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Freebie Friday for Oct. 26, 2018

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HOUSTON – Here is a rundown of some of the coolest free events happening around our area this weekend.

Scream on the Green 

Discovery Green, the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston, hosts Scream on the Green®, its signature annual citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, from 6 to 10 p.m. The free event features a film screening, performances by J-Dance Company and Cirque la Vie, music by DJ Mohawk Steve and more. 

The costume contest begins at 7 p.m., and prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in each category: infant to 8 years, 9 to 17 years, males 18 and up, females 18 and up, best family and best dog. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Stage. 

At 7:30 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy a screening of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" on the Grace Event Lawn. 

The event is free to attend. Please visit Discoverygreen.com for additional information. 

Free Day at NASA Johnson Space Center

Saturday is the first time in five years NASA's Johnson Space Center is opening its doors to the public for free.
Drop by the open house-style event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to meet and speak with astronauts and the scientists and engineers who keep NASA flying. NASA leaders say this is a great time to visit because so much is happening with commercial crew space station flights and the new lunar program.

KPRC2 space reporter Ryan Korsgard managed to get a sneak peek earlier this week. Check out his Facebook live to see mockups on the floor of the Space Center.

Free Trees

Now through Oct. 27th, CenterPoint Energy, Trees For Houston and Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to provide the Energy-Saving Trees program, offering 2,000 free trees to Houston-area residents to help reduce their energy consumption and potentially save money on their electric bills through strategic tree planting.

Residents can reserve their free trees at ArborDay.org. Five tree types are available to choose from including Chinese Fringe Tree, American Elm, Live Oak, Mexican White Oak, Pecan. Once reserved, the three-to-five foot tall, potted trees can be picked up on Oct.27, between 8 a.m. and noon at MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77021.

Studies have shown that the right trees planted in the right place can reduce electricity use up to 30 percent by providing summer shade and slowing cold winter winds.

Asia Society Texas Strange & Spooky Adventures

Enjoy some strange tales and spooky adventures at Asia Society Texas Center Saturday.

The family day event includes movies, a haunted ghost trail, trick or treating for Asian candy, and ghost story writing workshops.

Admission is free, but you will have to buy tickets for the workshops.The fun runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the center on Southmore Boulevard.