There are a number of ways to enjoy fall in The Woodlands area, whether checking out a family-friendly festival, facing fears at a spooky haunted house or getting out into nature to enjoy the weather. The information for each event is accurate as of press time and is subject to change.



Take part in the Wine Walk

Wine and Food Week will host the 18th annual Wine Walk with the theme “Illuminated.” Attendees are encouraged to put on their favorite light-up attire or use the light sticks and glow necklaces that will be provided. More than 40 wine tasting tents will be set up, and more than 40 beer selections as well as dozens of culinary offerings from area businesses will be available. 6 p.m. $65-$95. Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. 713-557-5732.

07 through 29

Get in the spirit at Bear Branch Park

The Haunting of Bear Branch Park returns on Fridays and Saturdays through October for families to enjoy. This year’s event features mazes, twists and tunnels along with a panic room. Fast passes became available Sept. 12. 8 p.m. $9-$20. Bear Branch Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950.


Ring in fall with Oak Ridge North

The city of Oak Ridge North will host its eighth annual family-friendly fall festival at Marilyn Edgar Park. The festival will feature vendor booths and food, and entertainment options include face painting, balloons, a photo booth, old-fashioned carnival games and prize giveaways. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648.


Celebrate Howl-o-Ween with pets

Operation Pets Alive is hosting the annual Howl-o-Ween Festival to raise money for Operation Pets Alive and Friends of Faye. Entertainment and activities will include market vendors and food trucks, and dozens of pets will be available for adoption. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands.


Celebrate Halloween at the YMCA

Participants can celebrate the spooky season by bringing nonperishable goods to help stock the YMCA food pantry during the Halloween at the YMCA event. The event will include costumes, trunk-or-treat stops, carnival games, face art, balloon art and concessions available for purchase. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. 6 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Family YMCA, 6145 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622.


Fire up the grill with Sterling Ridge

Sterling Ridge Village Association’s annual BBQ Challenge and Kids Festival features free barbecue prepared by neighborhood teams as well as hot dogs, children’s games, bounce houses, and meet and greets with members of The Woodlands Fire Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sponsors of the event will see their money funding annual grants to Deretchin, Smith and Coulson Tough elementary schools. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Cranebrook Park, 11800 Cranebrook Drive, The Woodlands.


Visit Cochran’s Crossing Fall Festival

Cochran’s Crossing Village Association’s annual Fall Festival will take place at Shadowbend Park. Attractions for all ages include games, food, a petting zoo and bounce houses. All proceeds from the event will go toward Cochran’s Crossing scholarships. 1-4 p.m. Free. Shadowbend Park, 4991 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands.


Run a 5K

The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation will hold a Glow and Go 5k. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best glow-in-the-dark costumes. The race is recommended for age 10 and older. The course will incorporate the entire length of the Waterway and is chip timed. Race day registration is not available. 7 p.m. $35. The Woodlands Waterway, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.


Bring children to a Monster Mash

The Woodlands Children’s Museum holds an annual SpookTacular Halloween Monster Mash Party featuring child-friendly games and activities. Children are welcome to wear costumes. The event includes live music with Mr. Will, art projects, science monster slime and face painting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955.


Trick or Treat with The Woodlands Township

The Rob Fleming Park Recreation Center will be open for trick-or-treating at its Monster Mash Trick-or-Treat Stop. In addition to trick-or-treating, activities include inflatables, games, crafts and costume contests. 2-5 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park Recreation Center, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.



Smash pumpkins with The Woodlands Township

The Woodlands Township’s Pumpkin Smash allows residents to dispose of their Halloween pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns. There is no limit on the number of pumpkins attendees may bring. Residents may choose how they would like to smash their pumpkins—a catapult, a baseball bat or a 30-foot drop. Residents must wear safety goggles, gloves and closed-toe shoes. Safety gear is available to borrow at the event. Free. 4-6 p.m. Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, 80001 McBeth Way, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.

12 through 13

Journey under water with Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital-The Woodlands hosts its Children’s Festival featuring multiple performers, character meet and greets, a toddler area, arts and crafts, and other hands-on activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.) $10. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-364-3010.


Kick off the holidays

The Woodlands Township hosts its traditional Lighting of the Doves Festival to signify the beginning on the holiday season. The event will culminate with the illumination of giant doves to symbolize peace in the community. Other festival activities include face painting, balloon art and crafts. Attendees may purchase a $5 wristband for access to snow play areas and snow slides. 3-8 p.m. Free. Town Green Park. 2009 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.