National Night Out, an annual community campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, is holding its 40th annual event Oct. 3. The following are a few ways to participate in National Night Out across the Greater Houston area.

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office officials said Fort Bend County citizens can celebrate National Night Out by joining neighbors at block parties across the county. To participate, neighborhoods can host outdoor gatherings or join in by turning on their front porch light to show support for law enforcement. Those interested in hosting an event can register online by 5 p.m. Sept. 30 to ensure an officer from the sheriff's office attends the event.West University Place

West University Place is holding its first National Night Out Community Block Party with an evening of community engagement, entertainment and an opportunity to engage with local law enforcement. There will also be a variety of kid-friendly activities, such as photo opportunities with Chase and Marshall from "Paw Patrol," face painting, a balloon artist and a music zone. Child ID and fingerprint services will also be available.
  • Oct. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Free
  • Colonial Park, 4130 Byron St., Houston
The Woodlands Township

Residents are encouraged to host parties for the Woodlands Township National Night Out event. Anyone interested in hosting a block party can fill out a registration form online. The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services can provide National Night Out party supplies. Available supplies may include balloons, giveaways and yard signs.Conroe

Conroe police are participating in National Night Out with free food and music in the community.Montgomery

In place of National Night Out, Montgomery’s police department is partnering with local churches to host its first annual Faith & Blue event. This event will have games, prizes, face painting and entertainment, such as an opportunity to dunk an officer in a dunk tank.Magnolia

The Magnolia Police Department invites community members to its National Night Out for an opportunity to meet local law enforcement as well as the fire department. This event will have free hot dogs and face painting.Tomball

The city of Tomball invites community members to join in the celebration of National Night Out with neighbors, local law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services and city officials. This event will have music, food and games.Shadow Creek Ranch

Shadow Creek Ranch community members are invited to National Night Out with a DJ, food trucks for purchase and free ice cream from King’s Ice Cream Truck. There will also be kid-friendly activities, including face painting, balloons, a bounce house and a petting zoo. The Pearland police, Alvin ISD police, Brazoria County Constable’s Office, sheriff’s office and the fire department have been invited to stop by and interact with attendees.North Houston District

The North Houston District is bringing community members together with its National Night Event with several activities, including a tug-of-war competition, live performances, a dance competition, a K-9 officer demonstration and giveaways. Local law enforcement, businesses, military members and community sponsors will be in attendance. According to North Houston District Officials, this National Night Out celebration is one of the largest National Night Out events in Houston.