As the leaves turn golden and the air carries a faint chill, there’s a special magic in the Houston atmosphere that can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner!

For kids, this enchanting season is a time of wonder and excitement, where imagination takes flight and there are no limits for fun, especially with the events available in the area!

This Halloween season, Houston is a playground of enchantment waiting to be explored by eager young ghouls and goblins. Delve into the festivities and activities that make Halloween in Houston an unforgettable experience for kids of all ages with the list below:

This is the perfect exhibit to welcome the spooky season! There are other things that are scary besides ghosts, and they are even more real: sharks!

Debuting on a floor all to itself is Sharks! The Meg, the Monsters, and the Myths Visitors will get a chance to touch a shark and discover what makes these creatures unique, from bait balls to bioluminescence.

Location:
The Houston Museum of Natural Science

DATES:
9 AM- 5 PM

Visit Dewberry Farm this fall with the family to enjoy a day filled with fun, pumpkins, great food, and over 40 rides and attractions!

Activities and attractions include a pumpkin patch, painting pumpkins, following a trail of glowing Jack-o-Lanterns inside “Pumpkin Hollar!”, taking photos by a life-sized pumpkin house, spinning out on the new Jumping’ Jacks ride, meeting the Barnyard Animals, getting lost in the 8-acre HOUSTON ASTROS-themed corn maze, and more!

Location:
Dewberry Farm

DATES:
Until November 12.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their costumes for the month-long event, Zoo Boo.

There will be plenty of exciting attractions to enjoy, including a visit to the Carved Pumpkins area, a giant pumpkin, and inflatable pumpkins. Make sure not to overlook the Pumpkin Lantern Tunnel located between the lion and tiger exhibits, the thrilling Scary-Go-Round, numerous photo opportunities throughout the Zoo, and many other exciting activities!

Location:
Houston Zoo

DATES:
Every Friday in October.

When the sun sets at Dewberry Farm, get ready for the nighttime fun to begin!

The Fall Festival takes a spookier turn during the evening hours as light from hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns starts to burn, and Haunted Hollow’s Trail of Terror comes alive!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October.

Location:
Dewberry Farm

DATES:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October.

This October, entertain your monstrous side as you discover spine-tingling experiments, spirit-lifting interactives, and slime-filled fun during Children’s BOO!scovery Center Halloween!

There are many special activities your little ones will not want to miss!

Location:
Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

DATES:
October 10 – 31

This October, kids and families can partake in spine-tingling experiments, spirit-lifting interactive, and slime-filled fun during Halloween at the BOO!seum.
Creep your way through the museum in search of goblins, goodies, and goo! Grab your favorite costume and your best ghoul friends to set out on a trick-or-treat quest every day!

Location:
Children’s Museum Houston
DATES:
October 10- 31, 10 AM- 6 PM

If you are raising a curious kid, make sure they join this program in which they will explore, ask, discover, experiment, and more!

Each date has a different theme, and to celebrate the spooky season, some of October’s themes are related to the celebration.

Location:
Nature Discovery Center

DATES:
10 AM- 11:30 AM | October 24: Owl be There! | October 31: Nocturnal Animals

Every year in October, Space Center Houston transforms into a launchpad for space-themed Halloween fun.

Transport the whole family to explore the wonders of space—with a spooky twist! Show off their Halloween costumes, enjoy special activities, and more.

Location:
Space Center Houston

DATES:
Weekend 1: October 21-22 | Weekend 2: October 28-29

This fun twist on “If You’re Happy and You Know It” follows some lively, child-friendly monsters as they stomp their paws and twitch their tails! Perfect for Halloween time!

Shadow Puppet Theater is an introduction to storytelling elements that allow readers and audiences to interact directly with each other.

Location:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

DATES:
October 26, 11 AM

This is Houston’s ultimate Halloween party for kids! Costumes are encouraged to boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of Radio ONE’s wicked DJs along with monstrous characters.

Location:
Children’s Museum Houston

DATES:
October 26, 5 PM- 8 PM

This is one of Miss Jan’s favorite stories for Halloween!

Children will help provide sound effects for this child-friendly seasonal tale of the little old lady who encounters some noisy items while strolling through the woods. She gets over her fear in a delightful and creative way.

Location:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

DATES:
October 27, 11 AM

Experience the most unique family camping experience in the galaxy!

Pack your tent and set up camp under a twice-flown Falcon 9 rocket or in Independence Plaza, right underneath a Boeing 747, the shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905, and the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence. Prefer to cozy up indoors? All you need is a sleeping bag and a pillow to complete your campsite, surrounded by some of the rarest spaceflight artifacts on Earth.

Location:
Space Center Houston

DATES:
Galaxy Frights: October 28,29

The event starts with an independent stroll along the boardwalk to the Environmental Learning Center, where you will meet some of the bayou creatures and hear about how they live.

You will then set off for a short hike to the prairie to do some spider sniffing, hear the coyotes howl, explore the rotten log hotel, call bats, and say hello to some friendly farmhouse ghosts!

Location:
Armand Bayou Nature Center

DATES:
October 28, 6 PM- 9 PM

Make sure your little ones wear their costumes and join the museum for its annual SpookTacular Halloween Monster Mash Party.

This non-spooky event will be filled with child-friendly games and activities!

Location:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

DATES:
October 31, 9 AM- 2 PM

During Boogie Bash-Monster Mash, children will be celebrating Halloween with kid-friendly fingerplays, songs, and creative movement activities!

Location:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

DATES:
October 31, 11 AM

Crazy About Critters hosts The Learning Zoo on Wednesday, November 1st, at 11:00 a.m. Laugh, learn, and get hands-on during an educational animal encounter on stage.

Location:
The Woodlands Children’s Museum

DATES:
November 1, 11 AM

Each fall since 1981, Armand Bayou Nature Center visitors step back in time at the ABNC Fall Festival.

Families with kids will enjoy live music, food, games, wagon rides, and more!

Location:
Armand Bayou Nature Center

DATES:
November 11, 12. 10 AM- 4 PM