Everyone knows Texas has two seasons: hot and 50 degrees. If you want to experience autumn, you’ve almost always had to head up past the Red River to catch the full glory of Hallmark movie-esque sweater weather and changing colors.
But do you? We contend there’s plenty of fall to be had here in the Lone Star State. Whether you want to venture to the Hill Country for golden foliage, spot a ghost, spend a day at a local pumpkin patch with the family, or just sip a hearty Oktoberfest brew, there are myriad options both here in Houston and across the state.
Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
Take a trip around the farm the way you were meant to—on a hayride, of course. Throughout October, Old Time Christmas Farm offers two to three hayrides running simultaneously all weekend long. Hop on for $3, then enjoy a 10-minute joyride past the petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and bounce house. This farm features 40 acres of pine and cypress tenenbaums, so be sure to scope out your next Christmas tree as you go—don’t forget to wave to the folks on the train.
Also, grab some grub from Rosemeyer Bar-B-Q, ice cream from Tikiz, or, in the spirit of fall fests, fried Oreos from The Sweet Zone. Tickets for the hayride are sold separately from pumpkin patch entry ($9), and be sure to hitch a ride before the last drive of the day, at 6:45 p.m. Oct 1–31. 4–7 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat–Sun. 7632 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring. oldtimechristmastree.com
Spend an entire Saturday at Dewberry Farms in Brookshire, about 15 minutes west of Katy off I-10. Wile your morning away stalking the twists and turns of the massive corn maze. Every summer, Dewberry carves out a fun design, like a Texas flag in 2020, into the eight-acre cornfield.
Once you make it to the other side, chow down on a pulled pork sandwich or a Frito pie at Mattie’s Kitchen, then visit Goatel 6 in the barnyard and take a spin on the merry-go-round. Before you head home, hitch a hayride out to the pumpkin patch too.
Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for word puzzles, or “CORNnundrums,” scattered around the farm for you to find and solve. Sept 25–Nov 14. 4–10 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat (10 p.m. in Oct), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. 7705 FM 362, Brookshire. dewberryfarm.com
Creepy Hollow Haunted House
It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the dark. It could be Houston favorite Rellik the Clown, with their shockingly green locks and dark, searing eyes, or perhaps it’s Willy Vodka, renowned for a cackle that will send shivers down your spine and make every hair stand on end. Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon has a scare and a spook for everyone who dares enter. With a cast and crew composed of dedicated volunteers and enthusiasts, it isn’t out of the ordinary for Creepy Hollow to see over 100 victims, er guests, a night.
Creepy Hollow is open every Friday and Saturday in October, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, and costs $40 per visitor. If you think you know what to expect from one of the most terrifying haunted houses in the entire state, well, you’re dead wrong. 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Fri–Sat, October. $40. 12872 Valley Vista Dr., Rosharon. creepyhollowhaunt.com
Froberg’s Farms Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Known for its vibrant strawberry season and fresh, crisp produce, Alvin’s Froberg’s Farm shows off its autumn colors every October with a family-friendly Fall Festival.
Over the farm’s 22-acres, Froberg’s Fall Festival includes an intricate corn maze, a pick-your-own flower station, festival-favorite activities, like face-painting and photo opportunities, and the ever-popular pumpkin patch. There’s also a market on property, where you can shop for grocery staples, neighborhood specialties, and seasonal goodies, like homemade pralines, caramel popcorn, and the on-site bakery’s famous pies. We recommend the pumpkin, of course. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat–Sun, Oct 2–31. 3601 West Hwy. 6, Alvin. frobergsfarm.com
BAKFISH Brewing Company’s Music to My Beers: Oktoberfest
There’s nothing quite like an autumnal outing at one of the Houston-area’s many hip and trendy breweries. Between the fall weather, the laid-back atmosphere, and the seriously delicious beers, it’s no wonder why people come from far and wide to see, feel, and taste the Bayou City vibe for themselves. Thanks to the BAKFISH Brewing Company, this year you’ll only have to make one stop to enjoy beers from multiple local brewmasters at their Music to My Beers: Oktoberfest event.
Head down to the Pearland Town Center on October 2 for live music, unique art installations, and a Brewery Promenade filled with Oktoberfest-themed, seasonal brews from local brands you already know and love. Cheers to the, hopefully, 70-degree weather, and to supporting area hops lovers with a sip or two of that cozy, malty goodness. Oct 2. 1231 Broadway St, Pearland. bakfishbrewing.com