HOUSTON The weather has parents all over Houston looking into alternative plans for Halloween Thursday evening.

Here is what we havefound:

Houston s nationally acclaimed Children s Museum is the first indoor option. Staff have renamed it Monsters Museum of Houston.

There will be trick-or-treating stations.

It s like a scavenger hunt, so when they come here, not only will they be able to explore the museum, explore all the monsters, they ll also be able to trick-or-treat for free, said Henry Yau, Director of Public Relations and Promotions for the Children s Museum.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. on Halloween and, as it is every Thursday, admission is free between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information visit:

Another indoor option Thursday will be the Spooky Spectacular Carnival at the Woodlands Recreation Center in Bear Branch Park. The park is on Research Forest Drive near Gosling. There will be a Snake Show from 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and a Magic Show at 7 p.m.

There will also be a giant inflatable slide, inflatable games, moonwalk, carnival games and candy. Admission is $5 for children, but parents get in free. The carnival hours are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call the office at: 281-210-3950.

Another indooroption is at Katy Mills Mall. The mall is hosting its annual Boo Bash which takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They will have games and trick-or-treating, plus fun activities like pumpkin bowling and jack-o -lantern arts and crafts. For more information call: 281-644-5015 or visit: Click on News & Events.

There's also Malloween Night at Northwest Mallfrom 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be special activities, plus face painting for free. However no adults in masks are allowed.

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