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Halloween in The Woodlands

Looking for something fun, safe and festive for the kids this Halloween? There are a number of activities and events going on in and around The Woodlands. Everything from FREE events to those that are nominally priced, you're sure to find a spooktacular way to pass the time until going trick-or-treating on All Hallows Eve!

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halloween activities for kids in the woodlands
houston symphony halloween performance at the pavilion

Hocus Pocus Pops!

An evening of spooky sounds and creepy creatures awaits for goblins and ghouls of all ages at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion! Houston Symphony conductor Robert Franz mesmerizes the audience into a nightmarish performance of horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons, and chilling cellos.


Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert; or jump on the Great Pumpkin Express as it leaves the station to sweep you away on a tour of The Pavilion’s haunted grounds.

Train rides aboard the Great Pumpkin Express begin at 5:30 in the Gold Lot. Haunting the plazas before dusk are pre-concert activities, starting when the gates open at 6:00 PM.


Hocus Pocus Pops is Friday, October 7, 2016 at The Pavilion. Tickets for the orchestra seating (sections 101, 102, 103 and the pit) are only $20, with all other seats, and the lawn, free of charge. As always, plenty of free parking is available.

9th Annual Jack-O-Lantern Challenge

Join the fun and enjoy the music when you enter your jack-o-lanterns in the second annual jack-o-lantern challenge! Make sure you arrive in plenty of time; the pumpkin-guts start flyin' at 5:30 PM. Pumpkins will be judged at dusk.


A fun event for all ages, there is no charge, and it includes carving supplies and pumpkins while supplies last! It all going on at Northshore Park along with Concert In The Park on Sunday, October 9.

Wicked Wonderland
Family Carnival

Enjoy spooky games and yummy treats at the Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival. Don't forget your costume - or your cameral! Free entertainment activities include: live entertainment and (limited) trick-or-treat stations. Plus, at 8:00 PM, stick around for a family friendly Halloween movie!

Also available with ticket purchases are giant inflatables and moon walks, carnival games, concessions, and much more! Bring a camera!


The Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival will be held Friday, October 14 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, at Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park. *Prices vary for activities that require tickets.


This event hosted by The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department. In the event of inclement weather, the Carnival will be held at The Woodlands Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands 77381. For more information, or for inclement weather updates, call Parks and Recreation at 281 210-3950.

A Haunting at Bear Branch Park

The Trail of Treachery

The Trail of Treachery is no ordinary trail in The Woodlands; do you dare enter the cursed woods at Bear Branch? Come experience the trail of treachery if you dare... Come out to the Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park and experience the Trail of Treachery for yourself - where your worst fears come to life!


Recommended for ages 9 and older, parental discretion is advised. FEE: $8 per person. Ticket sales stop at 9:30 PM.


Fridays, October 21 and 28, 2016 and Saturdays, October 15, 22 and 29, from 8:00 - 10:00 PM.

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Halloween at The Y

It's that time of year again! The outdoor Family Fright Fest is back at the Shadowbend YMCA, on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Outdoor activities will include trunk-or-treating, carnival games, a sweet tooth walk, a photo booth, face art, balloon art, mascots and much more frightful fun. Don't forget to put on your best family-friendly costume and bring a camera to capture memories from the fun night. Kids are welcome to visit activity booths as many times as they would like and will receive a treat at each one.


This special night is open to the community and admission is free, so bring friends, family and coworkers. Each group is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. The Shadowbend YMCA is located at 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands 77381. For more information, contact Roxanne Davis at 281-367-9622.

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trick or treating for kids of all ages at waterway square

Trick or Treat Trail

A FREE event for all ages; Trick or treat at Town Green Park for festive fun and special treats! This free event will have fun for the entire family and attendees are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best. While at the Trick or Treat Trail, kids will have the opportunity to trick or treat from booth to booth and fill their bags with goodies from more than 30 local vendors.


Plus, the event includes children's activities, strolling entertainment, inflatables and costume contests. This festive event is expected to draw over a thousand attendees and is produced by The Woodlands Development Company and The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department. The Trick or Treat Trail will be held Sunday, October 23 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.

The Woodlands Children's Museum Annual Spook-tacular

halloween activitites for kids in the woodlands

Kids ages 7 and under can have the best fun at The Woodlands Children's Museum Halloween Spook-tacular! The theme is: "The Original" SpookTacular, Monster Mash party, and will encompass a theme of whimsical monsters throughout decorations and projects.

The museum is closed during the day, while the staff transforms the space into a Halloween wonderland - unveiling all child-friendly games, art projects and activities. Since the museum caters to young children, nothing will be scary. Costumes are encouraged! Please note: In keeping with the museum's health and wellness initiatives candy will not be served at this event. Held on Monday, October 31 between 4:00 - 8:00 PM, this event is open to members and non-members. Cost is only $7 for members and $9 for non-members (adults are just $1). The Woodlands Children's Museum is located in the Panther Creek Shopping Center at 4775 West Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands 77381. Call them at 281 465-0955 for more information.

pumpkin patch in the woodlands

Pumpkin Patches and Family Fall Festivals

pumpkin patch at market street

Pumpkin Patch at Market Street
Each fall, a much-loved family tradition is to visit a pumpkin patch in search of the pick of the patch, or perhaps just an adorable photo. This year Market Street invites local families to visit as they host a pumpkin patch in Central Park October 14 - 15 from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

      There is no charge to select a pumpkin, but donations will be accepted for the Quarter 4 Change for Charity recipient: the Will Herndon Research Fund. The fund works to raise awareness and funds to accelerate the research to find a cure for Juvenile Batten Disease.

sawdust road annual fall craft fair

Fall Craft Show and Tea Room at Timber Lakes Baptist Church
In its 14th year, this juried craft show provides a wide range of fall and early Christmas holiday shopping at Timber Lakes Baptist Church. Along with the Fall Craft Show, with various booths both indoors and out, there is a tea room available to rest your feet and whet your whistle should you need a break.

      Timber Lakes Baptist Church is located at 1540 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands 77380. The Fall Craft Show will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Admission is free to shoppers. For more information contact the L.I.G.H.T Ministry Craft Show Committee at 281-363-9358 ext. 212.

rayford road annual pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Fest at Faith United Methodist Church
Enjoy a day of family fun at Pumpkin Fest! Pumpkin Fest includes scarecrows, a bounce house, games, a petting zoo, and more, and of course there are photo opportunities for all ages. The Pumpkin Fest hours are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday, October 22.

      Also going on at Faith United Methodist Church is their annual Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch is open daily, October 3 - 31, weekdays noon until 7:00 PM, and weekends 9:00 AM until 7:30 PM. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 2403 Rayford Road, Spring 77386. If you would like to have a booth at our Pumpkin Fest, please call Frances Planchard at 281-543-0169

christ church united methodist fall market and fair

The Woodlands Fall Market & Fair at Christ Church United Methodist
Do your Christmas shopping early; bring the kids for fun free festival activities; bring your appetite for a Texas BBQ meal; participate in a silent auction; satisfy your sweet tooth at the bake sale; and get your pumpkins all at the same time!

      The Woodlands Fall Market & Fair at Christ Church United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM includes multiple vendors selling their wares, a bake sale, children's activities and a pumpkin patch - plus a fantastic meal! Christ Church United Methodist is located at 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands 77381. For more information, contact [email protected]

octoberfest craft show at sawdust road

Octoberfest Craft Show
This arts and crafts show has been held each October for several years now at the Wood Winds Shopping Center on Sawdust Road near Big Lots. Held from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on both October 22 and 23, at 365 Sawdust Road, Spring 77380. For more information, contact Happy Garren at 281 482–1876 or [email protected]

autumn fest at the woodlands christian church on sawdust

Autumn Fest at The Woodlands Christian Church
Bring the family! Fun for all! The Woodlands Christian Church is hosting their Autumn Fest on October 29 - and everyone's invited! The Craft Show hours are 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, where you can shop for gifts for adults and children. Come do your Christmas shopping early!!

      The Woodlands Christian Church's Autumn Fest benefits several outreach ministries, including the Salvation Army, the PACN, and the Montgomery County Women's Center. The Woodlands Christian Church is located at 1202 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands 77380. Contact them at 281 367-7139 for more information.

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