- October 22, 2019

2019 Halloween Events in Austin for Grown Up Ghouls and Ghosts

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Looking for some fun Halloween activities for adults? You’ve come to right place. These are some of the spookiest, trickiest, and happiest Halloween events we could find in and around Austin.

If you happen to be searching for the perfect family outing, you can find our massive list of fall festivals here. We also have a list of where to find pumpkin patches in Austin and beyond that you can find here.

Nightmare on Gibson Street
Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 | from 11 a.m. until close | Gibson Street Bar, 1109 South Lamar Boulevard

One night of Halloween just isn’t enough and Gibson Street Bar is making sure you get your fix ALL MONTH LONG. Nightmare on Gibson Street is back for the second year of spooky fun, epic Halloween decor and BOOzy specials. Come to Gibson Street Bar every Friday and Saturday in October and get in the spooky spirit with DJs, dry ice punch bowls, jell-o shots, deadly cocktails and more. Don’t miss the costume contest on Halloween Night!

Hocus Pocus at Community First Village Community Cinema
Friday, October 25 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First Village Community Cinema, 9301 Hog Eye Road
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village.Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

APL After Dark Spooky Scary
Friday, October 25 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | APL, 710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Celebrate (and explore) the mystical, the esoteric, the unusual, and the spooky at our next APL After Dark! It’s a quarterly, themed Friday night where adults can learn and play. Explore Mysterious Planchette‘s antique (and unique!) collection of ouija boards and seance tools, and meet the man behind the collection. Learn about the art and mystery of Tarot with Typewriter Tarot. Learn about paranormal investigation and local hauntings with folks from The Night Owl Podcast, Austin’s best podcast on true tales of the paranormal. Talk with ufologists UFO Jane and Robert Powell. Prep your Halloween make-up at our crafting station with make-up artist Sylba Everett. Share or hear a ghost story at our indoor campfire, or get spooked in a fun VR experience! Sport your spooky (or hilarious) Halloween costume. 21+ only. Ticket sales support the APL After Dark program.

Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House (Georgetown)
Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26| from 7 to 11 p.m.| Old Williamson County Jail, 312 Main Street
Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House takes place at the Historic Williamson County Jail. This rumored haunted jailhouse, which held prisoners from 1889 through 1990, has been featured on the popular show “Ghost Hunters.” Fast Pass tickets are $25, adult tickets are $15 and child tickets are $5 (ages 8-12). All proceeds benefit the Brown Santa program. *The historic jail is NOT handicap accessible. Tickets can be purchased here.

13th Annual Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Walking Tour
Saturday, October 26| from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Oakwood Cemetery, 1600 Comal Street
Join us for the 13th annual Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour Oct 26th, 2019 at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of “residents” of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. One hour tours highlight historical – not scary – 1860s-1910s events and start every 15-20 minutes between 10 am-3:15pm near the newly restored Oakwood chapel. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. Sponsored by non-profit Save Austin’s Cemeteries. Donations welcome!

Halloween Comic Fest
Saturday, October 26| from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Hops Heroes Comics, 4616 East Cesar Chavez
Hops Heroes would like to invite you to our personal homecoming as we open a brand new store on E. Cesar Chavez this Halloween Comic Fest, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.! The event will feature: Halloween Comic Fest comic giveaways (while supplies last), a trick-or-treat trail for the kids featuring costumed characters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music on the back patio from 2 to 4 p.m., and a special flash sale from 7 to 9 p.m. with deals only available during those hours! ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE TO ATTEND AND ALL-AGES APPROPRIATE! So don your cape and cowl and get spooky with us as we celebrate! Costumes encouraged for all ages!

Hocus Pocus Drag Brunch
Saturday, October 26| from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Trace Austin, 200 Lavaca Street
Drag Divas will put a spell on you at our monthly drag brunch hocus pocus style in honor of Halloween. Specialty cocktails and bites with beats by Kid Slyce will get you in the Halloween spirit. Reservations Recommended: Traceaustin.com

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade
Saturday, October 26 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Congress Avenue
Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day. Admission is FREE! Learn more by visiting the Viva la Vida tab at the top of this website or click here!

Halloween Bar Crawl
Saturday, October 26 | from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Dogwood, 715 West 6th Street
Don’t miss the biggest Halloween Event of the year! EVENT DETAILS: Two FREE drinks, drink specials exclusive to crawlers, food specials at select locations, and professional photographers. Check in time from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dogwood. Click here for more info.

Highballoween: Haunted Circus
Saturday, October 26 | at 9 p.m. | The Highball Austin, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and even the zombified: Austin’s BIGGEST, BADDEST, CRAZIEST Halloween party is BACK! This year – a haunted circus of immense proportions! Indulge in the darkness! Be terrified under the big top! An incredible video dance party inside! Lasers, strobes, fog, neon glow stuff, and lots of surprises! A crazy costume contest with a $300 grand prize! A special performance from one of Austin’s most un-alive band, Dead Music Capital Band! An INAPPROPRIATE amount of candy, and more! Plus, this year includes the first interior haunted house: CLOWN TOWN.

Punchbowl Social Videogame Themed Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26 | at 9 p.m. | Punchbowl Social, 11310 Domain Drive
On Saturday, Punch Bowl Social will host a videogame-themed Halloween party, complete with specialty Halloween punch, live DJ and costume contest — so don your best Mario and Luigi, Sonic the Hedgehog, or Lara Croft ensemble.

Y’all Out Boy Halloween Show
Saturday, October 26 | at 9:45 p.m. | Speakeasy, 412 Congress Avenue
It’s the most spooky time of the year and we’re ready to celebrate with all your favorite pop punk and emo jams! We’ve got songs by Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, All American Rejects, Sum 41, and more! Halloween costumes encouraged! Music starts at 9:45 p.m. at Speakeasy in the Music Lounge!

Keep It Quiet Presents: The Halloween Party 2019
Saturday, October 26 | at 10 p.m. | Ironwood Hall, 505 East 7th Street
Join as Ironwood Hall is transformed into a special haunted experience for our 2nd annual Keep It Quiet Presents: The Halloween Party. Drinks: OPEN BAR. Talent: Black Caviar with HarveyBombay. This year, The Halloween Party will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their efforts to find a cure and improve the quality of life for their cancer patients and their families. This event is 21+. Tickets are non-refundable.

Rosewood’s Halloween Lawn Party
Saturday, October 26 | from 5 to 10 p.m. | 1209 Rosewood Avenue
Join Rosewood for a night of fall cocktails, pumpkin carving, doggy dress up and more! Starting at 5pm, the Rosewood team will begin judging their doggy costume contest, where 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift cards to dine at the restaurant. Pumpkin carving will also be taking place, with a limited number of pumpkins and carving kits provided, so it’s first come first serve — or hey, feel free to BYOP (bring your own pumpkin!). The cherry on top of the ghoulish cake will be a 6:45pm screening of Beetlejuice! Movie snacks will be available on the lawn as will a specialty spiced red apple sangria for the adults, full menu will also be available inside the restaurant. Children, adults and pups are welcome! 

A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Party
Monday, October 28 | at 7:35 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 West Slaughter Lane
When A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET came out 35 years ago, it cemented Wes Craven’s status as a horror icon, telling a chilling urban legend about a wise-cracking, knife-fingered villain named Freddy who haunts the dreams of unsuspecting teenagers. Is it scary? Yes. Is it a damn good time at the movies? Hell yes. So we figured that made it prime Movie Party material. At the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Movie Party, we’ll provide you with your very own Freddy glove, so you and your neighbors can slash each other as Freddy terrorizes the teenagers onscreen, as well as some Sta Awake Fast Action Pills to ensure that Freddy doesn’t getcha. With fun props and one of the most iconic horror movies ever made, you’ll have more fun than Freddy Krueger at naptime.

Hocus Pocus Trivia
Monday, October 28 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Growler USA, 609 West 29th Street
“I put a spell on you and now you’re mine!” Oh look, another glorious trivia. Makes me SICK! Sisters! All Hallow’s Eve is drawing close and we’re going to be running amok for Hocus Pocus Trivia! We’ll be lighting the black flame candle at Hocus Pocus Trivia at Growler USA Austin on Monday, October 28. Reservations can be made by visiting: https://hocuspocusgraustin.eventbrite.com

An In- Person Conversation with Kathy Najimy plus a Screening of Hocus Pocus
Tuesday, October 29 | at 7 p.m. | The Long Center Dell Hall, 701 West Riverside Drive
Get into the Halloween spirit by bringing the Sanderson sisters back to life one more time! Join actress Kathy Najimy for a live discussion and Q&A before a screening of the classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. She’ll be telling behind-the-scenes stories and answering your questions in-person before a screening of the must-see movie of the season.

Holy Grounds Halloween Movie Night: Vincent Price’s House on Haunted Hill
Wednesday, October 30 | at 6 p.m. | St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 East 8th Street
Holy Grounds Café presents Vincent Price’s House on Haunted Hill. Join us for a night of classic cinema, food, and haunted mansions! Halloween-themed food and coffee drinks provided. Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. down in the Labyrinth at St. David’s Episcopal Church. BYOB–no spirits, except for the haunting kind.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Party
Wednesday, October 30 | at 7 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 North, US-183 Building F
When A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET came out 35 years ago, it cemented Wes Craven’s status as a horror icon, telling a chilling urban legend about a wise-cracking, knife-fingered villain named Freddy who haunts the dreams of unsuspecting teenagers. Is it scary? Yes. Is it a damn good time at the movies? Hell yes. So we figured that made it prime Movie Party material. At the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Movie Party, we’ll provide you with your very own Freddy glove, so you and your neighbors can slash each other as Freddy terrorizes the teenagers onscreen, as well as some Sta Awake Fast Action Pills to ensure that Freddy doesn’t getcha. With fun props and one of the most iconic horror movies ever made, you’ll have more fun than Freddy Krueger at naptime.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Wednesday, October 30 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Flix Brewhouse, 2200 South Interstate 35, Ste B1, Round Rock
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Some props will be provided! Costumes are allowed and encouraged, as long as your face is not covered. Get tix: https://bit.ly/2nC3QoA

Dia de Los Muertos
Thursday, October 31 | from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard
Do512 presents Dia de Los Muertos at Historic Scholz Garten! Featuring: Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Bidi Bidi Banda, The Matt Gilmour Band, Peligrosa, Nemegata, and The Cuckoos. Dress to Kill Costume Contest, Altars, and specialty drink menu. Doors at 6 p.m., music from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Dracula Show + Vamps and Vixens Masquerade
Thursday, October 31 | from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. | Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road
Pre-show at 6:30 p.m. First 200 patrons to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket for one specialty cocktail by Western Son Vodka: The Vampyre Bite – Negroni cocktail with Western Son Vodka Raspberry. Lobby art/fortune tellers plus Austin Ghost Stories for before and during intermission.Sign up in the lobby for costume contest to be held at the end of intermission. Dracula performance at 7:30 p.m. Door prizes announced at the top of show – by Sing-a-long Emcee at OCH, Brian Hall. Vamps & Vixens Masquerade at 9:30 p.m. DJ Sounds by DJ Wicket. Bites by La Pera Catering. Bar with specialty cocktails (including specialty cocktail of the night by Western Son Vodka).

Fire & Ice Halloween Costume Party
Thursday, October 31 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | Azul Rooftop at the Westin Austin, 310 East 5th Street
Azul’s Halloween Costume Party featuring Fire & Ice sponsored by Moët & Chandon. Attention all zom-boys and ghouls, you’re invited to Azul Rooftop Bar + Lounge’s Halloween Costume Party featuring Fire & Ice! Wear your best fangs, bring your brooms, and get ready to dance, drink and enjoy Halloween. The witch, monster, wizard(or whoever) who wears the best costume will win two tickets to Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas!

Hitchcock Halloween at East Austin Hotel
Thursday, October 31 | at 8 p.m. | East Austin Hotel, 1108 East Sixth Street
Looking to have a spooktacular Halloween? Head over to East Austin Hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, The Upside, on Halloween night for an evening of tunes by DJ CASS&RA, Happy Hour specials all night long, including $2 off appetizers, $2 off house cocktails & wines by the glass,$1 off draft beer and a $5 Norman Bates spookified cocktail (available for purchase from October 28 to October 31),Come dressed to impress and participate in the costume contest for a chance to win a gift card valid at any of the East Austin Hotel’s three F&B outlets!

Howl-O-Ween
Thursday, October 31 | from 8 p.m. to Midnight | Little Woodrow’s, 520 West 6th Street
Happy Howl-O-Ween! Bring your dog in “Howl-O-Ween” night dressed in their best costume! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and best dog/handler combo; so be sure to come dressed up as well. Contest starts at 8 p.m. and there will be a DJ spinning from 8 until Midnight.

Thriller Night
Thursday, October 31 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Speakeasy, 412 Congress Avenue
KeyzStreet music presents Thriller Night at Speakeasy! Come join us on Thursday, October 31 for a live band tribute to Michael Jackson. There will be opening and closing DJ sets by DJ K2. Doors open at 8 p.m. WEAR YOUR BEST THRILLER COSTUME!

Halloween Dance Party
Thursday, October 31 | from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Elysium Austin, 705 Red River Street
Halloween Dance Party!! Best music from the Best Goth/ Industrial DJs: DJ Crescendoll, DJ Minimus, and DJ Neph. 21+. $8. Costume Contest at Midnight!

Halloween II: Season of the Witch
Thursday, October 31 | at 9:15 p.m. | AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Road
First things first. This has absolutely nothing to do with John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN franchise. But Holy Hell, what a great Halloween movie. A pagan toymaker (Dan O’Herlihy) hatches a plot to sacrifice the children of America to the Old Ones with specially made Halloween masks. It’s on!

Featured Photo: Robert Simmons, Wikimedia Commons.