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Halloween and Dia de los Muertos for Mon., Oct. 26
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    Día de los Muertos With ESB-MACC

    The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's programming is mostly virtual this year, and it's time to begin preparations. To participate, you can register for a free sugar skull kit and watch instructional videos on creating them and other crafts, submit photos or videos of your ofrenda, enter the Catrina/calavera contest, visit the outdoor art installation, and more, all leading up to the digital program packed with performances and presentations.
    Sugar skull kit pickup: Oct. 26-30; digital program: Nov. 1-2  
    ESB-MACC and online
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    Scare for a Cure

    Scare for a Cure is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a fun Halloween challenge. Participate by uploading photos of your spooky decor, and they'll make you a donation page that you can share with your fans, with the option of adding your location to the map. Everyone's welcome to visit the displays (virtually or IRL) and contribute to your faves.: Read more here.
    Through Nov. 9  
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    Shock o' Lantern Carving Contest

    Shock the Vote ATX teamed up with Trick or Treat Studios, Fangoria, and Panic Film Fest to award prizes for the best pumpkin carving submissions. Tag a friend you’d like to be spending Halloween with, and get to carving! ⁠Follow @shockthevoteatx and post a photo of your pumpkin creation with the hashtag #ShocktheVoteATX to enter, and select submissions will be featured during Panic Fest’s Tricks and Treats virtual Halloween weekend.
    Through Oct. 31  
    Online
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    The Austin Chronicle's Costume Contest

    The Austin Chronicle is hosting its first-ever readers' Halloween Costume Contest, sponsored by Zip Lost Pines. Enter your most creatively spooky getups by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize winner will receive a weekend staycation from Springhill Suites by Marriott (San Antonio Northwest at the Rim) and be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes. Not dressing up this year? That’s okay! Send pics of your best Halloween home displays and tell us how you’re spooking up the neighborhood! Follow @AustinChronicle and @ChronEvents for more info.
    Through Tue., Oct. 27  
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    A Cut Above Costumes

    Make an appointment (virtual or in-person) and let A Cut Above's consultants help you build a unique look from 50,000+ costumes, whether you're attending a socially distanced event or just for some fun Halloween pictures.
    Ongoing  
    A Cut Above Costumes, 150 Texas Ave., Round Rock
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    APH Recommendations for Safe Holidays

    Austin Public Health has published recommendations for celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely during the pandemic, encouraging families to make new traditions this year and be mindful of the risk level of holiday activities. Low-risk ideas like a candy hunt at home or virtual celebration are advised, and you can get more inspiration and advice on what to avoid with their helpful infographics online.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Bethany Lutheran Pumpkin Patch 2020

    Pumpkin season has arrived! Get your gourds here, and don't forget to wear your mask.
    Through Oct. 30. Mon.-Fri., noon-7pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm  
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    Día de los Muertos Goes Virtual

    Usually a street festival, this year you can go online to learn how to make an altar, shop for art, and see art exhibits.
    Through Nov. 13. Free.  
    Online from Corpus Christi
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    Frida Friday ATX October Virtual Holiday Market

    Shop from a virtual market full of independent BIPOC artists and community creatives, and meet featured vendors all week through the @fridafridayatx Instagram and Facebook pages. Special sessions from DJs Chorizo Funk, Diggy Dutch, and Karla KickIt round out the FF experience.
    Oct. 23-Nov. 2  
    Online
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    Reuse & Rethink Halloween Challenge

    For Halloween decor and costumes, don't forget about Austin Creative Reuse. They've got all manner of supplies to craft Earth-friendly creations, so get the creative juices flowing and submit your reused Halloween mask, costume, or accessory to rethink@austincreativereuse.org for your chance to win a $10 ACR gift card.
    Through Oct. 31  
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    Un-boo-lievable Pumpkinfest

    Every evening of Pumpkinfest features a schedule of family-friendly events, demonstrations, live music, and more. From a new lighted walking tour of decorated historic sites to an array of spooky ghost tours, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and outdoor movies to Texas yodeling, circus performers, light-up DJs, a Pioneer Pumpkin Patch, Día de los Muertos exhibits, a Ghost Egg Hunt, and food, the programs will celebrate the spirit of the Orange Orbs in a uniquely Austin way.
    Oct. 23-31. $10-20; children under 6, free.  

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