Halloween 2021

Qmmunity: Painting the Town Rainbow
Qmmunity: Painting the Town Rainbow
Celebrate Austin’s historic LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Study with a Pride photoshoot and more queer events

Oct. 14, 2021

Austin’s Haunted Attractions Are Back With Safe Screams
Austin’s Haunted Attractions Are Back
After a year of shuttered scares, Halloween is home

Oct. 7, 2021

Making the House of Torment a Home
Making the House of Torment a Home
After a shuttered year, Austin’s oldest haunted attraction reunites the family

Oct. 7, 2021

Shudder for Charity at Scare for a Cure
Shudder for Charity at Scare for a Cure
Austin’s biggest fundraising haunt returns with safety in mind

Oct. 7, 2021

Bat City Scaregrounds Is Austin's Newest, Biggest Haunt
Austin's Newest, Biggest Haunt
Unleash the bats!

Oct. 7, 2021

Pumpkin Nights Takes the Humble Jack-o’-Lantern to New, Magical Grandeur
Pumpkin Nights Takes the Humble Jack-o’-Lantern to New, Magical Grandeur
Not your grandma's pumpkin patch

Oct. 7, 2021

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes at the House of Torment
Photos by Jana Birchum

Thu., Oct. 7, 2021

PHOTOS: Pumpkin Nights at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
Photos by John Anderson

Thu., Oct. 7, 2021

  • "Glow" Halloween Rave

    An abundance of entertainment awaits at this party by New to Austin and Network Builder: DJs, tea ceremony pourers, fire dancers, go-go dancers, LED dancers, tarot readers and mediums, black lights, body painters, and more. Glow sticks and accessories included.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 8pm. $25.  
    6950 Hwy. 183 S.
  • Artisan Mercado

    Celebrate Día de los Muertos with art, live music, and a mercado with Latino handcrafted art and arts & crafts.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 1-5pm  
  • Austin Chronicle Costume & Yard Art Contest

    Participants can enter their most creatively spooky getups or home displays by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize is a pair of tickets to Austin FC's last home game on Nov. 3 and the winner will be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle, on stands Oct. 29. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes.
    Through Oct. 25  
  • “We Want Your Blood”

    Halloween by Design will turn We Are Blood's donor centers into Dracula's lair, and they'll hand out goodies to donors. Appointments mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
    We Are Blood donor centers
  • Bat City Scaregrounds

    This fully immersive, 15-acre entertainment complex dedicated to all things Halloween and horror offers not only three terrifying haunted houses, but also Vegas-style stage performances, live music, festive concessions, and more.
    Weekends, Oct. 1-Nov. 6. $25-45.  
  • Crystals & Cauldrons Halloween Party

    Flow goes all out for their ninth anniversary, with a glow-in-the-dark dance party, a DJ, snacks, drinks, circus performances, and a costume contest with prizes for best overall, best couple, most creative, scariest, and cutest.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 7-10pm. $25.  
    Flow Yoga, 202 Walton Way #200, Cedar Park
  • Danse Macabre Halloween Carnival

    Bring out your little ghouls and beasties for a Halloween carnival with ghostly games, a kooky cake walk, a phantom photo booth, a thrilling haunted house, and a family "Thriller" dance. Costumes encouraged!
    Sat., Oct. 23, 2-6pm. Free admission.  
    Dance by Carly, 11530 Menchaca Rd.
  • Day of the Dead at MACC

    The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is the hub for Austin's Day of the Dead. Pick up a free sugar skull kit on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, starting Oct. 8 (while supplies last). Create an altar or submit photos/mementos for MACC's altar by Oct. 25. Displays will be on view through Nov. 7.
    Oct.8-Nov. 7  
  • Día de los Muertos Altar Boxes Workshop

    Indigenous folk artist and teacher Camille will instruct on how to make an ofrenda to take home.
    Sun., Oct. 24, 2-4pm. $10.  
  • Día de los Muertos Cacao Ceremony

    Bring photos and mementos of loved ones you'd like to honor to add to the ofrenda, and enter a state of relaxation and healing through the cacao ceremony.
    Sun., Oct. 24, 2pm. $15-40 donation.  
    Flow Yoga Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar
  • Disco Bloodbath

    Sister Fisters rise from the dead just in time for their annual queer Halloween party hosted by Honey Baby. Live music by Jotomagico, Y2K, p1nkstar, and BabiBoi; DJ sets; a costume contest; and more will send shivers down your spine. Tonight’s drag show stars Rosalind Hussell,: Liz Dexia, Kara Foxx, Honey Baby and Bohemia, Hermajestie, Sticky Gold, and Amber Nicole Davenport.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 9:30pm. $8-20.  
  • Family Fright Nights

    Bring the fam (and a chair or blanket) for a free Halloween flick in the biergarten. Oct. 16 will also feature pumpkin carving.
    Saturdays, 7pm  
  • Freaky Friday Halloween Costume Party

    Great music, vibes, a full bar and kitchen, plus bottle service and hookahs available.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 9pm. $10.  
  • Fuego ATX

    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Halloween with Austin’s QTBIPOC dance party across two spooky, fabulous nights. DJs La Morena and Lamar spin Friday night away, plus a performance by Austin’s very own queer-inclusive Mariachi Corazón de Tejas. Come by Saturday for drag, DJ sets, and a costume contest.
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 22-23, 7pm. No cover.  
  • Fuego ATX

    Bring in the Halloqueer weekend with Austin’s fave QTBIPOC dance party and performance night. Featuring music by Chorizo Funk, SUPERMCN4STY, and Elosi, plus performances from Gothess Jasmine, Hermajestie, and Louisianna Purchase. Shop Frida Friday’s v cute and spooky vendor market from 8pm-12mid.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 8pm-2am. $5-10.  
  • Ghost Hunting Tours

    Seek out spirits on an interactive tour around Georgetown's historic town square, led by costumed tour guides telling stories of the haunted local establishments.
    Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 8-23, 7:30-10pm. $20.  
    Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown
  • Halloween by Design Online Challenge

    Submit photos of your best Halloween decor for the chance to win prizes and raise funds for HBD’s beneficiaries, the Shade Project and To Cure a Rose Foundation.
    Oct. 1-31. $10 donation to enter; $1 to vote.  
    Virtual
  • Halloween With the Queens & Elvira Tribute Party

    Honor the queen of scream with a screening of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, a drag performance from Extragrams!, and live music from Caleb De Casper. Funds go to Austin Pets Alive!
    Thu., Oct. 28, 7pm. $10.  
  • Handmade Halloween Artisan & Local Vendor Market

    Halloween fun with artisans and local vendors, including trick or treat, a costume competition, and prizes.
    Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-5pm. Free.  
    12919 Nutty Brown Rd.
  • House of Torment

    The longstanding and beloved Halloween attraction is back after a year off due to the pandemic, and it's better than ever. A variety of fun activities await beyond haunted house tours: a mini escape game, the Torment Tavern, and axe-throwing complement the scary thrills.
    Daily through Oct. 31; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 5-13. $19.99 and up.  
  • Minx + Muse: The Austin Séance

    Your ghost guides Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero of Austin Séance pay a visit to Austin's favorite outpost of erotic and elegant witchery, to present their modern recreations of old-time séances.
    Sat., Oct. 23, 6:30 & 9:30pm. $40.  
    605 W. 37th
  • Muertos Fest

    Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair includes a multi-stage lineup of live bands, dance, and poetry, and the largest open altar exhibition in San Antonio. Plus, an arts market, workshops, children's activities, and lots more.
    Sat.-Sun., Oct. 23-24. Free.  
    San Antonio
  • Natural Bridge Caverns Fall Fun

    Free activities abound all October long, including a hay maze, entertainment, yard games, and more. On Halloween weekend there'll be animal shows, trick-or-treating, and face painting.
    Weekends in October. Free.  
  • Nightmare on 11th Street Halloween Party

    A costume contest for a cash prize, plus great music, food & drinks. Hookahs and bottle service available.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 9pm. $10.  
  • OUTside of Society

    A Night of Surreal Grotesque and Monsters In/Out of the Closet: Leave it to the queerdos of Austin’s OUTsider Fest to host a fabulously frightening and interactive screening of Brian Yuzna’s creepy-but-make-it-camp thriller, Society. Indulge in a costume contest, macabre music, and more tricks and treats.
    Sat., Oct. 23, 8pm. $20.  
  • Party Under the Pavilion

    Enjoy food trucks, live local music, and a pet costume contest.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 3-6pm. Free.  
    Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.
  • Phantom Fest

    Austin's first Halloween fest celebrates all things spooky with a goal of raising $10,000 for Austin Pets Alive! Get all the details on costume contests, movie parties, and more on their website or Facebook page.
    Oct. 15-31  
    Various locations
  • Phantom Fest & Barkin Creek Howl-oween Dog Costume Contest & Block Party

    The canine costume contest and fashion show will be judged by a panel of local celebrities, including Jane Ko of A Taste of Koko. The block party includes breakfast tacos and morning brews, live screenprinting, a raffle, and more. Proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive!
    Sat., Oct. 30, 10am-noon. Free.  
  • Phantom Fest Zombie Prom & Halloween Costume Party

    For "a night to dismember," don your finest zombie lewks and compete for Zombie Prom king & queen, dance to music from Honey Made, grab a live screenprint by artist Brad Bond, and try the "Thriller" and "Time Warp" dance contests. Donations for Austin Pets Alive! encouraged.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 7pm-12mid. Free.  
  • Phantom Fest's Spooky Tiki Tiger

    Tiki Tuesday with a spooky twist: Halloween trivia, live screenprinting, and live Polynesian dancers, all to raise funds for Austin Pets Alive!
    Tue., Oct. 26, 4-11pm. Free.  
  • Pumpkin Nights

    A half-mile walking trail lined with displays dedicated to the glorious gourd, including giant jack-o'-lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar, a flying 40-foot handmade dragon, a life-size pumpkin pirate ship, and more fantastic surprises built by artists using over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
    Through Oct. 31; closed Tuesdays  
  • Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkins? Pickle ball? Putt-putt? Dreamland offers all things Halloween, all things fun. Buy a pumpkin and get 50% off mini golf. Stay tuned for news about more spooky games, food, and drinks.
    Oct. 1-31  
  • Scare for a Cure: Lockdown

    This terrifying interactive haunted house at the J. Lorraine Ghost Town comes with a special bonus: It's raising funds for the Breast Cancer Resource Center and Manor ISD. Called "Lockdown" because it takes place in a futuristic prison setting, it's also so interactive you'll emerge covered in goo and guts, so be ready to get messy!
    Sat., Oct. 9; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 15-16; Thu.-Sat., Oct. 21-23 & 28-30  
  • Speak No More: Golden Age

    Austin's La Fenice and Golden: Silent Improvised Stories will show you what happened on that terrible night at the Neill Cochran House 100 years ago. "In this site-specific show, release your inner voyeur and roam the rooms of Neill Cochran alongside the echoes of its inhabitants." Spooky af? Yes, but especially spooky fun.
    Oct. 28-30; Nov. 5-6, 12, 19-20. All shows at 8pm. $20.  
  • Spooks & Stilettos

    Doc's Drag-In Theatre Presents: Nadine Hughes hosts a spooky drag show and costume contest just in time for Halloween. After the show, watch back-to-back screenings of Hocus Pocus and Death Becomes Her.
    Sun., Oct. 24, 7:30-11pm. $20.  
  • Spooktacular

    Put on your favorite costume and join the Bullock Museum and Girlstart for their annual Halloween celebration with hands-on STEM fun for the whole family and a chance to explore the museum's exhibits after hours.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 5-8pm  
  • Spooktacular Hallo-Weekend

    Camp Moody along the banks of Onion Creek screens Gremlins on the lawn Friday (7:15pm) and a day of fun Saturday: Games, ziplining, and more activities take place 3-6:30pm, followed by the Y's Zombie Run at 8pm.
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 29-30. $20-30.  
    The Y at Camp Moody, 1220 Old San Antonio Rd., Buda
  • The Austin Séance at the Vortex

    Your ghost guides Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero of Austin Séance are in brief residence at the Vortex to present their modern recreations of old-time séances.
    Oct. 28-31. Thu. & Sun., 6:45pm; Fri.-Sat., 6:45 & 9pm. $30.
  • The Craft

    Drag at the Drive-in: Screening is preceded by a drag show featuring Anyzha Dior St. James, Prima Van Cartier, Pam Dulce, and Polly Nomial.
    Sat., Oct. 23, 6:45pm  
  • The Little Gay Shop of Horrors

    Get in the spirit and trick or treat yo'self to something fun from the 30+ local vendors and makers, plus drag performances, crafts for kids, and free coffee from Stay While Coffee and Oatly.
    Sun., Oct. 24, 11am-4pm. Free.  
  • The Office: Halloween

    The Office had so many classic Halloween moments; see some of them on the big screen and maybe get inspired for your own costume (Three-Hole-Punch Jim? Sexy Toby?).
    Sat., Oct. 23, 9:20pm  
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Come early for sing-alongs, cabaret, and other Rocky Horror-themed madness. Costumes encouraged! Sponsored by Austin’s queer film fest, aGLIFF.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 10pm. $20.  
  • Tits or Treats Burlesque Show

    The Bat City Bombshells present a naughty night of ghoulishly good burlesque featuring performances by Holli Lolli, Violet Sky, Sherry Bomb, Mistress Moon, Katetastrophe, Anastasia Arsenic, Folly Parton, Roc Gaude, Mr. Gorgeous George, Jack Potts, Marcia Melons, and Lolita Fire. Special guest Jinxy Deviate thrills and chills as tonight’s host.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 8-11:30pm. $20-160.  
  • Zombies: Silent Death

    First-person shooter games come to life on five acres of tactical battle terrain, and for Halloween they're adding zombies to the mix.
    Fridays-Sundays, Oct. 8-31. $35.  
    Battleground Ranch, 15112 Fagerquist Rd., Del Valle

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