Halloween is all about getting spooked, getting dressed up with family and friends, and of course, getting candy. Take your little ones to one of these great kid-friendly haunted houses and Halloween parties, all of them fun for children of all ages, but definitely fun for those who are easily scared.
6500 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
Animal lovers will have a great time at the Houston Zoo this Halloween, when the whole area is taken over by holiday festivities. Dress up your little ghouls and princesses, and wander the zoo’s many additions, including the haunted house that’s overtaken the bat exhibit. Other activities include a costume parade, trick-or-treating and a pumpkin patch where kids may make their own jack-o-lanterns. All of the zoo’s regular exhibits are also open: Don’t forget to visit the petting zoo, the giraffes and chimpanzees in the Africa exhibit, and watch a sea lion demonstration.
Children’s Museum of Houston
Houston, TX 77030
Prices: free with museum admission
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Dates: Oct. 13 to 31
The Children’s Museum of Houston’s annual Halloween Mansion is the happiest haunted house in the city. Safe for children of any age, the museum is decorated top to bottom with spooky, yet inviting ghosts, spiders, and all sorts of Halloween-y creepy crawlies. Walk through the now-haunted Kidtropolis and discover what a haunted city can look like – while learning all about how banks, stores, doctor’s offices, and other businesses help make your city successful. Special events, including trick-or-treating hours, will be offered throughout the month of October.
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
Date: Oct. 27 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This now annual event features a showing of a spooky Halloween movie in downtown’s Discovery Green. This year’s film will be Tim Burton’s Coraline (rated PG), which will be a little scary for those 6 and younger. Families are encouraged to picnic and dress up for the film, and wander through the decorated downtown park, which includes newly planted gravestones, living statues and fortune tellers. A costume contest will be held in the evening with prizes awarded to the best costumes by age group and species (dogs get to compete too).
415 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
Prices: free/$2 to $10 attractions
Hours: Oct. 1 to 31 – click here for hours
Bring the whole family down to the boardwalk and enjoy a Halloween evening by the water. Not one, but two haunted houses are available. For the brave and most daring, there’s the Dungeon of Doom Haunted House (recommended for older kids and adults), and for those who might be a little faint of heart, there’s the Little Boo Haunted Fun House (recommended for all ages). In addition to these two haunted houses, there will be trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating and live entertainment along the boardwalk, plus the regular rides and attractions. It might be a bit of a drive, but it’s a drive worth making this fall.
LaCenterra Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
Prices: $15 for dog walk entry/$10 for costume contest entry
Date: Oct. 27 – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public, this costumed parade of man’s best friend is open to all who love their pets and love a great time. Families with dogs will especially enjoy this opportunity to get out, wear a great costume and learn more about keeping man’s best friend safe and healthy from Citizens for Animal Protection. Children who are afraid of animals should not attend or be kept in strollers; all animals will be on leashes, but they might still be frightening to the little ones.