Best Places for Trick or Treating in Houston

Halloween is only a couple weeks away, which means it's time to start finalizing costumes (just realized you're in a pinch? We've got you covered with easy, last-minute costume ideas!) and determining where you're taking the kiddos trick or treating, especially if you're looking to branch out past your own neighborhood this year. Not sure where to start looking? Check out these Houston neighborhoods and hotspots for fun, safe, and friendly trick or treating this Halloween.

The Children's Museum of Houston is transformed over Halloween into Grosstopia, which offers kids safe trick or treating and lots of silly, spooky fun. Photo courtesy of The Children's Museum of Houston.

The Heights
Residents of the Heights are known for being generous with their candy and festive with their Halloween decor, making this neighborhood a favorite stop for the kids, while parents love the walkability of the streets and friendliness of the homeowners. 

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Cinco Ranch
Nestled in the heart of Katy, Cinco Ranch is the ideal neighborhood for West Houston residents to head for their trick-or-treating fun. The large community has made a name for itself when it comes to being safe, family-friendly, and festive, and kids and parents alike love how easy it is to navigate the streets while collecting candy. 

Bellaire has long been a favorite for Houston residents when it comes to partaking in Halloween fun and safe trick or treating, and it continues to rank among the best places to take the kids on Oct. 31. Because of its widespread popularity, definitely plan on arriving early and bringing an extra candy bucket so you can enjoy walking the streets with the kids without having to head back to the car early to make room for more treats.

Coles Crossing
In Northwest Houston, Coles Crossing is a sprawling neighborhood typically full of fun and festive decorations. 

This north-central neighborhood is home to some beautiful houses and is walking distance from the Galleria, so there is lots to see and do nearby! 

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Kids can trick or treat different shops at CityCentre, then enjoy a monster mash in the plaza. Photo courtesy of CityCentre.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat at CityCentre
If you're looking to break free from the traditional house to house trick or treating, head to CityCentre on Halloween instead. From 5-8 p.m., kids are invited to come trick-or-treat the shops, then make their way to the plaza after for the monster mash. Stores passing out treats are easily identifiable by their orange and black balloons. 

Shenandoah's Halloween Safe Streets
Every year Shenandoah police officers close off streets in Tuscany Woods and Twisted Oak to provide a safe space for kids to trick or treat, making Halloween Safe Streets a favorite spot for North Houston residents. 

Monster Mash Trick-or-Treat Stop in The Woodlands
Residents of The Woodlands and nearby communities can head to Rob Fleming Park for a Monster Mash on Halloween night for trick or treating, inflatables, games, and other family fun. 

Little ghosts and ghouls get to trick or treat and take part in lots of Halloween-inspired fun in a safe, welcoming environment at The Woodlands Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Children's Museum.

Spooktacular at The Woodlands Children's Museum
If you're looking to pack in your Halloween trick or treating and festivities early in the day, head to The Woodlands Children's Museum Spooktacular, where kids can trick or treat safely and enjoy lots of Halloween festivities. The best part: you can do it all before 6pm!

Halloween Grosstopia at the Children's Museum of Houston
Trick or treat, dance to spooky good tunes, and have lots of silly Halloween fun during Grosstopia at the Children's Museum of Houston. Trick or treat stations will be set up around the Museum so kids can safely collect candy and enjoy a night of Halloween fun. 

Kemah's Boo on the Boardwalk
The Boardwalk is already known for being a hotspot of family fun, and Halloween is no different! Boo on the Boardwalk allows families to enjoy safe trick or treating, live entertainment, and two different haunted houses: the kid-friendly Little Boo Haunted Fun House and the scarier Dungeon of Doom Haunted House for the more daring individuals. 

Top photo via Daniel Horande/Flickr

This post originally published in October 2016.

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