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Even though they roll out the pumpkin beer in August, Halloween has a way of creeping up on me each year. Don't let that happen to you! We've got a calendar chock-full of listings for the month of October, and it's constantly being updated. From drag shows and film screenings to dance parties, costume balls, and haunted houses, there's sure to be something that will give you a fright this season.

Make sure to check out our gallery of Halloween mask covers from the last 30 years.

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    It (2017)

    This Stephen King adaptation floats with the best of them.
    Mon., Oct. 15, 7:00  
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    CLAWstin 9

    Get ready for the smackdown. The local league of the national Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers is about to rumble for a good cause – all proceeds go to the SEED Learning Community of Austin. It's gonna be a fierce fight to the finish so grab yer popcorn and kombucha cocktails for the match of 2018.
    Thu., Oct. 18, 8-11pm  
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    Fright Tropics

    Louisianna Purchase hosts a night of mayhem and merriment with DJs Rhythmicity and Daddie Dearest spilling spooky sounds on the dance floor.
    Thu., Oct. 18, 9pm-2am. Free.  
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    Ghost Walk Austin

    Meet Downtown and take a tour of Austin's most ghoulish places while hearing tales of murder, mystery, and unrequited love.
    Thursdays-Saturdays (and some Wednesdays), 8pm. $20, adults; $10, kids 10 and under.  
    242 W. Second
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    Wildcat Makeup Workshop

    Feeling that wild Eighties look? Wanna get catty for halloween? Learn snazzy tips and tricks at this class inspired by Aqua Net, Lisa Frank, and spandex. Tix include all products needed to create and recreate your fine feline face.
    Thu., Oct. 18, 7-9pm. $45.  
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    A Night Along Corpse Road

    A drag show inspired by all the beautiful and creepy things that go bump in the night. Benefiting Ash+Well, Project Transitions, and OutYouth.
    Fri., Oct. 19, 8-11pm  
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    Halloween (1978)

    When it comes to escaped-maniacs-on-the-loose films this one’s the real deal.
    Wed., Oct. 17, 7:00; Thu., Oct. 18, 7:00; Fri., Oct. 19, 5:00  
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    The Drag Queen of Halloween Pageant

    A battle for lead scream queen from the ladiez of Poo Poo Platter. Sylvia Hatchet, Miasma, Ms Anne Thrope, Perpetua Motion, Hellicious, Banshee Rose, Zenyth Gale, and Selma Bawdy show off their tricks and treats for Top Ghoul. 18 and up to play.
    Fri., Oct. 19, 10pm. $7.  
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    Trick ’r Treat (2007)

    Haunted Drive-in Month: Four interwoven stories all occur on Halloween.
    Fri., Oct. 19, 8:10  
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    A Very 90's Halloween Dance Party

    Show us your scary moves!
    Sat., Oct. 20, 9pm. Free.  
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    Ghostbusters (1984)

    Halloween Month: The original Ghostbusters mined the comedy-horror genre way before it became the fashionably ironic and overused format it is today.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30  
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    Howl-o-ween Pawty

    BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) connects dog-lovers to the city's best dog-friendly deals, events, and recreational activities. Canines and their humans are invited for drinks & treats, dance tunes, a costume contest, and raffle prizes.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 2-4pm. $10 (free for BYOD members).
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    Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tours

    These 45-minute tours by Save Austin's Cemeteries highlight historical – not scary – events from the 1800s. Kids are welcome with parent. There will be re-enactments of "chilling, untimely deaths" by the grave sites, though.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 10am-4pm. Free (donations accepted).
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    Nappy Time Portraits Halloween Event (Babies and Toddlers Event)

    Bring your costumed babes.
    Sat., Oct. 20. $15.  
    Global Kids Preschool, 4 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock
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    Team Brock Halloween 5K Fun Run

    Help support Team Brock in finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer. Come in costume for trick-or-treating, bounce houses, carnival games, a candy drop, and more.
    Sat., Oct. 20, 7-11am. $5-25.  
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    Family Day With KUNIKLO

    Activities during this workshop will highlight this year's festival theme of “Alebrijes,” the fantastical creatures of Mexican folklore most recently featured in Coco. Guests will create decorative masks and alebrije caterpillars using recycled materials.
    Sun., Oct. 21, noon-5pm. Free.
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    Sunday Bloody Sunday Halloween Party

    Grab a free BM and a tamale, peruse the costumes for sale, and get ready to do the Time Warp – there will be a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show and spooky tunes from DJ Dead or Alive.
    Sun., Oct. 21, 3-7pm. Free.  
    VINYL Beauty Bar, 2823 E. MLK
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    Young Frankenstein (1974)

    Haunted Drive-in Month: Mel Brooks was in his film prime in 1974 when he directed both Blazing Saddles and this spoof of the old Universal horror movie.
    Mon., Oct. 22, 7:15; Wed., Oct. 24, 7:50  
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    Hereditary (2018)

    Halloween Month: Toni Collette's burning inferno of a performance illuminates this extraordinary horror.
    Tue., Oct. 23, 7:45  
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    Boo-Yond the Grade Halloween Benefit

    Beyond the Grade's afterschool music education programs benefit underserved youth in Central Texas. This fundraiser party offers a silent auction, giveaways, snacks, and an acoustic performance by Roger Blevins of Mingo Fishtrap and Tom Meny; plus they promise some seasonal spooky fun.
    Wed., Oct. 24, 5:30-8:30pm. $50 donation.
    300 Academy Dr
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    Austin Code Spooktacular Bash

    Come out for games, a bouncy house, face-painting, costume contest, and a spooky house exhibit.
    Thu., Oct. 25, 4:30-7pm. Free.  
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    Fuego: Scorpio Season

    'Tis the best time of year. A Halloween-inspired party for Scorpios and their fans. All we ask is don't be a dick and no racist costumes, plz and thank you. Music by Mireydi, p1nkstar, and birthday boo Chorizo Funk, plus kick-ass drag shows, and more.
    Thu., Oct. 25, 10pm. $8.  
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    Halloween by Design

    A one-of-a-kind Halloween bash that highlights the best of Austin's designers, chefs, and artists while benefiting four Austin nonprofits whose good works serve the entire community and beyond.
    Thu., Oct. 25, 6-10pm. $125.
    Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Rd
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    Charms & Potions: An Upscale Halloween Party

    Brought to you by Black Dating Society to benefit Latinitas, a local nonprofit focused on empowering young women through media and technology. Open to all; costumes encouraged.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 10pm. $15-50.  
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    Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny

    Dress in your Halloween best for this fall celebration at the learning museum with activities for kids and adults.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 6-9pm. $11-15.
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    Ghosts on the Square Tours

    These tours hosted by the Williamson Museum are offered every half hour and get spookier as the start time gets later.
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 12-13 & 26-27, 7:30-9pm. $15-20.
    Georgetown Main Street
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    Halloween Weekend Midnight Massacre

    Spooky cocktails, costume contests, and live music hosted by Turn Up Texas.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 9pm. $45-120.  
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    Haunted Ghost Trails

    This year's theme is Victorian Gothic Trails of Terror – expect the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe reading from "The Raven." Choose from three spooky trails; stick around for ghost stories, fortune tellers, and food & drink.
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. $15.  
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    Humans vs. Zombies Players' Night

    Costume contests for best zombie makeup, best couples costume, and best group costume plus cocktail specials and musical performances.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 10pm-12mid. Free.
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    Lick Honest Ice Creams: Nothing But '90s Birthday Bash

    We've teamed up with the good folks at Lick (because tbh we love ice cream and they're soooooo good at making it) to celebrate their seven years in business. Thus, this Nineties-themed shindig featuring all the ice cream you can eat, fresh beats by DJ Breezah, a drag performance by the evening's emcee Shay'nia (donning her best Celine Dion), a fly photo booth for picture-perfect memories, and more. And all the proceeds go to AIDS Services of Austin, so deck yourself out in your best vintage Docs and acid-washed whatevs and know that you're getting old-school funky (cold medina) for a good cause.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 9pm-1am. $15.  
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    Sober Halloween at Sans Bar

    Vendors, music and your favorite non-alcoholic autumnal flavors on tap, plus a costume contest and horror movie trivia.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 8pm. $10.
    Sans Bar, 1818 E. 12th
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    Spooktacular

    Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls welcome at the annual family-friendly Halloween celebration. The whole family can enjoy hands-on fun and scientific demonstrations. Plus, explore the museum's exhibits after hours.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 5-8pm. Free.  
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    The Mystery Mansion Ball

    This event promises "a whimsical wonderland full of unexpected entertainment and shocking surprises" along with apps, cocktails, and desserts. Attire is black tie. All proceeds benefit The Jaquelyn Sky Foundation, supporting families battling pediatric cancer.
    Fri., Oct. 26, 8pm-12mid. $250.
    Palazzo Lavaca, 1614 Lavaca
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    Batch Fall Festival

    Along with killer kolache specials all day, there's sure to be all sorts of fun fall surprises. Expect an artisan market, spooky storytime, a kiddo/doggo costume contest, free Houseplants 101 hosted by Tillery Plant Co., and Halloween karaoke.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 10am-11pm. Free.  
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    Beetlejuice (1988)

    NORTHSIDE Nest: Ghost Stories on the Lawn
    Sat., Oct. 27, 7:30. Free.  
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    Bumble’s Upstairs at Scaroline

    Bring your Bumble boo to Upstairs at (S)Caroline to kick off Halloween! DJ Willgood will be spinning tunes from 8-11pm, and guests can enjoy craft cocktails, late night bites, and yard games all night long.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 8pm. Free.  
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    Fable Fest

    A full day of games, prizes, arts & crafts, face-painting, inflatables, a petting zoo, train & pony rides, live music, drama & dance performances, and a merchant pop-up. There's a costume contest, too: Dress as your favorite literary character or for Halloween. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Park Public Library.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 11am-4pm. Free (some rides require tickets).  
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    Fall-O-Ween Fest

    Join Central City Austin for games, bounce houses, candy, popcorn, and free family fun. Costumes are encouraged.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 5-7pm. Free.
    1006 W. Koenig
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    Free Screening of Coco (2017)

    Super Saturday: Coinciding with Mexic-Arte's Viva la Vida Festival and the Texas Book Festival, the Austin Film Festival (also taking place during this crazy week) presents a free screening of the Disney-Pixar film followed by a Q&A with co-writer Matthew Aldrich. There's also going to be live music, kids' art activities, retail booths, and food along Congress Ave. from Fourth Street to the Capitol.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 4pm
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    Haunted W Austin Rooftop Halloween Costume Ball

    Dress to impress for a night of cocktails, dancing, and spooky times.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 9pm. $20 and up.  
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    Hocus Pocus (1993)

    Backyard Movie Night: Families are encouraged to come an hour early to enjoy a "Family Camp Preview," which includes a guided hike, fossil hunt, backyard family games, nature crafts, and more.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 8:00. Free.  
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    Keep It Quiet Presents: The Halloween Party

    The hall is a haunted house for a night with an open bar, musical guest Autograf, and costume contests in an event that benefits the Alzheimer's Association.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 10pm. $75+.  
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    Mr. Tramps Halloween Bash

    Costume contest, games, and a Halloween set list that is maybe probably definitely heavy on the Misfits.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 9pm. Free.  
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    Nappy Time Portraits Halloween Event (Babies and Toddlers Event)

    Bring your costumed babes.
    Sat., Oct. 27. $15.  
    Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin
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    Nightmare on Gibson Street

    Stay spooked all month long at Gibson Street Bar, with DJ sets and special cocktails, including a dry ice punchbowl.
    Fridays & Saturdays in October
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    Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)

    The Lake Travis High School Chamber Orchestra will be playing the score for a screening of the 1922 silent horror film classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 7:00. $5 at the door.  
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    OctoberFest 4

    This All Hallows Eve bash has all the frightful festivities: costume contests, live music, silent disco, games, and "Austin's sexiest crowd."
    Sat., Oct. 27, 8pm. $5 and up.  
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    Spooktober 5K and Fall Festival

    Run/walk the 5K and stick around for face-painting, food trucks, a bouncy house, games & prizes, arts & crafts, and a petting zoo. Proceeds benefit the residents.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 9am-1pm. Free.
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    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 museum you'll find the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and demos, traditional food, vendor booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music, and other performances throughout the day.
    Sat., Oct. 27, noon-6pm. Free.
    100-200 block of East Fourth
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    Zombie Charge 5K Obstacle Run & Festival

    Run as a survivor or a zombie then party at the post-run festival with live music, free beer (21+), DJs, contests, and photo ops along with free goodies from vendors.
    Sat., Oct. 27, 9am. $40-80 (free for spectators).  
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    Georgetown Boo Bash

    The eighth annual event, hosted by the Downtown Georgetown Association, is a family-friendly trick-or-treating around Georgetown Square. Adults and children are encouraged to dress in costume and participate in "Trunk or Treat."
    Sun., Oct. 28, 1-4pm. Free.
    Georgetown Main Street
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    Polkapocalypse

    Polka bands perform a mix of Tejano, Czech, German, Polish, Gypsy, and Norteno sounds. There's also a costume contest (think Day of the Dead or polka zombie), food & drink, screenprinting, and more.
    Sun., Oct. 28, noon-5:30pm. Free.
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    Trunk or Treat / Fall Festival

    Check out the carnival, hayrides, petting zoo, door prizes, and food. Decorated cars will offer treats for tricks to those in costume.
    Sun., Oct. 28, 3-6pm. $5 for actitivies.
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden: Straw Fest

    There's a big ol' autumnal patch of family-friendly fun for all at this daylong festival on Sunday, featuring a scarecrow-accessorizing event, pumpkin carving, screenprinting, a petting zoo, face painting, live music, lawn games, family and pet fashion shows, and more.
    Sun., Oct. 28, 10am-4pm. Free.
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    Austin Séance: Halloween Series

    A. Lucio and J. Dyer bring the séance experience to skeptics and believers alike, with each sitting held in the intimate Pony Shed located in the Vortex courtyard.
    Oct. 25-31. Thu.-Mon., 7 & 9pm; Mon.-Tue., 9pm. $16.
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    Lala's Zombie Christmas

    The year-round Christmas bar brings the holiday spirit to Halloween with their annual Zombie Christmas party. There will be a costume contest at 10pm with prizes.
    Wed., Oct. 31, 8pm. Free.
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    Night of True Ghost Stories Presented by The Night Owl Podcast

    Have you had an encounter with the paranormal? The local podcast and the Austin Film Festival want to hear about it. If your story is chosen, you will be asked to read it in front of a live audience on Halloween night. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 15.
    Wed., Oct. 31, 9pm. Free.  
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    Scary Movie (2000)

    Wednesday Night Flix
    Wed., Oct. 31, 8:00
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    Texas Fireworks dia de los Muertos

    Pay tribute to life by shooting off fireworks loud enough to wake up the dead.
    Wed., Oct. 31, 9:30pm. Free.
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    Zombie Pong

    Can you still kick ass at ping pong while convincing us you're one of the undead? Additional prizes for best team costume, best team of zombies, and best individual costume.
    Wed., Oct. 31, 6-10pm. $50 for a team of four; free for league members.
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    Silent Films Out Loud

    Halloween Edition: Two horror classics – 1910’s Frankenstein and 1928’s The Fall of the House of Usher – along with the lightly frightful Buster Keaton short "Haunted House" will come alive thanks to new scores from Austin-based composers Jackie Myers, Bob Hoffnar, Dave Biller, and Jean Hasse.
    Thu., Nov. 1, 7:00  
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    Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

    Just in time to catch that spooky Halloween wave, Penfold Theatre and Doctuh Mistuh Productions reprise their version of Jonathan Christenson's "wildly theatrical musical play that combines haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the life story of Edgar Allan Poe." Say, did people actually enjoy this thing the last time it was presented? Oh, we daresay.
    Oct. 25-Nov. 10. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. Extra show: Wed., Oct. 31, 8pm. $15-30.  
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    Investigation and Séance at the Tavern

    Austin Ghost Tours hosts a spooky session at one of the most haunted places in town.
    Second Tuesdays, 8-10pm. $15; reservations required.  
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    Nightly Spirits Ghost Tours

    The two-and-a-half-hour tours begin at the upstairs bar of the paranormal-laden Buffalo Billiards and visit three more ghostly pubs: Russian House, the Gatsby, and Waller Creek.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8:30pm (plus Halloween night, 7:30pm). $25.  
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    The Boozery: Haunted Bar Takeover

    It's prime spoopy time at the bungalow bar with a pop-up haunted house and drink specials named after local ghosts.
    Oct. 17-31
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    Community Halloween: Carnival & Haunted House

    plus games, costume contests, snacks, and prizes.
    Thu., Oct. 18, 5:30-8pm. Free.  
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    Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House

    The Georgetown jailhouse (operating from 1889-1990) has been featured on Ghost Hunters and is probably really haunted because, as we know, nothing good happens in those places. All proceeds benefit the Brown Santa program.
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 12-13 & 19-20, 7-11pm. $5-25.
    Georgetown Main Street
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    Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park

    Romp around some spooky woods at one of the largest Halloween attractions in the state. Sitting on 20 acres, the campus includes four haunted houses, along with a cafe, beers on tap, space for live music, vendors, fortune tellers, a witches' bonfire, and more.
    Weekends, Sept. 15-Nov. 2  
    149 Split Rail Ln., Smithville
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    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 is an on-site tavern in case you need some liquid courage in order to face the ghoulies.
    Through Nov. 10. $20 and up.  
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