Explore a haunted house, visit the Houston Zoo: 5 things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Oct. 19-21

The Texas Renaissance Festival runs Sept. 29-Nov. 25 for its 44th festival season.

The Texas Renaissance Festival runs Sept. 29-Nov. 25 for its 44th festival season.

As Halloween approaches, there are plenty of fall-themed events happening just around the corner. Here are five things to do in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Oct. 19-21:


1. Enjoy a Pirate Adventure at the Texas Renaissance Festival, Oct. 20-21
The Texas Renaissance Festival continues its 44th season with an pirate-themed weekend featuring various activities, including live shows, food vendors, shopping and games. Times vary. $12.95-$32. Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission. 800-458-3435. www.texrenfest.com





2. Take a spooky trip to the Houston Zoo, Oct. 19-21
Celebrate Halloween early at the Houston Zoo's Halloween event. Zoo Boo activities include a pumpkin patch, the Monster Mural and the Spooky Stamps Station. Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with general admission. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. www.houstonzoo.org/zooboo





3. Get spooked at a haunted house, Oct. 19-21
The National Museum of Funeral History presents its annual Halloween Haunted House. This year's theme explores the town of Dreadford Falls after a local nuclear power plant has melted down. Times vary. $3-$5. Tickets are half-price when purchased with a museum entry. National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston. 281-876-3063. www.nmfh.org/u/calendar/annual-halloween-haunted-house





4. Attend Boo on the Boardwalk, Oct. 19-21
Kemah Boardwalk's annual Boo on the Boardwalk event is taking place this weekend and throughout the month of October. The event includes pumpkin decorating, costume contests for children, magic shoes and Halloween movie screenings. Times vary. Regular admission price. Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah. 877-285-3624. www.kemahboardwalk.com/featuring/boo-on-the-boardwalk





5. Go watch "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.," presented by Inspiration Stage, Oct. 19-21
Sugar Land's Inspiration Stage presents "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr." this weekend. The show is based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. Sugar Land Auditorium, 266 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land. 713-302-5329. www.inspirationstage.com/shows/chitty-chitty-bang-bang-jr


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By Eva Vigh

Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.

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