Howl-O-Ween Fest – Bridgeland is home to a pet-focused Halloween festival with a costumed pooch parade, dancing dogs, costume contest, the 2012 Space City Disc Dog Championship and trick-or-treating for kids, dogs, and more. Plenty of food trucks will be on deck including Texas Best Snowballs and Grill 'em Girls. Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bridgeland community in West Houston
First Fest – Houston's First Baptist Church hosts this fun-filled afternoon of games, rides, costume contests and food annually. Be sure to try your hand at the rock wall and dunking booth. A quad jumper trampoline, petting zoo and old-fashioned cake walk can be expected as well. Guests of the church are free of admission while church members are asked to donate $5 per person. Wednesday, October 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 7401 Katy Freeway.
Harvest Fest – bring the family out to Harvest United Methodist church in Sienna Plantation for trunk-or-treat, games, candy, pumpkin decorating and costume contests. Festivities take place on Saturday, October 27, at 3 p.m. at 9523 N. Fitzgerald Way in Missouri City.
Katy's Rice Harvest Festival - Get an early start to the Halloween season at the Katy Rice Harvest Festival. The event features typical festival goodness (carnival, live entertainment, food booths, etc) and has continued to grow in popularity each year. Adults can nab tickets for $6, children 12 and under are free. October 13-14, Downtown Katy (between Avenues B and C, 2nd and 3rd streets), 77494.
Cokesbury UMC Fall Festival - Compete in a pumpkin chunkin' contest, try your hand at the dunk tank and munch on barbecue prepared by the youth program and the women's ministry. Festival takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 10030 Scarsdale Blvd., Houston, TX 77089, 281.484.9243
The Ark Fellowship Church - Moonwalks, a 22-foot rock climbing wall, face painting and of course all the carnival hot dogs and cotton candy you can handle are waiting at this annual festival. Saturday, October 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 13237 Kluge Rd. Cypress, 77429.
Trinity Baptist Church of Katy - Trunk-or-Treating is a great alternative to the traditional door-to-door Halloween ritual. Trinity Baptist is offering this free event in addition to face painting, moonwalks, cotton candy machines and more. 10000 Spring Green Blvd.