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Oktoberfrest, pumpkin patches, craft fairs: 14 things to do this fall in the Lake Houston area

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There are a number of ways to enjoy fall in the Lake Houston 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.

Sept. 24: Attend a formal dance

Home-school students and graduates are invited to attend the Fall Formal 2022 in Kingwood. Students must be at least 14 years old and in the ninth grade to attend this semiformal event, which will feature dinner, dessert and dancing. 6-11 pm $55 (chaperone), $85 (student). The Clubs of Kingwood, 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, Kingwood. 281-533-3599. www.homerunministries.com

October 8: Ride a trackless train

Bring the family to The Livable Forest’s Kid’s Jubilee event featuring seasonal shopping from local vendors, a trackless train, food trucks and a bounce house. Noon-5 pm Free. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 214-734-1917. www.thelivableforest.com

October 9: Check out cool cars

Peruse automobiles, listen to live music and shop from an array of local vendors at the Kingwood Fall Car Show. Event organizers noted the streets surrounding the event will be closed, providing patrons a safe area to stroll among booths and vendors. Noon-5 pm Free. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 346-600-2366. www.towncenterevents.com

October 15: Get early Halloween candy

The East Montgomery County Improvement District’s Tricks and Treats Fall Fair will feature games and activities, a balloon artist, a magician, family photo opportunities, and local business and food vendors. Halloween candy will also be handed out at the event. 10 am-4 pm Free. Valley Ranch Town Center, 22296 Marketplace Drive, Ste. 100, New Caney. 281-354-4419. www.emctx.com

October 15: Experience German culture

Immerse the entire family in German culture at the fourth annual Kingwood Octoberfest. The outdoor festival will feature a live polka band, a children’s area, authentic German food vendors and craft beer from Back Pew Brewery. The event will also feature a DJ, games and activities for all age groups. 11 am-5 pm $2 (children under age 12), $7 (adults). Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, 1901 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood. 281-358-6500. www.kwoktoberfest.org

October 22: Play at a petting zoo

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Kingwood is inviting the public to attend its annual Fall Festival. The free event will feature live music from Howlin’ Howie, bounce houses, face painting, Shortcakes the Clown, magician David G. Wonders, a petting zoo and games. The event will also feature food, crafts and merchandise vendors as well as a silent auction. 10 am-4 pm Free. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood. 281-358-3154. www.goodshepherdkingwood.org/fall-festival

October 23: Eat, drink and shop

Texas Artisan Markets is inviting the public to attend its annual Fall Artisan Market at Megaton Brewery in Kingwood. The event will feature more than 80 artisan vendors, food trucks, craft beer and two live music stages. The event will also feature a free photography booth to capture all the fun. Noon-5 pm Free. Megaton Brewery, 808 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood. 346-600-5166. www.texasartisanmarkets.com

October 29: Dress as a Disney character

Dress the family in their best Disney character costumes and visit Town Center Park for BooFest Kingwood. The annual event will feature seasonal shopping, a mini pumpkin patch, candy at every booth for trick-or-treaters and a pumpkin carving station. 4-9 pm Free. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 346-600-2366. www.unation.com/event/boofest-kingwood

October 30: Paint spooky portraits

Painting with a Twist is hosting a special Halloween event at The Living Room Bar Lounge. The event is for guests age 21 and up and will feature tips on how to create an assortment of fall and Halloween-themed paintings and drinks. 8-11pm $20. The Living Room Bar Lounge, 19333 Hwy. 59, Humble. 832-777-1838. www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/humble

October 31: Win a costume contest

Visit the Humble Civic Center on Halloween for the Third Annual Boo Bash. The event hosted by The Gingerbread School will feature food, drinks, face painting, crafts, inflatables, and performances by local dance and drill teams. Additionally, Boo Bash will feature a costume contest and free candy. 5-9 pm Free. Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. 281-623-5014. www.thegingerbreadschool.com/boo-bash

PUMPKIN PATCHES

Old MacDonald’s Farm

3203 FM 1960 E., Humble

281-446-4001 • www.oldmacdonaldsfarmtexas.com

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm through Oct. 30 • $16.80 per person age 18 months and older

Lake Houston United Methodist Church

23606 FM 2100, Huffman

281-324-1541 • www.lakehoustonumc.com

Hours: Sun.-Fri. 11 am-7 pm, Sat. 9 am-7 pm through Oct. 31 • Free

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood

281-358-3154 • www.goodshepherdkingwood.org

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am-7 pm from Oct. 19-31 • Free

Warren’s Southern Gardens

1675 Northpark Drive, Kingwood

281-354-6111 • www.warrenssoutherngardens.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-4 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm • Fri

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