- October 27, 2014

This Week’s Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and Fall Fun (Oct 27-Nov 1, 2014)


It’s been a wonderful month in Austin, jam-packed with free fall fun happening all over town. But we hope you’re not all fun-ed out, because this week is the busiest one yet!

As always, please follow the links below to double check event details before heading out.    

Horrendously Happy Halloween Movie: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Monday, October 27, 6:30 p.m., APL – Carver Branch. A bad scientist and wife, a mad scientist and skeleton, two aliens and their escaped pet are all searching for the elusive element “atmospheric.” Rated PG. FREE. (1161 Angelina St.)

Dia De Los Muertos Mask Painting, Tuesday, October 28, 3-7 p.m., SFC Farmers’ Market East. Bring the kids out to the SFC Farmers’ Market East for Dia de los Muertos mask painting. They’ll have all kinds of paper masks, paints, feathers, and accessories for you to get creative with. All you have to bring is a little Halloween spirit. FREE. (MLK & Miriam Ave, near M Station)

Halloween Family Flicks, Tuesday, October 28, 4 p.m., Lake Travis Community Library. This month is a double feature with What’s New Scooby-Doo: Halloween Special and Toy Story of Terror. Refreshments will be served. FREE. (1938 Lohmans Crossing)

Discovery! Dia de los Muertos, Tuesday, October 28, 4:30 p.m., Laura’s Library. Why is Day of the Dead called a “Celebration of Life”? Come learn from Ann Benson of Somos Amigos. You will dance like a crazy skeleton; play rhythm sticks and maracas; experience the mystery of life through a video about a girl who finds herself in a strange but beautiful new world; decorate a cool wooden spoon skull Calavera to take home; and snack on some delicioso Day of the Dead sweet bread. This week’s program is best suited for lower elementary aged children (ages 6 – 8). FREE. (9411 Bee Cave Rd)

Ghost Stories, Tuesday, October 28, 6-7:30 p.m., Pflugerville Public Library. Storyteller Gary Whitaker will share creepy tales sure to give you the heebie jeebies. Ages 8 and up are welcome. FREE. (1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville)

Biscuit Brothers Halloween Party Open House, Wednesday, October 29, 10-11:30 a.m., Fine Arts Farm. The Biscuit Brothers Fine Arts Farm is now open, offering classes, camps and workshops for all ages. Check it out at the Halloween Party Open house with arts and crafts, a costume parade, and a movie-size projection of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! FREE. (6036 W. Hwy 290)

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m., APL – Cepeda Branch. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, mask-making ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE. (651 N Pleasant Valley Rd)

Family Fest, Wednesday, October 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 
Hyde Park Baptist Church. Activities will include a dunking booth, petting zoo, go karts, obstacle course, sports activities, all kinds of preschool booths, face painting, concessions, plus prizes and candy giveaways. Food will be available for minimal cost. FREE. (3901 Speedway)

Halloween Spooktacular, Wednesday, October 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Givens Recreation Center. FREE. (3811 E. 12th St.)

Movies in the Park: Beetlejuice, Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m., Wooldridge Square Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and even a picnic dinner for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE. (900 Guadalupe)

Pumpkin Parade with Staci Gray, Thursday, October 30, 10:30 a.m., Lake Travis Community Library.  Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and come to the library for the annual Pumpkin Parade! Staci Gray will perform, then parade around the library! FREE. (1938 Lohman’s Crossing)

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, Thursday, October 30, 3:30 p.m., APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, mask-making ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE. (835 W. Rundberg Ln)

The Village Scare, Thursday, October 30, 4-6 p.m., 
Lakeway Village Square. There will be many family friendly activities to enjoy: trick or treating; music by Joe McDermott; fire truck and police car display; costume and decorated shop contest. Food will be provided. FREE. (1200 Lakeway Dr, Lakeway)

Zombie Pfest, Thursday, October 30, 6 p.m., Pflugerville Public Library. Teens ages 12-18 are invited to get creepy undead makeovers, play zombie tag, and watch a zombie movie. Rated PG-13. FREE. (1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville)

Creative Action’s Kids Ball, Thursday, October 30, 6-8 p.m., Central Market North. You are invited to Creative Action’s Kids Ball with treats, kid and family friendly activities, and dancing! Discover more about kindness, strengths, treasures, and creativity. Families are invited to build their own costumes through fun, interactive stations! The Kid’s Ball will also feature an original dance created by Creative Action students and Teaching Artists. Treat yourself to dancing and grooving to Austin favorite, White Ghost Shivers! FREE. (4001 N Lamar)

Fall Fun Fest, Friday, October 31, 9-11:30 a.m., Old Settlers Park, Round Rock. Take a voyage to the park for a fun morning filled with pirate-worthy adventures and games. There will be carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch, and fun entertainment for all to enjoy. Be sure to wear your favorite costume. FREE but guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center. (3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock)

Tricks or Treats All Day Long, Friday, October 31, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Kaleidoscope Toys, Round Rock. Stop by the store for yummy treats all day long! FREE. (110 N IH-35, Ste 375, Round Rock)

Halloween in the Hall, Friday, October 31 from 3-5 p.m., Cedar Park City Hall. Safe fun for everyone featuring a police car, fire engine, photos, and trick or treating. FREE! (450 Cypress Creek Rd, Bldgs 1-3, Cedar Park)

Trick-Or-Treat at the Library, Friday, October 31 from 4-5:30 p.m., 
Wells Branch Community Library. Make the library your first trick-or-treating stop. There will be spooky stories, treats, and free face painting for all ages. FREE. (15001 Wells Port Dr)

IKEA Spooky Scavenger Hunt, Friday, October 31, 4-6 p.m., 
IKEA. Bring the little ones for Halloween fun. Pick up a Halloween Scavenger Hunt sheet at the front entrance. The clues you need to solve the puzzle are located throughout the store. Prizes and surprises will be waiting for you as you go. Solve the puzzle, bring it back to the entrance and you’ll receive a coupon for a free frozen yogurt in the IKEA Bistro. Costumes are encouraged. FREE. (Ikea Way, Round Rock)

Mall Wide Trick or Treating, Friday, October 31, 5-8 p.m., Lakeline Mall. Bring the family to Lakeline Mall for a night of safe trick-or-treating. While you’re dressed for the occasion, bring your little ghouls and goblins to get their Halloween photo taken from The Noerr Programs (fees apply). The photo set will be located at the JCPenney Court. FREE. (11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park)

Trick or Treat Trail, Friday, October 31, 5-8 p.m., Hawaiian Falls, PflugervilleLeadChurch will host a special Halloween event as part of the Hawaiian Falls Pfall Pfestival. Admission and trunk or treating is FREE.  Activities cost $1-$8. Coupon here. (18500 N SH 130 SVRD SB, Pflugerville)

HalloweenFest, Friday, October 31, 5 p.m. – midnight, downtown Bastrop. This is a fun family event celebrating community! There will be haunted movie classics at the Opera House, games, trick-or-treating, a DJ at 921 Main so you can dance the night away, a costume contest for all ages and possibly a ‘Thriller’ dance event! FREE.

No Fear Celebration, Friday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Covenant United Methodist Church. Games, bounce house, costumes, trick-or-treating. FREE. (4410 Duval Rd)

Treats on East StreetFriday, October 31, 5:30-8 p.m., Downtown Hutto. Enjoy a safe night of trick-or-treating on the downtown streets. Local businesses will have activity and candy booths on East Street while organizations and churches will set up Trunk or Treat on Farley Street. The entire family is encouraged to dress up and head downtown Halloween night. FREE. (Corner of East St and Farley St, Hutto)

Boo Bash, Friday, October 31, 5-8 p.m., Downtown Square, Georgetown. Main Street will be closed to traffic for costumed dancing in the streets to a live band. Plenty of food and shopping plus there will be trick-or-treating at participating stores. FREE. (103 W. 7th St, Georgetown)

Halloween HootenannyFriday, October 31, 6-8:30 p.m., Thinkery.  Join the Thinkery for Austin’s best family-friendly Halloween party. Celebrate from 6-8:30 pm with spooky science activities, not so scary Storytime and a pumpkin patch that the little ones will love. Come dressed in your Halloween best for a costume parade! While this is a candy-free event, refreshments, including food, beer, wine and kid-friendly drinks, will be available for purchase. This event is intended for children 6 months to 6 years old, but all ages are welcome. For more information, contact 512-469-6200. Cost: Member Child $15, Member Parent $12; Child $17, Parent $15; Children under 2 are free. Buy tickets now(1830 Simond Ave.)

Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 31, 6-9 p.m., Wells Branch Community Center. Bring your trick-or-treat route by the Community Center parking lot off Klattenhoff Dr. for Trunk-or-Treat. Trunk-or-Treat is a great centralized and safe location for you and your kids to trick-or-treat on Halloween night. You will be able get candy, play games, get your picture taken in a photo booth and more. FREE. (2106 Klattenhoff Dr.)

Trunk or Treat in Scofield Farms, Friday, October 31, 6-8 p.m., The Fellowship at Scofield Farms. Come over for a safe place for your kids to trick or treat and have lots of fun. Open to the community! There will be inflatables, face painting, kids crafts, food trucks and much more! FREE. (12424 Scofield Farms Dr.)

Trick or Treat for Books, Friday, October 31, 6 p.m., BookPeople. Gather at BookPeople this Halloween for a storytime filled with our favorite type of treats – new books! Storytime will be in the 2nd floor amphitheater starting at 6 p.m., featuring stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary). Then, at 6:30 p.m., join the costume parade around the store, where you’ll get your treat – a FREE book to bring home! This Halloween Party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 and under. FREE. (603 N. Lamar Blvd.)

Haunted House, Friday, October 31, 6-8 p.m., Dottie Jordan Recreation Center. Come and join us for a spooktacular time! We will have carnival games, snacks, a cake walk, music, and more. FREE. (3803 Loyola Ln.)

Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Exchange Church, Round Rock. Join The Exchange Church on Halloween for giveaways, games, food, candy, and lots of fun! FREE. (Church parking lot, 1601 S. IH 35, Ste. 305, Round Rock)

Shenandoah Baptist Church Fall Festival, Friday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Shenandoah Baptist Church, Cedar Park. This family friendly festival will offer a petting zoo, laser tag, carnival games, a video game trailer, a cake walk, a hay ride, a family photo booth and free food (hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, and lemonade). FREE! (3003 Blue Ridge Dr, Cedar Park)

Trinity Abundant Life Church Fall Festival/ Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 31, 6:30-9 p.m., 
Trinity Abundant Life Church. There will be a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, and music. Plus, free hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, Frito pies & cotton candy. FREE but guests are asked to bring a canned good donation to help supply the food pantry. (412 Cumberland Rd)

South Austin Trunk or Treat, Friday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., South Austin Church of the Nazarene. Join South Austin Church of the Nazarene for the annual Trunk or Treat celebration. There will trunks filled with candy, games, and prizes. (6711 Manchaca Road)

Movie Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Friday, October 31, 7 p.m., Whole Foods Arbor Trails. A giant inflatable screen will be set up in the field across from the store; please feel free to bring blankets and chairs. Seating starts at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Rated PG. FREE. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. (4301 W William Cannon Dr #800)

Planet K Dia de los Muertos Texas Fireworks Display, Friday, October 31, 9:30 p.m., behind Krieg Field. Celebrate this Latin American holiday with Planet K’s annual 20 minute epic fireworks display. FREE. (517 South Pleasant Valley Rd.)

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, Saturday, November 1, 2-4 p.m., APL – Ruiz Branch. A time for books and stories. A time for fun. With laughing skulls and lively music, mask-making ‘midst fluttering butterflies. A family literacy-based art program for all ages. FREE. (1600 Grove Blvd.)

Dia de los Muertos, Saturday, November 1, 4 p.m., Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Celebrate the cycle of life remembering our loved ones with respect, honor and joy. Family activities (for a small fee), food, life music and dancing for the entire family. FREE. (600 River St.)

7th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Saturday, November 1, 6-9 p.m., Central Market North. Central Market presents the 7th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration with Acadêmicos da Ópera (Austin Samba School) and Las Monas de San Antonio for a family-friendly parade and dance celebration. FREE. (4001 N. Lamar Blvd.)