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    Celebrate Halloween 2018 in Downtown Austin at Edge Terrace. Dance the night away with a Rooftop Day of the Dead Dance Party featuring live music and entertainment from PDA – Austin’s high energy party band from Moontower Entertainment. The Edge team will be dressed to distress on the scariest of all holidays with ghoulish costumes, drinks specials, and the best excuse to dance away a Wednesday this Halloween!

    Join us for a scary good time on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM!

    Live Music from PDA
    Halloween Themed Drink Specials
    Costume Contest and Prizes
    Complimentary Psychic Readings
    Free for Hotel Guests
    Non- hotel guests – $20
    Entrance will be limited so purchase tickets today!

      October 27, 2018
      5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

      Join us for carnival games, treats, and a haunted house. All ages welcome. Attendees get 10 free tickets or unlimited tickets and a snack for $3.

        Nappy Time Portraits events are held regularly in the Austin area. You provide the camera, we provide unique and original backgrounds, each with a rentable matching outfit.

        At the October event, we will provide a Halloween background and a Monthly Commemorative background. The Halloween background works best with babies who are 0-18 months old, and the Monthly Commemorative background has signs for babies 0-12 months old. You can also bring your baby in a Halloween costume or your favorite clothes to fit the backgrounds, and share your imagination with us. This is going to be awesome!  

        Date: October 20th, 2018
        Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
        Your baby: Ages 0-18 months only, please.
        Place: Global Kids Preschool
        4 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681
        Save the date on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2126659067572794/

        Date: October 27th, 2018
        Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
        Your baby: Ages 0-18 months only, please.
        Place: Toybrary Austin
        2001 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757
        Save the date on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/464111027431868/

        Check out our Nappy Time Portraits September Highlights

        For more information: http://babyart.fun

        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!


        Halloween is less than a week away and the Bullock Museum is ready to get the party started. Tonight’s event will be fun for the entire family.


        There will be scary stories, experiments, games, costumes, and more.

        Guests are encouraged to dress up as there will be a costume parade across the museum.

        Admission: free

        When: today, October 25th

        Time: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

        Bullock Texas History Museum
        1800 Congress Avenue
        Austin, Texas 78701


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        October brings in the Halloween season and for Central Texas, that means Haunted Houses. Austin has a variety of Haunted Houses – some of them we know well, others not so much. Below is an up to date list of all the haunted houses in and around Austin for you to enjoy.

        House of Torment

        The House of Torment has been operating in Austin for a long time. If you haven’t been to it before, you probably know someone who has. Currently, the House of Torment has three separate haunted houses in one massive location up at the Highland Mall. Their shows include Slaughterhouse: The Harvest offers you a country style scare, Blackthorne District gives an asylum twist full of experiments gone wrong, and Cursed: Ancients Emerge, which unearths the guardians of the Realm of Torment. You can check out all of the attractions information on their site. The HOT is open every day in October from 7:30 – 11:00 with hours extended on Friday and Saturday.

        Scare for a Cure

        The Scare for a Cure is an organization that utilizes a volunteer staff to organize haunted events and a unique interactive adventure of terror in Manor, TX. The shows include the Little Red Riding Hood-themed Fairy Tale Nightmare, the old west-themed Murder at Ghost Town, and cemetery-themed, Boneyard. Their main attraction is called Quest Night, an interactive medieval adventure where participants get to battle giant spiders and zombie warriors. They only allow groups for this event. Tickets are available for all shows every weekend in October leading up to Halloween and profits from their shows are donated to local cancer related charities and organizations. Visit their site for specific details.


        Night Terrors

        Night Terrors is “the realism haunted house that will shock you to the core”, according to their website. On their Facebook page, Night Terrors urges customers not to confuse them with that “Highland Mall Disney show”, House of Torment. Those are big words. Reviews online suggest that Night Terrors has the stuff to back it up, but you’ll have to see for yourself. Located off of 183 just north of McNeil Drive, Night Terrors isn’t too far from the House of Torment. Their assortment of scenes and scares features two spooky clowns, Lunatik & Gzmo (pictured below). Night Terrors is open every weekend in October from 7 – 11pm with tickets ranging from $20 to $34. Visit their website for more information.


        Austin Ghost Tours

        You’ve probably seen the Austin Ghost Tours trolley car rolling up and down 6th Street and wondered what ghost stories Austin has to its name. Based on classic ghost stories about Austin and recent investigations into the paranormal, the Austin Ghost Tours is the real deal, taking visitors on several walking tours as well as the trolley adventure. You can visit haunted sites like the Capitol Building, the Warehouse District, and the Driskill Hotel. Prices for different tours can vary so please visit the site for more details.

        Pioneer Farms

        The majority of the year, Pioneer Farms is a living history park used as an educational tool for children. But during Halloween, they open up the haunted trails of Sprinkle Corner Village, where families and kids search for hidden magical symbols left behind by the Ancient Brotherhood of the Golden Light to prevent the Powers of Darkness from ripping open a gateway “that would permit evil to gain foothold in the mortal world” during the harvest season. Quite the narrative! The Quest of the Haunted Trails is only open four nights this year: October 18-19 and October 25-26 from 7-10pm. Admission is $12 per person. Visit their website for more information.

        If you’re looking for a more independent Halloween experience, below is a list of the five most haunted places in Austin as listed by Fiona Broome, one of Austin’s most prolific chroniclers and writer of Austin ghosts and hauntings. They’re not full of scares (depending on how you feel about 6th Street), but they might be fun spots to enjoy a cool October night.

        • The Driskill Hotel
        • Buffalo Billiards
        • The Spaghetti Warehouse
        • Texas Capitol Building
        • Oakwood Cemetery and Oakwood Annex Cemetery on Navasota St.

        This list was compiled by Realty Austin, experts in all things Austin.

        If you are willing to brave the streets of Downtown Austin or that general vicinity there is plenty for you to do. Here is a run down of some of the parties happening in Austin.

        Or you can always check out the House of Torment!


        Here is a round up of Halloween fun around Austin!
        Friday, October 26th
        Saturday, October 27th
        Sunday, October 28th 

        You have waited, and it’s finally time for some adult Halloween fun.

        Today and tomorrow are “Halloween on 6th Street.” I only warn you because I’ve had countless people ask me when the true “Halloween Downtown” is, and the masses will probably be in costume the rest of the weekend.

        Details and personal anecdotes from “Halloween on 6th” will be in tomorrow’s blog.

        If you are looking to go all-out tonight here’s your chance to join the rest of Austin for a night of Halloween fun. This event combines some of Austin’s favorite Halloween parties (Annual White Ghost Shivers Halloween Ball & D0512 Annual Halloween party) and brings them under one roof. The power plant sits on Lady Bird Lake. When I pass by it during the day it seems like it could be the setting for a horror movie, so I am sure it will be the perfect location for the Zombie Ball.

        They’ll have live music all night on two stages, huge dance floors, a light show, haunte’d couture fashion show and much more craziness.

        Advance: $20.00
        Door: $30.00

        While it isn’t the cheapest event around town, it will be the place to be tonight and a Halloween experience like none other.

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        And lets hope the Longhorns have a good game, Hook ‘em Horns.

        214 West Avenue
        Austin, Texas 78701


        I found myself thinking and thinking over today’s post (like yesterday) as there is just so much happening going on around Austin, apparently like me, Austin likes to celebrate Halloween.

        I finally decided on this free activity because well, it is free and the Spooltacular at the Bob Bullock Museum has become an Austin Annual Event, not to mention there is always fun to be had there.

        I don’t do haunted houses but they had me at “spooky tour of the Museum” as the idea is very Night at the Museum to me.  That is just the start to all the activities going on tonight.  They will also be having a meet the author/book signing with the author who wrote Haunted Austin: History and Hauntings in the Capital City. While scary stuff isn’t my thing there is something oddly intriguing about ghost stories and haunted tales of where you spend your everyday life, plus it’s the season for scary might as well revel in it.


        Here the schedule of events tonight so that you can plan accordingly. Get your best Halloween Get Up on because they have a costume contest with prizes.

        6 p.m.–Creepy Crafting Begins
        6-7 p.m.–Book signing with Jeanine Plumer
        6:30-8:30 p.m.–Face Painting
        7 p.m.–Blue Lapis Light performance (this part is not free)
        8 and 8:30 p.m.–Spooky Tours
        7:45 p.m.–Costume Contest and Prizes

        Adults looking for fun, venture downtown. Basically every bar is having some kind of special or event in light of Halloween so it will not be hard to find some trouble to get into.

        Admission: Free

        Time: 6:00-9:00pm

        Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
        1800 N. Congress Ave.
        Austin, Texas 78701