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The secret’s out: I never really grew out of loving Halloween. Going pumpkin picking is one of our favorite fall traditions and, come October 31, we go all out with family costumes; we’ve dressed as the emotions from Inside Out, the crew from Peter Pan, and, this year, we’re taking on Harry Potter. Lucky for us (and you) living in Houston gives families tons of opportunities to get their candy fix. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween celebrations in Houston.
When: October 11-31
What to expect: Not only does the staff dress up for Halloween, but the Children’s Museum of Houston also has multiple events for little ones to get in on the action! October’s Monster Mayhem events include trick-or-treating, creating Black Widow Spider Puppets, making zombies and much more. On Halloween day, the museum hosts a special “Halloween Monster Mash Bash” from 3 to 8pm with music and crafts like black light slime.
Cost: Included with regular admission—$12 per person.
When: October 14-16, 21-23 and 28-31.
What to expect: It’s the perfect event for littles who are just getting a taste of Halloween (espeically the Friday Zoo Boo’s between 9am and 1pm)! Visitors to the Houston Zooare encouraged to dress up (but not too scary, and no weapons). There’s also a pumpkin patch, a “not-so-creepy creature maze” and, this year, a monster mural for little artists. You can also trick-or-treat in candy corners and get your own Zoo Boo Tattoo!
Cost: Included with regular admission—adults $17, children (ages 2-11) $13
When: October 15 and 16
What to expect: This is a two for one event! Not only do you get to dress up and play games, but during the Fall Festival, the Nature Discovery Center’s Pumpkin Patch is open, too. The two-day event includes face painting, kids games, rock walls, bounce houses, wagon rides—basically everything you could want in a fall event.
Cost: Admission is free, but tickets to play games or buy food will cost you. Individual tickets are $.50 each and there are tons of games that are only 1 ticket. Larger attractions will set you back 4 to 6 tickets. Another option is to buy a Pumpkin Pass for $20 that can be used for games and activities.
When: October 22
What to expect: You’ll find trick-or-treating, hayrides, live owls and reptiles, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating and food trucks! Of course, costumes are encouraged at this Houston Arboretum and Nature Center bash.
Cost: The event is free to members and they get early admission from 10am to noon. Non-members are welcome from noon to4pm. Tickets are $13 online and $15 at the door; kids under the age of 3 are free.
When: October 28
What to expect: From 6-10pm, Discovery Green puts on its 9th Annual Scream on the Green event. There will be a citywide costume contest complete with prizes for different age groups, plus movies, music from DJ ASTRA and other spooky fun.
Photo credits: Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo, Children’s Museum of Houston, Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo, Houston Arboretum, Katya Horner
Originally published on Mommy Nearest