5 Family-Friendly Halloween Outings for You and Your Little Boos

Pumpkin patches, trick or treat trails, and more events happening now.

By Gwendolyn Knapp October 18, 2019

Costumes rule at Scream on the Green.

Halloween is sneaking up on us, and that means loads of opportunities to bring out your inner ghoul and goblin at family-friendly events around town. 

We've rounded up our top picks for families who want to celebrate outdoors as well as a couple resorts hosting spooky events within driving distance. These events start this weekend, so get those costumes in order tonight. 

Pumpkin decorating at the ArBOOretum.


4501 Woodway Drive | October 19 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s beloved ArBOOretum returns tomorrow with a trick-or-treat nature trail and festival that includes train rides, live reptiles, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo and more. There will also be a Halloween market with local vendors, a pumpkin patch, spooky science show, a blood drive (for donors 16 and up), and food trucks. Tickets are $20 day of (and free for members).

Nature Discovery Center's Pumpkin Patch 

Russ Pitman Park | October 19-20 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pumpkins, festival games, horse-drawn wagons,  and food trucks are reason enough to head out to this beloved Bellaire pumpkin patch. But the bounce house, obstacle course, and Snow Cones will keep the kids happy, too. Vendors will sell local wares, and LaWell Photography will be set up to grab your family photos, and will have a photo booth, too. Entry is free. Head to for parking and pricing info.

Scream on the Green is a blast for kids.

Scream on the Green at Discovery Green

1500 McKinney | October 25 | 6 to 10 p.m. 

Discovery Green, our lovely Great Public Space in the heart of downtown, hosts its annual and free Scream on the Green with a costume contest, Halloween celebration, film screening, and juried art festival next weekend. The costume contest begins at 7 p.m., and prizes will be award (even to best family and best dog). The House with a Clock in its Walls starts on the Grace Event Lawn at 7:30 p.m. More info at

Frightfully Fun Halloween at Woodland's Resort

2301 N Millbend Dr. | October 26 | 4 to 7 p.m.

The resort invites travelers and locals to adorn creative costumes and join the fun, including a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, costume contest with prizes, and a dance party. Spooky snacks and unique beverages will be served throughout the night, provided by the resort’s creative culinary staff. Tickets are $15 per person and available here and rooms start at $179 per night (plus, there's a family glamping package) if you don't want to drive back after.

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine

100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine | Now through October 31 

A trick-or-treat trail, Monster Bash dance party and Spooktacular story time are all part of the Howl-O-Ween package at this waterpark and resort in Grapevine. For every night booked, your family gets two days of indoor-waterpark passes, and all Howl-O-Ween activities, from Boo Bingo to a costume parade, are included in the cost. Available now until October 31, by booking with promo code HOWL. Rooms from $249 per night.

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