Looking for something to do this Halloween season? Here are just a few of the best activities and events in the Houston area happening each fall.
Bridgeland is home to this pet-focused Halloween festival with a costumed pooch parade, dancing dogs and costume contest, as well as trick-or-treating for kids, dogs, and more. Plenty of food trucks will be on deck including Texas Best Snowballs and Grill 'em Girls. This festival is held the Saturday before Halloween in the Bridgeland community, just west of Houston
Houston's First Baptist Church hosts this fun-filled fall festival, featuring a wide variety of games, rides, costume contests and food. Be sure to try your hand at the rock wall and dunking booth. A quad jumper trampoline, petting zoo and old-fashioned cake walk can be expected as well. Guests of the church are free of admission while church members are asked to contribute a small donation if they're able. This event is held on Halloween in the evening every year — rain or shine — at the church's The Loop campus, located at 7401 Katy Freeway in Houston, just outside of the Northwest 610 Loop.
Katy's Rice Harvest Festival
Get an early start to the Halloween season at one of the best festivals in all of Houston. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival is a two-day takes place a few weeks before Halloween and features typical festival goodness (carnival, live entertainment, food booths, etc) and has continued to grow in popularity each year. Adults can nab tickets for $10, children 12 and under are free. The event takes place in Downtown Katy (between Avenues B and C, 2nd and 3rd streets), about a 45-minute drive outside of Downtown Houston off of I-10 West.
Cokesbury UMC Fall Festival
Compete in a pumpkin chunkin' contest, try your hand at the dunk tank and munch on barbecue prepared by the youth program and the women's ministry. The Cokesbury United Methodist Church Fall Festival takes place early in October at the Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 10030 Scarsdale Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77089. Call 281-484-9243 with questions or for more details regarding the event.
Trinity Baptist Church of Katy
Trunk-or-Treating is a great alternative to the traditional door-to-door Halloween ritual. Trinity Baptist is offering this free event in addition to games, prizes, inflatable obstacles courses, and more. The event is held at 10000 Spring Green Boulevard in Katy, Texas the Sunday before Halloween.
Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo
Dress up in your costume and head to the zoo for kid-friendly fall-centered activities. The Houston Zoo has stations set up throughout the park to trick or treat, as well as stops to decorate pumpkins or join a costume parade. Zoo Boo takes place Friday-Sunday in the second half of October, as well as on Halloween Day. Participation is free with the price of admission.