Harvest festivals, haunted houses: 12 things Bay Area activities to do this fall

Fall is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in the Bay Area, whether it involves checking out a family-friendly festival, getting out into nature or simply enjoying a beverage on a local patio. Here are some events and ideas for how to get out of the house this fall.

Key: F - Free, O - Outdoors, K - Kid-friendly, D - Food/drink for sale


Dungeon of Doom
Through Oct. 31
This haunted house attraction will put visitors in touch with the “dark side of reality.” The ghoul-filled dungeon is packed with frightening sights and sounds some may find too disturbing to handle. Mon.-Thu. 6-9 p.m., Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.-midnight, Sun. 2-10 p.m., Oct. 31 from 4-10 p.m. $15, $10 (students).
Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah
281-535-8100
www.kemahboardwalk.com





Ghost Tours of Galveston Island
Wednesdays-Saturdays:
Local paranormal expert Dash Beardsley gives guided tours of supposedly haunted locations on Galveston Island. Beardsley combines his knowledge of Galveston history with his passion for the supernatural to explain ghost sightings from local eyewitnesses. Bearsley offers three tours that vary in price and location. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Various locations
832-241-2623
www.ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com
Key: F






Celebration Seabrook
Oct. 12:
The fifth annual Celebration Seabrook includes live music performances from Jack Ingram, Flatland Cavalry and Bubba Westly; performance art; unique gifts and crafts; food and treats from popular food trucks; and a children’s zone with bounce houses and special shows. All ages welcome. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. $5 (adult), free (children 10 and under).
Meador Park, 2400 Hammer St., Seabrook
www.celebrationseabrook.com
Key: O, K, D





Ghostly Gardens
Oct. 12, 19, 26
On Saturdays throughout October, Moody Gardens will screen a 4D film and several classic horror movies that get progressively scarier as each night progresses. The Rainforest of Terror event will allow attendees to tour Moody Gardens’ Rainforest Pyramid to learn what frights animals face in the wild. There will be trick-or-treating and a costume contest Oct. 26. $9.95-$25.95.
Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston
409-744-4673
www.moodygardens.org/halloween
Key: K, D





Clear Lake Methodist Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 12-31
Clear Lake United Methodist Church will open its annual pumpkin patch for visitors to explore, take photos and buy pumpkins. Proceeds will go toward local organizations that help Bay Area residents in need. All ages welcome. Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun. 12:30-7:30 p.m. Costs vary.
16335 El Camino Real, Houston
281-488-5110
www.clearlakemethodist.org/fall
Key: F, O, K





Bayou Fest
Oct. 19
County musician and Texas native Clay Walker will perform a free concert as part of the family-friendly Bayou Fest in La Marque. The event includes many activities, such as a children’s fishing tournament; pumpkin carving contest; mutton-busting, which is a rodeo-style event in which children ride sheep; bounce houses; and more. There will be food trucks and craft vendors as well. All ages welcome. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.
Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road, La Marque
409-938-9255
www.facebook.com/lamarquebayoufest
Key: F, O, K, D






League City Harvest Festival
Oct.19
League City will host its annual Harvest Festival, which includes food, activities, a craft show, face painting, hay rides, a costume contest, a pumpkin-carving contest and more. All ages welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
League Park, 512 Second St., League City
281-554-1000
www.leaguecity.com
Key: F, O, K, D





Pumpkin Palooza
Oct. 25
The Clear Lake City Community Association will host a fall festival that includes a pumpkin patch, crafts, games, prizes, train rides, a petting zoo, live music, a fire truck, local vendors and more. Children can dress up in costumes and enjoy a scavenger hunt around the facility. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5.
16511 Diana Lane, Houston
www.clcca.org281-488-0360

Key: O, K, D





Oktoberfest
Oct. 25-26
The 38th annual Galveston Island Oktoberfest is a celebration of German heritage. Attendees can watch live musical entertainment on two stages, eat authentic German food, shop for fine arts and crafts from various vendors, participate in auctions, play games and more. All ages welcome. Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
First Lutheran Church of Galveston 2415 Winnie St., Galveston
409-762-8477
www.galvestonoktoberfest.com
Key: F, O, K, D





Creepy Crawlers
Oct. 26

This Halloween-themed event includes games and activities, including a night hike through the woods, face painting, a haystack dive and live animals. All ages welcome. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10, free (children 3 and under).
Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena
281-474-2551
www.abnc.org/events
Key: O, K, D





Boo dash
Oct. 26

Participate in this Halloween-themed 5K race, which includes a child-friendly race. The race has medals for top finishes as well as other activities including trick-or-treating, a costume contest and a haunted tunnel. This event will benefit the iCAN Foundation, which aims to eliminate childhood obesity. 8 a.m. $40-$45 (adults), $15 (children).

Key: O, K





Martyn Farm Harvest Festival
Nov. 9-10
The 39th annual Martyn Farm Harvest Festival includes several activities, such as children’s games, quilting, wagon rides, music, wood carving, butter-making, blacksmithing and more. The festival also features a raffle and a general store with homemade goods, toys, gifts, food and baked goods. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$12 (adults), $5-$8 (children 4-12, seniors).
Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd., Pasadena
281-474-2551
www.abnc.org/events
 


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By Jake Magee

Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.

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