Halloween 2015 is coming soon, and celebrations are already underway. If you celebrate Halloween with your kids, chances are that they’re already thinking about which costumes to buy or build, where to trick-or-treat, and where the best parties are. If you’re just moving to Houston, or you’re looking for a new way to celebrate, this list of family-friendly Halloween events is for you:
●The Monsters’ Musuem of Houston: From October 10 to October 31, the Childrens’ Museum of Houston will be transformed into a Halloween wonderland. There will be trick-or-treating every day of this spooky celebration, plus activities like drippy monster crafts, howling monster call classes, and bat wing building. Check the museum’s web site for its calendar of family-friendly Halloween performances, including storytelling, a magic show, pumpkin decorating, and a frightening fashion show. Come to the museum at 8pm on October 31 for Moe’s Monster Mash Bash Halloween party, too!
●Zoo Boo: This is Houston’s largest family-friendly Halloween event! Hosted by the Houston Zoo, Zoo Boo offers a pumpkin patch and decorating station, a monster mural kids can add to, a candy cave to admire, a kid-friendly maze, and Halloween-themed animal exhibits, plus trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo.
●ArBOOretum: The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center lets you and the family enjoy Halloween in the great outdoors. The Trick-or-Treat Trail along a nature path lets kids safely get their candy fix while learning about our state’s native plants and animals. There will also be hay rides through a forest, train rides, pumpkin decorating, and chances to meet and pet animals.
●The Houston Symphony: Houston’s resident professional symphony orchestra will perform two Halloween-themed concerts designed for families and kids of all ages. On Friday, October 23, the Hocus Pocus Pops show at Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands will feature spooky music, plus a chance for kids to get on stage and show off their Halloween style in a costume parade. On October 31, the Ghostbusters & Ghouls show at Jones Hall in downtown Houston will feature popular spooky songs, including “Ghostbusters” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Kids will be welcomed onstage for a costume parade at this concert, too.
●Boo on the Boardwalk: If you and your little ones are in the mood for a short trip to the seaside, head out to the Kemah Boardwalk to catch its month-long Halloween celebration. Enjoy a gentle haunted house designed for younger children, a scarier dungeon for older kids and adults, costume contests, and plenty of live entertainment.