Top 15 Things to Do for Kids in Houston This Month: October 2023

Small decorated pumpkins on a table with googly eyes and puffy colorful balls
The Arbooretum returns to the Memorial Park area with a day of family fun and trick-or-treating | Courtesy of Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Celebrate the fall with the best kid-friendly things to do in and around Houston for October 2023.

This month, say “Opa!” at a Greek Festival, watch planes soar through the sky, get dressed up for spooky season, marvel at art events around town, and more.

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Top 15 Things To Do for Kids & Families in Houston This Month: October 2023

  • The Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Thursday, October 5 to Saturday, October 7 – The annual Greek festival returns to the heart of Montrose, where you can expect bountiful Greek food, wine tastings, dancing, games and other family-friendly fun. $5; free for ages 12 and under. Times vary.
  • Peppa Pig’s Sing-Along Party at Smart Financial Centre | Saturday, October 7 – The loveable, cheeky little piggy returns to Sugar Land in a brand-new interactive production filled with dancing, singing, and puddle jumping. $40 and up. 2pm.
  • Oktoberfest at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, October 7 – Say “prost!” to an evening of Bavarian music and dancing, games and prizes, German food and beer at Sugar Land’s Oktoberfest celebration. Expect fun games and contests like the Dachsund Dash, stein races, stein-holding, and keg-stacking contests. There will also be kids’ polka lessons (and a performance for all), a bratwurst eating contest, and more. $5 in advance, $7 day of the event; free for ages 11 and under. 4pm to 9pm.
  • Arbooretum at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center | Saturday, October 14 – Pick out your costumes and head to the biggest event of the season at the Arboretum. There are plenty of fall activities for all ages including live animals, pumpkin decorating, and Houston’s very own Trick-or-Treat Nature Trail. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; free for ages 2 and under. 10am to 4pm.
  • 2023 Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Field | Saturday, October 14 & Sunday, October 15 – One of the top airshows in the nation, Wings Over Houston showcases vintage World War II aircraft and modern aviation with soaring spectacles, reenactments, and high-flying aerobatics. This year will feature an appearance by the USAF Thunderbirds along with simulator rides, a kid’s carnival, merchandise and autograph booths. Tickets include admission for one adult and up to 6 children (ages 14 and under). Sign up for free to be an Air Show Insider and score discounted admission on tickets. Advance tickets are $45, $50 at the gate. 8am to 4pm.
  • Pearland Art on the Pavilion at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, October 14 & Sunday, October 15 | FREE – The free, 2-day art fest in Pearland returns with regional artists showcasing and selling their unique custom artwork and goods, plus live music, food trucks, family-friendly activities and more. 10am to 5pm.
  • Galveston Greek Festival at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church | Saturday, October 14 & Sunday, October 15 | FREE – Galveston’s Greek fest returns with two days of Greek food, drinks, pastries, souvenirs, and more. There will be live Bouzouki by Dimitri Karageorgo, traditional Greek Dancers, church tours, imported merchandise and food products in the Greek market. Times vary.
  • Pumpkin Round Up at George Ranch Historical Park | Saturday, October 14 | Ongoing – Trot through a pumpkin wonderland at the start of the gourd-ous season. Gather your friends and kiddos for a fall-rific photo op featuring a towering pumpkin display created with more than 20 types of pumpkins, gourds, plants and fall flowers. This event runs through Saturday, November 25. $10 and up; free for ages 3 and under. 9am to 5pm.
  • 2023 KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park in Second Ward | Saturday, October 21 | FREE – Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s annual family festival returns to the Second Ward park, filled with local entertainment, hands-on activities, live performers, face painters and much more. Costumes are encouraged. 11am to 3pm.
  • Sugar Land Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square | Saturday, October 21 | FREE – Take in traditional mariachi and ballet folklórico performances, Aztec dancers, Hispanic cuisine and more at this annual festival in Sugar Land for the whole family. Noon to 5pm.
  • Halloween Classic Car Show at National Museum of Funeral History | Saturday, October 28 – The NMFH hosts the annual Halloween Classic Car Show, featuring “trunk-or-treating” for candy amongst classic cars dressed up for the holiday. Costumes strongly encouraged. $10 per person; $15 per couple or family. 10am to 3pm.
  • Día de Muertos Festival at MECA Houston | Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29 | FREE – MECA’s annual two-day Día de los Muertos community festival in Sixth Ward returns, packed with delicious foods, live music and dance performances, arts and crafts activities, a local vendor market, artists, ofrendas and more. 11am to 7pm both days.
  • Halloween Spooktacular at the Bryan Museum | Sunday, October 29 | FREE – Come dressed and ready to scare at a Halloween Spooktacular in Galveston. Take your pick of activities at the outdoor celebration, complete with candy stations, outdoor games, a ghost hunt in the garden, spooky stories in the gazebo, a walking costume parade, photo opportunities, and more. Costumes are encouraged. All children ages 11 and under receive free admission to the museum when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 12:30pm to 2:30pm.
  • Island Boo Fest Trunk or Treat in Downtown Galveston | Sunday, October 29 | FREE – Galveston Golf Cart Society presents the return of the Island Boo Fest to downtown Galveston, featuring golf cart trunk or treat, kids costume contests, a golf cart decorating contest, a food drive, a downtown trick or treat, and more. Nonperishable food donations are encouraged for the Galveston County Food Bank. Free to attend; trick or treat open for ages 2 to 12. Decorated golf cart participation is $35. 1pm.
  • 2023 Fall Festivals around Greater Houston | Ongoing – With cooler weather comes a bustling festival season throughout the Greater Houston area, including many ideal for families and kids. We’ve gathered more than 75 festivals happening in the months ahead for your fall planning.

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Shea Kummer is a mom to 3 active boys living in Katy. She has a business degree from Texas Christian University and a background in social media management. When she's not cheering on her boys, she can be found looking for the best ways to make lasting family memories.