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.
  • ACMS Halloween Spooktacular

    Hop on your broom and visit the music school to hear tunes, make arts & crafts, and trick or treat.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 2-5pm. Free.  
  • All 80s Halloween Bash

    Come dress as your favorite Eighties celebrity or movie character for the chance to win a costume contest. Ages 21 & up to party.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 3-9pm. No cover.  
  • 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 ISD Police Trunk or Treat

    Families are invited to this free event for children to trick or treat.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 6-8pm. Free.  
  • “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.  
  • Cosmic Halloween

    DJ Mel hosts a pumpkin patch, dog/owner costume contest, Lucky Dog Tarot card reading, and the release of a Shakey Graves beer collab with Roughhouse Brewing.
    Thu., Oct. 28, 4-8pm
  • 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
  • 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  
  • Daytime Halloween Mash-Up

    The Discount Pills provide the tuneage for a party with artwork by Nashville Neverland and a raffle benefiting Austin Pets Alive!
    Sat., Oct. 30, 2-4pm. $10 suggested donation.  
  • Día de los Muertos at ESB-MACC

    Community altars, sugar skull kits, calavera face decorating, food trucks, live music, dance, an artisan mercado, butterfly release, and so much more!
    Mon.-Tue., Nov. 1-2, 5-9pm. Free.  
  • Día de los Muertos at Waterloo Park

    Live music, dance, and an intersectional BIPOC, queer, Latinx, and locally centered mercado y más with 35+ booths from local artisanal craft vendors, curated by Frida Friday ATX.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 2pm. Free.  
  • Día de los Muertos Pop-Up

    Halloween-themed vendors, music, tacos, and more.
    Tue., Nov. 2, 6-10pm. Free.  
  • 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.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 7pm  
  • Fireworks With Planet K

    Planet K honors the Day of the Dead with pyrotechnics in ATX and SATX; best viewing spot in Austin is at Krieg. Bring dollars to donate to one of the many nonprofits they're supporting.
    Sun., Oct. 31  
  • 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

    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.  
  • Hallelujah Night

    An alternative to the usual Halloween frenzy of ghosts, goblins, and witches: a Bible-centric adventure with kids' fave Trolls characters, games, and skits.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 6-9pm. Free.  
    The ROCK ATX, 12224 Jourdan Crossing
  • 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 Carnival

    Kiddos will enjoy modern versions of traditional crafts and games, face painting, the trunk-or-treat, and a bounce house.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 11am-3pm. Free.  
  • 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.  
  • HallurQween

    Get freaky to the beats of live DJs and drag treats from Diamond Dior Davenport, Leia Sakura Dior, Monica Monáe, and Sha'Nyia Ellis Narciss.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 9pm. $10+.  
  • House

    The young filmmakers of Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective present a screening of the gonzo Japanese horror-comedy, with proceeds going to Texas Abortion Funds.
    Wed., Oct. 27, 8pm. $20 per car/platform.  
  • 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.  
  • Howl-oween With Love-A-Bull

    October being Pitbull Awareness Month, plus nonprofit Love-A-Bull celebrating their 13th anniversary, it's the perfect time for a pittie party with a dog costume contest, prizes, and plenty of delish brews.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 1-3pm. $5.  
  • 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.  
  • Neon Circus

    Revel in spooky, freaky circus fun during two back-to-back nights of go-go boys, belly dancing, and more Halloqueer magic.
    Fri.-Sat., Oct. 29-30, 10pm  
  • NightBears on Sixth Street

    It’s a night of frights and fun at Austin’s only bear bar, plus a Halloween costume contest with a big ol’ grand prize.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 10pm  
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Planet Fabulous Scaryaoke

    Break out your costume for a special Halloween edition of host Murrah Noble’s karaoke night.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 9pm  
  • Play Dead

    Come play with some of your favorite alternative drag and ballroom performers with performances by Dragula winner Vander Von Odd; Legendary’s Calypso Jeté Balmain; Dragula stars Dollya Black and Evah Destruction; Hunsen Abequeer; and Austin’s very own Jack Rabid, Riotgirl, and Gothess Jasmine.
    Thu., Oct. 28, 9pm. $25-35.  
  • Psychedelic Séance Halloween

    "Trippy treats, smell my feet" begins Native's invitation to all things Halloweeny and Levitationy this week. They promise tons of spoopy fun and invite all to "Show up, show out, and get down."
    Oct. 27-31, 8pm-2am. Free-$20.  
  • 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  
  • Sober Spooktacular Dance & Costume Party

    Celebrate Halloween in a queer- and sober-friendly environment – including a costume contest and zero-proof cocktails – with local LGBTQIA coalition Embrace Austin.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 7-11:45pm. $5 suggested donation.  
  • 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.  
  • 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
  • Spooky Silent Disco Party

    Three DJs spinning Top 40, throwbacks, and hip-hop battle for your attention as you dance the night away among partygoers decked out in Halloween hotness.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 9pm-1am. $10-20.  
  • 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 Jam Room

    Woooo! It's a Halloween Howl with six bands brought to you by the students of Heather Webb's Jam Room playing classic rock favorites all night. Dress up for the costume contest and rock out!
    Sat., Oct. 30, 8-10:30pm. $5.  
  • The Jigglewatts Burlesque: The Bewitching Hour

    Light the jack-o-lantern and settle into your couch for a spooky and seductive virtual burlesque and variety show. Special guest Lady Lola Lestrange, drag star Gothess Jasmine, a devilish recipe from Taylor C. Baker, and musical guest star Caleb de Casper cast a spine-tingling spell.
    Thu., Oct. 28, 9pm. $10-50.  
    Online
  • 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.  
  • Thriller Chiller

    The ice rink hosts an all-day haunted house, two public skating sessions (4:45-7:15pm) followed by a special spooky late skate session (7:30-9:30pm), a costume contest with prizes, and trunk-or-treat.
    Sat., Oct. 30, 11am-9:30pm  
    Chaparral Ice, 1717 Scottsdale Dr., Cedar Park
  • 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.  
  • Trunk or Treat

    Boy Scout Troop 1 provides hot dogs and trunk hosts will pass out nut-free candy, and the whole spooktacular shebang includes crafts, a costume contest, and parade.
    Sun., Oct. 31, 12:30-2pm. Free.  
  • Viva la Vida Fest

    Check out a multitude of online offerings to celebrate Day of the Dead, including recipes, virtual exhibits, activity guides, and more. In-person events include parade art displays, an augmented ofrenda mural, a store, free papel picado art kits for kids, and free pan de muerto while supplies last.
    Virtual launch: Oct. 22; in-person event: Oct. 30, 10am-5pm  
    Virtual and at Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress
  • Wanted Dead or Alive: A Zombie Western Halloween

    Dress up in your creepiest costume and drink, dine, game, and raise the dead.
    Fri., Oct. 29, 4-10pm. Free.  
  • 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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