Best Halloween Events in Austin for Kids

Published Oct 3, 2017 | Updated Oct 4, 2018

The best Halloween happenings in the Austin area. Here are some of our favorite events!

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!

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.

Fridays and Saturdays, October 5-27, 6:30pm-9pm
Austin Zoo

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.

October 18, 5:30pm-8pm
Metz Recreation Center

Haunted Halloween Trails

Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at our annual Haunted Halloween Trails festival.   This year's event will feature three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13).

Fridays and Saturdays, October 12-27, 7pm-11pm
Pioneer Farms

24th Annual Hairy Man Spookyfest

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!

October 20, 11am-6pm
Cat Hollow Park


Morph into your favorite video game character and join the gaming fun with activities and demonstrations inspired by the exhibit Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming. Plus, explore the Museum's exhibits after hours at this FREE event.

October 26, 5pm-8pm
Bullock Texas State History Museum

Spooktober Run

The Friends of Austin State Supported Living Center invites you to attend the 6th annual Spooktober event on October 28! This family-friendly event includes a 5K run/walk, a Kids K, and a fall festival for everyone! Advance registration is not required to attend just the fall festival, and tickets will be sold at the event.

October 28, 9am-12pm

Austin State Supported Living Center

Last Straw Fest at the UMLAUF

The UMLAUF's 4th annual Straw Fest is a community-wide event centered on family fun. Straw Fest will feature a number of family friendly interactive activities! For the first time in the UMLAUF's history, we have created Austin's first family and pet fall fashion show for this year's event. The UMLAUF will be at capacity with over 2,000 kids and families for this popular community-wide day of family fun.

October 28, 10am-4pm
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

Halloween Children's Concert

It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt our new location, the AISD Performing Arts Center, for the Austin Symphony’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!

This season’s featured piece will be Hansel and Gretel in an original adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale with music selections from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera. The tale will be narrated by Austin storyteller, Bernadette Nason with illustrations by Jen Corace.

October 28, 1pm and 4pm shows
Austin ISD Performing Arts Center

All Tricks no Treats

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.

October 20, 1pm-3pm
Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park

Bethany Lutheran's Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival

This event will be fun for the whole family. There will be a carnival, hayride, petting zoo, door prizes, and yummy food items. Admission is free, but $5 to participate in the activities (petting zoo, etc). Children can come and collect candy at decorated cars. Exciting prizes will be offered for best decorated cars so please consider bringing your “decked out” car to the event. All themes are welcome.

October 28, 3pm-6pm
Bethany Lutheran Church

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 & kids games in the Central Plaza. Then go store to store to trick or treat at participating retailers!

October 27, 3-6pm
Hill Country Galleria

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

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