Halloween is right around the corner! Here’s a round up of all the Halloween events for kids in Austin.
SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 30
Pumpkin Nights is daily from 6-11 p.m. at Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin. Walk through the spooky scenes, see the impressive lights displays, and all the entertainment like fire dancers, and more! Adults: $16-28 Children: $12-20
OCTOBER 7-28 (FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS)
Boo at the Zoo is coming back to the Austin Zoo. Come in costume, ride the haunted train, explore the haunted house, and see the animals at night! Bring flashlights! $22 per person, Children under 2 are free and must ride the train in an adult’s lap. If you prefer that your Under-2 have their own seat on the train, then please purchase an additional event ticket for them. SAT 10/7, FRI 10/13, SAT 10/14, FRI 10/20, SAT 10/21, FRI 10/27, SAT 10/28
Austin Japan Community- AJC Kids Halloween Festival at Cat Hallow Park from 2-4 p.m. Each ticket costs $9. Free admission for adults! It’s time to get together for the Halloween Fun with AJC Family Support!! Please join us in your Halloween costumes!
Pumpkin Chunkin Fall Festival is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct 13 at the South Austin Recreation Center at 1100 Cumberland Rd, Austin. This FREE event includes games, fall activities like pumpkin decorating, face painting, PLUS snow cones, popcorn, bounce houses, photo booth, and a pumpkin tossing contest! For more information call 512-978-2440.
Fall Fest/Halloween Fun concert with Wilco Symphony from 7:30 pm – 8:50 pm at Prete Plaza. Enjoy a free concert with the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra. 221 East Main Street, Round Rock
Fall Fest + Solar Eclipse at Dreamland Dripping Springs from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
OCTOBER 14-28 (WEEKEND DAYS)
Halloween at The Hive is on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-5pm (except 10/28 will be from 12pm to 5pm). Parents FREE with child’s admission. Price – $15 for hands-on Halloween Arts and crafts and other fun activities. Get tickets on Eventbrite or just come on by. Come join us at the Bee Cave Arts Foundation for Halloween family fun! The Bee Cave Arts Foundation will transform their space and have Halloween arts & crafts activities for children & families. Make and take art, spooky photos with the family, face-painting and prizes! We will have lasers, black lights, and ghosts! Costumes are welcome. Tickets for this fundraiser will be available at the door. Located across from Barnes & Noble. All ages welcome! The Hive by Bee Cave Arts Foundation, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard, Bee Cave
SoCo Pumpkin Patch is October 16 – 31 (or until we sell out of pumpkins, whichever comes first). M-F 11 am – dusk. SAT 10 am – dusk. SUN 12 noon – dusk. Cash or checks only. 212 East Monroe Street, Austin
Boo & Brew at the Arboretum is Oct 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Perfect for all ages: trick or treating and activities throughout the center for the kids, light bites and beer samples for the grown ups and of course costumes welcome! No toy weapons, costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger.
Trunk or Treat for children with disabilities or limitations is Oct 21 from 4-6 p.m. This FREE trunk or treat event is at Ascension Seton Williamson, 201 Seton Parkway. Individuals with disabilities and their families are welcome to join us for a fun trick or treating night! Cars will be lined up in the parking lot ready to hand out candy. Come join us at this free event, jumping from trunk to trunk and trick or treat! Please bring your own trick or treating bags!
Trick or Treat Trail at McKinney Towne Lake Park from 3-9 p.m. Get ready for a spooktacular walk around the lake as we celebrate Halloween. This free 1.2-mile trail is full of haunting fun for the whole family. The trail is open from 3 – 6 p.m. FREE!
Fright Night at The Hive from 6-9 p.m. Come out to the Hive this Saturday from 6-10 PM for a family friendly Fright Night! Our backyard and garden will be decorated to add to the eerie atmosphere as your family creates DIY treat bags, takes photos in front of our photo set up, sings all the spooky songs you can during karaoke, and gets a peek into the future with tarot card readings. $5 gets you all this and more!
Playland Skate Center Kids’ Halloween Party from noon-3 p.m. $13 admission includes roller skate rental. This year we are introducing our first KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY! On Sunday, October 22nd, come out to Playland for a fun filled Halloween skate session! We are going to have a DJ, face painters, trick or treating stations, and a costume contest for the kids! We can’t wait to see the kiddos dressed up and ready to celebrate spooky season.
The Austin Symphony’s Halloween Children’s Concert is on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 3 p.m. It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for Austin Symphony Orchestra’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2-10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! $19-54. 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.
Halloween Cookies at Toybrary from 10:30 a.m. – noon on October 24. Make a Spider Web for Halloween at Toybrary from 10:30 a.m. – noon on October 25. Cotton Ghosts at Toybrary from 10:30 a.m. – noon on October 26. 2001 Justin Lane, Austin
Georgetown Trick or Treat Trail from 5-7 p.m.: Trick or Treat Trail 7 p.m.: Movie at the Legacy Pavilion – Coco (PG). This FREE and fun-filled family event will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween, so get dressed up and come on out for candy, games and fun! Parking is available throughout San Gabriel Park, at the Georgetown Recreation Center, and across the river at the Georgetown Parks & Recreation Administration Office and McMaster Athletic Complex.
Epic Fun is having a Halloween Party from 4-7 p.m. We have lots of surprises for kids and adults, so put on your costumes and come have fun!! Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths on the decks. Get $25 in Game Play for $20. Costume Contest @ 5:30 pm. Winner gets a DRONE! Raffles & Prizes. Trick or Treat Buckets. Spooky food & drink specials. Enjoy all the amazing attractions, games and food at Epic Fun!
Howl-O-Scream is Oct 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln
Austin. Families are invited to Howl-O-Scream – a FREE event with fun activities and lots of candy and treats!
OCTOBER 27 & 31
Halloween Art & Yoga with Saplings Art & Yoga AT 10 a.m. $35 for the first child and 50% off for additional children. Ages 1.5-6 years old. Not so scary family yoga, pumpkin painting, slime, play dough, potions, and more.
Mama Mary’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch Annual Trunk or Treat is Oct 28. Trunk or treat admission is included with your general admission ticket. Admission price: Age 3 and up: $17 online/$21 onsite · 2 years and under: FREE. We invite you to participate in our 4th Annual Trunk or Treat. This event is truly special as we host numerous trucks and tractors for your children to see up close. Trunk or treat admission is included with your general admission ticket.
Frontyard Brewing is having a Boos & Brews Halloween Bash from noon-9 p.m. $10 admission. Join us for a ghoulishly good time at Frontyard as we celebrate Halloween. Come for sweet treats, pumpkin painting, costume contest, live music and movie night!
Trick or Treat at Hill Country Galleria in Oct 28 from noon-3 p.m. Dress up in your BEST costume, pick up a festive pumpkin bag from the Central Plaza, and then stroll down Hill Country Boulevard to collect treats from your favorite retailers (while supplies last!)
Jungle Movement Academy Halloween Party and Trunk-Or-Treat from 5-7 p.m.
Kalahari Spooktacular is Saturday October 28 from 5-9 p.m. Reserve your parking spot for $20. Additional Items & Activities for purchase. Get ready to eat, drink, and be scary at the Kalahari Spooktacular – the Halloween event of the year! Dive into a world of Halloween entertainment featuring 14 trick-or-treat stations that you’ve come to love, live music at Amatuli, DJ dance parties, a Halloween-themed bounce house, and so much more! Kids will treasure exclusive Kalahari Collectible Badges as mementos of this eerie adventure. Dress up, bring the family, and immerse yourself in the magic of Halloween at Kalahari Spooktacular – where memories come alive in the most spooktacular way!
Howl-O-Scream is Oct 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dittmar Recreation Center (1009 W Dittmar Rd, Austin), the Dove Springs Recreation Center (5801 Ainez Dr, Austin), and the Givens Recreation Center (3811 E 12th St, Austin). Families are invited to Howl-O-Scream – a FREE event with fun activities and lots of candy and treats!
OCTOBER 28 & 29
McKinney Falls State Park Halloween Hike is on Oct 28 & Oct 29 from 8:30-10 p.m. Event is free with paid entrance fees; Adults: $6, Children 12 and under: Free. Discover a whole new way to experience the night! Join us as we walk an easy trail (about 3/4 mile round-trip). We will keep our eyes and ears open for creepy crawlers like wolf spiders, scorpions, and other nocturnal wildlife! Fun for all ages! Registration required.
Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza is on Oct 28 & 29 from 10:00 am -6:00 pm. Free admission for children in costume. Event is included with online purchase of admission. Prices: $19.99 Adults Ages 13+ $18.99 Seniors Ages 55+ $18.99 Military Must have ID $15.99 Children Ages 3-12 Free Infants 2 and under. Treat yourself at Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza! In addition to watching our animals get lots of Howl-o-ween-themed goodies, you can splurge on free candy at over a dozen trick or treating stations around the Zoo!
From facing your fears at our creepy crawly station to conquering our epic hay maze, you will be able to experience it all here October 28th and 29th. Make sure to check out our 14 spooktacularly themed shows! Before you leave, make sure to choose which animal you would like artistically recreated by our FREE face painter! Remember that your kids can GET IN FREE when you purchase your tickets online. Make sure to reserve your tickets now, as AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED!
Straw Fest at the Umlauf is a free fall festival FROM 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. that has pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, games, and more. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd, Austin
2nd annual Family Fall Festival at Ranch Park in Dripping Springs on October 29, from 2pm – 6pm. Trunk or Treat, Petting Zoo, giveaways, Scavenger Hunt Hayride, Photo Ops, etc. 1042 Event Center Dr., Dripping Springs
Neill-Cochran House Museum Halloween Carnival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Grab your costume or wear your favorite comfy autumn clothes, and head over to the Neill-Cochran House Museum this Halloween afternoon. Kids can enjoy Trunk-or-Treat*, a bouncy house, scavenger hunts, and more! Our friends from Latinitas will be leading an activity to make ofrendas in tribute to ancestors who have passed on in observation of el Día de los Muertos. This event is free! Sunday, October 29th between 11 AM and 3 PM, access to the lawn is free and open to the public. Drop in anytime to join the fun. The Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open for tours and children under 12 are always free. Free parking is available behind the Museum.
Halloween Events For Kids in Austin
The Pumpkin Express at the Austin Steam Train is on October 29 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Cedar Park Depot will be decorated for the season—and feature a newly designed Pumpkin Patch! Take a walk through the patch, take photos and pick your pumpkin (included in your train ticket!) before boarding the train to Bertram. Costumes encouraged! All ages are welcome in all cars for the Pumpkin Express. On board the train, your 44 mile journey spans the South San Gabriel River and stops for a 30 minute layover at the historic 1912 Bertram Depot.
Enjoy views of Short Creek Canyon, the 300-foot-long wooden trestle bridge over the South San Gabriel, and the Duffy-Shamrock communications mast-one of the tallest structures in the world! Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the Cedar Park concession car on this special ride! All cars are pulled by a diesel locomotive. This 44 mile ride is 3.5 hours round trip with a 15-minute layover. SCHEDULE: Departs 2:30 PM Returns 5:30 PM. Due to the unique nature of our non-profit railroad operations, there are no refunds.
12 Fox Beer is having a Trunk or Treat on Oct 29 from 3-5 p.m. Free! Family Party. Best in costume 10 + under. Best Trunk. Live Music.
Fall Fun Festival- Monster Bash in Round Rock is on Oct 31 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Old Settlers Park, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock. Don’t forget to come in costume and bring a canned food item to donate to the Round Rock Food Pantry. There will be carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, snacks, prizes, and fun entertainment for all to enjoy.
Hometown Halloween is Oct 31 from 3-7 p.m. Are you ready for a gleefully, ghoulishly, deliciously good time this halloween? Come to Hometown Halloween in Downtown Round Rock! We’ve got trick-or-treating with Downtown Round Rock businesses along two blocks of East Main Street, all kinds of giveaways, activities, and interactive experiences along East Main Street, in the Downtowner Gallery, and in Prete Plaza, including a live concert with FreezeFrame! You’re invited to enjoy this free and festive celebration. Dress to impress and stay tuned for announcements about all of the fun planned for this year’s Hometown Halloween!
Howl-O-Scream is Oct 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Montopolis Recreation and Community Center (1200 Montopolis Dr, Austin) and the Turner-Roberts Recreation Center (7201 Colony Loop Dr, Austin). Families are invited to Howl-O-Scream – a FREE event with fun activities and lots of candy and treats!