Best Halloween Events in Austin for Kids

Published Sep 26, 2019 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

The the most spooktacular time of year is here! Make sure you make the most of it by going to these Halloween events this October 2019. 

There is no shortage of exciting events in Austin this Halloween. We have face painting, parades, zombies and many more! Your friends at Chatterblock want to make sure you get to join in the fun so we made an effort to inform you of the best Halloween happenings in 2019. 

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (no adult masks, please) and enjoy our Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, our nocturnal animals, an eerie train ride and unlimited passes through our mansion. Tickets to certain special items within Boo at the Zoo have limited seating.

When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 4-26

Where: Austin Zoo

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Halloween Carnival and Haunted House

Wear a costume (no adult masks, please), ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight! Plus, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion.

When: October 17, 5:30pm-8pm

Where: Metz Recreation Center

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Haunted Halloween Trails

Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at our annual Haunted Halloween Trails festival. This year's theme is Dark Harvest. There will be a Ghost Run haunted trail with spook lights and more surprises, and lots of family fun activities on Scream Street including a pumpkin carving contest, storytelling, and live music.

When: October 18-19, 25, 26, 27

Where: Pioneer Farms

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25th Annual Hairy Man Festival

A fun filled day of food, arts and crafts fair, children’s activities, special performances, and live music! Participate in the costume contest, trick or treating in the park scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, train rides, Halloween-themed crafts, scary snacks station, and the Haunted House. There will be several local non-profit organizations raising money for a good cause by providing activities and delicious food!

When: October 19, 11am-6pm

Where: Cat Hollow Park

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Join the Bullock Museum and Girlstart for from hands-on STEM space-themed activities. You'll be taken out of this world as you come in contact with aliens, martians, and astronauts. Plus, explore the Museum's exhibits after hours at this FREE event.

When: October 25, 5pm-8pm

Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum

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The Haunted Half

Get your costume ready and your family together for the run of your life. The Haunted Half is Austin's favourite race. There's also a 5K and Kid's dash for those who still want to still feel their legs after the race. If you're not a runner, come out a cheer and watch participants run in their crazy costumes. 

When: October 27

Where: Central Texas BMX

UMLAUF Straw Fest

The UMLAUF's 5th annual Straw Fest is a community-wide event centered on family fun. Straw Fest will feature a number of family friendly interactive activities such as pumpkin carving, a petting zoo, and a fall fashion show.

When: October 27, 11am-5pm

Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

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Halloween Children's Concert

Come dressed in your costumes for the Austin Syppony's annual Halloween Children's Concert. This concert features frightfully fun and boo-tiful symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The venue will be decked out in Halloween decorations for an enhanced experience. 

When: October 27, 3pm

Where: Dell Hall at the Long Center for Performing Arts

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Halloween Play Date

Come out to Lakeline Mall and enjoy a day of spooky fun! Kids are encourage to come in costume to enjoy face painting, balloon twisters, a DJ, snacks and a magic show.

When: October 26, 1pm-3pm

Where: Lakeline Mall

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Touch-A-Truck and Treat

Do you have a young truck aficionado in your family? Bethany Lutheran Church's Touch-A-Truck Festival has planned a fun truck and Halloween themed day for October 26. There will be fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, trash trucks, farm equipment, and many more trucks for kids to explore. There will also be treat vehicles, food trucks, and photo prop areas for families. And their pumpkin patch will also be open. 

When: October 26, 2pm-5pm

Where: Bethany Lutheran Church

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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event

Join us for some trick or treating fun at the Hill Country Galleria on Saturday, October 27th. Children and pets are encouraged to wear their costumes and enjoy live music, free face painting and kids games in the Central Plaza. Then go store-to store-to trick-or-treat at participating retailers!

When: October 26, 2:30pm-6pm

Where: Hill Country Galleria

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For more Halloween Events in Austin, visit our popular Halloween events page

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