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 socially distant 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.

Street scene on Sixth Street at the Driskill Hotel on Halloween in Austin Texas
Halloween weekend on Sixth Street.

Halloween Parties and Events

Calling all ghosts and ghouls — join Hotel San Jose for the Never Trust the Living party on October 30. Celebrate Halloween at Hotel San Jose for with an unforgettable night; come dressed in your best outfit for the custom contest, and enjoy drink specials while dancing to a live DJ from 8 p.m. to midnight

Jo’s Coffee is hosting a weekly Fright Night on Thursdays in October. Starting at sunset, Jo's will be screening spooky movies featuring your favorite friendly-ish ghosts each Thursday in October. Flicks include "Casper," "Ghost," "Ghostbusters" and "Beetlejuice."

On Halloween, join Lone Star Court in the courtyard for their Party Under the Pavilion and immerse in Austin’s fa-boo-lous live music scene while enjoying delightful cocktails and bites from The Water Trough. Open to the public free of cover charge, this lively event welcomes all into the space to enjoy the vintage-modern ambiance and enjoy on-site offerings like lawn games and the Aurora Venezuelan food truck.

Experience music’s best address like with a Halloween show 3TEN. The downtown venue is hosting a special rock 'n' roll Halloween show featuring live music from Supersuckers and Rod Gator. 

Head to Meanwhile Brewing Co for their inaugural Werewolf Costume Ball on October 29, 2021. Bring your pups out for a costume contest for doggies and owners, with fun prizes, dog treats and local vendors.

Try the all new past-life regression experience at The Spa at Four Seasons Austin, just in time for Halloween. From October 29-31, the one-of-a-kind Time Traveler treatment begins with a 25-minute massage and Chakra alignment in The Spa, followed by a soul-enriching hypnotic experience with Resident Healer and Hypnotist, Nicole Hernandez. Book your appointment for this limited experience by calling The Spa at (512) 685-8150. 

Visit Dripping Springs Distilling on October 30, 2021 for fa-boo-lous handcrafted cocktails while enjoying live music and elevated Texas comfort food at the distillery's sprawling 10-acre Hill Country property. Go on a distillery tour and participate in a festive Halloween costume contest. Get your tickets for this 21+ event before it sells out!

Are you bone to be wild? Join Geraldine’s over Halloween weekend, October 28-30, for three themed nights: Blues Never Dies, RIP (Rock In Peace), and Hall-o-funky. Each night features distinct live music experiences, Halloween-inspired libations, and spooky décor. Reservations recommended through OpenTable or by calling (512) 476-4755.

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 St. Come get BOOzed up with cocktails (plus dry ice punch on weekends) and food from the Luke’s Inside Out trailer on the patio.

Don't miss the Spooky Silent Disco at The Belmont with Quiet Events. On October 31, join party-goers decked out in their Halloween best singing, dancing and drinking with 3 DJs battling for your attention all-night long.

Pick pumpkins, take pictures, play pickleball and mini-golf and sample from 50 different beers and 40 wines at Dreamland's October Pumpkin Patch. The 64-acre outdoor art, entertainment and recreation venue will host additional Halloween activities like pumpkin painting, spooky games, food and more throughout the month. On October 30, Dreamland will host a "Halloween Bash" featuring the band Hair Metal Giants along with live face/body painting, vendors, a costume contest and more.

On October 27th, visit the Austin Motel pool for a sunset screening of Little Shop of Horrors. Then, on Halloween Night, stop by Bunkhouse and MML Hospitality's neighboring haunts on South Congress Avenue for spooky drink specials and wicked sweets served in limited edition collectible cups. Visit Austin Motel for a Bloody Motel Martini, Hotel San Jose for a Spooky Shandy, and Jo’s Coffee for a kid-friendly specialty drink.

Texas Capitol building under a Full Moon for Austin Ghosts walking tour
Texas Capitol. Courtesy of Austin Ghosts.

Haunted Austin

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 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.

Horrifying hipsters, exiled ex-wives, and slapstick sidekicks are just a few of the spooky characters you'll find at Ventana Ballet's immersive "UNDEAD," a re-imagining of the classic ballet "Dracula." This year, the immersive dance performance will take place at Spider House Ballroom on October 30 and 31, 2021. So, come experience a night of classic Halloween creatures, suspense, comedy and, of course, ballet.

For history buffs who want to step back in time and immerse themselves in the haunted tales of one of Austin’s most ‘spirited’ locations, book the Ghost City Tours package at legendary downtown hotel, The Driskill. The special, spooky package includes a one-night stay in a spacious guestroom at The Driskill, two tickets to a citywide ghost tour guided by Ghost City Tours, $25 hotel credit at the famous Driskill Bar or 1886 Café, and a $10 VooDoo Donuts gift card.

Fall Pumpkin Patch at Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop near Austin Texas
Courtesy of Barton Hill Farms.

Fall Family Fun

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, 2021. 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!

Bring the kids in full costume to Boo at the Zoo (Friday and Saturday nights from October 15-30, 2021), 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!

Bring the whole family out to Dripping Springs Distilling on October 31, for a spooktacular day of Halloween festivities. The day of fun invites kids and parents to attend in their best costumes, partake in trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and more on the distillery's 10-acre Hill Country property.

Back by popular demand, The Austin Symphony will be performing their annual Halloween Children's Concert on October 24. This year's main feature will be from the fairy tale opera "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy the boo-tiful music for young eyes and ears!

If you're looking for a low-key autumn experience with plenty of room to explore, head to Sweet Berry Farm through October 31 (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.

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. 

scary characters at House of Torment haunted house in austin texas
Courtesy of House of Torment.

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.

man and woman with dia de los muertos face paint and traditional clothing at Viva la Vida street parade in austin texas
Viva la Vida. Credit Chris Caselli.

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.

Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, the Los Pueblos Originarios - Honoring the Dead - Continuing Traditions exhibit features photography by Mary J. Andrade. Andrade's works document distinct Día de los Muertos celebrations across Mexico. The museum will also host it’s 38th 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. Both on display through November 22, 2021.

Come celebrate The Cathedral's 2nd Anniversary with a Dia de los Muertos daytime art exhibit, on October 16-17 from 12-5 p.m. The exhibit will highlight curated works by several artists from the atxGALS collective (including Neena Buxani, Monica Ceniceros, Laura Clay, Phoebe Joynt, Amand Witucki of The Paper Committee), live music and an open bar. Get your tickets here.

For even more October happenings, check out our events calendar and check out our Ultimate Austin Fall Bucket List.