Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015)

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It’s Halloween weekend and there’s plenty of free spooky fun to be had around town. Because the forecast is calling for more rain, please be sure to check individual websites for updates or cancelations. If it does rain, check out the indoor Halloween fun that’s going on, and see where kids eat free for Halloween (we just added a bunch more deals!).

After trick-or-treating, don’t forget to set your clocks to “fall back” an hour. Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m.

Weekend Top 10 Free Events

  1. Creative Action Kids’ Ball Featuring White Ghost Shivers – Friday, October 30 from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy this FREE interactive event with treats, kid and family-friendly activities, dancing, and celebrating kindness, strengths, treasures, and creativity! Build your own costume or wear one from home and add to the fun! Design your own treat bag and show off your costume creations in a costume march. Dance and groove along to Austin’s favorite genre-mashers, White Ghost Shivers. Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin. This event has been canceled.
  2. Spooktacular at the Bullock Museum – Friday, October 30 from 5-8 p.m. 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! Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin.
  3. South Austin Rec Center Halloween Spooktacular – Friday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m. Wear your best costume to win candy and prizes! Enjoy carnival games, a costume contest, and try the Escape the Clubroom Challenge (fastest time wins the grand prize!). Bring your own bag for candy. FREE! South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd, Austin. This event has been canceled.
  4. Sinister Circus Halloween Carnival – Friday, October 30 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. 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! Festival admission, your first 10 tickets, and endless trips through the Trick-or-Treat Trail are FREE! Additional tickets are only 25¢. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin. This event has been canceled.
  5. Acton Children’s Business Fair – Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Shop from 100+ kid-run booths at this one-day fair for young entrepreneurs. Admission is FREE! See the event flyer. Pease Mansion Lawn, 1606 Niles Road, Austin.
  6. Hero-Sized Halloween – Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join the North Village Branch this Halloween for a fun-filled family program featuring the Avengers films. There will be a special Heroic Storytime with lots of titles to check out, plus engaging games, contests and a photo booth with props. Feeling crafty? You can make cool t-shirts with spray paint! Size availability isn’t guaranteed, so you may want to bring an old t-shirt that fits. Finally, you can watch the Avengers films with tasty snacks to share. Costumes are encouraged. As always, programs at the Austin Public Library are FREE and open to the public. APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave., Austin.
  7. Halloween Storytime: Trick-or-Treat for Books! – Saturday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m. 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! Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
  8. Viva La Vida Festival – Saturday, October 31 from 12-8 p.m. This year, Austin’s largest and longest-running FREE Day of the Dead event features a grand procession, a Day of the Dead mercado, live music, a Sugar Skull float by local piñata artisans Monica and Sergio Lejarazu from Jumpolin Piñatas, an exhibition with community altars highlighting the states of Mexico inside the Museum, and educational programs. Attendees can also taste traditional foods from Austin’s best food trucks, hands-on art activities, and artist demos. The Grand Procession gathers on 6th street between Chicon and Comal in East Austin, bringing together a vibrant and varied mix of the traditional, contemporary, and Austin “weird”.  The Procession – including costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats – marches down historic 6th Street and culminates at 4th Street and Congress Avenue. Due to the forecast of rain, the Viva la Vida festival grounds have moved to Brazos Hall, 204 E 4th Street, Austin. Check Facebook for updates on the grand procession (decision to be announced Friday morning).
  9. Día de los Muertos Celebration at Central Market – Saturday, October 31 from 6:30-9 p.m. Central Market presents their 8th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, partnering with Acadêmicos da Ópera (Austin Samba School) and Las Monas de San Antonio (bringing their giant puppets) for a family-friendly parade and dance celebration. The program will also include a DJ for dancing. Central Market’s Día de los Muertos celebration is FREE and open to the public. Come hungry with your whole family to one of Austin’s cornerstone Día de los Muertos events. Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar., Austin.
  10. Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum – Sunday, November 1 from 12-5 p.m. Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin.

More Free Fun Beyond Austin

  • Fall Fun Fest (Round Rock) – Friday, October 30 from 9–11:30 a.m. Eeek!  Spat! Slime!  It will be a ROARing great time! Join Round Rock Parks and Recreation for a Monsters and Mayhem Fall Fun Festival.  Calling all little preschool monsters to jump in and join in on the fun!  The Monster Mash themed festival will be filled with lots of monstrous activities for all little ghouls and goblins.  Lots of Frankenstein fun including carnival games, hayrides, cookies and punch, storytime and much more! FREE! Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center. Dell Diamond Concourse, 3400 Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.
  • Halloween in the Hall (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 30 from 3-5 p.m. 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! Cedar Park City Hall, Buildings 1-3, 450 Cypress Creek Rd, Cedar ParkThis event has been canceled.
  • Boo Bash (Georgetown) – Friday, October 30 from 5-8 p.m. Come down to the Georgetown Square in costume, young and old, to enjoy trick or treating as the merchants stay open!  FREE! The Georgetown Square, 103 West 7th Street, GeorgetownThis event has been canceled.
  • Cedar Park Library Foundation’s Fable Fest (Cedar Park) – Saturday, October 31 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Attractions and entertainment at this year’s Fable Fest include: The Kings Carnival where kids of all ages can play games, enjoy arts and crafts, inflatables, a petting zoo and pony rides (requires tickets which can be purchased at event); The Cobblestone Market, which provides the opportunity to shop with a variety of Arts and Craft vendors and other area merchants; The Pig’s Pub, where you can eat your fill; and The Royal Academy, which is home to demonstrations of Jousting, Archery, Fencing and other Kingdom sports. If there is rain, all activities will be under covered areas at Milburn Park. Admission is FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park. This event has been postponed until December 5.
  • Hometown Halloween (Round Rock) – Saturday, October 31 from 2-5 p.m. Downtown Round Rock knows how to put on an event, and Halloween is no exception! The Hometown Halloween celebration is a great way to connect with your community and have fun with your family in a scare-free environment. Enjoy trick-or-treating at restaurants and retailers along Main Street, listen to FREE live music (Hey Lollies 2-3 p.m. and Urban Achievers 3-5 p.m.) at Prete Main Street Plaza (221 E Main St), and catch a hayride to Trinity Senior Center (1000 Main Street) for more trick-or-treating! Hayride starts at 2 p.m. at City Hall (221 East Main Street). Downtown Round Rock, Main Street.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event (Bee Cave) – Saturday, October 31 from 4-9 p.m. This special Halloween event features free face painting, free kids entertainment, free music, and of course trick or treating! The fun starts at 4 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater with kids entertainment by Joe McDermott, then trick or treating follows from 4-6 p.m. Make the rounds at over 100 stores and restaurants at the Hill Country Galleria to trick or treat! Be sure to wear your costume!  Then, end the day with a live music performance by Chubby Knuckle Choir. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
  • HalloweenFest (Bastrop) – Saturday, October 31 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.  Head to Main Street for a family-friendly festival with a Haunted House. Admission to HalloweenFest is FREE! Historic Main Street, Bastrop.
  • Treats on East Street (Hutto) – Saturday, October 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. Treats on East Street is a celebration for children ages 12 and under that allows kids to participate in a fun and safe environment on Halloween! Find games, activities, and a costume contest and of course, treats. FREE! Downtown Hutto.
  • Trunk or Treat (Buda) – Saturday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. Join The Connection Church in Cabela’s parking lot for the biggest fall celebration in Hays County! Trunk or Treat is a county-wide event for everyone to enjoy, where car trunks are filled with tons of candy to hand out to kids through fun games in a safe environment. There will also be bounce houses, games, door prizes and more!  Cabela’s parking lot, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Buda.
  • Trunk or Treat and Haunted House (Round Rock) – Saturday, October 31 at 7 p.m. FREE and open to the public! Rain or shine. American Legion Post 447, 1000 N Georgetown St, Round Rock.

Not Free (But Still Fun!) Honorable Mentions

  • Thinkery Halloween Hootenanny – Friday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of playful exploration with thematic activities at the Thinkery’s exclusive family after-hours event! The evening includes access to Thinkery’s exhibits and a cash bar with snacks, kid-friendly drinks, beer and wine. $13 – $15; kids under 2 are free. Buy tickets here. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
  • Boo at the Zoo – Friday, October 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. Wear a costume, ride the haunted train, explore the haunted house, and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight. Zoo will be decorated and illuminated. Tickets are $12.50 (please purchase in advance). Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin.

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