids at Mall-O-Ween, October 31, 6 pm – 8 pm. The evening features store-to-store trick-or-treating, live Halloween-themed entertainment on two stages, costume contest, fortune telling, face painting, and balloon art. First 1,000 kids will get a free trick-or-treat bag with treats. The costume contest, located in the Food Court beginning at 7 pm, is for babies to adult. Greenspoint Mall is located at I-45 and Greens Road.

The Addams Family19) Miller Outdoor Theatre: HITS Theatre brings a fun musical, The Addams Family, October 31 for free — and other dates October 23-25 and October 30-November 1. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

20) Pearland Town Square: Enjoy Trick or Treat on Our Street October 31 with free retail trick-or-treating beginning at 6 pm, at Pearland Town Square, while supplies last. Then stick around for the free outdoor movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

21) VFW Park: Start a new tradition at Katy’s newest Halloween celebration, Halloween in the Park, with games, trick-or-treating, costume contest, bounce house, face painting, and more. Located at VFW Park, 6202 George Bush Drive in Katy.

22) Outlets at Conroe: More Halloween fun October 31 with Halloween Trick or Treating at Outlets at Conroe. Kids can enjoy centerwide trick or treating from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Outlet shops. Costumed kids can collect candy from participating merchants. Located at 1111 League Line Road in Conroe.

23) Katy Mills Mall: Families can enjoy Halloween fun October 31 beginning at 5 pm with Mall Trick or Treat and Kidgets Boo Bash. Retail trick-or-treating is from 5 pm – 7 pm, and the Kidgits Boo Bash is 6 pm – 8 pm with giveaways and fun activities. Located at 5000 Katy Mills Circle in Katy.

7 Free Things to Do in Houston October 20-24

There’s never a dull moment in Houston. Here are 7 options for free fun in Houston October 20-October 24 before planning your free and cheap weekend!

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Monday (10/20) — Get active and fit at the CityCentre Running Club’s free 5K fun run Mondays between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Then enjoy a little post-run snack at Ruggles Green. CityCentre Running Club is a free social running group.

Tuesday (10/21) — Don’t miss The Cat in the Hat’s visit to this week’s Toddler Tuesday at Discovery Green. The fun begins at 10:30 am at 1500 McKinney. Bring a gently used book for the weekly book swap.

Tuesday (10/21) — The Solar Energy Workshop continues this week at IKEA Houston. Tuesday’s topics features Community Solar from 6 pm – 9 pm. The Thursday session is on Disaster Recovery.

Wednesday (10/22) — Head downtown for a free outdoor movie, Young Frankenstein, 7 pm, at Market Square Park. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Dog friendly!

Thursday (10/23) — Get ready to kick off The Addams Family musical Thursday — the first night of six performances. The show begins at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free reserved seats are available performance day at the Miller box office, 10:30 am – 1 pm. This is a HITS Theatre production.

Thursday (10/23) — Enjoy all the Halloween activities for free at Children’s Museum of Houston’s Free Family Night Thursday, 5 pm – 8 pm. Don’t miss the trick-or-treating plus examining slime blobs and mastering monster calls. Located at 1500 Binz.

Thursday (10/23) — Don’t miss Open Mic Comedy Night Thursday, 6 pm – 8:45 pm, at downtown Houston Public Library! The free evening welcomes local comedians, puppeteers, ventriloquists, and impressionists to share their clean comedy. It also features a local version of Whose Line Is It Anyway with audience help. Seating is limited. Comedy Night is held Fourth Thursday each month, 500 McKinney.

Disney on Ice Discounts in Houston

Disney on Ice HoustonA new Disney on Ice show hits Houston next month, Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes, featuring Disney princesses, a few princes plus Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from the mega hit Frozen.

There are a couple of ways to save:

1) Attend November 12 and get the Opening Night discount. Tickets are $14 on opening night plus a service fee of $9.20 per ticket for $23.20 (versus $17 + fee = $27.34). No promo code needed. Go online to Ticketmaster here to get Opening Night discount.

2) Save $5 per ticket with promo code SAVE5. Enter the code on the first page (after you select your date) in the box labeled Offer Code near the top. It does not get used at the end during check out. Offer ends November 11. Buy tickets online here.

Disney on Ice discount

Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes will be at NRG Stadium. November 12-16. Parking is $10.

Welcome to Houston, El Pollo Loco

This post is sponsored by El Pollo Loco. All opinions are my own.

El Pollo Loco celebrated the grand opening of its first Houston restaurant in October with a big ribbon cutting ceremony in Sugar Land. The fire-grilled chicken chain is quickly expanding in the Houston market with future restaurants opening in Copperfield, Katy, Humble and Spring in the next few months. Since 1980, El Pollo Loco, or “The Crazy Chicken,” has opened more than 400 restaurants in the country.

El Pollo Loco

Here are some fun facts about the California-based restaurant:

  • Grill Masters grill about 147 fresh, whole chickens each day. The complete process takes about an hour.
  • Employees hand chop about 357 tomatoes each day for its fresh salsa and other dishes.
  • Salsa and pico de gallo are made fresh daily.
  • El Pollo Loco is proud of its “5 Under 500 Calories” menu made with natural fire-grilled chicken. Items include Chicken Enchiladas, Grande Tacos, Mango Grilled Tostada and more.
  • Local stores love getting involved in the community through Fire-Grilled Fundraisers and El Pollo Loco Charities. The restaurant chain is proud to impact their neighborhood and communities.

As a local Ambassador for El Pollo Loco, I enjoyed a food-tasting event in August with folks from El Pollo Loco’s corporate headquarters,  Head Chef Heather Gardea and Manager, Research & Development, Chef Gabriel Segovia.

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco has a large menu featuring its famous citrus-marinated fire-grilled chicken with salads, burritos, tacos, tostadas, and desserts. Families will love taking advantage of its healthy 8-piece Family Meal for under $20.

These are some of the menu items to look forward to, pictured below: Pollo Bowl, Under 500 Grande Taco, Poblano Avocado Burrito, and Cheesecake Chimichangas.

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My favorite was the Pollo Bowl in a tostado bowl hand-shaped in the store each day. It includes the fire-grilled chicken, pinto beans, rice, cilantro, onions and pico de gallo. It’s actually a great value, too, as part of a $5 Combo with tortillas and drink.

The restaurant’s mantra, “crazy you can taste,” perfectly describes the lengths El Pollo Loco goes to create fresh, delicious food!

The Sugar Land restaurant  is located at 4528 Highway 6 and Austin Parkway. El Pollo Loco’s next Houston-area restaurant opens in Copperfield in NW Houston November 24. That’s my neighborhood, so I am especially excited!

Houston Pumpkin Patches, Farm Fun, Fall Festivals

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Houston, we have a great weekend ahead to enjoy all things fall! Enjoy this round-up of Houston pumpkin patches, farm fun, fall festivals and more to add to your list of memory-making.

These are my previous posts (click title) for Houston fall fun — free and cheap:

photo: TGR Exotics

Free Adoptions at CAP October 17-19

Free Adoptions CAPIt’s a Mega-Weekend Sale with free pet adoptions October 17-19 at Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) in West Houston. This is sponsored by ASPCA and presented by Suburu.

Adoption fees range from $50 – $149, so it’s a huge savings. CAP adoption fees include a variety of services —  such as vaccinations, heartworm, and microchip — valued at $400. Katarina, pictured, is one of many available dogs available for adoption!

Search for your future friend online at the Pet Adoption page. CAP, a non-profit animal shelter since 1972, is located at 17555 Katy Freeway near Barker Cypress. Hours are 11 am – 6 pm Friday & Saturday and 1 pm – 6 pm Sunday.

Discovering Houston on the Cheap: Osman Ikanovic, Royal Sonesta Houston

Welcome to Discovering Houston on the Cheap, a weekly series highlighting cheap dates, cheap
meals, Houston’s best-kept secret and more — by local chefs, media, athletes, and folks in local business.

Osman Ikanovic, Chef Concierge, Royal Sonesta Houston
{A refugee from the Bosnian War, Osman Ikanovic found refuge in Houston and the hotel business 15 years ago. Today he is one of Royal Sonesta Houston’s most familiar faces. He also serves as the Houston liaison for Les Clefs d’Or USA, an organization that represents the best of the concierge industry.}

Osman Ikanovic1) Favorite spot for a cheap mealBubba’s Texas Burger Shack

Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack introduced Houston to the buffalo burger, an addictively delicious treat. I always pair mine with the jalapeno salad. As the name implies, it’s not a glamorous place, but an eclectic city staple in the shadow of Uptown.

2) Favorite spot for a cheap dateRivas

Rivas, which is located in the Montrose area, is another Houston classic. It’s intimate and tucked away on a back street with a very friendly staff and great food.

3) Houston’s best-kept secret — James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace

Located on the Rice University campus and constructed from grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, this fantastic art installation is equipped with an LED light sequence that projects onto the ceiling and through an aperture. The composition of natural and artificial light transforms the skyspace into something quite magical. The best time for viewing is at sunset, and reservations are free of charge through the website.

4) Best place to save money in Houston — Montrose shopping

Used, vintage and consignment shopping in Montrose. Whether you’re looking for a piece of furniture to liven up your patio or a fashion statement for a night on the town, you’re sure to find it off Lower Westheimer.

5) Favorite Houston festival or annual event — Houston International Festival

There is no festival that better showcases Houston’s cosmopolitan nature. Not only is it an opportunity for Houstonians to learn about different cultures through food, art and music, but proceeds support a curriculum component tied to the spotlight country that impacts children throughout the state.

6) My perfect day in Houston would be…

The fall is perfect time to be in Houston. Nothing better than to wake up early and walk or run in one of our great public parks. And in the evening, I love to take my family to Discovery Green, where there is so much to see and do.

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