Halloween Activites

october-month-owlIt is hard to believe that we are already into our last few days of September. The cooler weather makes it a wonderful time to start adventuring out and seeing everything that living in The Woodlands and the surrounding areas have to offer. Although Halloween is a full month away, the festivities begin before you know it. And Halloween isn’t the only thing that draws crowds this time of year! I wanted be sure you were aware of some of the fun events that will be taking place around town during October.

Original Greek Festival
October 3-4

This event in Houston celebrates a long and proud history of the Greek community in the Greater Houston area. Part of the proceeds from the event are used to support various charities.
www.GreekFestival.org 

Houston Italian Festival
October 8-11 

The Houston Italian Cultural & Community Center sponsors this annual event that features music, games, shopping and most of all, food!
www.HoustonItalianFestival.com

Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
October 9-11
Live music, street performers, car show, Kid Zone, fireworks & of course, catfish!
Scarecrow Festival
October 10-11
The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more.
Bayou City Art Festival
October 10-11
A sophisticated outdoor gallery under the iconic Houston skyline, transforming the streets of downtown into artistic avenues bursting with color and culture.
Texas Renaissance Festival
October 11-November 30
One of the biggest & longest-running festivals in the Houston region brings medieval magic to Plantersville, near Magnolia. Come for music, entertainment & lots of fun!

www.TexRenFest.com

The Wicked Wonderland Family Carnival
October 16

This year the carnival will be in Creekside Village at Rob Fleming Park on Friday, October 16, from 4-8 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy all the live performances and a ton of fun activities! This event is appropriate for all ages. Performances, contest participation, trick or treat stations and movie are free. Tickets for sale for games, concessions and night hike. For more information please call: 281-210-3950
www.WoodlandsEvents.com/fall/halloween-the-woodlands

The Haunting at Bear Branch
Weekend evenings beginning October 17

Don’t miss this October tradition! The 2015 Haunting at Bear Branch Park will be on October 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, from 8-10 p.m. The theme this year is Neighborhood of Nightmares. A tour guide will lead groups of visitors through a trail made to look like a manor in a neighborhood with a secret. Admission is $8 per person, ticket sales stop at 9:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 9 and older.
www.WoodlandsEvents.com/fall/halloween-the-woodlands

Wings Over Houston Airshow
October 17-18

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team headline this year’s Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 31st Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, at Ellington Airport. The Thunderbirds, performing as a team of six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, return to Houston following their last Wings Over Houston performance in 2010. See these airmen and more at this weekend event.
www.WingsOverHouston.com

Galveston ARToberFest
October 17-18
Experience art, food & fun with over 100 artists in various mediums. This is the 18th year for this wonderful event that showcases amazing talent.

www.ARToberFEST.com

Hocus Pocus Pops
October 23
A magical evening is waiting for you at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s Hocus Pocus Pops featuring the Houston Symphony beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 for orchestra seating. Mezzanie and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for free seating. For a list of complete activities for this amazing evening, sure to delight everyone in the family, please visit:

www.WoodlandsCenter.org/tourarchive.html?n_id=2457

Annual Texian Market Days
October 24
Light the fire and sound the cannons! The 32nd annual Texian Market Days festival is set at the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, Texas. Discover more than 150 years of Texas history with hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, music and entertainment, historic home tours, cowboys, food, artisan vendors and more!

www.TexianMarketDays.com

Flea Market @ Town Center Parking Garage
October 24
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but The Woodlands does not allow yard or garage sales at individual residences. Instead, the Township sponsors a semi-annual event to get everyone in the same place to sell their wares. The event runs from 7-10:30 am.

www.TheWoodlandsTownship-TX.gov/villageassociations

Kemah Boardwalk Halloween Costume Contest
October 24 & 31
Dress up the kids in their spooky best for a chance at some great prizes. (12 & under) Or if you want to channel your inner “Walking Dead,” join in for the Zombie Night Party on October 24
where you dress up, walk and dance like a zombie! Costume contests, ride discounts and more!

www.KemahBoardwalk.com

Trick or Treat Trail
October 25
The Trick or Treat Trail is a frighteningly fun time for the whole family. This event features a costume contest for all ages, haunted attractions, appearances by children’s favorite tv and film characters, face painting, bobbing for apples, candy grabs and kid-friendly arts and crafts. Everyone in the family is encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit. The free, family-friendly event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3-6 p.m. at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, and along The Woodlands Waterway.

www.KemahBoardwalk.com

Spooktacular Fundraiser at The Woodlands Children’s Museum
October 31
From 4 to 8 p.m. The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts delightful… not frightful Halloween funtivities. Participate in pin the nose on the pumpkin, the mummy wrap game, haunted house bean bag toss, ghost bowling and more. Come dressed in costume. Member child $7/nonmember child $9, parents are free. Best for ages 7 and under.

www.WoodlandsChildrensMuseum.org/events.html?page=events&view=2015-10-31&month=2015-10

Finally, various pumpkin patches will soon be opening and you can find great lists of the options in the area at: www.WoodlandsOnline.com/spps/ahpg.cfm?spgid=678 and www.thewoodlandskidstuff.com/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=listcats&cat_id=149&Itemid=18

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor