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Take advantage of the (slightly) cooler fall weather in Austin by visiting pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and festivals galore! Whether you’re a fan of dressing up and decorating with all the other ghosts and goblins, or you just love the smell of pumpkin spice and crisp leaves in the air, fall is an amazing time in Central Texas. Enjoy these Austin Halloween and fall festivals!
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2019 Fall Festivals in Central Texas
Please note that not all events listed are free, and many offer activities for an additional fee. Please click on the links for more information.
Harvest of Fall Fun! (Marble Falls)
September 21 through November 10 | 1801 FM 1980 Marble Falls
Harvest of Fall Fun runs September 22 through November 4, 2018. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed all Wednesdays. Parking is FREE. The pumpkins and gourds are individually priced. Admission is FREE, but each activity has a fee. Activities include a hayride, corn maze, scarecrow stuffing, a train, and flower picking, and pumpkin painting just to name a few (seriously, there are a TON of activities for an additional fee). Visit the Sweet Berry Farm website for pricing. Payment by cash or check only. (Check the website for exact directions as GPS isn’t always accurate for this location.)
Boo at the Zoo
Friday and Saturday nights in October | from 6:30 to 9 p.m. | 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 our Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, our nocturnal animals, an eerie train ride and unlimited passes through our mansion. Tickets to certain special items within Boo at the Zoo have limited seating. Extra events include a haunted train ride and musical performances for and additional fee. The Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $17.50 per person, kids under two are free. Purchase your tickets at the gift shop or by calling 512-288-1490.
Story Time in the Pumpkin Patch
October 11, 18, 25 | at 10 a.m. | Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch, 4625 E State Hwy 29, Bertram
Come join us Friday mornings for story time in the Pumpkin Patch! Free Admission! Free Craft!
Ghost Tours on the Square
October 11, 12, 25, 26| from 7:30 to 9 p.m. | 116 W. 8th Street (Georgetown)
Ghost Tours on the Square are hosted by the Williamson Museum. Tour times for both days are 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Later tours will be scarier than those held earlier in the evening. Purchase tickets at the Williamson Museum or by phone at 512-943-1670. Tickets are $20 for non-museum members and $15 for members and students. To purchase tickets, call 512-943-1670, stop by the museum or purchase online.
Crowe’s Nest Farms Fall Family Fun Days (Manor)
October 12, 19, 26 | from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 10300 Taylor Lane, Manor
There will be lots of local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, jam, and bread, to a variety of hand-made crafts, plus lots of special events, like raptor shows, snake lessons, a corn and potato cannon booth, and much more! We are excited to have a new music stage in the picnic area where we will have live music from talented local artists all four Saturdays of October this year! Admission is FREE under 2 $3 for 2-year-olds, $7 for ages 3 to 12, and $10 for ages 13+. Check the Facebook page to get the latest details.
Halloween Movies at Community First Village Community Cinema
October 11, 18, 25 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First Village Community Cinema, 9301 Hog Eye Road
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village.Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event. We encourage you to support our Community Grille rather than bringing outside food and drinks. Dress in weather-appropriate clothing and don’t forget your flashlights and bug spray. We also recommend wearing closed-toe shoes. Dogs on leashes are welcome at Community Cinema movie nights! Movies begin at full dark and/or ~an hour after event start time, depending on the season.
Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House (Georgetown)
October 18, 19, 25, 26| from 7 to 11 p.m.| Old Williamson County Jail, 312 Main Street
Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House takes place at the Historic Williamson County Jail. This rumored haunted jailhouse, which held prisoners from 1889 through 1990, has been featured on the popular show “Ghost Hunters.” Fast Pass tickets are $25, adult tickets are $15 and child tickets are $5 (ages 8-12). All proceeds benefit the Brown Santa program. *The historic jail is NOT handicap accessible. Tickets can be purchased here.
Family Festival Pumpkin Patch
October 12, 19, 26 | 7:30 p.m.| Proof & Cooper Restaurant, 18710 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs
Offering fun and activities for the whole family, the pumpkin patch will feature kid-friendly programming, carnival games, bounce house, vendors, and live music.
Barton Hill Farm Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
October 19, 20, 26, 27 | from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday | Barton Hill Farm, 1115 Farm To Market 969, Bastrop
Head to Barton Hill Farms and make memories with friends and family! They have fun activities for all ages. From taking fall photos and picking out your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, to getting lost in the corn maze, jumping on the jumping pillow, playing human foosball, corn hole, and more, you are sure to have a great day! If you’re looking for delicious food and cold drinks, check out the concession stand. They have Lavell’s Lemonade, cold beer, frozen sangria, and other refreshing beverages. They also offer 100% all beef hot dogs, 100% Angus beef burgers, sno-cones, pulled pork sandwiches, and kettle corn. Admission is $13.95 online and $15.95 at the gate. Parking is free.
Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin)
Weekends in October| Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.| Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.| Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin
The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with great concessions at the concessions stand and other activities and games. The Evergreen Farms authentic pumper fire truck will again be at the Pumpkin Hunt. The truck will stop on the ride and demonstrate how the hoses and pumps work as well as sounding the sirens along the way. Each child will receive a fire hat after the ride.
Haunted Halloween Trails at Pioneer Farms
October 18 through 19, 25 through 27, 31| from 7 to 11 p.m. | Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at our annual Haunted Halloween Trails festival. This year’s theme: Victorian Gothic Trails of Terror. The Spook-tober extravaganza will be open on Friday and Saturday nights on Oct. 18-19, 25-27, 31 from 7-11 p.m. nightly. Admissions close at 10 p.m. Open rain or shine! No refunds. No pets, please. This year’s event will feature a new Ghost Run haunted trail with spook lights and more, and lots of family fun activities on Scream Street in our entrance village, including a pumpkin-carving contest. Live music will be offered nightly in our historic dance hall. Storytellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future, along with other spooky fun. Historical ties with Halloween abound.
Food concessions will be available each night, from food trucks.
New prices: Early Bird advance tickets are $15 per adult, and $10 per child. Ticket prices at the gate will cost more, so buy now to save money and avoid long lines at the gate!
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Festival
October 5 through 31 | from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Sat) and noon to 5:30 p.m. (Sun) | Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin
Activities Included: Mazes, Animals, Pumpkin Painting (with pumpkin purchase), Train Ride, Hayride, Picnic Areas, Face Painting, Playscape, Food available for purchase. Admission: $8 (ages 2-99) or $7 on Tuesdays or Open House (Monday, October 14).
Halloween Party (Round Rock) (RSVP)
October 25, 28, 29, 30 | various times | Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock
Hop into your costumes and bring treats to share – the Round Rock Public Library is throwing a Halloween bash! Children ages 18 months and older may join us with their parent/guardian for stories, songs, treats, and Halloween fun. RSVP required.
Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt
All weekends in October | Saturdays from 10 to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin
The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with great concessions at the concessions stand and other activities and games. The Evergreen Farms authentic pumper fire truck will again be at the Pumpkin Hunt. The truck will stop on the ride and demonstrate how the hoses and pumps work as well as sounding the sirens along the way. Each child will receive a fire hat after the ride. Admission and Parking are Free.
Friday, October 11 | from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. | German Free School, 507 East 10th Street
The German-Texan Heritage Society will hold their annual festival, which will include live music, food, a biergarten, activities for kids, and more. Adult tickets are $10 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.
Tween Ghost Tour
Friday, October 11 | at 5 p.m. | Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown
Williamson Museum will be giving tweens and their adult companions ghost tours around downtown Georgetown. We’ll meet at the library in the Children’s Room at 5 pm for our tour and have tasty treats when we get back. Event is free and open to tweens ages 9-12. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Due to limited space, FREE tickets for issued beginning an hour before the program (4 pm). First come, first served. Program is limited to 30 tweens. Please contact Library Assistant Elisabeth Aulwurm with any questions at [email protected] or 512-819-3133.
Pfloating Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 12 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 North Railroad Avenue, Pflugerville
Visit the coolest pumpkin patch in Pflugerville! Pick your pumpkin, decorate it, and stay for the pfun games and treats. Take a dip in the pool, pick your pumpkin, decorate it and stay for pfun games and treats. The pool will also be open for recreational swim during the event. Price: $10 per adult (includes one medium pumpkin), $5 per child (includes one small pumpkin), or $3 per person (no pumpkin included).
Halloween Craft Night
Wednesday, October 16 | at 6 p.m. | Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
Join us for a family fun crafting project! We will be making Fall Jack o’ Lanterns. We will supply everything you need to create a one of a kind fun craft for you to take home. Wear clothes you can get messy in! Child care is provided at no cost for children under the age of 6. $5 per person.
Friday, October 18| at 6:30 p.m. | Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
Join the fun for a family-friendly movie night in the Pumpkin Patch. We will have free popcorn, snow cones, candy, and drinks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
Movies in the Patch
Friday, October 18 | from 6:30 to 10 p.m. | Manchaca United Methodist Church, 1011 FM 1626, Manchaca
Join us for a fun, free, family event in the pumpkin patch. 6:30 – Arrive early to pick your viewing spot! Bring a picnic or stroll through our pumpkin patch and take pictures! 7:30 – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; 8:00 – The Worst Witch.Free popcorn provided! Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. (Low chairs and blankets only in the front). You are welcome to come for one or both movies!
Pfall Chili Pfest (Pflugerville)
Saturday, October 19 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | 100 E Main Street, Pflugerville
Annual chili cook-off contest with as many as 40 teams entered! Plus vendors, car show, and children’s area, with live music on stage. FREE to attend, with packages of tasting cups and spoons for sale. For a full schedule and more information check out their website here.
Trunk or Treat for Kids with Special Needs (Round Rock)
Saturday, October 19 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Seton Medical Center Williamson, 201 Seton Pkwy, Round Rock
Join Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department and Williamson Pediatric Rehab for this FREE trick-or-treating event. A family-centered event, it encourages active participation for children with various disabilities or limitations. Trick or Treat from car to car, trunk to trunk. Costumes encouraged. Bring your trick or treat bags. Learn more and confirm event details here.
Saturday, October 19 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
Partake in a free community wide Harvest Dance in the Pumpkin Patch!
It will be a family-friendly good time of dancing, lemonade, and popcorn, and listen to a storyteller share engaging Halloween stories by the fire pit while you roast hot dogs and marshmallows.
Come and dance to the Flying Purple People Eater or show off your best performance of the Monster Mash or the Time Warp!
Hairy Man Festival (Round Rock)
Saturday, October 19 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Drive, Round Rock
Bring the entire family to the 25th Annual Hairy Man Festival in Cat Hollow Park! Grab a bite from the variety of food vendors and shop the arts & craft booths while listening to live music. Local non-profits will be raising money at their food and game booths. Festival t-shirts on sale. Halloween-themed crafts, treats, and games for the kids! Admission to the festival is FREE with two non-perishable food items (or $2 per person) to benefit local food banks.
Saturday, October 19 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Domain II, 3225 Amy Donovan PlazaPet-Toberfest 2019- Come join P & F Pet, Spirit 105.9, Natural Awakenings, Nulo Pet Food and Zignature for adoptions, vendors, costume contest, photo booth and parades! Location: Domain Phase II, located between IPic & Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Touch A Truck (Round Rock)
Saturday, October 19 | from 9 a.m. to noon | Rockin River Water Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Touch a Truck provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types – public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery, and just plain cool – all in one place. Those young and young at heart will be allowed to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will be a “no horn hour” for those with sensitive ears or who do not respond well to loud noises from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be a Kid Fun Zone! The event is FREE and no registration is required, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item donation to donate to the Round Rock Serving Center. Learn more and confirm event details here.
Saturday, October 19 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Summitt Elementary School, 12207 Brigadoon Lane
Bring your family and friends to enjoy the wonderful carnival atmosphere, play games, and raise money for our school! Eagle Fest is our largest-attended PTA fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds go directly to our Summitt students! Ticket bundles may be purchased for $5 for games and food.
Austin High Monster Concert
Saturday, October 19 | from 3:30 to 9 p.m. | Austin High, 1715 Cesar Chavez
The cornerstone of this event is a concert featuring orchestras from Vertical Team elementary and middle schools as well as the various orchestras at Austin High School. Also performing this year are orchestras from Crockett High School. In addition to concert performances in the AHS Performing Arts Center (PAC), the Monster Concert features a carnival with a variety of games and delicious food. During the weeks leading up to the Monster Concert, students and parents from the AHS orchestras build an incredible and very popular haunted house. All proceeds from the Monster Concert and Carnival support the Orchestra program at Austin High School.
Orchestra performances 3:30 to 8:15 p.m. Carnival games 3 p.m. to dusk. Food and haunted house 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attire: Costume or monster concert t-shirt and jeans.
The Great Pumpkin Festival (Round Rock)
Sunday, October 20 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Join the St. Richard’s community as we celebrate our Great Pumpkin Festival! This event will be held at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 21 and kicks off at 2 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m. We’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, pony rides and a petting zoo, bouncy houses, and so much more. This is a free event open to the entire community. Everyone is welcome! We ask that you bring two cans of food benefiting Round Rock Serving Center as admittance to the event. We hope to see you there!
Georgetown Halloween Festival (Georgetown)
Thursday, October 24 | from 5 to 7:30 p.m. | San Gabriel Park, 445 East Morrow Street, Georgetown
The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the 25th Annual Halloween Festival. This fun-filled family event will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween, so get dressed up and come on out! Trick or treat village and the costume contest are FREE, while the pumpkin painting, and carnival games have a small cost (cash only – bring quarters and small bills).
Freaky Friday Halloween Party for 4th & 5th Graders
Friday, October 25 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive
4th & 5th Graders are invited to a Halloween party just for them! There will be music, food, games, and a costume contest. Bring your friends for a scary good time! $6 BCCC Member | $8 BCMUD Resident | $12 Non-Resident.
Monster Mash Halloween Party for 6th through 8th Graders
Friday, October 25 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive
6th, 7th & 8th Graders are invited to a Halloween party just for them! There will be music, food, games, and a costume contest. Bring your friends for a scary good time! $6 BCCC Member | $8 BCMUD Resident | $12 Non-Resident.
Halloween Movies at Community First Village Community Cinema: Hocus Pocus
Friday, October 25| from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First Village Community Cinema, 9301 Hog Eye Rd
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village.Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Play for Fall Fundraising Event
Friday, October 25 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Play for All Abilities Park, 151 North A.W. Grimes Boulevard, Round Rock
The Play for Fall Fundraising event is back benefiting the Play for All Park on Friday, October 25 from 7 to 9:30pm. The Play for All Park will be BOOfully decorated with special Halloween FX and fall attractions for all ages. Experience a Spooky Stroll on the Brushy Creek Trail after Trick or Treating through the Village. Take a turn through our lifesize Candyland Game. Creep through the Cobweb Castle, enjoy a Moonlight Movie and say hello famous talking Pumpkins. The entire park will be decked out with surprise attractions at every turn! Put on your costume, come join the fun, bring you donation to support the future of Play for All fun! Tickets are just $10 per person and are limited for this exclusive event! VIP family packages are also available. All proceeds benefit the Play for All Park. Purchase your tickets online now.
Friday, October 25 | from 5 to 8 p.m. |Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Avenue
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls welcome at the annual FREE family-friendly Halloween celebration. Join the Bullock Museum in partnership with Girlstart for spooky hands-on STEM fun for the whole family. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibits after hours at this FREE event. Be one of the first 100 kids in the door at Spooktacular and get a FREE spooky tote bag that’s great for trick-or-treating!
13th Annual Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour
Saturday, October 26| from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Oakwood Cemetery, 1600 Comal Street
Join us for the 13th annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour Oct 26th, 2019 at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of “residents” of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. One hour tours highlight historical – not scary – 1860s-1910s events and start every 15-20 minutes between 10 am-3:15pm near the newly restored Oakwood chapel. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. Sponsored by non-profit Save Austin’s Cemeteries. Donations welcome!
Saturday, October 26 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | 1830 Simond Avenue
Halloween, Thinkery-style. Dress in your Halloween best and learn to 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 enchantingly fun for all. Complete all activity stations and receive a special prize!. $14-16.
Saturday, October 26 | from 2 to 4 p.m., Costume Contest at 3 p.m. | Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
Everything at Fall Fest is FREE! Food, games, face painting, prizes and so much more!
Saturday, October 26 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | Blanton Elementary, 5408 Westminster
We’ll have bouncy houses, photo booth, monster mash, haunted house, obstacle course, games, BOOtique, prizes, food, and a whole lot more Halloween fun. This is our biggest FUNdraising event of the year. Fun for everyone!
Hogeye Festival (Elgin)
Saturday, October 26 | from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot Street, Elgin
The FREE festival features live music and entertainment on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a children’s costume pet parade, a carnival, Road Hog Car Show, BBQ Pork Cook-Off, In a Pig’s Eye Corn Hole Contest, Hogalicious Dessert Contest, Cow Patty Bingo, the Pearls Before Swine Art Show and great festive food! Free Festival Shuttle available at the Hwy 95 North Park and Ride.
Viva la Vida Festival and Parade
Saturday, October 26 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Congress Avenue
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day. Free Admission!
Haunted House & Halloween Movie Night
Saturday, October 26 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock
Join us for an unforgettable experience as you walk through the Cat Hollow Pavilion transformed into a Haunted House! Full-on SCARE and kid-friendly experiences available. Free! Hope Alliance will be accepting donations. Families are invited to bring a lawn chair to Cat Hollow Park for an outdoor showing of “Casper”!
Roots and Wings Festival
Saturday, October 26| from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.| Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin’s community-wide celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day! On Halloween weekend, explore the outdoors, enjoy art-making, and celebrate in your best nature-themed costume! Get up closewith monarchs at the butterfly tag and release tent. Reach new heights with City of Austin arborists at our assisted tree climb. Explore and play in nature with crafting and hands on demonstrations. Plus face painting, food trucks, giveaways, and more!
Fable Fest (Cedar Park)
Saturday, October 26 | from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Boulevard, Cedar Park
Fable Fest is a unique event that brings costumes, storytelling and live demonstrations to the Cedar Park community. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Cedar Park Public Library by paying for reading programs, advanced technologies and expanding the current library collections for years to come. The King’s Carnival allows kids of all ages to play games, participate in arts and crafts, hop on inflatables, and enjoy 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 provides an opportunity to eat your fill on food & drink of all kinds. The Royal Academy is home to fearless demonstrations of Jousting, Archery, Fencing and other Kingdom sports. Admission to the Carnival is FREE but activities require tickets which can be purchased at the event. Learn more and confirm event details here.
8th Annual Kids’ Ball
Saturday, October 26 | from 5 to 8:30 p.m.|Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar
This free, family-friendly Halloween event returns for the seventh year, presented by White Ghost Shivers and Creative Action! All are encouraged to dress up to have a great time, grooving to spooky tunes, making art, playing pretend, and hanging with family! Creative Action will be providing a variety of interactive activities including costume-making, art stations, music and movement exercises, and a photo booth, from 5-8:30 pm. White Ghost Shivers takes the stage from 6- 8:30
The mission of Creative Action is to spark and support the academic, social and emotional development of young people, and White Ghost Shivers is always thrilled at the chance to inspire kids of all ages!
Ella’s Haunted Mansion
Sunday, October 27 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 1900 Rio Grande
- Pumpkin & ghoud decorating
- Face painting
- Cornhole & lawn games
- Live music
- Spooky mansion tours, offered every 20 minutes from 10am – 2pm, reservations HERE, additional tour spots will be open day of the event, dependent on availability
- Brunch buffet specials, $40 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under, reservations HERE, walk-ins welcome upon capacity
- Boozy specialty cocktails, mulled wine & spiced cider
Sunday, October 27 | from 1:30 to 3 p.m. | Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Drive, Leander
They will have all the supplies you need, just bring a pumpkin, buy one from our Pumpkin Patch!
5th Annual Straw Fest
Sunday, October 27 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Azie Morton Road
Straw Fest is a free fall festival hosted by the UMLAUF every year on the final Sunday in October. Stop by to enjoy pumpkin carving, a petting zoo, a fall fashion show, and plenty of other fall activities for the whole family. Join the fun for a number of family-friendly interactive activities! The UMLAUF will be at capacity with over 2,000 kids and families for this popular community-wide day of family fun from 11 am – 5 pm, Family fun including a spring-free trampoline, pumpkin carving, screen printing, a petting zoo, face paining, live music, lawn games, three family and pet fashion shows, and more all day long!
Fall Fest (Manchaca)
Sunday, October 27 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | 1011 FM 1626 at Manchaca Road, Manchaca
The smell of school supplies, college football, Friday night lights and pumpkin spice lattes ….that’s what fall is made of. Fall is an exciting time of year at Manchaca United Methodist Church and we are excited to celebrate this amazing season with you. Dress the kiddos up in their costume and join us for an afternoon/evening of fun games, live music, trunk or treat for the kids, bounce houses and hay ride. Come stroll through our pumpkin patch, have the kids face painted, decorate cookies and take advantage of our many photo opportunities!
All games, activities and prizes are free!
Sunday, October 27 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4622 South Lamar Blvd
Join Holy Cross Lutheran Church on the back lawn for a day of FREE family fun. There will be a petting zoo, games with prizes, raffle prizes, silent auction, and more. Wear your costumes. Food will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome. Learn more and confirm event details here.
Halloween Comic Fest
Sunday, October 27 | from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Dragon’s Lair Comics, 2438 West Anderson Lane
It’s time for Halloween Comic Fest! Come to the lair and participate in a number of fun, family friendly activities as you gear up for Halloween! We will be handing out a limited supply of free comics and candy alongside our fun activities throughout the store, including: Costume Contest, Children’s Reading Corner, Scavenger Hunt, Paint a Pumpkin, Tarot Reading, and more! Don’t miss out on this fun and exciting event! For more information about Halloween comic fest, and the titles available this year, check out their website. And if you’d like to special order a HCF shirt with art from Eric Powell, you can place one here.
Fall Family Fun Fest/Intergenerational Day
Sunday, October 27 | from 1 to 5 p.m. | Pavilion at Great Hills, 11819 Pavilion Boulevard
Youth2Seniors invites you and your family to a unique event filled with all sorts of fun. 2018’s Intergenerational Day is all about volunteering. This year all activities will focus on benefiting a group in the Austin area. Join us and participate in seven different on-the-spot volunteer projects! Each hour we are giving away different giveaways to show our volunteers how much we appreciate their help!
Kid Spa Austin Fall Festival
Sunday, October 27 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Kid Spa Austin, multiple locations
Join us on Saturday October 27th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at our Circle-C Ranch and Avery Ranch locations for Kid Spa’s annual Fall Festival! There will be tons of games and activities for the kiddos, including….*Pony Rides and Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Train Ride, Carnival games, Prizes & treats, Crafts, Raffles, Costume Photo Ops and much more! Admission is FREE! *For more information, visit us at www.KidSpa.com!
Oktoberfest at Bethany Lutheran Church
Sunday, October 27 | after 11 a.m. service | 701 West Slaughter Lane
Delicious German food…Come join the fun at their annual Oktoberfest following the 11am service on Sunday, October 27 in the Fellowship Hall. The Holy Smokers are cooking the meal: German sausage, BBQ sauce, German potato salad, Dutchman’s special slaw, baked beans, tea and lemonade. We are asking each family to bring a dessert to share with others. This is a fun way to invite your family, friends, and neighbors to church.
Boo Bash (Georgetown)
Sunday, October 27 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown
On October 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., come down to the Georgetown Square in costume, bring your candy bags and enjoy trunk or treating on Main Street! Boo Bash is a great time for goblins of all ages to take time out to enjoy The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas and its unique shopping and dining. This is a free event. Boo Bash is sponsored by The Downtown Georgetown Association. For more information, please go to thegeorgetownsquare.com/Boo-Bash.
Southwest Christian Church Fall Festival
Sunday, October 27 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Southwest Christian Church, 10500 Old Manchaca Road
Your family is invited to our annual Fall Festival! We will have games, hay rides, candy, food, popcorn, bounce houses, and more! We’d love for you to join us for a day of Fall fun! Food will be first come first serve. Additional parking locked across the street at the Manchac. We will also be accepting gently used adult jackets, sweaters, gloves, beanies, blankets and new socks for our homeless ministry. You can drop off donations at the welcome tent!
Sixth First Annual Polkapocalypse
Sunday, October 27 | from 12 to 5:30 p.m. | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street
The SIXTH First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE! is once again upon us! Four awesome Polka bands will rock the boots off your lederhosen with a crazy mix of Tejano, Czech, German, Polish, Gypsy, and Norteno sounds! Also A COSTUME CONTEST! Come as a MAD POLKA ZOMBIE, A Dia de los Muertos Catrina, a Furry, or your favorite museum employees!! Live the dream!
Bring the family and a picnic and chairs if you wish. It’s totally family friendly. Yes, the weather looks terrific. If we need to change (which seems very unlikely) we will announce by Friday afternoon. There is a rain site so the show will go on! There will be food, drinks and ices available and there are lots of restaurants and convenience stores within a couple of hundred yards of the museum if you don’t find what you need here! Coolers are totally allowed, beer alas is not. Bring a shirt and get it printed on site! Parking is available at the Hyde Park Christian Church about 1/8 of a mile east of us on 45th street. There’s also the Fresh Plus parking lot at 43rd & Ave G. Please be kind to our residential neighbors. Better yet, BIKE OR BUS! There are SEVEN Capitol Metro bus lines that stop within a 1/4 mile of here! Opa! FREE!!
Spooktober Fall Fest
Monday, October 28 | from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Austin State Supported Living Center, 2203 West 35th
The Friends of Austin State Supported Living Center invites you to attend the 6th annual Spooktober 5k & Fall Festival. This family-friendly event includes a timed 5k run/walk through the beautiful 97 acres of rolling hills of our West Austin Campus, a Kids K and a Fall Festival. Enjoy a great music, food trucks, face painting, moonwalk, petting zoo, games, and activities, vendor marketplace and more.
The Spooktober 5k and Fall Festival will kick off at 9 am with the 5k run/walk, followed by the Kids K at 10:30. The Fall Festival will run from 9 am until 1 pm. Proceeds from the event will directly fund the Friends mission to improve the quality of life for over 180 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live at the Austin State Supported Living Center.
Monsters are Our Friends Storytime
Tuesday, October 29 | at 10:30 a.m. | BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard
There’s a common misconception that monsters are scary or “out to get us.” But we’re here to clear all that up– monsters are actually our friends! Join today’s storytime as we read I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon and other books about our misunderstood buddies. The fun starts at 10:30 AM.
Wednesday, October 30 & Thursday, October 31 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown
Join the library for Fall Fun Storytime! We will have a short storytime and treats afterward. Wear a costume and bring a snack to share if you like.
Fall Fun Festival (Round Rock)
Thursday, October 31 | from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock
Bam! Zoom! Pow! Superheroes WOW! Fly into the park for a fun filled morning with all your favorite superheroes. Jump on a hayride, conquer a game, charge up on treats and eats! Zoom through a new book and come take a look. We will have carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch and fun entertainment for all to enjoy. Be sure to wear you favorite costume! Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center.
Light the Night Fall Fun Fest
Thursday, October 31 | from 5:30 to 8 p.m. | New Hope First Baptist Church, 200 West New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
A free night of rides, inflatables, games, prizes, candy and more! Activities include: inflatables, spinner rides, rock walls, moon walk, fun house, quad bungee jump, super slides, wiggle worm train, photo booth, cake walk, free hot dogs, popcorn & drinks, local heroes (Police & Fire Dept.). As a Christian alternative to Halloween, we request no scary costumes please. This event is free, but please consider bringing a canned food item to contribute to our community food outreach partners.
Thursday, October 31| at 6 p.m. | YMCA, Mayfest Park, Bastrop
The Austin YMCA offers a safe and family-friendly Halloween Boo Bash that features arts and crafts, games, music, and treats. Dress in costume and have some fun at this FREE event.
Treats on Park Street
Thursday, October 31 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Fritz Park, 400 Park Avenue, Hutto
BOO! Treats on East Street is held every year on Halloween and is a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience for children ages 12 & under. This year, the event has been relocated to Hutto’s Fritz Park! Bring the whole family as local businesses, service groups, church groups, volunteers and City Departments come together to host games, activities, candy booths, costume contests, and much more! Help us haunt Hutto and provide a scary good time for families!
Fall Funfest at Fischer Park
Saturday, November 2 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Fischer Park, 1820 McQueeny Road, New Braunfels
Join the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation team and community partners as we host a day of fun games, crafts, exhibits and activities! Open to the public; parking will be limited. Schedule of events coming soon!