If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at the Zoo, here are some favorite festive events, activities, and things to do for Halloween in Austin this October.
Halloween Parties and Events
Nightmare on Gibson Street
One night of Halloween just isn’t enough and Gibson Street Bar is making sure you get your fix all month long at Nightmare on Gibson Street. Come get BOOzed up with cocktails (plus dry ice punch and DJs on weekends). Their official Halloween party will be held on October 29.
Little Gay Shop of Horrors
Calling all ghosts and ghouls — join the Little Gay Shop for a day full of shopping with 40+ vendors, a dog costume content, crafting and drag performances at the Little Gay Shop of Horrors, from 12-4 PM.
Austin Motel Freaky Floats
Head to Austin Motel every Wednesday in October for spooky poolside movie screenings. Watch some of your favorite horror flicks poolside, like Scream and Psycho, while sipping cocktails from the pool bar. Admission is $20 per person, and seats are first come first served.
Fierce Whiskers Distillery is conjuring up more than one type of spirit ever Friday in the month of October. Bring a blanket for scary movies on the lawn, taste their fall cocktail menu and pick up a pumpkin from their patch.
Escape From Nightmareland: An Immersive Horror Show
Immerse yourself in a frightful performance of sleepwalkers, night shadows and malevolent creatures at First Street Studio. You'll be sure to leave petrified... if you make it out at all. *Please be advised: This show includes strobe lights and frightening content. Persons under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thriller Dance Party
Don your best zombie attire and make your way south to The Hive for an epic remake of the iconic Michael Jackson "Thriller" music video, led by Dance With Monica ATX.
Werewolf Halloween Costume Contest
Meanwhile Brewing Co. is hosting their annual costume contest for dogs and their owners. Whether you dress up, or just go to see cute pups dressed up, guests can enjoy fun prizes, dog treats and local vendors.
Spooky Silent Disco
Don't miss the Spooky Silent Disco at The Belmont with Quiet Events. Join party-goers decked out in their Halloween best singing, dancing and drinking with 3 DJs battling for your attention all-night long.
UNDEAD: Haunted House of Dances
Ventana Ballet returns to the Ballroom at Spider House for a spooky reimagining of the classic ballet Dracula. With two showings each evening, and a variety of seating options, all are guaranteed to have a haunting experience at this adults-only show.
Boo & Brew
Spend an evening at The Arboretum for their 5th annual Boo & Brew event. All guests can enjoy live music, vendor booths and swag bags. For the kids, there will be a candy crawl at The Arboretum retailers, face painting, balloon art and more. The adults will like alcohol samplings, beverages at Arboretum restaurants, raffles and more. Event is free for all and costumes are welcome.
Brew Paul's Drag Show: Halloween Edition
Head to Meanwhile Brewing Co where local drag star Eileen Dover returns for a special Halloween edition of Brew Paul's Drag Show. The show begins at sundown, and you can participate in Brew Paul's first ever costume contest.
Hall-o-Funky at Geraldine's
Are you bone to be wild? Join Geraldine’s over Halloween weekend for their Hall-o-Funky themed music night. This distinct live music experience features tunes from Noella Gray and the Imaginary Band, Halloween-inspired libations, and spooky décor. Reservations recommended through OpenTable or by calling (512) 476-4755.
Spooky Screen on the Green
Head downtown to Fareground to watch Hocus Pocus under the stars. The celebration is free with seasonal concessions, $4 happy hour drinks, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Bring your own blanket and enjoy the show!
Tour the city in style and take a ride in the Haunted ATX Hearse Limousine to check out the landmarks in Austin that have officially been deemed haunted; such as the Clay Pit and the Littlefield House at the University of Texas. Enjoy a private tour or a limited capacity group tour.
For a supernatural experience year-round, Austin Ghost Tours offers small group, guided walking tours to some of the city's most haunted places, turning an evening stroll into a walking ghost story. Join the investigation to discover who is lingering among the streets and alleyways of historic, downtown Austin.
Even more spooky options are about with Austin Ghosts, offering nightly walking ghost tours through the Capital. Or, if you’d rather get your frights from home, try their Ghostflix, a live streaming ghost tour through Austin and other haunted sites around the country.
If you need a little liquid courage to face all the spooks and frights, join the Haunted Pub Crawl though the capital city's most haunted pubs and restaurants. Hear the terrifying tales of Austin's "old west" days, all while celebrating Austin's wild and weird history.
Fall Family Fun
Bring the kids in full costume to Boo at the Zoo (Friday and Saturday nights from October 14-29, 2022), where they can experience the Austin Zoo in a whole new way: in the dark. A stroll through the “haunted zoo” will certainly scare, so ghosts and goblins of all ages enter if you dare. Limited tickets are available, so reserve your spot in advance today!
Celebrate local makers this season with a free family fun Boo! Bash at Parker + Scott on October 22, 2022. The first 100 kids can decorate their own Halloween tote bags with custom stamps by local printmaker Alex Quirk. Additionally, kids can decorate their own Halloween planters and Mayawell will be supplying beverages. While you're there, get started on your holiday shopping with some great local-made items in store.
Back by popular demand, The Austin Symphony will be performing their annual Halloween Children's Concert on October 23, 2022. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy the boo-tiful music for young eyes and ears!
Whether families are looking for a kid-friendly candy crawl, a new way to experience Halloween, or an opportunity to test their Beetlejuice trivia knowledge, The Arboretum will offer a variety of onsite events throughout October, including story times, trivia nights, trick-or-treating and more. On October 29, 2022, they will host their annual Boo & Brew.
Attend a concert at the George Washington Carver Museum by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble on October 29, 2022. This free, public performance features fall-themed pieces like The Witch and the Saint by Steven Reineke and Music for a Darkened Theater by Danny Elfman.
Traveling with your pup? Music Lane is hosting a family-friendly Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza on October 29, 2022—and furry friends are invited! Collect Halloween sweets from Music Lane retailers and stroll over to the the plaza for a complimentary pet portrait session in the pumpkin patch. Event goers can also enter a raffle to win a $250 gift card to a Music Lane retailer of their choice.
Mueller district's Nightmare on Aldrich Street is hosting a variety of events throughout different outlets during Halloween. Stop by The Thinkery children's museum for a week of Halloween-themed activities and events. While you're there, grab a Halloween dessert from The Canteen onsite, and let your kiddos participate in the jack-o-lantern coloring contest. After some family-fun, enjoy Lick Ice Cream's orange whipped cream and featured Halloween fundaes all weekend.
Throw on your family costumes for the Halloween Carnival at the Neill-Cochran House Museum on October 30, 2022. Kiddos can enjoy crafts, trunk-or-treating, a bouncy house and more (for free!).
Head to the Austin Asian American Resource Center for a Kids Halloween Bash. Fun for all ages, this event will have themed crafts, pumpkin art, outdoor races and carnival games, a costume contest (open to ages 12 and under) and more!
October brings a variety of Halloween-themed events to Austin. All things scary will be featured at the family friendly Pioneer Farms Pumpkin Nights, through October 31, 2022. The event will include a festive walking path featuring spectacular sights like 10-foot tall jack-o-lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar and more fun surprises designed and carved by artists. Throughout the month, you can also visit the historic living museum for daytime events like spooky ghost tours, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, a Dia de Los Muertos exhibit, and more. Buy your tickets in advance to reserve your spot!
If you're looking for a low-key autumn experience with plenty of room to explore, head to Sweet Berry Farm through November 6, 2022 (closed Wednesdays) for the annual pumpkin patch. Kids and adults alike will love the hayrides, Candy Corn Kid Maze, pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, crafts and more!
Be sure to stop by your nearest Wheatsville Food Co-op on Halloween to pick up fun, seasonal treats for the family. Sweet treats include Pumpkin Spice and French Toast Vegan Donuts, seasonal pies, mummy cakes and monster donuts.
Get Your Screams
Scare enthusiasts looking for real fright should visit Scream Hollow just south of Bastrop. This October, experience 20 acres of outdoor frights and stroll through the Mansion of Terror Coven, take on the zombies in Lost Pines Asylum or creep your way through the Wicked Darkness Maze. No matter the route, be prepared to be genuinely scared. Groups are limited so plan your trip in advance.
Like a trip through a modern horror movie, terror is felt throughout the season at House of Torment. The horror destination features even more ghoulish attractions this year. Prepare to scream as you journey through elaborate sets and come face-to-face with monsters, zombies and ghoulish characters.
Día de los Muertos
From November 1-2, 2021, celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that remembers loved ones who have passed. Several different cultural events throughout the month will feature a lineup of music performances, art exhibits and more.
The Mexic-Arte Museum will host its 39th annual Day of the Dead Exhibition, Nuestra Comunidad/Our Community – Memory and Remembrance, paying tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead by their families and friends. On display through November 20, 2022. The museum will also host its 39th Annual Viva la Vida Parade, Austin's largest and longest-running Día de lost Muertos event on October 29. The event will feature hands-on art activities and artist demos, traditional foods, local artists and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition and live performances all day long.
For even more October happenings, check out our events calendar and check out our Ultimate Austin Fall Bucket List.