Category : Holidays

Photo Blog: Houston’s Most Haunted

It’s official, one of our top 12 favorite months has arrived! October is a time for scaring and ghoulish activities to commence and we cannot be more excited for the countdown to Halloween. We’re going to fill up on candy, watch as many scary movies as possible, and start full out decorating with pumpkins and cobwebs. But before our favorite holiday arrives and we throw on our costumes, Alta City West thinks we need to share the greatness that is the haunted Houston scene. You may not know it but chances are you pass a notoriously haunted area in Houston everyday. With some even located right by in West Houston, there has never been a better time to go out and get a little spooked in Houston. Alta City West wants to make sure you get the best of the best out of your scare experience and with that we give to you Photo Blog: Houston’s Most Haunted. Go forth and be scared Houston.

2309 Wichita Street

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A Gothic themed house that the owner worked on for over 30 years until he passed away. Now it’s empty and spooky and some of the stairways don’t lead anywhere. Happy Halloween. (Photo from: Swamplot.com)

Jefferson Davis Hospital

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It is the trifecta of scary: built on a cemetery, was a hospital, and is now abandoned and boarded up. It’s recently been renovated and turned into artists lofts, but that doesn’t stop the scary antics that ensue at night! (Photo from: Hauntedia.com)

Martha Chapel Cemetery

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We’re a little scared to even write about this one, we don’t want this juju in our lives. But still we must go on. Martha Chapel Cemetery has cemented its title as one of Houston’s most haunted places not only for the endless paranormal activities that go on at all hours of the day but on top of that it sits at the end of a road that locals call ‘Demon Road’. No, we’re not kidding. (Photo from: Hauntedia.com)

If you’re sitting at home and wondering “Where can I go in Houston to get really scared this Halloween season?” (We don’t know why you would be doing that, but to each their own) Alta City West is here to provide you with a decent starting point of where you can go get the full ghost experience.

Favorite Houston Fall Traditions

Every year around September we start anxiously awaiting fall, which comes in full force in October. It’s not just the cooler weather, beautiful scenery and most importantly the football, there are a few events right here in Houston that we count down the days until. The absolute best part of these fall traditions is that they are all right here in our very own HTown and even a couple right around the corner in West Houston. Alta City West wants you to enjoy your fall as much as we do so we’ve put together our favorite Houston fall traditions. Whether you go to all of them or even only one of them, we guarantee you’ll have a blast because honestly anywhere you go in Houston is fun.

Texas Renaissance Festival

This one is just a little outside of Houston but worth every mile traveled. Between the food and the costumes and the live shows, there’s no shortage of entertainment here. (http://www.texrenfest.com/)

Wings Over Houston Airshow

This event is perfect for those few who are still clinging on to the absolute last little fragments of summer. The outdoor airshow is the perfect time to grab a few friends, a picnic and some drinks and sit out and watch the cool planes fly by and do aerial tricks. (http://www.wingsoverhouston.com/)

Day of the Dead

Sure, this event is celebrated all over the world but when Houston has a Dia de los Muertos event, we spare no expense. Learning the culture behind the event and seeing the beautiful creations behind it while ringing in Halloween makes for a spooky and fun filled night. ( More info here.)

Alta City West hopes you get out and take advantage of all our city has to offer this fall and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Grab your sugar skeletons and your renaissance outfits and let’s get started.

 

Planning Your Fourth of July in Houston

Here in West Houston we take The Fourth of July very seriously. Our plans need to be set in advance, our grocery lists must be written and our schedule needs to be set. With busy work schedules we understand that time can slip away from us. Don’t worry about the stress of planning, writing and scheduling this year, because Alta City West has it all figured out for you! We’ve got activities, recipes and parties all ready for you, so sit back and enjoy your Independence Day! You’ve earned it.

Fourth Festivities

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During the day you can grab some friends or family and head over to the 4th of July Celebration at Bayou Bend. It’s free entry, and not only is it jam packed with fun activities and a fair, but it’s also educational with readings of The Declaration of Independence starting at 3pm.

Food and Fun

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Next, you can head on home to the BBQ and create some festive Fourth of July recipes.  From fruits to cakes to drinks, it’s fun and easy to follow the red, white and blue theme.  Allrecipes.com has a bunch to choose from so pick one or pick ten; no one’s complaining about too much food! http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/4th-of-july/

Finally: Fireworks

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Lastly, how could we forget about fireworks? A long standing Independence Day tradition continues on in Houston with the Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas Fireworks Show. At $5 per person, it can’t be beat to watch the fireworks burst with the Houston skyline in the background.

Independence Day shouldn’t be a day filled with stress and over planning.  It should be a day spent celebrating the country we love. Alta City West is happy to do the planning and stressing for you so you can just sit back and enjoy the fireworks. Have a happy and stress-free Fourth of July, Houston.

Places in West Houston to Take Dad for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up on June 21st, which means the frantic rush to plan the perfect day has begun. Well, plan no more – Alta City West has it all figured out for you, from where to take your dad for brunch all the way to dinner plans planned out. The best part? It’s all right here in West Houston, so you don’t have to spend half the day wasted driving from one end of town to the next. While there are endless options of how you could plan this day and what restaurants you could take Dad to, we decided to start you off with just a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

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We’ve all heard it a million times, and on Father’s Day it’s especially true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ‘Cook and Collins’ in Houston is a great option because they serve up some very unique takes on very traditional breakfasts. The Fat Elvis Pancakes—with banana pancakes, whipped peanut butter, smoked bacon and banana syrup—are sure to surprise and intrigue Dad.

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Now that Dad is fed and ready to go, we recommend taking him out for a day of his favorite sport. Golf can be great because it’s laid back, not too exhausting and it’s an easy way to talk and bond with Dad. A local, affordable option is Bear Creek Golf World in West Houston.

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Finally after you’ve tired Dad out all day it’s time to bring him home to Alta City West to relax. Whether he wants to sit by the pool and unwind, or whether he wants to whip up dinner and eat on the balcony with the family, Alta City West provides the perfect atmosphere to wind down a perfect day. This Father’s Day, enjoy exploring West Houston, TX with the whole family. You deserve it!

Show Your Texas Pride on Flag Day

Here in West Houston, we have a similar attitude as other Texans. And if there’s one thing people can say about Texans, it is that we’re proud to be from the Lone Star State! While everyday is a good day to show your Texas pride and let everyone know you call TX your home, Flag Day is a great day to put the flag on everything you can find. Sure, you could hang your Texas state flag in your front yard and call it a day, but why not try getting a little original with it? We’ll give you a few examples to get those creative juices flowing.

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You could start the day by decorating cookies to give out to family, coworkers, or whomever! Quick and easy to make, this is a fun way to put the flag on something to give to everyone you know. The best part is it doesn’t just stop with cookies! You can make any sweet treat or craft into a flag shape, so feel free to get inventive.

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You can also decorate your house in unique ways with Texas flag inspired accents. With all the opportunities for crafting that are available, it has never been easier to get creative with projects. A Texas flag stained glass is a perfect way to show off your Texas pride without having to go the traditional route of hanging a flag.

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One of the most common and widely known ways to show off your favorite flag is flying it proudly from your car window. Car flags are a fun and easy way to zip up and down the streets while showing off your Lone Star State pride.

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Of course, one of the absolute best ways to show your Texas Pride on Flag Day is to wear it proudly across your chest as you walk down the street. Hat, shirt, pants, shoes, you name it, and you can order it with a Texas Flag printed right on it.

Here at Alta City West, we know that nobody can mess with Texas! Whether you’re going to bake your Texas love into Texas-shaped cookies or wear your favorite state’s flag on your shirt for the day, Flag Day is the perfect day to show your state pride in fun and festive ways. Happy Flag Day, and don’t mess with Texas!