Halloween in Texas

Summer is officially over. The days are getting shorter and somewhat cooler here in the capital city, but the fall in Austin is truly one of the most fun times to be living in Central Texas. There is so much going the list of events and festival seems almost endless. Here are just a sampling of some of the fun going on around the city.

  1. Just because the summer is over it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an amusement park. Hawaiian Falls Adventure in Pflugerville is actually open year round but right now they are celebrating autumn with their Fall Festival every weekend from Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. http://www.hfalls.com/adventure-pflugerville
  2. And speaking of amusement parks, if you are looking for a family weekend getaway, head up to Arlington for Six Flags Over Texas’s Fright Fest. There are haunted houses, spooked up rides, costumes, and Halloween entertainment galore.  http://frightfest.sixflags.com/overtexas/attractions/
  3. Nothing says “fall fun” more than corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Barton Hills Farm has both. You can get lost in their “Go Horns!” or paint up a pumpkin. The fun lasts from Sept. 27 to Nov. 9. http://bartonhillfarms.com/
  4. This one may not be for the kiddos, but is a great way to combine festive spooky vibe of the season and learn some interesting Austin history. Austin Ghost Tours actually occur year round on the weekends and are 90 minute walking tour through the downtown Austin area. https://www.austinghosttours.com/
  5. If you want to incorporate science and a reptile variety show into your Halloween fun stop by the Halloween Hootenanny on Halloween at the Thinkery. http://thinkeryaustin.org/programs-events/special-events/
  6. Or maybe you want to try your hand at music this Halloween season. The Biscuit Brothers Fine Art Farm is having an open house Oct. 29. There’ll be arts and crafts, a costume parade and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! will be playing on a movie-sized projection screen.  http://creativeaction.org/news-events/creative-action-kids-ball/
  7. Keeping with the creative spirit of the season Creative Action Kid’s Ball will be taking place on Oct. 30 at Central Market North. Kids will get to decorate small costume items and trick-or-bags. There are even rumors of a treat-sharing troll lurking about. http://creativeaction.org/news-events/creative-action-kids-ball/
  8. For the little bookworm in your life BookPeople will be hosting Trick-or-Treat for Books on Oct. 30. Stories of ghosts, monsters, and witches will abound but with the promise none will be too scary. Following story time there will be a costume parade that will end with a special treat–a free book! http://www.bookpeople.com/event/trick-or-treat-books-1
  9. To end your holiday with a bang checkout these fireworks on the eastside on Oct. 31. http://www.planetktexasfireworks.com/
  10. If you aren’t ready to end the fun on Oct. 31 the annual Dia de los Muertos will be held on Nov.1 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. http://www.austintexas.gov/event/d%C3%ADa-de-los-muertos-1


And if you decide to enjoy your Halloween in the traditional way by trick-or-treating review these quick trick-or-treating safety tips from the City of Austin. http://www.austintexas.gov/page/halloween-safety

Happy Halloween!

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