10 of Austin's Best Halloween and Día de los Muertos Parties and Events for 2019

These haunted listings won't be here long

Fall is finally here, and with it comes a host of spooky and fun-filled experiences to fill up your October calendars. From haunted houses that give you the chills to drag shows that scare off dated gender norms, we've compiled a list of our favorite events taking place this fall to get you in the Halloween mood.

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade

Don't miss Austin's biggest Día de los Muertos celebration. The streets will close for the Grand Procession; outside the Mexic-Arte Museum (419 Congress) you'll find traditional food, vendor booths, a low rider exhibition, live music, and other performances throughout the day.
Sat., Oct. 26, noon-6pm. Free.
100-200 block of E. Fourth

House of Torment

Step into your worst nightmare at this fright farm in North Austin. Known for its high production values and immersive scare tactics, this is one up from watching horror movies all month. New this year are outdoor horror screenings for those who enjoy their spine tingling in fear (see Special Screenings for the lineup and more spooky screenings).
Through Nov. 2. $20+.
2632 Ridgepoint Dr.

Halloween Laser Party

Halloween dance party featuring Ghostland Observatory, Fort Never, and DJ Chicken George. Expect a laser light show, dance troupes, and holographic spirits roaming the grounds.
Thu., Oct. 31, 7pm. $50-150.
Carson Creek Ranch, 9501 Sherman Rd.

Spooktacular: Out of This World!

Calling all aliens, Martians, and astronauts to land your rockets at the Bullock's annual free, family-friendly Halloween celebration. Join the museum in partnership with Girlstart for cosmic hands-on STEM fun for the whole family.
Fri., Oct. 25, 5-8pm. Free.
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress

Texas Fireworks Día de los Muertos Celebration

Pay tribute to life by shooting off fireworks loud enough to wake up the dead.
Thu., Oct. 31, 9:30pm
Krieg Field, 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.

Spooktacular: Drag Variety Show & Boo Bash

Celebrate the spookiest of holidays with fang-tastic drag, drinks, and bites (all included with tickets!). Raising cash for City Theatre’s relocation “On our Way” project, there will be Dames of Deception variety, a time warp dance contest, fortune tellers, and more!
Thu., Oct. 31, 6:30-10:30pm. $25-35.
Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd. #122

Murder Walk Austin

This true-crime walking tour takes you on the morbid journey of America's first serial killer, "The Midnight Assassin" (aka "Servant Girl Annihilator"), who terrorized Austin in 1885. The walk covers two miles of historic Austin at a leisurely pace, plus a drink stop at the Driskill Hotel.
Through Nov. 30. Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. $40 (ages 13+ only).
Departs from intersection of Bowie & W. Sixth

Let's Roam's Austin Ghost Hunt

Download the Let’s Roam scavenger hunt app and tour the haunted sites in Downtown – think more hotels and mansions, less West Sixth bars at closing time. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.
Through Oct. 31. $11.
Starting area: 1006 Colorado

Rosewood's Halloween Lawn Party

Dog- and fam-friendly night of fall cocktails (spiced red apple sangria!), pumpkin carving, a doggy costume contest, and a Beetlejuice screening. Limited number of pumpkins and carving kits provided, so it's first come, first served – or feel free to BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin).
Sun., Oct. 27, 5-10pm. Free.
Rosewood, 1209 Rosewood Ave.

Haunted Pioneer Town

Families might run into a ghost or two still dwelling in this haunted pioneer town. An old-time radio play will be performed in the Opera House at regular intervals throughout the weekend interspersed with spooky tales.
Oct. 25-27. Fri.-Sat., 7:30-10:30pm; Sun., 7:30-9:30pm. Adults, $10; ages 5-12, $5.
7A Ranch Pioneer Town, 333 Wayside Dr., Wimberley

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