The Woodlands Guide

Halloween in The Woodlands Texas

The Woodlands Halloween Guide

Looking for something fun, safe and festive for the kids this Halloween? There are a number of activities and events going on in and around The Woodlands. Everything from FREE events to those that are nominally priced, you're sure to find a spooktacular way to pass the time until going trick-or-treating on All Hallows Eve!

Annual Halloween Favorites

Mad Hatter Tea Party Woodlands Children's Museum
Haunting Bear Branch Park
Hocus Pocus Pops Symphony
Trick or Treat Trail The Woodlands Northshore Park

Hocus Pocus Pops!

Hocus Pocus Pops Symphony

An evening of spooky sounds and creepy creatures awaits for goblins and ghouls of all ages at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion! Houston Symphony conductor Lucus Waldin mesmerizes the audience into a nightmarish performance of horrifying horns, bewitching bassoons, and chilling cellos.
Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume for a chance to walk on stage during the concert; the first 100 boys and girls to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza, fully costumed, get the chance to march in the Goblin Parade (wristbands are required to participate in the Goblin Parade). Or jump on the Great Pumpkin Express as it leaves the station to sweep you away on a tour of The Pavilion’s haunted grounds.

Train rides aboard the Great Pumpkin Express begin at 5:30 in the Gold Lot. Haunting the plazas before dusk are pre-concert activities, starting when the gates open at 6:00 PM.
Hocus Pocus Pops is Friday, October 12, 2018 at The Pavilion. Tickets for the orchestra seating (sections 101, 102, 103 and the pit) are only $20, with all other seats, and the lawn, free of charge. As always, plenty of free parking is available.

The Woodlands Children's Museum Annual Spook-tacular

Woodlands Children's Museum Spooktacular

Kids ages 7 and under can have the best fun at The Woodlands Children's Museum Halloween Spook-tacular! There will be stage entertainment, a bone dig, monster truck, monster eyes, creepy crawly sensory play, a pumpkin ring toss, mummy wrap, pin the nose on the cat, a bean bag toss haunted house, monster bowling, pom pom cases, dunkin’ ducks, pumpkin shooters, face painting, a photo booth, pin the bow-tie on the skeleton, and art projects like a Halloween necklace and Monster bags!

Since the museum caters to young children, nothing will be scary. Costumes are encouraged! Please note: In keeping with the museum's health and wellness initiatives candy will not be served at this event. Held on Wednesday, October 31 between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, this event is open to members and non-members. Cost is only $4 for members and $10 for non-members. The Woodlands Children's Museum is located in the Panther Creek Shopping Center at 4775 West Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands 77381. Call them at 281 465-0955 for more information.

Monster Mash @ Rob FLeming Park

Monster Mash Rob Fleming Park Creekside

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park is open and celebrating Halloween this year, and you are invited! Stop in between 5:00 - 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Activities include trick or treating with dressed-up recreation staff, inflatables, games, crafts, costume contests every 30 minutes and more! It will be a spooktacular time, so be sure to put The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming on your Trick-or-Treat route this Halloween!
Monster Mash is open to trick-or-treat-ers of all ages, and admission is FREE! Concessions will also be available for purchase. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming is located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands 77389

Trick or Treat Trail @ Northshore Park

Trick or Treat Trail @ Northshore Park

A FREE event for all ages; Trick or treat at Northshore Park for festive fun and special treats! This free event will have fun for the entire family and attendees are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best. While at the Trick or Treat Trail, kids will have the opportunity to trick or treat from booth to booth and fill their bags with goodies from more than 30 local vendors.

Plus, the event includes children's activities, strolling entertainment, inflatables and costume contests. This festive event is expected to draw over a thousand attendees and is produced by The Woodlands Development Company and The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department. The Trick or Treat Trail will be held in October 2019.

  • Costume Contests will take place at 3:15, 4:00, 4:45 and 5:30 PM
  • Participants may only compete in one contest.
  • Participants must be in the Costume Contest Corral prior to the start of the contest to participate. Once the contest begins, no additional participants will be added.
  • There will be a maximum of 50 participants per contest.
  • Participants will receive a number in the Costume Contest Corral and wear it until the end of the contest.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes per contest (no age group or categories).

Pumpkin Patches

7 Acre Thrill at the Mill

7 Acre Wood - Thrill at the Mill

The 18th Annual Free Thrill at The Mill and Vendor Market will be held at 7 Acre Wood (4401 N. Frazier, Conroe 77303) on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Free Admission into park and vendor show, candy, and more. Tickets will be sold for extra rides and activities. Vendors can apply online for a booth space. Call 936 890-2326 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Fall Festival The Woodlands Mall

Fall Costume & Treat Trail at the Carousel

Chick-fil-A at The Woodlands Mall invites everyone young and old to come in costume to The Carousel at The Woodlands Mall on Friday, October 19 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Spend time with the Chick-fil-A cows, ridge the carousel, enjoy treats and more! For more information, contact Chick-fil-A The Woodlands at 281 364-0475. The Carousel is located upstairs, near the food court at The Woodlands Mall; 1201 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands 77380.

Wooldands Church Fall Festival

Woodlands Church - Fall Festival

Bring out the whole family in your favorite costumes and experience the fun-filled festivities! The Fall Festival includes a pumpkin patch, princesses and your favorite characters to interact with, a hay maze & ride, carnival games, inflatables, and delicious food! Woodlands Church is located at One Fellowship Drive, The Woodlands 77384; if you have questions please contact Hunter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oak Ridge North Fall Festival

Oak Ridge North Fall Festival

The City of Oak Ridge North will host the fourth Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Along with vendor booths, the free event will feature great food, face painting, balloons, photo booth, pumpkin patch, bounce houses, trackless train, old fashion carnival games, prize giveaways and much more! The festival will be held in Marilyn Edgar Park located at 26531 Hillside Drive in Oak Ridge North. Contact Sarah McClure at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832 381-3215 for more information.

Pumpkin Fest P6 Montgomery

Pumpkin Fest, Field of Screams at P-6 Farms

Visitors to P-6 Farms are in for a whole lot of treats this year; check out the fall festival every weekend, October 6 - November 10, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM on Saturdays, and noon - 6:00 PM on Sundays. The Fall Festival is a wealth of fun with the corn maze, cow train, candy cannon, hay rides, vintage park, jumping pillow, apple blasters, a hay maze and more! Plus, after dark enter the Field of Screams if you dare! Opening at dark, try to survive the haunted corn maze and the petrifying pallet maze. Ticket prices for all this and more information available on their website. P-6 Farms is located at 963 Poole's Road, Montgomery 77356. Contact them at 936 597-6062.

The Woodlands Guide to Halloween
The Woodlands Pavilion Guest Policies

What can I bring into The Woodlands Pavilion?

No one wants to have a bad time when attending a show at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Adhering to these policies for The Woodlands Pavilion will go a long way toward ensuring guests have an enjoyable experience.

Remember, these policies exist for the safety of everyone - staff, volunteers, the artists, and for the safety of other guests. This page explains items that are not permitted into the facility, as well as those that are permitted on a show-by-show basis. Bear in mind these policies may change at any time, and are beyond the control of The Woodlands Events. When in doubt, click on the link above or contact The Pavilion information line at 281 364-3024, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday, and through intermission on event days. In the interest of public safety, guests are always subject to a search upon entering the concert facility. Guests who refuse to be searched may be denied entrance to the amphitheater and refunded their ticket purchase price (excluding service charge fees). The Pavilion's search policy is generally on concert-by-concert basis and the probability that guests might be carrying prohibited items into The Pavilion. The Pavilion will no longer accept bags (purses, backpacks, etc.) of any kind at the Information Booths. Unless restricted by the event, bags will still be allowed into the facility, subject to a security check at the gate. At each entrance gate, there are walk-through metal detectors similar to those used in most stadiums and arenas. As you pass through the metal detectors, bags, hats, phones, cameras, smart watches and other large metal objects will need to removed and shown to Pavilion Event Staff. Coins, belts, keys and wallets however, may remain in your pocket or on your person.

The Woodlands Pavilion management and staff will NOT tolerate the following actions or behavior from any guest:

  • Throwing any objects for obvious safety reasons.
  • Reselling tickets at any time on the grounds of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is prohibited. The Pavilion is on private property and reserves the right not to allow the resale of concert tickets at any time on the property. Additionally, CWMP prohibits the resale of tickets due to the likelihood that those tickets may be counterfeit, and you will be refused entry should a counterfeit ticket be detected. You assume all risk when purchasing tickets through non-authorized ticket centers.
  • No re-entry to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This policy has been instituted to prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages and illegal substances, as well as tailgating in the parking lots. Some exceptions will be made, but you must have approval from the appropriate gate supervisor.
  • Tailgating is not allowed in the parking lots surrounding The Pavilion. The lots are privately owned and the owners have made the decision to not allow tailgating. Soliciting or vending of any kind is not permitted on the grounds of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This includes the distribution of fliers, selling of goods, etc., on the grounds, unless pre-arranged and authorized by The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion management.
  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not allowed in the reserved seating areas. Smoking is, however, permitted on The Pavilion lawn or in the concession plazas.
  • Guests who show signs of illegal substance abuse or intoxication may be refused entry.
  • State of Texas Fire regulations prohibit people from congregating in areas other than those designated for seating (Places of Assembly in the State of Texas, Article 25, Section 25.107). Therefore, standing or dancing in the aisles or on the stairways is not permitted.
  • Standing on the seats is not allowed. Because the chairs are not designed to be stood upon, it is not safe, and also causes sight problems for guests sitting behind you.
    *subject to change

Things you canNOT bring into
The Woodlands Pavilion

Items not allowed into the PavilionThe following items are only a partial list of items which are NOT permitted: In the interest of public safety, guests are always subject to a search upon entering the facility. Guests who refuse the search may be denied entrance.

Animals can be unpredictable and may cause harm to other guests or staff. For this reason, with the exception of service animals (such as seeing-eye dogs), guests are asked to not bring animals (of any nature) to The Pavilion.

Aerosol cans are not permitted for fire safety reasons. The contents of these cans are under pressure and contain flammable substances. If you'd like to bring in sunscreen or insect repellent, etc., you may do so in a pump spray form.

Audio and video equipment, or Professional cameras, are not permitted due to copyright laws, and rules imposed by individual artists. those with detachable lenses (i.e. Canon and Nikon DSLRs, 35mm, etc.) are not permitted at The Pavilion. Smaller film and digital cameras, and cell phone cameras are allowed on a case-by-case basis. To confirm, call the Pavilion information line at 281 363-3300 on the day of the show to check if any cameras will be allowed for that particular show.

Beverages are not allowed for many reasons: TABC laws prohibit guests from bringing alcoholic beverages into The Pavilion; containers may be thrown and could harm other guests. Any non-plastic bottles or bottles with lids will not be permitted. If you need to bring in non-permitted items for medical purposes, please contact the appropriate gate supervisor, who can have the item brought to First Aid.

Fireworks are not permitted for fire hazard and safety reasons.

Laser pointers are not permitted as they can be extremely distracting to a performer and other guests.

Personal Chairs are not permitted. Lawn chairs will differ in size and shape. A guest might bring a chair that blocks the view of other guests or that is not safe for the grade of The Pavilion's hill. Because there are so many types of chairs, it is the policy to not to allow any chairs into the facility. The Pavilion has specially-designed chairs that can be rented at many performance events. These lawn chairs are offered for free at all performing arts events.

Personal Electronic Devices, such as portable televisions and radios, laptops and tablets, such as iPads and Kindles (of any size) are not permitted in the facility because they are a distraction to other guests and the artist.

Strollers and playpens are not permitted as they present a safety hazard to the children in them. The strollers are not safe on The Pavilion stairs and hill. In the seating area, the strollers block aisles and violate state fire codes.

Weapons of any kind are not permitted for obvious safety reasons. This policy includes pocket knives and small chains. Some may not consider these items threatening, but they can cause harm. While it is legal, with a permit, to carry a concealed handgun in Texas, The Pavilion does not allow guns in the facility; a policy they are allowed to enforce since they are privately owned.

Things you can bring into
The Woodlands Pavilion

Items allowed into the pavilionThe following items are only a partial list of items which are permitted and is on a show-by-show basis:

Please be prepared to have your belongings searched. There are certain items that some performers will allow guests to have during their shows. There are also items that pose safety threats to guests depending on the type of show and the audience demographic the show attracts. It's always a good idea to call The Pavilion information line at 281 363-3300 on the day of the show to check which items are permitted for that particular show.

  • No bags or purses larger than 8.5" x 11" (the size of a standard size piece of paper) will be allowed into the venue.
  • No backpacks of any kind will be permitted. 
  • Picnics for performing arts shows must comply with the bag size restrictions or be contained in original packaging. Examples: takeout containers, pizza within a pizza box or chips in original sealed packaging. 
  • Personal food is allowed at contemporary shows in the amount of (1) one gallon Ziploc bag per person. 
  • All bags, regardless of size or type are subject to a search. 
  • Please Note: some shows will not allow any bags. For information on these shows please check the designated event page on The Pavilion's website. 
  • The Pavilion is NOT RESPONSIBLE for bags or personal items left unattended in the venue or outside the gates. All unattended items will be discarded immediately. 

Small Blankets Blankets are permitted at most shows, however, some shows are eligible for a ban on blankets. Dependent on demographic and show history, blankets can be banned at the artist/ venue discretion. Blankets are allowed at performing arts events.

Empty plastic water bottles without lids are allowed. The Pavilion has water fountains that can be used to fill the bottles, once inside the gates.

Food Personal food is allowed at contemporary shows in the amount of one (1) one gallon Ziploc bag per person. Unlimited food can be brought in at performing arts events.  No liquids of any kind, beverage or edible, are allowed inside The Pavilion. Remember, no drinks (including water); Only empty water bottles can be brought into the venue at any time.

Small Umbrellas Small personal sized umbrellas are allowed inside the venue if rain is forecasted. We recommend that guests choose to wear rain garments instead of use umbrellas as umbrellas are sometimes restricted by the artist/ venue.  You may bring a rain poncho or purchase a poncho at The Pavilion merchandise tent. CWMP recommends guests choose to wear rain garments instead, as open umbrellas can block the view of guests sitting behind you.

Cameras While professional, detachable lens cameras are banned. Simple point and shoot cameras are allowed, at the artists discretion. Cameras and all video or audio recording, including with cell phones, are not allowed at performing arts events.

For more detail or info:
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion website

Junior League Holiday Market
2020 is cancelled.

Junior League Holiday Market, is normally held in mid-November at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

The Holiday Market features over 100 unique merchants from across the country selling specialty holiday items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry and much more. Ticket prices range between $12 to $100 each, per day, and are available online. . Holiday Market hours are as follows: Friday 9:00 - 6:00, Saturday 9:00 - 6:00, and Sunday 10:00 - 4:00. Please note: strollers are welcome Friday and Saturday after 2:00 PM and all day Sunday only.

An early visit and photo opportunities with Santa will delight your little ones at the Junior League Holiday Market. For 2017, children under age 10 will not be required to have admission tickets for pictures with Santa. Santa will be available for holiday photos on Saturday November 18 from 10:00 AM until noon, and from 1:00 - 5:00 PM; and on Sunday November 19, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Proceeds from the Junior League Holiday Market support volunteer training and the community programs of the The Woodlands Junior League. The Woodlands Junior League is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteer-ism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For additional information about the market please call 888-SHOP4JL (888-746-7455) or visit The Woodlands Junior League website.

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