Time to start making your weekend plans! Here is a snapshot of a few free events and activities to enjoy with family and friends:

Relive the 60s — Don’t miss the 60s decade in a multimedia musical experience this weekend, This is the 60s. Both Saturday and Sunday, head to Miller Outdoor Theatre fora live concert with dance, film, computer-generated imagery, stage design, lighting and more. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm at Miller Outdoor, 6000 Hermann.

Scream on the Green + outdoor movie — The citywide Halloween costume contest and celebration returns Saturday, October 27, as Scream on the Green (6 pm – 10 pm). Participate in a costume contest for all ages + dogs, with IKEA gift card prizes ranging from $200 – $250!  Watch the free flick, Coraline, beginning at 7:30 pm. The evening also features DJ, dancing, food, face painting, puppets, magicians, live statues, and more. All the free fun is at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Create elaborate pumpkin carvings — It’s BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) this Saturday, October 27, 10:30 am – 1 pm at the annual Pumpkin Carving workshopby the Orange Show. Learn all the secrets of creating a perfect pumpkin design and carving from artist Dorman David. Tools will be provided but bring your own pumpkin. The Pumpkin Carving Workshop will be held at the Orange Show Monument at 2402 Munger St. 

Enjoy family fun at Bass Pro — More Halloween fun at Bass Pro Sports as it celebrates The Great Pumpkin for Halloween. Enjoy crafts, free 4×6 photo with the Great Pumpkin, scavenger hunts and more. Trick-or-treating is October 26 and October 31, 5 pm – 8 pm. The costume parade is Friday, October 26, 6-7 pm. Two Bass Pro locations: Katy Mills Mall and Pearland.

Learn all about safety — Take advantage of Spooktacular Safety this Saturday, October 27, 9 am – noon. Officers from Harris County Sheriff’s Office will take fingerprints from area children plus share trick-or-treating safety tips. Birkes Elementary is located in NW Houston at 8500 Queenston.

Party with your dog in costume –I love this annual event in the Bridgeland dubbed Howl-O-Ween Fest. The costume parade of owners and dogs is adorable. Lots of family fun, 3D pumpkin carving, competition jumps from Splash Dogs, pumpkin patch, trick or treating for dogs and kids, food trucks, rescue organizations, and raffle prizes. I’ve won something each year! Bridgeland is located in Cypress at 16919 N. Bridgeland Parkway.

Celebrate Halloween Town — Sugar Land Town Square is transformed into Halloween Town Sunday, October 28 from 4 pm – 8 pm.  Enjoy a costume contest, spooky haunted house, pumpkin patch, games, entertainment, and pounds of candy. Instead of retail trick or treating, cannons will launch candy every 30 minutes for kids to pick up (four ft and taller). Located at 15958 City Walk in Sugar Land.

Jam at the Bluegrass Festival — Tomball’s free Bluegrass Festival is Saturday, October 27, 11:30 am – 6 pm. Four bands, a tent for impromptu jams, vendors, Mel’s and Snookie’s, and more. All the fun is at the Historic Depot in Tomball.