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    Children, it is time to put those art skills to the test for a chance to win amazing chocolate! Delysia Chocolatier will host our annual chocolate Easter egg decorating competition on Palm Sunday, April 14th.

    Children from all over Central Texas are invited to visit our Culinary Center. You will be given a white chocolate Easter egg & edible ink markers for creative decorating purposes. The decorated eggs will be photographed & posted on Delysia Chocolatier’s website, our community & followers will vote for their favorite. The top three eggs that receive the most votes by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st will receive a golden egg filled with our chocolate truffles, barks, and molded chocolates. The winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter on Monday, April 22nd.

    Parents, as your children decorate their eggs, you’re invited to kick back, relax and enjoy a complimentary drink at our Culinary Center. We look forward to you joining us!

    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.

    Hush Hush Music Bash

    When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 3-7 p.m.
    Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    ROSITA Y CONCHITA: a Día de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish

    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.

    Boo at the Zoo

    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
    Cost: $15

    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.

    Haunted Halloween Trails

    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.

    Pumpkin Carving on the Dock

    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
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    Trunk or Treat for Special Needs Kids

    When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Seton Medical Center Williamson, 201 Seton Parkway (in the parking lot)
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    Last Straw Fest

    When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 12-5 p.m.
    Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert

    When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3 p.m.
    Where: Long Center for Performing Art, 701 W. Riverside Drive
    Cost: $10-15

    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!

    Halloween Carnival

    When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 3:30-6 p.m.
    Where: Oswaldo A.B. Cantu Pan-American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street
    Cost: FREE

    Fun, games, Candy, prizes, & more at this all ages free event. Don’t miss out on the Halloween costume contest at 5 p.m.!

    Halloween Fun

    When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane
    Cost: FREE!

    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
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    The Thinkery’s Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny

    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!

    Halloween Carnival and Haunted House

    When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 1-4 p.m.
    Where: Delores Duffie Recreation Center, 1182 N. Pleasant Valley Road
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    Halloween at the Y

    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.

    Halloween Spooktacular

    When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 6-8 p.m. (activities), 7:30 p.m. (movie)
    Where: Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road
    Cost: FREE

    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.!

    Halloween Trick or Treat for Books Storytime

    When: Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
    Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
    Cost: FREE

    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.)

    Fall Fun Festival in Round Rock

    When: Monday, October 31, 2016 from 9-11:30 a.m.
    Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
    Cost: FREE

    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
    Cost: FREE

    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.

    Halloween Carnival

    When: Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive
    Cost: FREE

    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!