Spooky in the City: Burtonesque, A Tim Burton Art Show

Spooky in the City is a new series on Spooky Little Halloween. Each month Miranda will take you to a local haunt in Houston, her hometown, then teach you how to find similar spooky spots in your city, state or country!

Tim Burton is the undisputed King of Halloween. Or, at the very least, the undisputed King of Spooky. So it only makes sense that a Tim Burton art show and Halloween should go hand in hand. I am lucky enough to have access to that exact experience each October, and today I’ll give you a peek inside one of my favorite new October traditions, Burtonesque.

The show features original works from artists around the Houston area based on the films of Tim Burton. From “Corpse Bride” and “Beetlejuice” or the classic “Nightmare Before Christmas”, Burtonesque is a spooky wonderland you’ll want to in inside 365 days a year.

This art show started in 2016 – funnily enough, the same year I hosted a Tim Burton-themed Halloween party – and returned for a second year in 2017. The curator, Blue One Thiry (who also creates some gorgeous Halloween goodies – follow her on Facebook), also launched a Burtonesque holiday market in 2017 which I checked out. (See one of the goodies I scored!)

Not in Houston? You can follow Burtonesque on Instagram, and keep following me – I plan to continue attending each year and sharing photos of the gorgeous work on Instagram and the blog. (You can see artwork from 2016 here and here.)

Now…let’s go inside the latest Tim Burton art show:

Welcome to Burtonesque! This Tim Burton-themed art show happens every October in Houston and features original artwork from artists in the area based on the films of Mr. Burton.

Sheetlejuice was a favorite when I posted it on Instagram.

This Jack Skellington piece was a personal favorite. Skulls + flowers = my DNA.

I loved all the unique takes on Lydia Deetz.

How killer is that Goosebumps-inspired book cover?

Sally’s galore!

Our Lady of the Recently Deceased, Ms. Lydia Deetz.

Tim Burton’s take on “James and the Giant Peach” isn’t talked about nearly as much, but it is one of my favorites. I loved the book as a kid, and I loved his recreation of all the creatures, esp. Mrs. Ladybug.

This was the piece I walked away wishing I would have purchased. I did snag a $5 print of it, but the original was just stunning in person.

My favorite part of Burtonesque? The gift shop! If you’re not ready to spend a ton on original art, many of the artists offer affordable, smaller prints of their work along with other spooky goodies they make. (And not JUST their Tim Burton work, either! It’s such a fun way to discover new local artists to love.)

I’ll take one of everything, please!

How to find Halloween-themed art shows near you:

Wondering what Halloween art shows might be in your part of the world? Here are a few key phrases you can search with your city, state or country’s name to find exhibits near you:

  • halloween art show + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY
  • halloween art exhibit + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY
  • halloween artwork + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY
  • halloween + current year + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY
  • halloween artwork + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY
  • halloween art event + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY
  • halloween gallery + CITY/STATE/COUNTRY

I also recommend combing through local events on Facebook – that is how a friend discovered Burtonesque to begin with. Many smaller art galleries will be more likely to share their seasonal events, like this one, via social media.

What Halloween art show is near you?

Share your find in the comments, esp. if it’s one you’ve checked out before! I’d love to find more shows like Burtonesque to share with you guys.

Happy haunting,


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Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

3 Comments

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    Candace Jedrowicz

    March 26, 2018

    Ooh! I found one! http://halloweeninsummerfestival.com/ There are some big ones in Salt Lake in the fall, too. I’m going to try to check this out!

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      Candace Jedrowicz

      March 26, 2018

      Nope, sorry. Not an art show.

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