1. The Haunted Trail at Bear Branch: Sinister Circus
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department builds and creates themed scenes each year to create a haunted house in the woods. This year’s The Haunting at Bear Branch, themed Sinister Circus, is an approximate 10-minute guided haunted trail walk through the woods at Bear Branch Park and runs throughout the month of October. The Haunted Trail is recommended for ages 9 and features strobe lights, fog machines, pop out actors, loud music, props and theatrical scary scenes. Ticket sales stop at 9:30 p.m.
8-10 p.m. $8 per person. Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
2. Pumpkin Patch at Market Street
Market Street hosts its annual pumpkin patch in Central Park where families can take photos and pick out their Halloween pumpkin. The pumpkins are free while supplies last, however any donations given will benefit Interfaith of The Woodlands.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 281-419-4774. www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com
3. The Woodlands Village Associations’ Fall Flea Market
This cooperative effort between all villages in The Woodlands provides a way for residents to sell and purchase unwanted household goods. Proceeds from the flea market benefit scholarships, grants and other village association projects.
7-10:30 a.m. Free (buyers), $50-$100 (vendors). Town Center Parking Garage, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3976. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
4. Boos and Booze Halloween Party
SideBar at The Westin hosts this Halloween bash featuring specialty beverages, a complimentary taco bar, a DJ and costume contest. The winner of the costume contest will receive a $100 tab at SideBar and the contest will be judged by crowd participation.
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. SideBar The Woodlands, 2 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands. 832-839-5435. www.currentandsidebar.com
5. The Woodlands Fall Market & Fair
Christ Church United Methodist hosts this annual event featuring craft and vendor booths, a barbecue lunch, bake sale, silent auction, a pumpkin patch and children’s activities, such as face painting, sand art and fall crafts.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Christ Church United Methodist, 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 936-273-2030. www.cc-um.org
6. Gardening 102: Water-Wise Landscaping
Horticulturist Patrick Dickinson leads this free seminar on do-it-yourself, water-efficient landscape design. There are limited seats available for this event and registration is required.
8:30 a.m. (registration begins), 9 a.m.-noon (program). Free. The Woodlands Emergency Training Center, 16135 I-45 S., The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
7. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Woodlands Township
The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop off location at The Woodlands Township Town Hall front parking lot. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, The Woodlands Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration will collect unwanted medications for safe disposal as a free, anonymous service. Liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted; only pills and patches are accepted.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3884. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
City of Shenandoah
The Shenandoah Police Department and the DEA will also be collecting old, unused or unwanted drugs for safe disposal in honor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Shenandoah City Office Lobby, 29955 I-45 S., Shenandoah. 281-298-5522. www.shenandoahtx.us
8. Woodlands Church Fall Festival
The Woodlands Church hosts its annual fall festival featuring a hay maze, hay rides, carnival games, inflatables, food and fall photo op areas. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and the event is free and open to families of all ages.
6 p.m. (Oct. 28)-2 p.m. (Oct. 29). Free. Woodlands Church, 1 Fellowship Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-1900. www.wc.org
9. Trick-or-Treat Trail
This annual Halloween event will feature costume contests, carnival games, inflatables, balloon artists, strolling entertainment, a kid zone with Halloween crafts and a pumpkin patch photo area. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Town Green Park at various vendor booths.
3-6 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
10. North Panther Creek Fall Festival
This second annual event will feature face painting, inflatables, balloon artists and other children’s activities. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and can register for the chance to win a $500 giveaway.
3-5 p.m. Free. Meadowlake Park, 9501 North Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. www.waynephillipsproperties.com