One of our favorite holidays is almost here! Hooray for costumes, candy & not-so-spooky parties! Here’s a roundup of fun Halloween events for families in Austin where you’re sure to get your fill of tricks and treats.
Top 15 Family Friendly Halloween Events in Austin:
— Haunted Halloween Trails @ Pioneer Farms
October 27-28, 7-10 p.m.
Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at this annual event. This year’s event features 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). Tickets are $15, which you can purchase online here.
— Hocus Pocus Halloween Spelltacular @ Palm Park
Thursday, October 26, 5:30 p.m.; movie at 7 p.m.
Join Alamo Drafthouse Austin for this fun event that benefits Austin Parks Foundation. Enjoy a Halloween dance party, broom races, food truck courtyard and watch Hocus Pocus on the big outdoor screen. Tickets are $5 for ages 4-17, $20 for adults, and free for kids ages 3 & under. You can get your tickets online here.
— Halloween Hootenanny @ The Thinkery
Friday, October 27, 6 – 9 p.m.
— Celebrate Halloween, Thinkery-style at this special after-hours party. Dress in your Halloween best and make your own spooky sounds, become a gross-ologist and face your fear of freaky foods. Activities for kids and adults make this fall celebration spellbindingly fun for all. Complete all activity stations and receive a prize! Tickets are $11-$15 and can be purchased online here.
— Spooktacular @ The Bullock Museum
Friday, October 27, 5-8 p.m.
Calling all gamers to the annual family-friendly Halloween celebration. Morph into your favorite video game character and join the gaming fun with activities and demonstrations inspired by the exhibit Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibits after hours at this FREE event. Spooktacular is presented in partnership with Girlstart. Free event!
— Boo at the Zoo @ Austin Zoo
Fridays & Saturdays through October 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
Wear a costume, ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals at night! Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $17.50 for ages 2 and up. You can call 512-288-1490 to order tickets.
— 6th Annual Kids’ Ball @ Central Market North Lamar
Saturday, October 28, 5-8:30 p.m.
White Ghost Shivers and Creative Action Presents: Kids’ Ball! Free and open to all with fun and treats galore, with costume-making, art stations, music and movement exercises, and a photobooth, from 5-7 p.m. White Ghost Shivers will be playing 2 sets of spooky tunes starting at 6:30 p.m.
— 6th Annual Spooktober 5K & Fall Festival @ Austin State Supported Living Center
Saturday, October 28, run at 9 a.m.; festival from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This family-friendly event includes a 5K run/walk, a Kids K, and a fall festival for everyone! Advance registration is not required to attend the fall festival, and tickets will be sold at the event. But you can register in advance (online here) for the fun runs.
— Annual Pumpkin Carving on the Dock @ George Washington Carver Museum
Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m.
Free face painting, food, music, games and prize. Wear your costumes! Free pumpkins will be there for carving, but there is a limited number based on household size. Please RSVP by calling (512)974-4926.
— Boo Bash @ Moontower Saloon
Sunday, October 29, 1-6 p.m.
This free family friendly Halloween event benefits nonprofit Bliss Kid Yoga and their yoga and mindfulness programs for underserved populations. Fun includes trick or treating, costume prizes, kids yoga at 1:30 & 2:30pm, acroyoga for families at 3:30pm, a braid bar by DuckSwan, food trucks, face painting, games, crafts, free books, live music and more. Free admission!
— Last Straw Fest @ UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m.
The festival will feature pumpkin carving, fall-themed family activities, food trucks, music, and more. Attendees are sure to be amazed by the many scarecrow sculptures created by generous sponsors. This event is free and open to the public.
— Halloween Children’s Concert @ AISD Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 29 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra presents this annual concert with 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. Tickets start at $14 and can be purchased online here.
— Fall Fun Festival – Dr. Seuss @ Old Settlers Park (Round Rock)
Tuesday, October 31, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Join Round Rock Parks and Recreation for their annual fun, free event geared towards preschoolers. This year, enjoy a Dr. Seuss theme with carnival games, hayrides, cookies and punch, storytime and more! Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item for the Round Rock Serving Center.
— Halloween Storytime: Trick or Treat for Books @ BookPeople
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 a.m.
Storytime will feature stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary). Then, kids can join the costume parade around the store, which ends with kids getting a treat – a free book to bring home! This Halloween Party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 & under.
— Halloween Spook-tacular @ Dart’em Up
Tuesday, October 31, 5-9 p.m.
Get dressed in your best costume and get two hours of play, pizza, drinks, $5 in arcade tokens and a free goodie bag for just $25. This event is limited to the first 80 people per age bracket. Space is limited so make sure to purchase tickets here. Players ages 5-10 register for the 5-7 p.m. event. Players ages 11-17 register for the 7-9 p.m. event. Ticket purchases are for players only.
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