It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these 18 Free Things to Do in Houston October 31-November 2:

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Celebrate Halloween — 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.

Collect candy at retailers — Houston has several malls and outdoor shopping centers offering retail trick-or-treating: CityCentre, Katy Mills, Greenspoint, Premium Outlets and more! Get the scoop on all the spots here.

halloween scary pumpkinHave a goolish time — Bass Pro Shops sponsors its free Halloween activities,It’s a Great Pumpkin” through October 31. Families can enjoy free crafts, free 4×6 photo, 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.

Watch The Addams Family movie — 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.

Watch a play outdoors — HITS Theatre brings a fun musical, The Addams Family, October 31 for free — ending November 1. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive.

Dress up for a free scary movie — Wear a costume to Alamo Drafthouse’s Friday Night Fright Friday night and get a free ticket to see Halloween at Mason Park or Vintage Park. How scary!

Enjoy a fall festival — Don’t miss 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.


Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us program November 1-2 with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.

HOH bead craftCraft family fun — A new month means a new theme for Hands on Houston‘s free monthly craft event. This Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm, features Beaded Ornaments perfect for the holidays. This is a free drop-in event the first Saturday each month at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main. The event is held outdoors in the Craft Garden.

Celebrate DiwaliAsia Society Texas presents a free afternoon for families to Celebrate Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, with crafts and activities. Free with registration. Located at 1370 Southmore.

Explore art in the Heights — The First Saturday Arts Market returns Saturday, November 1, with its fall hours from 11 am – 6 pm. This monthly outdoor market features original art, music, and fun. Located at 548 W. 19th.

Celebrate Day of the Dead — 1) Houston Public Library will host a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) event Saturday, 2 pm, at the Central Library, 500 McKinney. Make crafts, sample traditional food and have fun. 2) Lawndale Art Center is hosting its 27th annual Family Fiesta Day celebrating Dia de los Muertos Saturday all day. The free event features performances, sugar skull decorating, and more.  Located at 4912 Main Street. 3) MECA presents its Dia de los Muertos Festival Saturday 11 am – 7 pm at MECA, 1900 Kane Street. The free festival includes live music and dance, arts and crafts, altar exhibition and more.

Play outside — Don’t miss the 10th annual Cy-Fest, a free community event 10 am – 2 pm, thanks to Lone Star College Cy-Fair. The annual fun includes a petting zoo, bounce house, carnival rides, pony rides, face painting, and more.

Engage in family fun — Get ready for outdoor fun at Imagine Kids Magazine Children Festival Saturday, noon – 5 pm at CityCentre. The day features costumed characters, kid’s Zumba class, performances, face painting, balloon artist and magic tricks. Located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.

Watch movies outdoors — 1) Discovery Green features The NeverEnding Story, 7 pm. 2) Dow Park Pavilion in Deer Park features Free Birds, 7:30 pm.

Wings of the City Discovery GreenEnjoy sculpture tour — Guided tours of the outdoor Wings of the City sculptures will be held the first Saturday each month during the exhibit. It begins at 1 pm at the front of the Alkek building. Located at 1500 McKinney, Discovery Green. photo: Discovery Green

Learn self defense — Don’t miss this opportunity for a Free Community Self-Defense class for children, families and adults. Kids will learn about stranger danger and adults will how to defend themselves against four common attacks. Located at Leaders for Life Martial Arts, 2707 E. Fountainview. Saturday class is 1:30 pm for kids/families and 2:30 pm for adults over age 14. RSVP, if possible, to Class will be repeated November 8 if you can’t make this Saturday.


Create family fun — Head downtown for Houston Family Magazine‘s Fall Fun Fest Sunday, noon – 4 pm. Families will love the crafts, inflatables, face painting, performances, music, door prizes and more. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Mingle at free museums and zoo — It’s Bank of America’s free admission for Museums on Us program November 2 with free admission to the Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders only, not their children.