With rain in the forecast again this weekend, we thought you might be interested in some indoor options for Halloween fun!
Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
Dove Springs Fall Festival
October 27 from 6-8 p.m. | Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, Austin
Join an evening of seasonal activities and costumes inside the Dove Springs Recreation Center! The Festival will include informational tables from local community groups, as well as carnival games, a haunted house, sweets, and treats. FREE!
Toddler Time Halloween Party
October 28 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Bridges to Growth, 805 W University Ave, Georgetown
Kids ages 9 months – 3 years are invited to wear their costumes and enjoy an hour of Halloween-themed creative play, songs, stories, sensory play, and lots of fun. FREE!
Halloween Story Time with Bernadette Nason
October 28 at 4 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin
All are invited to this special spooky storytime with everyone’s favorite storyteller, Bernadette Nason. FREE!
Pumpkin Parade with Staci Gray
October 29 at 10:30 a.m. | Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin
Wear your costume and come to the library for the annual Pumpkin Parade. Staci Gray will perform, then everyone will parade around the library. Trick or Treat! FREE!
Glow-in-the-Dark Costume Dance Party
October 29 at 3:30 p.m. | APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin
For ages 5 and up. FREE!
October 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Community Center, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown
Hayrides, carnival, Trick-or-Treat Village, costume contest, and a FREE (outdoor) showing of Disney’s Halloweentown (PG) at 6:45 p.m. at the gazebo. The festival will be held inside the community center. FREE to enter festival. Tickets required for hayrides and games.
Halloween in the Hall – This event has been canceled.
October 30 from 3-5 p.m. | Cedar Park City Hall, Buildings 1-3, 450 Cypress Creek Rd, Cedar Park
The City of Cedar Park invites you to their 3rd Annual Halloween in the Hall. It’s safe fun for everyone, with trick-or-treating, costumes, a photo booth, and more! FREE!
Monster Concert & Carnival
October 30 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. | Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin
Featuring ghoulish games, food, live music by local bands, a spectacular haunted house, a kid-friendly haunted house, and music performances by Austin High Vertical Team Orchestras. View performance schedule here. Admission and concerts are FREE! Prices vary for carnival games, activities, and food.
Spooktacular at the Bullock Museum
October 30 from 5-8 p.m. | Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin
Explore the Bullock after hours at this family-friendly Halloween extravaganza, featuring performances, games, interactive activities, art, and more. This year’s program will introduce children and their families to Texas “creepy crawlies,” plus kids can get hands-on with spooky science from Girlstart. FREE!
Sinister Circus Halloween Carnival – This event has been canceled.
October 30 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin
Come one, come all, step right up to the main event of the year under the Northwest Big Top! You’ll find everything you need to have a haunting good time: bounce house, popcorn, carnival games, candy, prizes, a sinister circus trick-or-treat trail, and even more Halloween fun! FREE to enter festival, plus first 10 tickets and endless trips through the Trick-or-Treat Trail are FREE! Additional tickets for only 25¢. The carnival will be held indoors.
Spooky Stories with Bernadette Nason
October 30 at 6:30 p.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin
Award-winning storyteller Bernadette Nason will perform lighthearted scary stories for kids and families to enjoy. Ages 5+ only. FREE!
October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 1540 Cypress Creek Rd, Ste 108, Cedar Park
It’s a day full of FREE comics, “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever,” candy, guest artists and more for comic and Halloween fans to experience together. During Halloween ComicFest, 21 full-sized and mini comics will be available for anyone who wants to participate. FREE!
Steve’s Halloween Spooktacular
October 31 at 10 a.m. | ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin
An improvised, interactive Halloween show for kids and their adults. Wear a costume and become a character in the show. Tickets are $5 in advance or pay what you wish at the door (pending availability).
October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | APL North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave., Austin
Come on out for some daytime Halloween fun at the North Village Branch of the Austin Public Library. Costumes encouraged! Crafts, stories, games, and movies. FREE!
Room on the Broom Storytime with Paramount Theatre
October 31 at 11 a.m. | Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin
Wear your Halloween costume to the Barnes and Noble Arboretum for an exciting storytime presented by the Paramount Theatre. There will be story-telling, literacy activities, sweet treats, a costume contest, and even a witch-hat craft! FREE!
Whovian Halloween (Round Rock)
October 31 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock
Join a Halloween celebration of all things Doctor Who at this come-and-go family event. Enjoy Whovian themed food, games, trivia, and a craft. Dress in Doctor Who costumes! Activities will be between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. From 1 to 2 p.m., the Library will have two special guests: the eleventh doctor and his companion Amy (costume characters from Princess and Co). You will be able to meet them, take photos, and play games based on the show with them. FREE!
Halloween Storytime: Trick-or-Treat for Books!
October 31 at 11:30 a.m. | BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin
Gather at BookPeople this Halloween for a storytime filled with new books! Storytime will be in the amphitheater 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. Come have a Spook-tacular Halloween at BookPeople! Can’t make the storytime and parade? They’ll be handing out books to trick-or-treaters all day! Kids can stop by any time on October 31st for a special Halloween treat (while supplies last). FREE!
October 31 from 12-6 p.m. | Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park
Come out for some family friendly fun this Halloween at TXMOST! There will be several fun FREE activities, including a live reptile show, spider hunting with local experts, a scavenger hunt, a magic show, candy science a full-sized TARDIS, and more! Admission is FREE (excluding Body Worlds and the Planetarium).
Halloween Party at Sweetness Bakery
October 31 from 1-4 p.m. | Sweetness Bakery, 3742 Far West Blvd, Ste 106, Austin
Learn how to decorate a spooky cupcake, including mini pumpkins, skeletons, and eyeballs. Plus, there will be a mad scientist lab setup for kids to touch brains, eyeballs, spiders, and other scary things (all made from food, of course!) All ages are welcome; activities targeted to kids under 12. Plus, wear your costume for a chance to enter a raffle and win a free dozen cupcakes. FREE!
Costume party with Jason Segel
October 31 at 3 p.m. | BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin
Kids, put on your Halloween best and head to BookPeople for a very special costume party with Jason Segel, actor and author of Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic. This is the sequel to Segel’s hilarious, bestselling middle grade novel, Nightmares. Inspired by his own childhood experience with nightmares, Segel tells the story of young Charlie Laird, who lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld and has a very active dream life. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic from BookPeople.
Trick-or-Treating at Round Rock Premium Outlets
October 31 from 4-6 p.m. | Round Rock Premium Outlets, 4401 N Interstate 35, Round Rock
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Costumed children under 12 are invited to join Round Rock Premium Outlets for a Mall-wide Trick-or-Treating event from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Families can enjoy collecting treats from retailers throughout the mall for this safe, indoor event. Participating stores will be listed at Guest Services in the food court and will be denoted by a special decal on their front doors. (Note: This is an outdoor mall. The walkways are partially covered, but you should still bring your umbrellas if it is raining!) FREE!
October 31 from 4-6 p.m. | First Baptist Church, 801 W Pecan St, Pflugerville
Join this pfamily pfriendly celebration that will include games and a trunk-or-treat. The games (with candy prizes) will move indoors if it rains. FREE!
Trick-or-Treating at Wells Branch Library
October 31 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin
Make the Library your first trick-or-treating stop! Enjoy treats and free face paining in the children’s section. FREE!
Lakeline Mall Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, October 31 from 5-8 p.m. | Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park
Families can enjoy collecting treats from retailers throughout the mall. Please visit Guest Services when you arrive for a list of participating retailers. FREE!
For many more Halloween events, and to see where kids eat free for Halloween, visit our Fall 2015 page!