Photo: The pumpkin patch at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood will be open for business beginning October 16.
The long-awaited cooler temperatures are always in time with the community's abundance of festive fall activities. From pumpkins to goblins and cider to spiders, the time has come for churches, schools and organizations to host their fall festivals and other seasonal events.
Below is a sampling of the fun to be had in this wonderful community that we call home.
ATASCOCITA LUTHERAN FALL FESTIVAL
LAKE HOUSTON UMC PUMPKIN PATCH AND FESTIVAL
Lake Houston United Methodist Church, 23606 FM 2100 in Huffman, is home to a very large Pumpkin Patch throughout the month of October. Starting Oct. 6, the Pumpkin Patch is open daily (M-F 3-dusk, Sat. 9-dusk, Sun. noon-dusk) throughout the month. LHUMC will also host their annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct.18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be rides, inflatables, face painting, vendor booths, silent auction, pie baking contest, DJ, BBQ, kettle corn and more! For more information, donations and booth availability, call 281-324-1541.
GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH FALL EVENTS
KINGWOOD GARDEN CENTER FALL FESTIVAL
This event will take place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Kingwood Garden Center, 1216 Stonehollow Drive. It promises to be a fun day with pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and refreshments. Kids are welcome to come in costume and admission is free. For more information, visit kingwoodgardencenter.com.
ELMER'S FALL FEST AT BEAR BRANCH ELEMENTARY
ST. MARY'S FALL FESTIVAL
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 527 South Houston Avenue in Humble, invites the community to its Fall Festival from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The event will feature games, music, a silent auction, petting zoo, Halloween costume contest, pumpkin patch, cake walk, an entertainment tent, a country kitchen, food and more. Admission is free. Tickets for games, activities and food will be available for purchase. For more information, call 281-446-8211 or visit st-mm.com/fall festival.
KINGWOOD WOMEN’S CLUB HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE
LIGHT THE NIGHT
The event will be held Friday, Oct. 31, at Kingwood’s Town Center. This free fall festival event is hosted by Woodridge Baptist Church in Kingwood. Come out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and enjoy inflatables, face painting, crafts, balloon animals, candy, live music, a magic show and more. For more information, visit woodridge.org or call 281-361-6800.
WARREN'S ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH
Through Oct. 31, there will be a pumpkin patch (open to the public) at Warren's, 1675 Northpark Drive in Kingwood, where visitors of all ages can choose from pumpkins perfect for carving, gourds, specialty pumpkins and even corn to top off their fall decor.
TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
This year, the Texas Renaissance Festival celebrates 40 years of food, fun and magical weekends from Oct. 11-Nov. 30, as well as Thanksgiving Friday. Organizers promise an unforgettable season of eight themed weekends, filled with new surprises and the same medieval cheer, lively characters and turkey legs that have made the event famous. The adventures continue from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. throughout the festival season, with magical fantasy themes including 1001 Dreams, All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling, and Celtic Christmas. For a full schedule of events, visit texrenfest.com.
THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280, will host this ultimate Halloween party Friday, Oct. 31, from 4-8 p.m. – full of child-friendly games, art projects and activities. Nothing will be scary; it’s all about fun. Costumes are encouraged. The cost is $9 for children, ages 1 and up, who are not members, and $7 for children who are members. Adults, members and non-members, $1. Pre-sales start Oct. 15. For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.