Add to your trick-or-treat stash with our 2021 kid-friendly Houston Halloween events guide

Fill up on trick-or-treating at shops around CityCentre | Courtesy of CityCentre

Show off your costumes at nearly 30 sweet—and a few scary—family-friendly Halloween events around Houston in 2021.

Get the kiddos in their best Halloween looks and then take them out to trick-or-treat or enjoy concerts and fall festivals in celebration of the spookiest holiday of the year.

Whether you’re on the hunt for tricks or treats, these Halloween events in Houston are fun for the whole family.

If you’re looking for a 21 and up experience, check out our collection of Halloween events, parties, pub crawls, festivals and pop-ups for adults.

Kids & Family 2021 Halloween Events in Houston

  • Zoo Boo at Houston Zoo | Daily until Halloween, October 31 – Bring the little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for some age-appropriate Halloween fun. Visit the Giant Pumpkin, ride a spooktacular Scary-Go-Round, find more than 10 different photo ops throughout the Zoo, walk the new Lantern Tunnel between the lion and tiger exhibits, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Included with general admission; ticket prices vary based on day of the week. 9am to 5pm daily.
  • Boo on the Boardwalk: Freaky Fridays at Kemah Boardwalk | Fridays in October – Head to the Boardwalk for a weekly live concert series featuring Boogie Man Band with a local performer, plus screenings of family-friendly Halloween movies. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Halloween Pup Crawl & Pet Expo at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Sunday, October 10  Bring your furry friend for a pup-tacular Sunday at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Dress your pup in costume for a chance to win fun prizes while exploring the Arboretum trails. There will be local pet vendors at the expo and attendees will get a commemorative Pup Crawl glass to fill with Saint Arnold brews. If a new pet is in your future, pet adoptions will also be taking place. $40 for ages 21 and up; free for ages 20 and under. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Grosstopia at Children’s Museum Houston | Tuesday, October 15 to Saturday, October 30 – This Halloween, the Children’s Museum is hosting some slime-filled fun and a slate of events that includes daily trick-or-treating, creepy experiments, dance parties and more. Included with general admission. $12 for ages 1 and up; free for ages under 1. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Thursday 10am to 8pm.
  • Shrek-Tacular Halloween Movie Night: Shrek at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, October 16 | FREE – Swing by the Woodlands music venue to take in Shrek on the large screen at this family-friendly event that includes pumpkin decorating, photo ops with costumed characters, games, and a Goblin parade that features the first 100 boys and girls to show up in costume. Seating is free on the lawn and mezzanine; $10 for orchestra seating (includes unlimited popcorn). Doors at 5:30pm; film starts at 7pm.
  • ArBOOretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, October 23 – The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center hosts its biggest family event of the year, featuring fall activities for all ages, including live animals, pumpkin decorating, train rides, a pumpkin patch, Halloween markets, and Houston’s only trick-or-treat nature trail. Tickets are $15 in advance for ages 3 and up; $20 at the door. 10am to 4pm.
  • 14th Annual KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park | Saturday, October 23 | FREE – This afternoon festival offers up a ton of family fun, with activity stations throughout the park, live entertainers and performances on the H-E-B stage, plus face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, a birds of prey show, a Halloween costume parade, and more. 11am to 3pm.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail at Northshore Park in the Woodlands | Saturday, October 23 | FREE – Don your best costumes and head to Northshore Park for a trick-or-treating event that will fill your goodie bag while you enjoy strolling entertainment and food trucks, plus try your hand at carnival games and costume contests. 2pm to 6pm.
  • Boogie Bash: Monster Mash at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Tuesday, October 26 – The weekly Tuesday get-down at the Woodlands Children’s Museum embraces Halloween with some kid-friendly fingerplays, songs and creative movement activities. Included with general admission; $7 for ages 1 and older. 11am.
  • Urban Green’s Halloween Screen: The Addams Family at McGovern Centennial Gardens | Thursday, October 28 – The Hermann Park Conservancy’s fall fundraising event invites all-ages to come out for a screening of the 1991 classic, The Addams Family, plus enjoy food and drink from some beloved eateries like Hughie’s Vietnamese Grille, Paulie’s, and Saint Arnold. Tickets are $10; $25 for the food package; free for ages 3 and under. 7:30pm; film starts at 8pm.
Scream on the Green returns to Discovery Green | Courtesy of Discovery Green

2021 Halloween Weekend Events around Houston

  • Halloween Outdoor Film Party: Destroy All Monsters at Asia Society Texas Center | Friday, October 29 – Join Godzilla for the ultimate monster mash in the 1968 Japanese film, Destroy All Monsters. Show up early to participate in the family-friendly version of the Squid Game, with prizes on the line. Costumes are encouraged and a variety of Halloween treats will be on-hand. $10; snack box is $10 and serves two. 7:30pm.
  • Boo Dash 5K & Kids Fun Run at Clear Lake Recreation & Community Center | Saturday, October 30 – The third annual casual run event in Clear Lake brings together families and kiddos for a Halloween costume contest in addition to the 5K and Kids Run. Registration is $40 until Sunday, October 17, increasing to $50 on race day; Kids run registration is $15, increasing to $20 on race day. 8am.
  • Spooktacular at the Woodlands Children’s Museum | Saturday, October 30 – Put on your costumes and join the Woodlands Children’s Museum for its annual Spooktacular party featuring live entertainment, art projects, science slime, and face painting. Included with general admission; $7 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 5pm.
  • Halloween in the Hangar 2021 at Lone Star Flight Museum | Saturday, October 30 – Bring the kiddos out to celebrate the spookiest holiday among aircraft at Lone Star Flight Museum’s Halloween in the Hangar event, featuring a safe and fun twist on trick or treating for 2021. Trick-or-treating will be from 10am to noon and those under 12 in full costume get in free all day. Included with general admission; $15 for adults; $13 for ages 12 to 17 and 65+; $10 for ages 4 to 11; free for ages 3 and under. 10am to 5pm.
  • Halloween Fest at Rosenberg Railroad Museum | Saturday, October 30 – The Fort Bend railroad museum hosts a full day of family-friendly fun, including games in the afternoon with Garden Railroad Halloween trains, then spooky tales, creepy cabooses, trick-or-treating, and more at night. Tickets are $7.50 for adults; $5 for children. 10am to 8pm.
  • 13th Annual Halloween Classic Car Show at National Museum of Funeral History | Saturday, October 30 – Swing by North Houston to take in a wide variety of cars—including a few hearses—that range from classic to contemporary with some decked out in spooky decor. Plus, enjoy food from local vendors, kids activities, DJ tunes, a silent auction and more. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5 for individuals; $10 for couples and families; does not include admission to the museum. 10am to 3:30pm.
  • Trick-or-Treat Family Event at Old Town Spring | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – Stop by the shops in Old Town Spring to stack some more candy in your goodie bag from shop owners. 11am to 3pm.
  • Miss Ivy’s Spooktacular Halloween Party at Fort Bend Museum | Saturday, October 30 – This all-ages celebration offers spooky games, sweet treats, crafts, costumes and more at the Fort Bend Museum. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children. Noon to 4pm.
  • Halloween Carnival at Jimmy Burke Center in Deer Park | Saturday, October 30 – Get down at a special all-ages Halloween carnival that features rides, games, candy, a costume contest, pumpkin patch and more. Carnival wristbands are $8 and include unlimited rides; $5 for pumpkin town tickets. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Halloween Town 2021 at Constellation Field | Saturday, October 30 – The ballpark in Sugar Land hosts another year of Halloween Town, featuring candy, vendors, a costume contest, rides, and much more. Advance tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up; $7 for ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and under. Prices go up for day-of admission. 3pm to 9pm.
  • Kingwood Boofest at Town Center Park | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – The fourth annual family and pet-friendly Boofest includes vendors, a mini pumpkin patch, bounce houses, candy at every booth, and more at Town Center Park in Kingwood. Costumes are encouraged. 4pm to 9pm.
  • 3rd Annual Haunted Warehouse in Texas City | Saturday, October 30 – The Galveston County Food Bank’s annual fundraiser returns for a third year, transforming their warehouse into a unique, family-friendly haunted house to help end hunger in Galveston County. Come by early from 1pm to 5pm to enjoy a free Halloween carnival with vendors, games, and trick-or-treating. Tickets are $10; free for ages 2 and under. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Halloween Festival at Texas Avenue Park in Webster | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – The city of Webster stakes out Texas Avenue Park on Halloween Eve for a special festival featuring a haunted house, food vendors, game booths, and more. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Scream on the Green at Discovery Green | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – The Downtown park hosts a citywide Halloween celebration with a costume contest, music, and film screening of the 1988 Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Doomsday Wrestling at Market Square Park | Saturday, October 30 | FREE – The live, body-slamming comedy show comes to Downtown for a full night of laughter from the wacky, Halloween-themed wrestlers. In addition to the action, enjoy fun lawn games, drinks and music. 7pm to 10pm; wrestling starts at 8pm.
  • Halloween Kids Bash at Kemah Aquarium | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 – The seafood restaurant on the Kemah Boardwalk opens up for a spooktacular day that features keeper chats, trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt with prizes, themed exhibits, arts and crafts, and more. Included with admission to Stingray Reef; $5.25 per person. 11am to 8pm.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat at CityCentre | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 | FREE – Hit the district to fill up on tasty treats during this trick-or-treat event at CityCentre by stopping by participating shops with balloons posted out front. Noon to 3pm.
  • Mall-O-Ween at PlazAmericas | Halloween, Sunday, October 31| FREE – Bring the kiddos to enjoy a safe trick-or-treating experience at PlazMericas near Sharpstown. Fill your goodie bags with free candy, prizes and more fun. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Halloween Spook-tacular: An Autism/Sensory-Friendly Event in Cypress | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 | FREE – This first annual event provides indoor trick-or-treating, sensory-friendly activities and a dance party, plus crafting stations that are led by trained Registered Behavioral Technicians to provide a guided experience for the community. 4pm to 6pm.
  • Hallows Cup at Houston Polo Club | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 – Swing by the polo grounds for a special Halloween-themed match. Costumes are encouraged and kids can participate in a halftime candy toss, plus there will be prize drawings, live music, a player parade and a special trophy presentation after the match. Tickets are $32.50; $15.50 for ages 12 and under. Grandstand boxes, which include seating for 2 to 20 guests, range from $79 to $695. 4pm.
  • Trick-or-Treating at the 1838 Menard House in Galveston | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 | FREE – The oldest residence in Galveston opens its gates for trick-or-treaters to swing by for pre-packaged treats on the porch. 5pm to 6pm.
  • 17th Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail at First National Oak Park in Alvin | Halloween, Sunday, October 31 | FREE – Hit the trails in Alvin for a friendly trick-or-treat event sponsored by local businesses. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Galveston County Food Bank returns with the third annual Haunted Warehouse | Courtesy of the Haunted Warehouse

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.