It’s Our GIANT List of Austin Halloween Fun and Fall Festivals 2018

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!

Looking for patches where you can pick the perfect pumpkin? Be sure to check out this list! And stayed tuned for our list of trick or treating (and trunk or treating) activities.

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2018 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 22 through November 4 |  1801 FM 1980 Marble Falls 
Harvest of Fall Fun runs September 22-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 6:30-9 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 12, 19, 26  |  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!

Crowe’s Nest Farms Fall Family Fun Days (Manor)
October 6, 13, 20 & 27 |  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  10300 Taylor Lane, Manor
There will be four Fall Family Fun Days this year: October 6, 13, 20, & 27! 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 12, 19, 26  |  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. 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.

Pfloating Pumpkin Patch
October 13 |  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  |  Gilleland Creek Pool, 700 N Railroad Ave, 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).

Teen Mad Hatter’s Halloween Ball Murder Mystery
October 13  |  from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  | Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown
Halloween is coming, and the Mad Hatter is planning an epic bash in a haunted castle. However, not all as is it seems and murder is afoot! Come down the rabbit hole and try to solve the case. Join us on Saturday, October 13 for the Mad Hatter’s Halloween Ball Murder Mystery. Event is free and open to teens ages 12-18. Costumes are encouraged. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at [email protected] or (512) 819-3132 with any questions.

Tween Halloween Cupcake Wars
October 13  |  from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  |  Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown
You’ve been drafted into the Tween Halloween Cupcake Wars! Together with a partner, you’ll compete against other teams to become the ultimate cupcake champions. Bring a friend or make a new friend at the event! Cupcakes will be provided. Event is free and open to tweens ages 9-12. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration is required. You can register at the kids’ desk or online. Please contact Library Assistant Elisabeth Aulwurm with any questions at [email protected] or 512-819-3133.

Family Festival Pumpkin Patch
October 13 & 14 |   Proof & Cooper Restaurant, 18710 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs
Offering fun and activities for the whole family, the pumpkin patch will feature kid-friend programming, carnival games, bounce house, vendors, and live music.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Festival
October 13 & 14 and 20 & 21  |  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 (children 2-12), $10 (ages 13-99).

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt
October 14, 21 & 28  |  from 1 to 5 p.m.  |  Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Rd, 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.

Oktoberfest
October 14 |  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.

Halloween Craft Night
October 17 & 24  |  at 6 p.m.  |  Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S West Dr, Leander
October 17: 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.

October 24: Join us for a family-friendly crafting project in the Pumpkin Patch! We will be making Spookley Pumpkins and Ghosts in celebration of one of our favorite pumpkins, Spookley, the square pumpkin! We will also make a friend for Spookley, Perky, the “changing pumpkin”. 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.

Tales From Graves
October 18  | at 3:30 p.m.  | APL – St. John’s Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave
Three not so scary tales of monsters, mischief and mayhem. Written by master storyteller, Keith Graves, and reanimated by Literature Live! FREE!

Community Halloween Carnival & Haunted House
October 18  |  from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  |  Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St
Join us at Metz Recreation Center for Halloween games, costume contest, trunk-or-treat, music, snacks, door prizes and haunted house. Game tickets .25/each. Trunk-or-Treat provided by Salinas Street Church. Haunted House opens at 6:30 p.m. $1 per person. Costume Contest at 7:30 p.m. (Ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). Please call Stephanie at 512-978-2399 for more information.

Thursday Matinee: Ghostbusters
October 18  | from 1 to 3 p.m.  | APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez
Join us for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. Adults only. FREE!

Movie Night
October 19  |  at 7:30 p.m.  |  Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S West Dr, Leander
Join us for a family-friendly movie night in the Pumpkin Patch. We will be showing the movie “Coco”. We will have free popcorn, snow cones, candy, and drinks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. FREE!

Movies in the Patch
October 19  |  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 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.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!

Kids Create: Glow in the Dark Slime
October 19  | from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  | APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr
Everybody loves making slime! But have you ever made it glow in the dark and used gruesome, creepy crawly mix-ins? Come prepared to get a little messy! FREE!

Story Time in the Pumpkin Patch
October 19  | at 10 a.m. | Texas Big Worm Pumpkin Patch, 4625 E State Hwy 29, Bertram
Join Friday mornings for story time in the Pumpkin Patch! Free admission and crafts.

Halloween Movies at Community First Village Community Cinema: Hocus Pocus
October 19|  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
October 19  |  6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  |  Play for All Abilities Park, 151 A N AW Grimes Blvd, Round Rock
The Play for Fall Fundraising event is back benefiting the Play for All Park on Friday, October 19 from 6:30 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.

Barton Hill Farm Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
October 19 and 20 | 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
Happening Saturdays and Sundays, September 29 through November 4. The farm is also open on Monday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin)
October 19 and 20 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday | Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Rd., 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.

Haunted Halloween Trails at Pioneer Farms
October 19-20 and 26-27  |  from 7 to 11 p.m.  |   Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr
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. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 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 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. Storytellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future, along with other fun activities. The historical persona of Edgar Allen Poe will be on site for readings of “The Raven.”

Food concessions will be available each night, with food trucks available on the last two weekends. Live music will be offered in our historic dance hall. Admission is $15 a person in advance and at the gate, where exact change is requested. This Spook-tober family fun event is Austin’s legendary Halloween experience for all ages. It’s family friendly, to boot.

Texas Archaeological Month Fair
October 20  |  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   |  University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd
In partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, UT’s Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) will be hosting a public Archeology Fair to celebrate this year’s Texas Archeology Month. The Fair will feature hands-on activities for kids and adults, demonstrations from the community of professional archaeologists, and displays that highlight Texas’ rich archaeological history. FREE! Bring your family, your scout troop, and your friends of all ages. Learn more and confirm event details here.

Pet-Toberfest 2018
October 20  | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Domain II, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza
Join AGA at Pet*tober Fest in The Domain (Phase II between Dillard’s and Dicks Sporting Goods) presented by Phydeaux & Friends. Pets Domain ATX is hosting a fun run before the Pet-Toberfest starts! Plus, Tiny Tails to You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo will be there, live music and more events to come!

Pfall Chili Pfest (Pflugerville)
October 20  |  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.

Hairy Man Festival (Round Rock)
October 20  |  from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Dr, Round Rock
Bring the entire family to the 24th 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.

12th Annual Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour
Saturday, October 20| from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Oakwood Cemetery, 1600 Comal St.
Join for the 12thannual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour 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. The 45 minute tours highlight historical – not scary – events and start every 15-20 minutes between 10 a.m. through 3:15 p.m. 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 Save Austin’s Cemeteries. Donations welcome!

Touch A Truck (Round Rock)
October 20 |  from 9 a.m. to noon  |  Rockin River Water Park, 3300 E 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.

Kids Pumpkin Fest
October 20  |  from 2 to 5 p.m.  |  Grace Lutheran Church, 708 Bluff Dr, Round Rock
Join for fall fun at the Kids Pumpkin Fest at Grace Lutheran Church! We’ll have pumpkins and cookies to decorate, games, crafts, face painting, a bounce house, and a special pumpkin-themed Story Time at our Little Free Library! You can snap pictures at our photo booth to remember the day and take some books home with you.

Eagle Fest
October 20 | from 3 to 6 p.m. |   Summitt Elementary School, 12207 Brigadoon Ln, Austin
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.

The BeeWitching Hour and 1st Birthday
October 20  |  from 4 to 8 p.m.  |  The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Rd
Come celebrate the the spooky season and The Hive’s 1st birthday on the evening of October 20th with The Hive and Jack’s Mom In Austin. We will have enough thrills and chills to get your fill! Our new food truck park will be open so get your taste buds and costumes ready! Costume Contest (ages 0-3, 4-7, 8-11, and Family), Staci Gray, face painting, photo booth, trick or treating. Tickets for a party of four are $10 (total, not each person) in advance and $15 at the door.

Trunk or Treat for Kids with Special Needs (Round Rock)
October 20 | 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.

Spooky Stories and S’mores
October 20  |  at 7 p.m.  |  Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S West Dr, Leander
Join us for a family-friendly spooky evening in the Pumpkin Patch. We will listen to stories told by a professional storyteller while sitting around a campfire. Afterwards, we will all get to make our own s’mores. The stories will be fun for children, teenagers, and adults alike! Free!

Austin High Monster Concert
October 20  | 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.

BookPeople Presents a Spooky Story Celebration
October 20  | at 10:30 a.m.  | BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Blvd
This is geared toward families and children aged 8-12. Being scared can be exciting: your heart races as you shriek in terror at the monster on the screen, and then you feel that huge rush of relief when you realize that you’re finally safe. But sometimes being scared isn’t any fun at all. The creepy movie that you know is fiction, but you can’t stop thinking about when it’s time for bed. That spooky story you heard that someone swears is true. That nightmare that you just can’t shake.  

And that’s where writing comes in. One of the best parts about writing a scary story is that you control the ending. You create the monsters, and only you know how to defeat them. In this writing workshop, middle grade horror authors Nikki Loftin and Kat Shepherd will celebrate all things spooky, and attendees will use their own experiences with being scared to create a frightening story with a happy ending. $5.

Monsters are Our Friends Storytime
October 20  | at 10:30 a.m.  | BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Blvd
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 Monster Boogie by Laurie Berkner (illustrated by Ben Clanton) and other books about our misunderstood buddies. The fun starts at 10:30 AM.

Easy Tiger Oktoberfest
October 20 and 21 | from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. | Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6th St.
Join Saturday and Sunday for Easy Tiger’s annual Oktoberfest blowout! Special $5 Oktoberfest Craft Beers, including Montecore (their Austin Beerworks Märzan-style collaboration). Underburg necklaces for adults and free Lebkuchen (Gingerbread Heart Necklace) for kids 12 & under; large Lebkuchen available for purchase. Fine Southern Gentlemen Screen Printing Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Reed Meisters Polka Band Saturday and Sunday starting at Noon.

The Great Pumpkin Festival (Round Rock)
October 21  |  from 2 to 6 p.m.  |  St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E 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!

Maker Night: Halloween Mini Die-o-Ramas
October 23  | from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  | APL-Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St
Learn about circuitry by using conductive materials, LEDs and batteries to make a new project each month at our pop-up makerspace. This month make a mini die-o-rama Halloween magnet for your fridge or locker. We provide the supplies and know-how, you provide the creativity. FREE!

Family Craft Night: Halloween
October 23  | at 4:30 p.m.  | APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr
Let’s make art together!  Join us for Family Craft Night, where participants get to explore the different avenues of art and learn new techniques with a different, exciting project each month. Free!

Weeknight Cinema: Haunting Halloweens
October 24  | at 6:30 p.m.  | APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave.
Join us for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. This week’s film: Halloween 3. FREE!

Read – Watch – Talk: Frankenstein
October 24  | at 6:15 p.m.  | APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr
Literature purists will stand by the book. Film buffs will make a case for the movie. Either way there is something to discuss. Take part in our movie-book club by reading on your own and/or watching with us, and then discussing the merits of each following the film. *closed captions available for all screenings. FREE! Read the book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Watch the movie: directed by James Whale (1931) 70  min. Special Screening of 1910 short film by Edison studios at 6:15 pm.
Talk about them both: with special guest ACC Assistant Professor, Melissa Holton.

Halloween Party (Round Rock) (RSVP)
October 25, 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.

Georgetown Halloween Festival and Hayride (Georgetown)
October 25 | from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  |   San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown
The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department invites you to the 24th 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 hayride, pumpkin painting, and carnival games have a small cost (cash only – bring quarters and small bills).

Practical Magic in the Park
October 25  | from 7:15 to 10 p.m.  | Palm Park, 601 East 3rd
Join us for our 2018 Movies in the Park season. This year will be better than ever, with great titles, opportunities to win APF merchandise, and food trucks at every show! Movie runs 1 hour, 45 minutes. Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs and Garbo’s Lobster Truck will be on-site.

Thursday Matinee: Boo 2! Madea
October 25  | from 1 to 3 p.m.  | APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez
Join us for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. Adults Only. FREE!

Freaky Friday Halloween Party for 4th & 5th Graders
October 26  |  from 5 to 7 p.m.  |  Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr
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-8th Graders
October 26  |  from 8 to 10 p.m.  |  Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr
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.

Spooktacular
October 26  |  from 5 to 8 p.m.  | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave
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!

Halloween Hootenanny
October 26 | from 6 to 9 p.m.   | 1830 Simond Ave, Austin
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!. $11-13; kids under 2 are free.

Monster Mash Bash
October 26  |  from 6 to 8 p.m.  |  Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown
Come to the GPL to celebrate the fall season with a MONSTER MASH BASH. We’ll have tasty treats, a not-too-spooky puppet show, and a dance party! All ages, costumes encouraged, family friendly. Free and open to the public.

Halloween Boo Bash
October 26 |  at 5:30 p.m.  | YMCA, 3208 Red River
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.

Howl-o-Scream
October 27  |  from 5 to 7 p.m.  |  various Austin Parks and Rec facilities
It’s time for our annual Howl-o-Scream! Bring the kids and join us at one of four Community Recreation Centers across Austin for carnival games, treats, and a haunted house! All ages welcome. Attendees can choose from 10 free tickets OR unlimited tickets and a snack for $3. Participating Recreation Centers:
Dittmar Recreation Center, Givens Recreation Center, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, Turner-Roberts Recreation Center.

Fall Festival
October 27  |  from 2 to 4 p.m.  |  Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S West Dr, Leander
Everything at Fall Fest is free! Food, games, prizes, face painting, bounce house, family photos!

Austin Oaks Church Fall Festival
October 27  |  from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  |  Austin Oaks Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd
We’d love all of our neighbors to join us for a great big Fall Festival on the AOC Campus. It will be a fun and safe place for kids to dress up in costume and Trunk or Treat for candy. And we’ve got an Antique Car Show, Sports and Rec activities, and some great live music for the grown-ups to enjoy (though they can have a little candy, too!). We’ll close out our evening with a special showing of the classic show “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” – and what better setting than in our Pumpkin Patch in the courtyard?

Fall-o-Ween Fest
October 27  |  from 5 to 7 p.m.  |  Central City Austin, 1006 W Koenig Ln
Join us for Central City Austin’s 5th Annual Fall-O-Ween Fest. Free family fun, lots of games, candy, bounce houses, popcorn and more! Costumes are encouraged.

Spooktober Fall Fest
October 27  |  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Austin State Supported Living Center, 2203 W 35th
This family-friendly event includes a petting zoo, food trucks, face painting, a bounce house, photo booth, and more. Tickets will be available to purchase at the event for $1 each and $20 wristbands will be sold for unlimited access to the fall festival activities (excluding food and drink). Access to music will be free and costumes are encouraged! The Spooktober 5K & Fall Fest will kick off at 9 a.m. with the 5K run/walk, followed by the Kids K at 10:30 a.m.. The Fall Festival will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Find registration information for the races here. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the 184 residents of Austin State Supported Living Center who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more and confirm event details here.

Boofest
October 27  | 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)
October 27  |  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.

Fall Fest (Manchaca)
October 27 |  from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  |  1011 FM 1626 at Manchaca Rd, Manchaca
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! FREE!

Fall Folly
October 27  |  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   |   Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4622 S 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.

Fable Fest (Cedar Park)
October 27  |  from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  |   Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, 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.

Halloween Comic Fest
October 27  |  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Dragon’s Lair Comics, 2438 West Anderson Ln
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.

Kid Spa Austin Fall Festival
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!

Fall Family Fun Fest/Intergenerational Day
October 27 |  from 1 to 5 p.m.  |  Pavilion at Great Hills, 11819 Pavilion Blvd
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!

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade
October 27  |  from 12 to 6 p.m.   |   Congress Ave
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.  Find out much more about this FREE event here.

Haunted House & Halloween Movie Night
October 27  |  from 7 to 10 p.m.  |   Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock
Visit the spooky Brushy Creek Haunted House and enjoy a Halloween-themed Movie-in-the-Park.  FREE! Goosebumps starts at 8 p.m. and the haunted house runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

7th Annual Kids’ Ball
October 27  | from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  | Central Market North, 4001 N 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 5-7 pm. White Ghost Shivers will play two sets from 6-8:30 pm.

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!

Fall Festival at Bethany Lutheran Church
October 28  |  from 3 to 6 p.m.  |  3701 W. Slaughter Ln
Join us for our annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival from 3-6pm. The event will be fun for the whole family. We will have a carnival, hayride, petting zoo, door prizes, and yummy food items. Only $5 to participate in the activities (petting zoo, etc). Children can come and collect candy at the decorated cars. Prizes are given for the best decorated cars so bring your car “decked out” to the event. All themes are welcome!!!

Kids Kitchen Fall Festival
October 28  |  at 1 p.m.  |  Kids Kitchen, 1514 Dandridge
Family Fun for All. Food! Drinks! Chili Bar! Interactive Make your own Treat Stations! Kids Cook Off Event at 2 p.m. **calling all kids interested in participating to fill out form!** Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place. Door Prizes,  Face Painting, Games! Costumes Welcome!

Boo Bash (Georgetown)
October 28  | from 1 to 4 p.m.  |   Downtown Georgetown
On October 28 from 1 – 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.

Kids Pumpkin Decorating Workshop
October 28  |  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  Texas Backyard RR 4, 1700 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
Join us for our 3rd annual kids pumpkin decorating workshop. Cost is $5 per child and includes a pumpkin and supplies. H-E-Buddy will be available for pictures, and there will be a costume contest at 12:00. This is a family friendly event!

4th Annual Straw Fest
October 28  |  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Azie Morton Rd
The UMLAUF’s 4th annual Straw Fest is a community-wide event centered on family fun. Straw Fest will feature a number of family-friendly interactive activities! For the first time in the UMLAUF’s history, we have created Austin’s first family and pet fall fashion show for this year’s event. The UMLAUF will be at capacity with over 2,000 kids and families for this popular community-wide day of family fun. 10am – 4pm (10am-11am sponsors only) Family fun including a scarecrow accessorizing activity, pumpkin carving, screen printing, a petting zoo, face paining, live music, lawn games, three family and pet fashion shows, and more all day long!

Ella’s Haunted Mansion
October 28  | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande
On Sunday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hotel Ella will turn into Ella’s Haunted Mansion for a day full of family-friendly spooky fun, brunch + drink specials, and live music. After brunch, all are invited to Hotel Ella’s front lawn for free face painting, sack races, pumpkin decorating, apple grabbing and other fun Halloween-themed activities. Guests can choose to participate in spooky mansion tours every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; local band Shivery Shakes will also be playing monster mash-worthy tunes. People interested in attending should visit the event page.

Pumpkin Carving
October 28  |  from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  |  Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S West Dr, Leander
We will have all the supplies you need, just bring a pumpkin, or, better yet, buy one from our Pumpkin Patch!

Southwest Christian Church Fall Festival
October 28  |  from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  |  Southwest Christian Church, 10500 Old Manchaca Rd
Join us for our annual Fall Festival! This year we will have hay rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo, carnival style games, a eurobungy trampoline, LOTS OF CANDY, and food for all! This is an event that is fun for the whole family. Everything is completely free and costumes are welcome! I hope you come celebrate fall with us! This year we are doing a coat and blanket drive for our homeless ministry. If you have gently used adult jackets, sweaters, coats or blankets you’d like to get rid of please drop them off at our welcome tent! All donations will be given to our homeless neighbors in Southpark Meadows. If you’d like to donate more items, check out our website here for a list.

Fifth First Annual Polkapocalypse
October 28  | from 12 to 5:30 p.m.  | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St
The FIFTH 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!!

Harry Potter Halloween Party (ages 8-18)
October 30  |  6:30 to 8 p.m.  |  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock
The Round Rock Public Library is transforming into Hogwarts on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Celebrate all things Harry Potter with games, crafts, refreshments, a costume contest, and more! Bring canned goods to donate to the Round Rock Serving Center to earn points for your house! Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character and help your team win the House Cup! FREE.

Fall Fun Festival (Round Rock)
October 31  |  from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  |  Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, 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
October 31  |  from 5 to 8 p.m.  |  New Hope First Baptist Church, 200 W. New Hope Dr, 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.

Treats on Park Street
October 31  | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  | Fritz Park, 400 Park Ave, 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!

Halloween Movie: A Quiet Place
October 31  | at 6:30 p.m.  | APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr
Join us for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. FREE!

Tales From Graves
October 31  | at 11 a.m.  | APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln
Three not so scary tales of monsters, mischief and mayhem. Written by master storyteller, Keith Graves, and reanimated by Literature Live! FREE!

Fall Funfest at Fischer Park
November 3  | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  | Fischer Park, 1820 McQueeny Rd, 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!

Fall Festival at Round Rock Presbyterian
November 4  |  from 2 to 5 p.m.  |  Round Rock Presbyterian, 4010 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock
Come One, Come All! Let’s Celebrate Fall! Join us on Sunday, November 4th from 2pm – 5pm at Round Rock Presbyterian Church for free fun for all ages. Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Home Depot Kids Workshop, Antique Car Show, Lots of Fun Games, Music, FREE Concessions…. and much more! Bring your kids, friends and neighbors to enjoy a fun afternoon. All activities and food are free.

 

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Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku
As a long time Austin resident, Laurie is a big fan of dive bars, the Spurs, and low-key celebrity stalking. She's also a UT grad with a master's in New Media Journalism, and has never met a pug that she didn't like.
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