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    October 27, 2018
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    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.

    There are a gazillion Halloween events happening in Austin this weekend leading up to the big day, so we thought we’d give you a handy listing of the events in one place! From spooky storytimes to family-friendly trick-or-treating, costume contests and haunted houses, there’s something for everyone.

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Halloween Costume Day at Catch Air

    When: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (contest at 6 p.m.)
    Where: Catch Air, 13450 US 183, Austin
    Cost: Regular admission

    Parents and children are encouraged to wear their costumes all day long. There will be a special costume contest at 6 pm.

    Halloween Carnival

    When: 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.

    Boo at the Zoo

    When: 6:30-9 p.m.
    Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin
    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: 7-10 p.m.
    Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin
    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.

    Halls of Horror Haunted House

    When: 7-11 p.m.
    Where: Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville
    Cost: FREE with two canned goods

    The Halls of Horror Haunted House is sure to cause a fright. Not recommended for younger children.

    Halloween Fun

    When: 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!

    Spooktacular

    When: 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: 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!

    Nightmare Before Christmas

    When: 8 p.m.
    Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin
    Cost: Tickets starting at $33

    One of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films, The Nightmare Before Christmas will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score played live by your Austin Symphony Orchestra!

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    PBS Kids at the Alamo: Halloween Special

    When: 10 a.m.
    Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. Hwy. 183, Austin
    Cost: $1-3 donation

    Nothing says ‘Halloween’ like costumes, pumpkins and spooky stories – and this October, PBS KIDS is celebrating Halloween with friends from some of our favorite series including NATURE CAT, ODD SQUAD, PEG + CAT, and WILD KRATTS.  Families are invited to come in costume.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with all the treats and none of the scary tricks. All ages.

    Halloween Fairy Garden Party

    When: 11 a.m.
    Where: Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery, 1407 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park
    Cost: FREE

    No Tricks, Just Treats, Eats & Sweets at the Halloween Fairy Garden Party! We’ll have a trick-or-treat parade and a fairy garden demonstration. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

    Fable Fest

    When: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Where: Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
    Cost: FREE Admission, food and drink and some activities cost extra

    Bring the family out to enjoy The Kings Carnival where kids of all ages can play games, arts and crafts, enjoy inflatables, a petting zoo and pony rides (requires tickets purchased at event); The Cobblestone Market provides the opportunity to shop with a variety of Arts and Craft vendors and other area merchants; The Pig’s Pub will provide an opportunity to eat your fill on foods of all kinds; and The Royal Academy which is home to live Jousting and Blacksmith demonstrations.
    When: 11:30 a.m.
    Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
    Cost: FREE
    Monsters get a pretty bad rap. After all, they are hideous and scary and love squeezing their big hairy monster bodies into the tiny crawl spaces beneath our beds. But aren’t they also awfully fun to read stories about? Come down this morning to find out more as we read Crankenstein and other monsteriffic tales.

    Halloween Concert

    When: Noon-5 p.m.
    Where: Springfree Trampoline, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin
    Cost: FREE

    Bounce on by to our Austin Halloween Concert Series on the Domain. Enjoy free arts and crafts, and dance along to many great songs by the one and only SUPERBAND! Prizes for best costume.

    Halloween Carnival and Haunted House

    When: 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: 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.

    Creative Action’s Kids’ Ball

    When: 5-8:30 p.m.
    Where: Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
    Cost: FREE

    Creative Action will be providing a variety of interactive craft and costume creation stations from 5-7 pm and the White Ghost Shivers play a spooky set of music from 6-8:30 pm.

    Halloween Spooktacular

    When: 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 pm.

    Austin Civic Orchestra’s Halloween Concert

    When: 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Performing Arts Center at Lake Travis High School, 3324 RR 620 S., Austin
    Cost: $15 adults, $10 students, military and seniors

    Come in costume to the Halloween Concert! Bring the kiddos out at 5pm for a special pre-concert instrument petting zoo, where they can get up close to some of the instruments that will be used that evening. Then the concert starts with music that includes creepy and spooky favorites such as Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and music from the Harry Potter films. Guest pianist Michelle Schumann will perform Franz Liszt’s Totentanz (Dance of the Dead). The orchestra will appear in fun and festive costumes; we invite you to join us! As a special treat, children under the age of 12 will receive some Halloween swag.

    Boo at the Zoo

    When: 6:30-9 p.m.
    Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin
    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: 7-10 p.m.
    Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin
    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.

    Halls of Horror Haunted House

    When: 7-11 p.m.
    Where: Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville
    Cost: FREE with two canned goods

    The Halls of Horror Haunted House is sure to cause a fright. Not recommended for younger children.

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    PBS Kids at the Alamo: Halloween Special

    When: 10 a.m.
    Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. Hwy. 183, Austin
    Cost: $1-3 donation

    Nothing says ‘Halloween’ like costumes, pumpkins and spooky stories – and this October, PBS KIDS is celebrating Halloween with friends from some of our favorite series including NATURE CAT, ODD SQUAD, PEG + CAT, and WILD KRATTS.  Families are invited to come in costume.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with all the treats and none of the scary tricks. All ages.

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

    When: 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.

    The Great Pumpkin Festival

    When: Noon
    Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
    Cost: FREE

    Enjoy live music from Lost & Nameless, food trucks, trunk r treat, carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, a silent auction and much more!
    When: Noon – 8 p.m.
    Where: Cuvee Coffee Bar, 2000 E. 6th Street, Austin
    Cost: FREE
    Come celebrate your love for local craft beer at a parking lot Halloween party. Activities include guided tasting of local beers (cost is $9), dog and human costume contests, live music and parking lots games.

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    Fall Fun Festival in Round Rock

    When: 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 Trick or Treat for Books Storytime

    When: 10:30 a.m.
    Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
    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.)

    Halloween in the Hall (Cedar Park)

    When: 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 Hometown

    When: 3-6 p.m.
    Where: Downtown Round Rock
    Cost: FREE

    Hometown Halloween is a great way to connect with your community, have fun with your family and create spooktacular memories in an environment where the treats are sweet and the activities are far from tricky. What can you expect? A treat trail down Main Street, face painters, balloon artists, kid-friendly live music, photo booths, a story walk, adoptable puppies and kittens, bounce houses, a hometown hay-ride and so, so much more!

    Halloween Carnival

    When: 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive, Austin
    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.