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 Family Friendly Halloween Events in Austin:

Boo at the Zoo @ Austin Zoo
Fridays & Saturdays through October 27, 6:30-9 p.m.
Wear a costume, go on a haunted train ride, explore the spooky mansion 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.

Haunted Halloween Trails @ Pioneer Farms
Friday and Saturday nights on Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 7-11 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.

Community Halloween Carnival & Haunted House @ Metz Rec Center
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
This event features door prizes, music, snacks, trunk or treat and a costume contest at 7:30 p.m.  Free admission; haunted house – $1, game tickets – 25 cents.

— Austin Code Spooktacular Bash @ Fiesta Gardens Building
Thursday, October 25, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
At this free event for families, you’ll find games, a bouncy house, face painting, costume contest, and a spooky house exhibit. This event is brought to you by Austin Code Department with participation from Austin 3-1-1, Austin Police Department, Austin Resource Recovery, and Austin Water.

Halloween HootenannyThinkery
Friday, October 26, 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. Tickets are $11-$15 and can be purchased online here.

Thinkery Family Night – Halloween Hootenanny

Spooktacular @ The Bullock Museum
Friday, October 26, 5-8 p.m.
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls welcome at the annual family-friendly Halloween celebration, presented with GirlStart. The whole family can enjoy hands-on fun and scientific demonstrations. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibits after hours at this free event.

Annual Pumpkin Carving on the Dock @ George Washington Carver Museum
Saturday, October 27, 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.

7th Annual Kids’ Ball @ Central Market North Lamar
Saturday, October 27, 5-8:30 p.m.
This free, family-friendly Halloween event returns for the seventh year, presented by White Ghost Shivers and Creative Action! All are encouraged to dress up to have a great time, grooving to spooky tunes, making art, playing pretend, and hanging with family. Enjoy activities including costume-making, art stations, music and movement exercises, and a photo booth, from 5-7 pm. White Ghost Shivers will play two sets from 6-8:30 pm.

Creative Action Kids Ball

7th Annual Spooktober 5K & Fall Festival @ Austin State Supported Living Center
Saturday, October 27, 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 27, 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.

Howl-O-Scream @ Various Austin Rec Centers
Saturday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Carnival games, treats, and a haunted house! All ages are welcome. Attendees get 10 free tickets or unlimited tickets and a snack for $3. The event takes place at 4 different rec center sites at the same time, so you can pick the one closest to you: Dittmar, Givens, Gus Garcia, Turner-Roberts.

4th Annual Straw Fest @ UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Family fun including a scarecrow accessorizing activity, pumpkin carving, screen printing, a petting zoo, face paining, live music, lawn games, family and pet fashion shows, and more all day long! This event is free and open to the public.

UMLAUF Straw Fest

Halloween Children’s Concert @ AISD Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 28 at 1 p.m. & 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 range from $10 – $15, and can be purchased online here.

Ella’s Haunted Mansion @ Hotel Ella
Sunday, October 28, 10am-3pm
You’re cordially invited to Hotel Ella’s Haunted Mansion to hear the ghastly tales of what goes bump in the night during spooky mansion tours, win treats by playing outdoor games and do the monster mash to live tunes by Shivery Shakes. Face painting, sack races, pumpkin decorating and more. Ghouls and goblins of all ages are welcome, and costumes are encouraged! Free!

—  Fall Fun Festival @ Old Settlers Park (Round Rock)
Wednesday, 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 superhero 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 Party and Concert @ Toybrary
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Visit Toybrary with your little ones for a candy-free party featuring crafts, music and games. $12 per child.

Especially Spooky Halloween Screening of Hocus Pocus @ Paramount Theatre
Wednesday, October 31,  7 p.m.
Enjoy this free screening as part of the Austin Film Festival. First come, first serve seating. Three 17th-century witches are resurrected on Halloween in modern-day Salem by an unsuspecting boy, who must now figure out how to get them back in the ground.

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