11 Family Halloween-Theme Events in Houston 2013 {Updated}

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

1) Monster’s Museum of Houston: The Children’s Museum of Houston will turn into a Halloween mecca October 12 – October 31 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. Free family admission on Thursdays: October 24 and Halloween October 31, 5 pm – 8 pm, for Free Family Night. The Monster’s Museum of Houston is included in $9 museum admission.

***Free admission Halloween! October 31 the Children’s Museum features Moe’s Monster Mash Bash, the ultimate Halloween party for families from 4 pm – 8 pm. The fun features a live DJ, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and more. The Children’s Museum is located at 1500 Binz.

2) NEW listing! 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 26, 5 pm. The top 10 best dressed kids under 12 will win Landry’s gift cards! Or participate in the coloring contest for more prizes! Boo on the Boardwalk also includes live music, Little Boo Haunted Fun House for the 12-and-under crowd ($5 each), and more. Most activities are free, except for rides and the 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, Mystery Boxes, and the new Candy Cave. Don’t forget your candy bag! Enjoy lighter crowds on Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm (October 11, 18, & 25). Weekend hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 4 pm (October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27). Zoo Boo is included with Zoo admission. Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park.

4) Ghostly Gardens: Head to Galveston for this free Halloween-related family event… Ghostly Gardens at Moody Gardens offers a number of special treats for kids October 27 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 with the costume contest kicking off at 3 pm. Dress at least one family member in costume and get $5 discount admission to the various attractions at Moody Gardens.

5) NEW listing! Pumpkin Carving & Mask Making: This annual Pumpkin Carving event at Orange Show is a free family event October 26, 11 am – 2 pm. New this year is mask making. The workshop is taught by Carter Ernst, whose art installations and scupltures 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. The Orange Show Monument is located at 2402 Munger.

6) 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 26, 2 pm – 5 pm, with chemistry concoctions, crafts, creepy crawlies, magical maze, haunted house, and more. Costumes are certainly encouraged! Price is $15 for adults and $12 for kids. This year, the annual favorite is offered only at the Sugar Land Houston Museum of Natural Science at 13016 University Blvd in Sugar Land.

arbooretum 20137) ArBOOretum: It’s a family fun day at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s ArBOOretum October 26 with public admission 11 am – 4 pm. Members-only can attend 10 am – 11 am. The day features hay rides, pumpkin decorating, baby animal petting zoo, pony rides, live presentations with owls and snakes, 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! Offsite parking with free shuttle at 1001 West Loop.

8) Scream on the Green: This citywide Halloween party, Scream on the Green, is a free event for the whole family, Thursday, October 31, 6 pm – 10 pm. Kids will love the face painting, Living Statues, Mad Science fun, caricature artists, 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 including a $250 gift card to IKEA plus tickets to Houston Grand Opera and Ice at Discovery Green. Categories range from infants to adults and dogs! Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney.

halloween fest katy9) Howl-O-Ween: If your baby is a four-legged pooch, don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk, Costume Contest, and Pet Expo at Central Green Park at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. The big event returns October 26, 8 am – 11 am with proceeds benefiting Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP). First 200 attendees will receive complimentary goodie bags and t-shirt. Mission Burrito and The Sweet Boutique will be providing goodies for humans and pets! Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Bridgeland in NW Houston has its own Howl-O-Ween Fest October 26, 10 am – 4 pm with trick-or-treating, rescue organizations, entertainment, food trucks, prizes, and more!

10) It’s the Great Pumpkin: The free Halloween activities “It’s a Great Pumpkin” return this month to Bass Pro Shops October 19-31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, trick-or-treating, costume parade, Halloween Scavenger Hunt and more. Check out the detailed schedule of daily events online. Bass Pro Shops has two Houston area locations in Katy and Pearland.

11) Trick or Treat Trail: As an annual favorite in The Woodlands, Trick or Treat Trail is expecting 1,000 attendees this year! The event is October 27, 3 pm – 6 pm at Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway with trick-or-treating, costume contests, children’s activities, games, inflatables, strolling entertainers, vendor booths and more.

photo courtesy Children’s Museum of Houston

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