Indoor, Outdoor, and Out of Trunks! Here are 2018’s Best Places to Trick or Treat in Austin!

We’re putting a spell on you and rounding up a list of all the bewitching Halloween trick or treat events happening around Austin. In this edition, we’re bringing you all the trick or treating, or trunk or treating, you can take your tots to this season. Most are FREE (it’s what we do best), but we’re also including some other spooktacular events with admission fees. Don’t forget to prep for these monster celebrations by checking the event’s website or calling before you head out in case of any changes or cancellations before you head out to trick or treat in Austin.

Halloween Events

Community Halloween Carnival and Haunted House
Thursday, October 18 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St.
Be there at Metz Recreation Center for Halloween games, costume contest, trunk-or-treat, music, snacks, door prizes, and haunted house. Game tickets are .25/each. Trunk-or-Treat provided by Salinas Street Church. Haunted House opens at 6:30 p.m. and costs $1 per person. Costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Categories for ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

Y After School Trunk or Treat 
Saturday, October 20 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Y Afterschool is hosting a Trunk or Treat at Dell Diamond! This event is free and open to the public. Trunk-or-Treating is much like your traditional Trick-or-Treating, except instead of in a neighborhood, the kiddos will follow a path of parked card, going trunk to trunk for candy. Every trunk is themed something different like under the sea, movie, and more!

Trunk or Treat for Kids with Special Needs (Round Rock)
Saturday, October 20 | from 5:30-7:30 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. 

Trunk-Or-Treat (Pflugerville)
Saturday, October 27 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, 1600 Waterbrook Dr., Pflugerville
It’s that wonderful time of year again! The 4th annual Trunk-or-Treat is Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grab the kiddos, and get out the costumes a little early to join the animal shelter. There will be a photo booth, scavenger hunt, costume contest, adoptable pfurry pfriends and of course, lots of decorated trunks handing out CANDY! The costume contest will be a little different this year. Categories include: Best Homemade, Most Original, Best Duo. Ages 0-5 at 11:30 a.m. and ages 6-10 at 12:30 p.m. Everyone who participates will receive a prize!

Trunk or Treat Carnival
Saturday, October 27 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | MCC Austin, 8601 S. 1st St. 
Join MCC Austin for the 3rd annual Trunk or Treat Carnival! Children can trick or treat from car to car, enjoy carnival games with prizes, participate in a cake walk, and more!

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 27 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | UCC Pumpkin Patch, 3500 W. Parmer Ln.
Over 25 decorated trunks will have both candy and non-food items for all! Enjoy fresh donuts from Biddy B’s Mini Donut Factory, vote for Best Decorated Car, play games, strut down the costume cat walk, stop by the photo booth and finish with story time in The Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Patch will be open and for a small donation to their youth group, you can access the kid friendly pumpkin decorating area! All are welcome to this free event.

Trunk or Treat Family Event
Saturday, October 27 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Holy Word Church, 10601 Bluff Bend Dr.
Trick-or-treat from trunk-to-trunk on October 27 at Holy Word Austin. Put on your costumes and enjoy a safe trick-or-treat alternative! Families and friends walk the grounds, play games and gather treats from trunks decorated in all sorts of crazy and fun ways. Free bounce house and activities. No cost for admission but a suggested donation of one non-perishable item per person to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank at nearby Dobie Middle School.

Trick or Treat at Hill Country Galleria
Saturday, October 27 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
It’s back! Join for some trick or treating fun at the Hill Country Galleria on Saturday, October 27. Children and pets are encouraged to wear their costumes and enjoy live music, free face painting & kids games in the Central Plaza. Then go store to store to trick or treat at participating retailers!

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 27 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Manchaca United Methodist Church, 1011 FM 1626
The annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 27. Dress the kiddos up in their costume and join for an afternoon/evening of fun games, live music, trunk or treat for the kids, bounce houses and hay ride. Stroll through the pumpkin patch, have the kids face painted, decorate cookies and take advantage of many photo opportunities!

Howl-O-Scream
Saturday, October 27 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Austin Parks and Recreation Department Locations: Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd., Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E 12th St., Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln., Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr.
It’s time for the 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.

HFC Trunk or Treat Car Show 2018
Sunday, October 28 | from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Twin Peaks, 701 E. Stassney Ln.
Family car show with traditional awards given as well as Best Decorated Vehicle and Best Costume Kid & Adult.

The Vine Austin Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 28 | from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Rd.
The Vine is serious about having fun. On Sunday, October 28, the VineKids are encouraged to wear their fun Halloween costumes to church!  Kids will be invited to parade across the stage that morning to show off their fun costume- no scary costumes, please. Following church, they will have our their first Trunk or Treat! There’s space available for 15 cars to go crazy with their festive designs. Trunks can be hosted by a family, friends or a Vine Group.  Trunks and decorations will be whimsical, fun, light and festive. Lunch will be available.  This event is open to the public so bring your friends!

Boo Bash (Georgetown)
Sunday, October 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. | The Georgetown Square, 103 West 7th St., Georgetown
Both children and adults are invited to come on down to the Georgetown Square in costume and enjoy trunk or treating around the square. Merchants are open to enjoy the season of witches, goblins, and all those creative creatures out enjoying the afternoon.

Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival
Sunday, October 28 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Bethany Lutheran, 3701 W. Slaughter Ln.
Join for the annual Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran. The event will be fun for the whole family. They 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 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!

Trunk-or-Treat to benefit Blue Santa (Round Rock)
Sunday, October 28 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Round Rock Public Safety Training Center,  2801 N. Mays St., Round Rock
Free for all ages, this event features a bounce house, carnival games, concessions, raffles, fall crafts, music, and more!

Trunk or Treat Great Hills Trail
Sunday, October 28 | from 4:30 to 6 p.m. | 9508 Great Hills Trail
Join for a night of costumes, contests, games, food, live music, fellowship and fun! This event is free and open to the public, so bring your friends. There will be fun and games for all ages, dinner will be served, and entertainment will be provided by Electric Inferno!

Trunk or Treat Austin Baptist Church
Sunday, October 28 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr.
Annual outreach activity of Austin Baptist Church. Click the title link to check their Facebook page for more details.

Trunk-Or-Treat (Leander)
Wednesday, October 31 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  | Camacho Elementary Parking Lot, 501 Municipal Dr., Leander
The Leander Police Department’s Trunk-or-Treat event is a community project where the police department and the community partner to provide a safe, fun, family friendly alternative to door to door trick-or-treating. This is the first opportunity to start collecting toys for Blue Santa, so they are asking that attendees bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate if they are able. This event includes different car clubs in the area (generally including classic cars, modified cars, or rare cars) that decorate their cars, dress up in costumes, and hand out candy to children. They also have police cars, fire engines, and other emergency services vehicles for the children to look through, some small games for the kids, costume competitions, awards and raffles for the car participants, and some snacks for the families.

Treats on Park Street (Hutto)
Wednesday, October 31 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  | Fritz Park, 306 E. Live Oak St., Hutto, Texas
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 haunt Hutto and provide a scary good time for families. Trunk or Treating happens all evening.

Free Trunk or Treat
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 N. Hampton Dr.
Dress the kids in their costumes and trick or treat from the trunks of cars and trucks. There will be plenty of candy, hamburgers and hotdogs, drinks and popcorn, plus a bounce house and games.

Trunk or Treat at Hillcrest Church
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hillcrest Church, 3838 Steck Ave.
Join for the annual FREE Trunk or Treat on Wednesday October 31, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Wear your costume, bring a bag for your candy and treats, and join in the parking lot at 6 p.m. They’ll have trick or treating at trunks, food and drinks, carnival games and live music, bounces houses, a cake walk, and fun for the whole family!

Shoreline Church Trunk or Treat
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd.
Join for a great night of food, fun, candy, and costumes! This free event is a blast for the whole family and makes trick or treating safe and easy.

Wells Branch Trunk-or-Treat
Wednesday, October 31 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr.
Bring your children by the Community Center parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat. Trunk-or-Treat is a great centralized and safe location for you and your kids to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. You will be able get candy, play games, get your picture taken in a photo booth and more all for FREE on Halloween night.


Featured photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons licensed.

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