Pick a child-size pumpkin to paint and decorate from the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch; participate in the costume parade; channel your inner artist and contribute to the Monster Mural; or visit the Tatzoo Parlor for a spooktacular temporary tattoo. This years events will also feature the Monster Mashquerade, which will be taking place on weekends around the Reflection Pool. Children can sing, dance, and learn all the moves to "Thriller" before joining in for the costume parade. All this, and there will be Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks and the animal-themed Trunk-or-Treat candy stations.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, October 14, 21 and 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and Halloween Monday, October 31.
Houston Zoo, 6200 Golf Course Drive. For information, call 713-533-6713 or visit www.houstonzoo.org. Free with paid admission, $8 to $12.
Fridays; Saturdays, Sundays; Mon., Oct. 31. Starts: Oct. 14. Continues through Oct. 30, 2011