Events Happening This Fall Season
A Newcomer's Guide to the Spooky Activities in Austin
Published on: October 12, 2023
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Austin is known for its vibrant culture, and that includes its Halloween celebrations. From haunted houses and costume contests to family-friendly events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you are new to Austin, or just looking for a guide to the best Halloween events, read on!

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Haunted Houses

Austin has some of the best haunted houses in the country. If you are looking for a scare, check out these popular attractions:

  • House of Torment: This haunted house is known for its intense scares and realistic effects. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s a must-visit for Halloween fans.
  • Frightmare Manor: This haunted house is located in a historic mansion and features a variety of scares, from clowns to zombies. It’s a great option for those who want a good scare without it being too over-the-top.
  • Scream Hollow: This haunted house is located outside of Austin, but it’s worth the drive. It features a variety of haunted attractions, including a hayride through a haunted forest and a walk-through haunted house.

Costume Contests

Austin loves costumes, and there are plenty of opportunities to show off your creativity during Halloween. Here are a few of the most popular costume contests:

  • Annual Halloween Costume Contest at the Parish: This costume contest is one of the most popular in Austin. It is open to all ages and features prizes for the best costumes.
  • Halloween Costume Party at Cheer Up Charlies: This costume party is always a blast. It is a great place to go to dance the night away and see some amazing costumes.
  • Halloween Costume Contest at The Continental Club: This costume contest is open to all ages and features prizes for the best costumes. It’s a great place to go for a more low-key Halloween celebration.

Family-Friendly Events

There are also plenty of family-friendly Halloween events in Austin. Here are a few of the most popular:

Other Seasonal Activities

In addition to Halloween events, there are also plenty of other seasonal activities to enjoy in Austin during the fall. Here are a few ideas:

  • Visit a pumpkin patch: There are several pumpkin patches in the Austin area where you can pick your own pumpkin and enjoy other fall activities.
  • Go on a hayride: Hayrides are a great way to enjoy the fall weather and see some of the beautiful scenery in the Austin area.
  • Visit a haunted corn maze: Haunted corn mazes are a fun and spooky way to celebrate the fall season.
  • Go to a haunted house: If you are looking for a good scare, check out one of Austin’s many haunted houses.
  • Attend a Halloween party: There are Halloween parties happening all over Austin during the fall season. Find one that fits your interests and have a blast!

Tips for Newcomers

Here are a few tips for newcomers to Austin’s Halloween celebrations:

  • Buy your tickets for haunted houses and other events in advance. Tickets often sell out, so it is best to buy them early.
  • Dress comfortably. You will be doing a lot of walking and dancing, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Bring a jacket. It can get chilly in Austin at night, so it is a good idea to bring a jacket with you.
  • Be prepared for crowds. Austin is a popular tourist destination, and Halloween is one of the busiest times of year. Be prepared for crowds, especially at popular events.
  • Have fun! Halloween is a time to celebrate and let loose. So have fun and enjoy the festivities!

Austin is a great place to celebrate Halloween. With its variety of events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a scare, a chance to show off your costume, or a fun family-friendly event, you are sure to find it in Austin.