by Sam Ferris
Celebrate at Corpus Christi’s eighth annual Día de los Muertos Festival or take a one-of-a-kind ghost tour aboard the U.S.S. Lexington.
Fajitaville Grille 1st Annual Beachside Carnival
Corpus Christi’s North Beach hadn’t seen a Ferris wheel since midcentury until Fajitaville opened its own earlier this year. Hop on for a ride at the local hangout’s first annual Beachside Carnival, then enjoy family fun, food, entertainment, and margaritas, of course. Grab a table early – it’s always crowded. Thursday through Sunday, 221 S. Hotel Place, 888-5554, fajitaville.com.
Moonlight in the Gardens
Not keen on Halloween? Head to the South Texas Botanical Gardens to participate in Citgo Refinery’s silent auction benefitting the lush Southside nature center. Between steak, spirits, a butterfly release and a look at the center’s latest orchid observatory, the night is sure to offer plenty of treats. Guests can sponsor a table or purchase individual tickets. $85 members, $100 non-members, Friday, 5:30 p.m., 8545 S. Staples, 852-2100, stxbot.org.
Haunting on the Blue Ghost
Every local knows the U.S.S. Lexington is haunted. What locals may not know is that there are spaces on the former warship never before opened to the public – until now. Explore these spooky spaces as you careen down ladders and dark corridors to the second and third decks during this eerie ghost tour. $1 from every ticket sold is donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. $20, Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m., 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd., 888-4873, usslexington.com.
The Texas State Aquarium turns its conservation efforts into a day of learning and celebration at Green Halloween, which includes an afternoon of Halloween-themed fun with a focus on sustainability. Take the kids for trick-or-treating (with all natural candy), eco-friendly arts and crafts, underwater pumpkin carving and a spooky dive show. The first 2,000 guests receive a Halloween tote bag. Saturday, 10 a.m., 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., 477-4853, texasstateaquarium.org.
Día de los Muertos Festival
What started as a block party in 2007 is now an annual downtown street festival dedicated to Mexico’s widely-celebrated Day of the Dead holiday. Festival-goers can get an authentic taste of Mexican culture, from traditional Día de los Muertos face painting to Latin-inspired beats to hand-painted artwork. Check out K Space Contemporary’s new Loteria! art mural at Chaparral Street while you’re there. Saturday, 3 p.m., Marina Arts District, diadelosmuertoscc.com.
Rockport Little Theatre Presents The Addams Family
Snap, snap. See America’s scariest family take the stage at the Rockport Little Theatre in this Sunday matinee. Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with her new “normal” boyfriend, but her father, Gomez Addams, must keep it a secret from his wife, Morticia. This original meet-the-parents storyline promises to amuse the entire family. Sunday, 3 p.m., $15, 619 N. Live Oak, Rockport, 438-5896, rockportlittletheatre.com.