Looking for something ghoulishly fun to do with your little monsters? The Halloween fun starts now! From costume contests to carnivals, trunk or treating and haunted trails, there’s a little something for all ages in our Halloween events in Austin post.
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 3-7 p.m.
Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza
Bring the entire family out to listen to live music while kids decorate their very own Trick-or-Treat bags! Music by El Tule, The Que Pastas, Sonia de lost Santos and KB Whirly.
When: Saturdays and Sundays in October at 11 a.m.
Where: Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street
Cost: $12 adults, $8 children
Two sisters try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds, sights and smells. Kids of all ages will love the rhyming bilingual dialogue and touching images.
When: Every Friday and Saturday in October 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 28 & 29 from 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail
Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (no adult masks, please) and enjoy this Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, nocturnal animals, unlimited trips through the Haunted Mansion and an eerie train ride.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Cost: $12 per person
Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at this annual all-ages Haunted Halloween Trails festival. This year’s event will feature 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 (available for an extra fee) will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future, along with other fun activities.
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 -from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street
Face painting, costumes, food, music, games, prizes and pumpkin carving are all happening at this annual event. Come out to get a free pumpkin (limited quantity available, while supplies last). RSVP by Wednesday October 19, 2016, by calling (512) 974-4926.
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Seton Medical Center Williamson, 201 Seton Parkway (in the parking lot)
Trunk or Treat is a new spin on Trick or Treating where local businesses and organizations bring a vehicle, decorate its trunk/tailgate and pass out candy as kids “Trunk or Treat” from car to car. Trunk or treating allows kids to have all the trick or treating fun without crossing streets or worrying about traffic. It’s also a great accessibility benefit for those individuals with various disabilities or limitations. Trick or Treat from car to car, trunk to trunk. Costumes encouraged. Bring your trick or treat bags.
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 12-5 p.m.
Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum hosts Last Straw Fest, a free event for all ages! Activities will include pumpkin carving with “Professor Pumpkin,” with an optional contest judged by “We Are Austin” hosts Taylor Ellison and Jordan Steele; face painting, storytelling, family yoga, balloon art demos and other seasonal crafts and games; music from DJ Gatsby; and opportunities to meet and adopt cats, with fees waived, from the Austin Animal Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from several local food trucks.
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Where: Long Center for Performing Art, 701 W. Riverside Drive
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!
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 3:30-6 p.m.
Where: Oswaldo A.B. Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street
Fun, games, Candy, prizes, & more at this all ages free event. Don’t miss out on the Halloween costume contest at 5 p.m.!
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane
Come & join us for a spooktacular time with carnival games, snacks, music, a cake walk and much, much more!
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue
Skeletons of all shapes and sizes will find fun creating glow in the dark art, experimenting with bony science, and moving their bones to the spooky beats. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibitions after hours while sporting your latest Halloween costume creation.
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue
Cost: $13 Member Adult/$15 General Public Adult, $11 Member Child/$13 General Public Child; Free: Children under 2 years
Celebrate Halloween, Thinkery-style. 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! And as a bonus, Hat Creek Burger Co. will be there giving out free burgers!
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Delores Duffie Recreation Center, 1182 N. Pleasant Valley Road
Come dressed in costume for a Costume Contest, broken down by age groups (1-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-12 year olds). Costume Contest registration by 2:00 p.m., judging at 3:30 p.m. with one winner per age group.
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2-9 p.m.
Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Cost: $8 per person, free parking
Take your Halloween celebration beyond ordinary at the Annual YMCA of Greater Williamson County. Featuring everything from carnival games to inflatables and rides to climbing walls, FREE Halloween candy, music, prizes, concessions and more, as well as a pet costume and age-specific costume contests.
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 6-8 p.m. (activities), 7:30 p.m. (movie)
Where: Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road
Families are invited to take part in the Halloween Carnival and Haunted House from 6-8 p.m. and then stay for the Movie in the Park at 7:30 p.m.!
When: Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Gather at BookPeople this Halloween for a storytime filled with our favorite type of treats – new books! Storytime will be in our amphitheater starting at 10:30AM, featuring stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary). Then, after storytime, join the costume parade around the store, which will start on the second floor and end at the front of the store where you’ll get your treat – a free book to bring home! This Halloween Party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 and under. Can’t make the storytime and parade? They will be handing out books to trick-or-treaters all day! Kids can stop by anytime on October 31st for a special Halloween treat! (While supplies last.)
When: Monday, October 31, 2016 from 9-11:30 a.m.
Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Calling all of our little preschool monsters to jump in and join in on the fun at this Monster Mash themed festival. There will be lots of monstrous activities for little ghouls and goblins. Lots of Frankenstein Fun including Carnival games, Hayrides, Cookies and Punch, Storytime and much more! This event is free however we encourage you to bring a canned food donation for the Round Rock Serving Center.
Halloween in the Hall (Cedar Park)
When: Monday, October 31, 2016, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Cedar Park City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
Come in costume to Cedar Park City Hall for safe and fun Halloween trick-or-treating, photos, a Police car, Fire truck, construction equipment and more.
When: Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive
Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare! FREE games, pumpkin carving contest, and haunted house! Costume contest begins at 7 pm.
Looking for more fall fun? Check out Your Guide to Fall Fun and Festivals!
And don’t forget about those Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations in Austin!