There are some awesome family events this week to get you ready for the fun holiday and let you get the most wear out of those cute costumes! Here is a list of Halloween happenings through this weekend.
— Movie in the Park: Casper @ Dick Nichols Park
October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Get in the Halloween spirit at Dick Nichols District Park! Bring the whole family (costumes welcome!) just before sunset for a free screening of this film. (If the weather looks rainy, you can check the status of this event by calling Austin Parks Foundation at 512-477-1566.)
— Kids Night Out: A Halloween Drop-Off Party @ The Little Yoga House
Friday, October 23, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
It’s an extra special spooktacular glow-in-the-dark Kids Night Out Halloween party! Costumes or glow-in-dark attire is very welcome and encouraged. Kids will yoga, dance, create, play, watch a movie and eat pizza & treats! Please send your yogis with a water-bottle and extra snacks. Ages 3+, must be potty-trained. Prices: $35/ per child. You must pre-register online here.
— Candy Bowl Making Workshop @ Smudge Studios
Friday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Do you need an awesome bowl to hold all your candy this Halloween? Look no further! Join us for a night of pinch pots and candy eating this October while we make our very own spooky, silly, awesome candy bowls. All ages welcome! $35 per person. You can register to participate online here.
— Boo at the Zoo @ Austin Zoo
Fridays & Saturdays through October 30, 6:30-9 p.m.
Wear a costume, ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight! Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $12.50 and include a train pass and unlimited Haunted House visits. You can call 512-288-1490 to order tickets.
— Haunted Halloween Trails @ Pioneer Farms (Last weekend!)
Fridays & Saturdays through October 24, 7-10 p.m.
This year’s theme will be “Grimm’s Ghostly Tales,” featuring three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13). Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Palm readers and fortune tellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future. Admission is $12 a person, which you can purchase online here.
— Ghostly Adventure Tours @ Williamson Museum (Georgetown)
Friday, October 23 & Saturday, Oct. 24 Tour times: 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.
Enjoy the Ghostly Adventure Tours around the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” with two versions to please both younger children and older thrill-seekers. Purchase tickets at the Williamson Museum or by phone at 512- 943-1670. Tickets are $15 for non-museum members and $12 for members and students.
— 2nd Annual Davidson Family Haunted House
Friday, October 23 & Saturday, Oct. 24 Tour times: 8:30 p.m. each night.
8 rooms of terror! Free and open to the public, but donations appreciated.All proceeds will go to help raise donations for baskets to donate to the homeless youth in Austin. Location: 10012 Hidden Meadow Dr. Austin TX.
— Hairy Man Spookyfest @ Cat Hollow Park
Saturday, October 24, 1-4 p.m.
The 21st Annual Hairy Man Spookyfest is a fun-filled day of food, arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, special performances, and live music! Participate in a costume contest, park scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, train rides, Halloween themed crafts, scary snacks station and more. Admission for the festival is free, however there is a suggested donation of two non perishable food Items or $2 per person that will go to the local Round Rock Serving Center Food Bank.
— Fall Potluck & 5k Harvest Hustle @ Johnson’s Backyard Garden – Garfield Farm
Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m.
Take part in a 5k Harvest Hustle and 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run around the farm. Rogue Running is sponsoring the race, and it will surely be top-notch! Expect to get a sneak peak of the fall crops as you weave your way through fields of brassicas and carrots, just to name a few. This is a fantastic way to celebrate with friends and family, and experience first-hand where your food is grown! The Fall Potluck will happen directly after the Harvest Hustle. At this one-of-a-kind meal, guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share with their fellow locavores and farm-lovers. For more info & to sign up for the race, click here.
— Spooktacular Grand Re-Opening Celebration @ Northwest Family YMCA
Saturday, October 24, 5-8 p.m.
Check out the trick-or-treat trail, games, refreshments and so much more. Plus, take a tour of the new facility and be entered for a chance to win prizes! Free event!
— Dittmar’s Halloween Spooktacular @ Dittmar Recreation Center
Saturday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Check out the Haunted House, and enjoy a carnival that begins at 6:30 p.m. You can also watch “Casper” in the park at sundown. Free event!
— Steve’s Halloween Spooktacular @ Coldtowne Theatre
Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. (also Saturday, Oct. 31)
An Improvised, interactive Halloween show for kids and their adults. Featuring Steve, the improvising poodle, these shows invite audience members to help our cast create original, high energy stories. Great for all ages, audience members are welcome to participate or just sit back and enjoy the show! Shows are Pay what you wish. You’re welcome to wear a costume.
— Fall Festival & Movie – Monsters, Inc. @ Harper Park
Saturday, October 24, 4 – 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of fun at Harper Park. It’s a Fall Festival. It’s a craft and activity fair. Bring a blanket and relax under the night sky for a movie at the end of the night. Rain date is November 7.
— Pumpkin Carving Competition @ UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
Sunday, October 25, 12 – 4 p.m.
Overseen by “Professor Pumpkin” from the Texas Society of Sculptors, this event features community judges who will choose the most amusing, spooky, artistic and lovable creations. Non-perishable food items will be accepted in lieu of admission. Pumpkins provided by Whole Foods Market. Free event!
— Fall Festival @ Sunrise Community Church
Sunday, October 25, 2-5 p.m.
Completely free event for the public featuring trunk-or-treat, petting zoo, bouncehouse, train rides, games, food and more. Wear your costume or come as you are.
— Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert @ Long Center
Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m.
It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! Tickets start at $8.
–> For a big list of events throughout the whole month of October, check out this round-up:
Family Friendly Halloween Events in Austin!
–> Looking for pumpkin patches? Check out this list of where to find pumpkins in the Austin area.
–> Take part in a Day of the Dead celebration! Here’s our list of Family Friendly Día de los Muertos Events in Austin.