17 ways to have fun this fall in Tomball, Magnolia

The city of Tomball's Freight Train Food Truck Festival returns for its fourth year on Oct. 19.

The city of Tomball's Freight Train Food Truck Festival returns for its fourth year on Oct. 19.

Fall is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in Tomball and Magnolia, 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.

Scarecrow Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31: The annual Scarecrow Festival and Pumpkin Patch kicked off Oct. 1 at Oil Ranch, featuring 56 acres of pumpkins and 85 life-sized scarecrows. Children ages 12 and younger receive a free pumpkin with ticket purchase. Other pumpkins are available for an additional cost. Each general admission ticket gives access to Oil Ranch’s amenities, such as milking cows, pony rides, mini golf and fishing. Paddle boats also return to the festival after a 14-year absence. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). $15.95 (Mon.-Fri.), $19.95 (Sat.-Sun.).
Oil Ranch, 23501 Macedonia Road, Hockley

Uncle Bud’s Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 5-26: Weinberg’s Rosehill Farms hosts its inaugural fall activities spanning weekends in October. Owner Bud Weinberg said activities include hayrides, photo opportunities with face hole cutouts, old tractors and farm equipment on display, and corn shelling demonstrations—shelling dry corn off the cob for livestock feed. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturdays), noon-5 p.m. (Sundays). $5 per person, free (under age 3).
Weinberg’s Rosehill Farms, 17207 FM 2920, Tomball

Tomball Corn Maze
Oct. 12-Nov. 3: The 5-acre corn maze returns with the theme "Under the Big Top." Activities and gams, such as assorted yard games, are included in admission. The maze is open to all ages, but children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. A maze has also been added this year for younger children. Special events will be held throughout the maze season, including a fall festival, pumpkin patch and a flashlight maze. Proceeds go to Salem Lutheran Church's children's ministry. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.). $12 (ages 6 and older), $6 (ages 3-5), free (age 2 and younger).
Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball

Zomball in Tomball
Oct. 12: Enjoy the city of Tomball’s eighth annual Halloween celebration, including a “monster-sized” trunk-or-treat, kid-friendly attractions, a movie under the stars, a spooky-themed maze and other entertainment. Costumes are encouraged. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission, parking).
Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball

Houston Spain Fest
Oct. 12: Hosted by The Woodlands Equestrian Club, the inaugural festival features Spanish cuisine, pony rides, a Spanish horses exhibition, barn visits, children’s activities, music, and cultural art and dance. Proceeds benefit House of Hope. Noon-5 p.m. $10 (general admission).
Woodlands Equestrian Club, 10422 Hufsmith Road, Tomball

Come together benefiting Inspiring Hands
Oct. 19: Local nonprofit Inspiring Hands hosts an event featuring a chili cookoff, a raffle, silent and live auctions, prizes and live music. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and children’s activities will be offered. 4-8 p.m. $40 (one entry), $50 (two entries).
Molly’s Pub, 28107 Hwy. 249, Tomball

Freight Train Food Truck Festival
Oct. 19: Visit 20 different food trucks at the city of Tomball’s fourth annual food truck festival, which also features live music from Folk Family Revival and other Houston-area musicians. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission, parking).
Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball

St. Anne Catholic Community Fall Bazaar
Oct. 20: This annual, family-friendly fundraiser benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and other church programs. The indoor and outdoor event features barbecue from the Knights of Columbus, desserts, bingo, inflatables, crafts, live music, live and silent auctions, and games. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
St. Anne Catholic Church, 1111 S. Cherry St., Tomball

Halloween Spooktacular Concert
Oct. 22: The Halloween-themed concert features the Lone Star College-Tomball Concert Choir and department musicians as well as the Tomball Intermediate School Choir. 7 p.m. $10 (general admission), $5 (students and staff).
Performing Arts Center, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball

Tomball Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 26: The eighth annual bluegrass music festival, hosted by the city of Tomball, features a day of old-style roots music from Lone Star Bluegrass Band, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and The Coleman Brothers. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments and play at the Shade Tree Jam. The festival also includes vendors and a children’s zone. Noon-6 p.m. Free (admission, parking).
Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball

The Market and Festival at Wildwood
Oct. 26: Wildwood United Methodist Church hosts a local artisan market and fall festival open to the community. The indoor market features 49 vendors from local artisans and small businesses. Festival activities include food trucks, crafts, face painting, pumpkin bowling, inflatables, live music and other family activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (market), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (festival). Free (admission).
Wildwood UMC, 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia

First Baptist Church of Magnolia Fall Festival
Oct. 26: First Baptist Church of Magnolia invites the community to its fall festival, featuring games, candy giveaways, food, inflatables and other activities. The event is outdoors but will be moved inside if there is inclement weather. 2-5 p.m. Free.
First Baptist Church of Magnolia, 18525 FM 1488, Magnolia

Halloween ComicFest
Oct. 26Phase 1 Comics and Games participates in Halloween ComicFest, a national event, with a family-oriented event at the Tomball store. Attendees receive Halloween-themed comic books to promote literacy and creativity. Activities also include cosplay, crafts and a special appearance by Yancey Labat, the artist of the "DC Superhero Girls" graphic novel series, according to a news release from Phase 1. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission).
Phase 1 Comics and Games, 28301 Business 249, Ste. 500, Tomball

Trunk or Treat
Oct. 31: Medella Urgent Care and friends hosts a trunk-or-treat event open to children of all ages. Car trunks will be decorated in non-scary themes with treats available for attendees. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Brookshire Brothers and Sonic, 18535 FM 1488, Magnolia

Family Fall Festival
Nov. 2: Hosted by Grace Church Tomball, festival activities will include games, bounce houses, free food, pony rides, a petting zoo and opportunities to win prizes. The event is open to the community. 5-8 p.m. Free.
Grace Church, 31713 Hwy. 249, Pinehurst

Mid-Week Market Kickoff
Nov. 6: The Wilderness Campground is kicking off its indoor Mid-Week Market, which will reopen once per week. Founder Homer Allison said he created this concept to meet the need to restock fresh, local produce for those in the community who shop at weekend farmers markets. Crepes, bagels and a variety of specialty coffees will also be available for breakfast. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Wilderness Campground, 14310 FM 1488, Magnolia

Cooking 4 Courage Cookoff
Nov. 8-9: Magnolia-based nonprofit Texans United for Freedom presents its annual two-day Cooking 4 Courage barbecue cookoff. In addition to a cookoff, the event includes live music, vendors, live and silent auctions, a cornhole tournament and a children’s zone. The event honors military veterans, and funds raised will benefit TUFF, the Lone Survivor Foundation, Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare and VFW Post 4709. The cookoff entry deadline is Oct. 28. Fri. 5-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $5 (admission).
Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 9333 Airport Road, Conroe

By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


A portion of FM 1488 in Magnolia is scheduled to be closed this weekend. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
FM 1488 lanes closed Jan. 25-26; Hwy. 249 lane closure set

A total closure of eastbound and westbound lanes of FM 1488 between Ravenswood Drive and Buddy Riley Boulevard in Magnolia is scheduled for Jan. 25-26, according to the Houston TranStar database . The road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25-26. Drivers can detour using FM 1774 and FM 149.

Houston-area hospitals to close include the Tomball, Spring, Heights and Bay Area locations of Kindred Hospital, according to the statement. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kindred Healthcare to close 6 Houston, Dallas locations

Four Houston-area locations of Kindred Hospital will close by March 17.

Mead is available on tap or in the bottle. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thirsty Bee Meadery, a first for Tomball, opens on Commerce Street

Kelly and Matt Brantley opened Thirsty Bee Meadery in early January at 108 Commerce St., Tomball.

The Tomball ISD District Zone Committee reconvened Jan. 23 to discuss options for realigning junior high boundaries in the southern portion of the district after the board of trustees took no action to approve previously recommended junior high boundaries in December. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tomball committee reconvenes to discuss new junior high boundaries

New junior high boundaries in Tomball ISD could be determined Feb. 11 following a vote by the TISD board of trustees

“Trending Fear”—a Travel Channel series that debuted in the fall—visited Old Town Tomball to film the episode “Ghost Train to Terror,” which aired Jan. 10 and features Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travel Channel’s ‘Trending Fear’ spotlights Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue

“Trending Fear”—a Travel Channel series that debuted in the fall—visited Old Town Tomball to film the episode “Ghost Train to Terror,” which aired Jan. 10.

raveneaux country club
Official: Raveneaux Country Club deal expected to close in late January without further Commissioners Court action

According to the HCFCD, the action taken by Harris County Commissioners Court earlier this month both authorized and approved the acquisition, meaning the deal is expected to close by Jan. 30 without another vote.

leo's shelf lone star college university park food pantry
Lone Star College-University Park launches Leo’s Shelf, an on-site food pantry

The food pantry is designed to serve campus community members with free grab-and-go meals, snacks, nonperishable pantry items and personal hygiene products.

Road work is still ongoing on the widening of FM 2978 in the Magnolia area. (Courtesy Fotolia)
FM 2978 widening still ongoing in Magnolia

Construction on the widening of FM 2978 in the Magnolia area is still ongoing.

Construction to widen Spring Cypress Road from Hwy. 249 to Hufsmith-Kohrville Road is scheduled to be complete in February. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Spring Cypress Road widening to be complete in February

Construction on Spring Cypress Road between Hwy. 249 and Hufsmith-Kohrville Road is scheduled to be complete in February.

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