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By Judy Latta

Autumn is officially here, and this exhilarating time of year brings pleasant temperatures, farm-fresh seasonal delicacies, family-friendly harvest celebrations, spooky amusements, spirited costume
parties, and spine-tingling haunted horror. Whether you are looking for festive seasonal bazaars or the creepy and bizarre, Fort Bend County has something for everyone this fall.

 

 

SEASONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

A Classical “Hauntcert”

One of the more cultured events this season will be the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s spooky Hauntcert. Take the family in costume to Sugar Land Town Square on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. to chill out with live seasonal music from the orchestra. The evening will start with a trunk or treat event for the kids and there will be a costume parade during the intermission. Conductor Dominique Røyem will lead the costumed musicians as they perform popular Halloween favorites, classics, and even songs from video games. Included on the program are Michael Jackson’s Thriller, In the Hall of the Mountain King, The Phantom of the Opera, the theme from Star Wars and more. The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra is a full-size volunteer ensemble, complete with brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. The concert is free of charge. fbso.org

The musicians wear Halloween costumes for Hauntcert and invite the audience to dress up as well.  photo PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

The musicians wear Halloween costumes for Hauntcert and invite the audience to dress up as well.  PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

Clarinetist Marilyn Conger (left) joins violinist Susan Lynch in costume for the Hauntcert at Sugar Land Town Square.  PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

Clarinetist Marilyn Conger (left) joins violinist Susan Lynch in costume for the Hauntcert at Sugar Land Town Square. PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

Violinst Becky Walker (left) and double bassist Artemis Herbruger are ready for the Hauntcert. PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

Violinst Becky Walker (left) and double bassist Artemis Herbruger are ready for the Hauntcert. PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

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Violinists Becky Walker (left) and Meredith Holtam. PHOTO BY COLEMAN LOCKE

 

Haute Halloween: A Michael Jackson Experience

On Halloween night, head over to Sugar Land Town Square and let Michael Jackson Impersonator, Danny Dash Andrews, wow you with his performance of MJ’s iconic choreography. From 8-9 p.m., Dash will perform Thriller, Billie Jean, Beat It, Smooth Criminal and other great hits from the ’80s and ’90s.   sugarlandtownsquare.com/play/upcoming-events

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

Missouri City Tricks and Treats in the Park

Dress up in your Halloween costumes and head out to Buffalo Run Park on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 4:30 -7 p.m.to enjoy an evening of family fun at Tricks and Treats in the Park. This event will kick off with a Monster Mile Fun Run, followed by a Tricks and Treats Trail which will include hay rides, a petting zoo, games, moonwalks, a pumpkin patch, photo station and more. missouricitytx.gov

 

City of Rosenberg BOO-berg

On Oct. 24, the City of Rosenberg will host its annual Halloween BOO-berg event at the Seabourne Creek Nature Park. Children ages 10 and under are invited to come in costume for games and activities at this free holiday celebration. While there, check out the beautiful 164-acre nature park with walking, jogging, and biking trails, wetlands, a prairie restoration area, butterfly garden, and a four acre lake stocked with bass, perch and catfish. ci.rosenberg.tx.us

 

Sugar Land Town Square Halloween Town

Halloween Town will return to Sugar Land Town Square on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 4-8 p.m. Witches, superheroes, princesses and others are invited for this evening of family-friendly holiday surprises. Hallo­ween characters will roam Town Square inviting children to participate in activity stations and attractions provided by local organizations and businesses. Winners of the costume contest will receive a spook-tacular prize pack. Admission is free to the community and pets are welcome, particularly if they come in costume. No blood or gruesome horror elements, as Halloween Town is for friendly ghosts only. sugarlandtx.gov

 

Imperial Farmers Halloween Market

The Imperial Farmers Market will offer trick-or-treating, a dog dress-up contest, live music, seasonal food, and face painting for its Halloween market on Oct. 31. Gundermann Acres will bring a truckload of locally grown pumpkins perfect for carving. imperialsugarland.com/farmersmarket

 

All Hallow’s Day at the Park

Visit the George Ranch Historical Park on Halloween day for All Hallows Day at the Park. Learn about how Halloween was celebrated over the past 100 years with fun historic games and activities, ghoulish ghost stories, a Halloween promenade and costume contest, trick AND treating, and an exciting scavenger hunt around the Park. The event is free with general admission.  georgeranch.org

 

SPOOKY FAMILY SHOWS

Sugar Land Town Center Movie Under the Moon

Take your family, friends, lawn chairs and popcorn to the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 10 to enjoy a free showing of Hotel Transylvania, a funny animated movie in which Count Dracula runs an upscale monster resort kept secret from the human world. This Movie Under the Moon is sponsored by the First Colony Church of Christ.   sugarlandtownsquare.com

 

Fort Bend Theatre Presents
The Addams Family, A Musical Comedy

The Fort Bend Theater is performing The Addams Family, a musical comedy about Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, who has grown up and fallen in love with a young man from a respectable family. Hilarity ensues when the Addams’ host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. The production runs through Oct. 11. fortbendtheatre.com

 

SCARY OUTINGS FOR THE BRAVE OF HEART

Ghost Tours of Historic Richmond

If ghoul hunting is your cup of tea, catch a ghost tour of the city of Rich­mond historic district. This walking tour includes stops along Morton Street, the old jail, and a hunt for the spirit of Deaf Smith, one of Sam Houston’s scouts during the Texas War for Independence. Tours will take place select Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 11 through Nov. 1.
texastourconnection.com

 

Eerie Lectures and Tours at Fort Bend Museum

Stop by the Fort Bend Museum on Oct. 2 for lectures on Spooks, Spectrals and Spirits; and Mourning Traditions and Graveyard Symbolism. Then, check back on Oct. 29 and 30 for the All Hallows Eve house tour or the Museum ghost tour.    fortbendmuseum.org

 

Ghosts & Grub

On Halloween night, the George Ranch Historical Park invites adults and children ages 12 and older for dinner and a spooky tour around the park. Guests will enjoy a delightful dinner at the 1830s log cabin where they will learn about Richmond’s very own local headless horseman story. After dinner, guests will take a candlelight walking tour of the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, the 1890s Davis Mansion and the 1930s George Cattle Complex to hear ghost stories from the past. This tour will involve more than a mile of walking. Reservations required and tickets are non-refundable. georgeranch.org

 

5K RunDead Zombie Run

Zombie enthusiasts, don’t miss the Houston Zombie run on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Sugar Land Memorial Park. For this spooky event, participants run a 5K course while trying to avoid the ravenous undead. Runners will have flags that represent their health, and zombies will try to steal those flags. Participants must make it to the finish line with at least one flag or become one of the walking dead. Prizes will be awarded for runners and zombies.   5krundead.com

 

RedRum Haunt Experience

For a truly terrifying experience, check out RedRum in Richmond, the three-part Halloween fright fest. The contagion attraction at RedRum is an outdoor laser tag experience that will test your bravery against hostile, disease-infected foes. The Twisted Circus is a horrifying freak show like no other circus you have ever seen. Deadwood Asylum is a gruesome institutional facility possessed by an unnerving demonic energy. RedRum will operate from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1.   redrumhaunt.com

 

 

FALL FESTIVALS

Fort Bend Family Fall Festival

On Saturday, Oct. 10, check out the Fort Bend Family Fall Festival at Constellation Field. This seasonal celebration will include a 5K fun run, entertainment, vendors, vintage car show, art show, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, hay rides, and a dunk tank. There will also be judged chili and gumbo cook-offs. Funds raised will benefit Mental Health America in Fort Bend.   web.fortbendchamber.com

 

Sugar Land First United Methodist
Harvest Craft Fair

The United Methodist Women will hold the popular Harvest Craft Fair in the Great Hall and Education Center of the church on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair specializes in seasonal items, unique hand crafted art, jewelry, candles, pottery, woodworking and clothes. In addition to shopping, there will be food, a silent auction and a bake sale. sugarlandmethodist.org

 

Holy Cross Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch

Make plans to take the whole family to the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sugar Land for fun, food and pumpkins. The pumpkin patch begins Oct. 9 and is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the end of October. Saturdays and Sundays feature a full menu of activities, including live entertainment, a family photo booth, food and drinks, hayrides, a hay maze, bounce house, coloring station, and face painting.    holycrosschurch.com/events/patch

 

Sugar Land Baptist Church Pumpkinfest

On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. bring the family to Pumpkinfest at the church. Kids can Trunk R Treat, enjoy inflatable games and Bouncy House, and mingle with goats, rabbits, ducks and a mini horse at the Petting Zoo. sugarlandbaptist.org

 


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