GUIDE: 16 local fall activities worth checking out

(Courtesy Terror Isle Haunted Attraction)
(Courtesy Terror Isle Haunted Attraction)

(Courtesy Terror Isle Haunted Attraction)

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(Courtesy The Watershed Church)
There are a number of ways to enjoy fall in the Bay Area, from exploring haunted attractions and picking pumpkins to a day at Lagoonfest Texas and various Halloween festivals. The information for each event is accurate as of press time and is subject to change.

Pumpkin patches

Penny’s Beer Garden Pumpkin Patch

1001 N. FM 646, Dickinson


Hours: Thu.-Sun. through October

The Watershed Church Pumpkin Patch

E. League City Parkway, League City


Hours: vary through Oct. 31

Bay Harbour Church Pumpkin Patch

E. FM 518, League City


Hours: Mon.-Fri. 1-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31

Haunted attractions

Dungeon of Doom Kemah Haunted House

8 Kemah Boardwalk, Kemah


Hours: vary through Oct. 31

Terror Isle Haunted Attraction

518 N. Sixth St., Texas City


Hours: vary Oct. 1-Nov. 6

Haunted Mayfield Manor

2313 Harborside Drive, Galveston


Hours: vary year-round

Other fall events

Every Saturday: Nassau Bay Farmers Market

Residents can peruse locally sourced products. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

2332 E. NASA Parkway, Houston


Oct. 30: Harbor Halloween Party on the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

The official tall ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA, turns 144, and guests can board the ship in costume to celebrate. Cake, food, complimentary beer, dockside music and more are included in ticket purchase. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be given in special categories. $75. 6-9 p.m.

Galveston Historic Seaport, Pier 22, Ste. 8, Galveston


Oct. 31: Halloween Kid’s Bash

Families can bring their children to Aquarium Restaurant for arts and crafts and trick-or-treating on the Kemah Boardwalk. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah


Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31: Fallfest at Lagoonfest Texas

During Fallfest at Lagoonfest Texas, guests can enjoy access to the Lago Mar community’s 12-acre Crystal Lagoons amenity with fall-themed twists. There will be Halloween-themed inflatables in addition to the kayaks, paddleboards, a 185-foot Titan slide, bumper boats and more. A children’s costume contest is also planned for Oct. 30 and 31. Sat. noon-8 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m.

3240 Lago Mar Blvd., Texas City


Oct. 30: Webster Halloween Festival

The city’s annual Halloween festival will include games, food vendors, a haunted house and more. 6-9 p.m.

17100 Texas Ave., Webster


Oct. 23: Halloween in the Park

This Halloween event features a costume contest, a hayride, games and live music. Local businesses will participate in a trunk-or-treat. 6-8 p.m.

18900 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay


Oct. 29: Movie night at the 1838 Menard House

The oldest house in Galveston is hosting a “Hocus Pocus” movie screening event. Guests should bring their own blankets and chairs. 6:30-9 p.m.

1605 33rd St., Galveston


Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30: Galveston Ghost Stories at the 1838 Menard HouseGalveston Island’s oldest home serves as host for a tour of Galveston’s most haunted history. Complimentary beer and wine will be served. 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $45.

1605 33rd St., Galveston


Oct. 22, 29 and 30: Haunted Harbor Tours on Seagull II

Guests will hear about the Galveston Bay’s haunted history on this 90-minute tour. Guests can bring their own alcohol to the event. 4:30-6 p.m. $25.

Galveston Historic Seaport, Pier 22, Ste. 8, Galveston


Oct. 31: Trick-or-treating at the Menard House

Individual bags of candy will be given to young guests. 5-6 p.m.

1605 33rd St., Galveston

By Sierra Rozen

Metro Reporter, South Houston

Sierra joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in September of 2021 after graduating with a degree in communication and a minor in journalism from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Sierra covers all things in the South Houston area but in particular covers Friendswood ISD, Friendswood City Council and Harris County METRO. Prior to CI, Sierra served as the viewpoints and life and arts editor for Hilltop Views, as well as interning for Austin Woman Magazine.

By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including 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 the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.



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