13 Austin Halloween Ideas

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 11:05am.

Austin Halloween   Can you feel it? That cool breeze is in the air and the Texas heat is quickly transitioning into our fantastic (yet brief) fall weather. When you think of fall, you probably think of changing colors and pumpkins, fall festivals and of course- Halloween. Whether you’re young or old, Halloween has something for everyone. Costumes, candy, hayrides, haunted houses- and like everything in Texas, we do it bigger and better here in Austin. But with the Holiday just over a week away, the clock is ticking to participate in Austin Halloween activities. So we’ve come up with our own list of Austin Halloween events.   Costumes You simply can’t celebrate the holiday to the fullest without a good costume- and this goes for kids and adults alike. Here are our favorite spots to get outfitted: For Kids: Finding kid’s costumes is always a fun experience, and chances are your child already has some idea of what they want to be. If so, I suggest taking a quick look at eBay and Craigslist to snag a deal. And if your children need a bit of inspiration, Austin has a couple of Party City stores to help. (5601 Brodie Lane Austin & 12901 North IH 35 #200) www.partycity.comFor Adults:
  • Lucy In Disguise on South Congress has everything you could ask for. Whatever you want to dress up as, Lucy’s has it. Best of all you can either rent or buy. 1506 South Congress Avenue www.lucyindisguise.com
  • Buffalo Exchange is another great resource for adult costumes. While their selection is a bit smaller, you have the potential to get a great deal here.  2904 Guadalupe St. www.buffaloexchange.com
  • Costume World- Although not an Austin original, Costume World has a great selection and is another great choice for those who live on the north side of the city. 8207 Burnet Road www.costumeworld.com/cw-austin.php
  Now that you have your costume, it’s time to go out and celebrate. Here are some great Austin Halloween events to consider…   Halloween Family Events
  • Haunted Hayride and Carnival in Georgetown-
    • When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 5-9 p.m
    • Where: Georgetown Community Center: San Gabriel Park at 445 E. Morrow Street
    • What: Family friendly hayrides, Carnival with games, food and drinks, Trick-or-Treat Village, Movie in the Park at 7:30 (Monster House will be the featured film) and a costume contest with prizes!
  • Blue Starlite Drive-in Movie Theatre, Halloween Month
    • Plenty of great movies will be showing this month at Austin’s Blue Starlite Drive-in (We encourage the use discretion with some of the more graphic films) 1901 East 51st St. Austin, TX 78723
    • Oct 26- Ghostbusters
    • Oct 27- The Shining/Christine
    • Oct 28- Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    • Oct 29- Night/Dawn of the Dead
    • Oct 30- Beetlejuice
    • Oct 31- Monster House
    • Blue Starlight Drive-in
  • Spooktacular at Bob Bullock
    • Storytelling, games, costumes, experiments and so much more. This is a great event for the whole family and it’s free! What could be better?
    • Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:00 pm -  9:00 pm
    • Texas State History Museum 1800 N. Congress Ave.
  • Pumpkin Carving Carnival
    • Pumpkin Carving Contest for the whole family- prizes included, as well as a “tiny tot trick or treat trail.”
    • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Trick or Treat at the Hill Country Galleria-Reilly Realtors and participating stores will be hosting this fun family event, featuring live music, trick or treating, face painting and so much more. Be sure to stop by and say hi for some treats! Trick or Treat with Reilly Realtors!
  • Round Rock’s Fall Fun Fest
    • A Dr. Seuss Themed festival, including a hayride, games and food for everyone.
    • Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Food Pantry.
    • Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Pavilion
    • http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=1385
  Social Good Looking to support a cause this Halloween? We’ve got you covered
  • Austin Social Affair Halloween Ball
    • This fantastic event supports the efforts of Providence Homes, “an organization that strives to break the cycle of domestic violence.”
    • Tickets are now on sale for $15
    • The party starts on Saturday, Oct 27 9:00p at The Rattle Inn, Austin, TX
    • Halloween Ball
  • Cars and Coffee Halloween Celebration  
  • The Goddard School:
    • This Fall Festival benefits local charities, including the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation, and Bookspring. Come early to enjoy pony rides, pumpkin decorating, live music and more.
    • More info
  Halloween Goes to the Austin Dogs
  • Howl-o-Ween at Central Market
  • Poochie Trends Halloween Cake, Costume and Treat Specials, a local vendor with all-natural goods for your dog.
  Keep Austin Halloween Weird
  • Chipotle Boorito Costume Contest
    • “On October 31, dress up as a horrifying processed food and receive a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos for $2 at participating Chipotle restaurants.  Arrive between 6 p.m. and closing for this deal”
    • Costume Details
Keep Austin Cultured
  • Dia de Los Muertos Emma Mexican American Cultural Center
  We hope our list has given you plenty of ideas for how to celebrate this ghostly time of year. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them! Jack O' Lantern

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