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Best Halloween Activities in Austin | Things To Do For Halloween

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Halloween is considered to be the most fun and exciting time of the year because of all its spooky events, creative costume designs, and delicious candies and foods! Check out mysterious escape rooms and have an exciting adventure with friends, family, or even co-workers by solving puzzles, riddles, and clues, scream your head off in some of the most haunted houses, eat lots of food and carve pumpkins, dance at a nightclub, participate in a Halloween costume, go trick or treating and more. So take a look at our guide and decide what you plan on doing this Halloween!

Best Halloween Activities in Austin

Austin Ghost Tours

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604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

For over ten years, Austin Ghost Tours has been leading the curious through the streets of Austin and the memories of the past. Each tour exposes different haunted buildings and stories from Austin’s past and present! Choose either the Ghosts of the Capitol, Old Pecan Street or Ghosts of the Warehouse District. They are each 90 minutes long and contain thrilling (and rather scary) tales of Austin’s past that you didn’t even know about. Austin Ghost Tours has been featured in several national publications and TV spots, so rest assured that you’ll be getting a quality experience there!

Austin Panic Room

205 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701

The idea is simple. You and your friends, coworkers, or family are locked in a room, and you have 60 minutes to escape. At Austin Panic Room, you and your friends will attempt to solve a series of puzzles using your deduction skills and clues found throughout the room! With four unique and challenging scenarios, there is always an opportunity for you and your team to have fun!

Boo at the Zoo

10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736

Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your finest Halloween costume (no adult masks) and enjoy Austin Zoo’s Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, our nocturnal animals, an eerie train ride and unlimited passes through our mansion. Tickets to certain special items within Boo at the Zoo have limited seating.

Boo-da Halloween

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Downtown Buda, Buda, TX

Local businesses and organizations lineup in Downtown Buda for the annual Boo-da Halloween party to provide a fun and safe opportunity for trick-or-treating for children. Bring your little ghost or goblin for some candy, treats, and entertainment on this spooky Saturday! The Buda Public Library will also provide more fun to the Halloween block party with spooky stories, crafts, games, and more!

The Escape Game Austin

405 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

The Escape Game Austin is located downtown on Red River Street and offers 5 different escapes from Prison Break to Playground! Each game is designed to be one hour long at $32.99 per person plus tax and they recommend their games for ages 13 and up.

Escape Hour

2113 Wells Branch Pkwy #4300, Austin, TX 78728

Escape Hour Austin is an exhilarating real-life escape experience where you will be locked in and have to navigate and solve your way out of custom made, elaborately designed rooms with friends or like-minded individuals, and work together to escape. Your goal is to discover hidden clues, find secret codes, navigate through maze-like scenarios, and solve fun and sophisticated puzzles. Get ready for an experience like no other; Escape Hour Austin brings a whole new level to escape rooms; presenting rooms that offer a sense of adventure and immersion to provide a surreal experience!

Escape the Mystery Room

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3220 Feathergrass Ct #128, Austin, TX 78758

Escape the Mystery Room strives to be the leader in providing an interactive and immersive escape room adventure through exceptional guest service, game experience and value. They offer their guests the chance to become real-life detectives during an interactive and immersive escape room experience. With 50-minutes on the clock, guests must find clues, solve puzzles, and decipher hidden codes to escape the themed room of their choice!

Escapology Escape Rooms Austin

2000 S, I-35 Ste E2, Round Rock, TX 78681

Try Escapology Escape Rooms award-winning live escape room games in Round Rock. You and your team will have a chance to visit the Time Displacement Institute or “TDI”, a government agency that was created to monitor and fix any changes to the existing timeline. During your tour, alarms and sirens go off. You and your team are needed to travel back in time to fix the timeline that has been illegally changed. Do you have what it takes to escape?

Fall Fun Festival

3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Fall Fun Festival 2019 will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Old Settlers Park Festival Area. They will have carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch and fun entertainment for all to enjoy! Cross their moat into a mystical place filled with fairies and dragons to put a smile on your face. Princess and knights can come and play and taste your favorite treats on this fall day! Entertainment and fun for everyone! Be sure to wear your favorite costume! Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center.

Halloween Children’s Concert

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701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt the Long Center for the Performing Arts for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! This season’s featured piece will be selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with narration by Austin storyteller, Bernadette Nason. Other fun pieces will be performed that will keep you and your entire family entertained!

Halloween Dance Party and Costume Contest

705 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Elysium Nightclub has been hosting Austin’s alternative night-life since 2001. The warehouse that Elysium resides in dates back centuries, but since the late 70’s it has been home to a variety of entertainment venues. Elysium is one of the longest standing residents to date. The history of this night club makes it a perfect location to throw an awesome Halloween party. So, dress your ghoulish best for the Halloween Dance Party and Costume Contest featuring the best goth, industrial and synthpop music all night long!

Halloween Hootenanny

1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Come, play and celebrate Halloween, Thinkery-style! Enjoy a night of playful exploration with thematic activities during Family Night, Thinkery’s exclusive after-hours event for families. Come dressed in your best Halloween costumes, and there will be plenty of activities for kids and adults that will make this fall celebration spellbindingly fun for all! Complete select activity stations and receive a prize! Cash bar with beer, wine and kid-friendly drinks available for thirsty mummy’s!

Haunted ATX

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501 I-35, Austin, TX 78702

Haunted ATX offers the ONLY mobile haunted tour in Austin. You’ll get to climb into a classic Cadillac hearse that has been converted into a spooky limousine and visit several historic Austin landmarks that are reportedly haunted or have experienced paranormal activity, including the Tavern, Driskill Hotel, Clay Pit, Littlefield House, and more! Haunted ATX makes sure to let out of the hearse frequently and go inside the establishments, but walking is minimal. Haunted Hearse Limo Tours are fun, inspiring, and scary! And if you’re super into Halloween scares, you can even get a VIP experience!

Haunted Halloween Trails

10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754

Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at Pioneer Farms’ annual Haunted Halloween Trails festival! This year’s event will feature three separate spooky trails each night; one for young children (rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (rated PG-13)! Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks, and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Storytellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future, along with other fun activities. The historical persona of Edgar Allen Poe will be on site for readings of “The Raven.” Food concessions will also be available each night, with food trucks available on the last two weekends. Live music will be offered in their historic dance hall!

House of Torment

2632 Ridgepoint Dr, Austin, TX 78754

House of Torment is the premier haunted attraction in Austin, Texas featuring elaborate Hollywood-quality sets, iconic characters portrayed by talented actors, towering animatronic monsters and terrifying scenarios. They have three different themes this year; Blackthorne Penitentiary, Darkest Dreams, and Trick or Treat. The House of Torment is so scary that it has been featured on Buzzfeed, the Travel Channel, Huff Post, and the Discovery Channel!

Lockout Austin

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1700 S Lamar Blvd #327, Austin, TX 78704

Lockout Austin, on South Lamar Blvd, is South Austin’s first and only live-action escape room! They offer a fun and unique entertainment experience for small groups of two to eight people. Designed for friends, family, tourists, and team building events, Lockout Austin’s immersive escape games take place in a single room where players work together to solve a mystery before the 60-minute timer runs out! No prior experience or puzzle-solving expertise is required! Just come out and enjoy the mystery!

Main Event Austin Family Fun Halloween

13301 North, US-183, Austin, TX 78750

Come join Main Event Entertainment in Austin for a night full of spooky fun activities for everyone! They will have a bowling pin decorating station, mini pumpkin decorating stations, trick or treating around the center, games, and fun PRIZES! Costumes are not mandatory but are highly encouraged! Come in costume and receive one free game of laser tag featuring Zombie Mode. There will even be a costume contest, and the winner will win a FREE YEAR OF LASER TAG! Anyone can come, and they are providing a safe space for kids to do their trick or treating and have some FUN!

Maze Rooms Austin

5555 N Lamar Blvd K110, Austin, TX 78751

The computer game “Escape the Room” appeared in 1994 and became very popular. Up until recently, no one has tried to transfer a computer game into reality, but now this type of interactive entertainment is gaining massive popularity! Maze Rooms Austin now invites you to participate in their interactive and revolutionary experience here in Austin, Texas! Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience filled with high-tech devices, clues, puzzles, and the most interesting mysteries of our time!

Mindspark Escape Games Austin

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2632 Ridgepoint Dr, Austin, TX 78754

Do you love trying to solve puzzles and riddles? Well, Mindspark is a new kind of interactive puzzle you have never experienced! Mindspark is a fully interactive and immersive experience unlike anything else you can do in Austin. So, gather your group and chose your room! You’ll have a limited time to find and solve all the clues, riddles, and puzzles before you fail the mission. Not everyone makes it out in time. How well will your team perform? It’s a perfect way to bring your family together you would have never thought possible, and it’s certainly more entertaining than sitting around on the couch!

Most Monstrous Halloween Ever!

3916 Gattis School Rd #112, Round Rock, TX 78664

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Monster Mini Golf’s monsters are so excited to celebrate their favorite holiday with you! They love it SO much, and they are Monster-sizing it and celebrating every day for two weeks! Wear a costume and receive $7 per play Virtual Reality, $5 per game Laser Tag, on-course Trick or Treating, and so much more!

Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House

312 S Main St, Georgetown, TX 78626

If you’re looking for a scary haunted house, this is it! Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House takes place on October 12-13 and 19-20 at the Old Williamson County Jail at 312 Main Street! This rumored haunted jailhouse, which held prisoners from 1889 through 1990, has been featured on the popular show, “Ghost Hunters.” (children under the age of eight years old are not allowed). The event runs from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. each night and all proceeds benefit the Brown Santa program!

Scare for a Cure Haunted House

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14219 Littig Rd, Manor, TX 78653

Born out of the ashes of legendary haunts Britannia Manor and Haunted Trails and raised from the infamous backyard haunt of local celebrity Jarrett Crippen, a.k.a. The Defuser, SCARE for a CURE’s talented, creative and fiendish crew of special effects artists, set builders, audio and lighting techs, costume designers, make up artists and actors work year-round alongside volunteers from community organizations throughout Central Texas to build the haunt bigger and better each year! They run on 100% volunteer staff and more and foster volunteerism and community service throughout Central Texas. Proceeds from the haunted house are donated to local cancer-related charities and organizations.

Scream Hollow

149 Split Rail Ln, Smithville, TX 78957

You can quit searching for Halloween events near you. If you live in or near Austin or San Antonio, then you HAVE to visit Scream Hollow. It’s unlike any other attractions! There are four separate and distinct attractions. Each is designed to be different yet just as intense as the others: some say the Mansion of Terror is forever cursed. Some say the mysterious Adella still roams the halls. Some say the mansion itself is alive! Remember that no other attraction or haunted house will terrify and entertain you as much as Scream Hollow. It’s the only Halloween themed event you need to visit this year, next year, and every year after that!


1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Calling all aliens, Martians, and astronauts to land your rockets at the annual FREE family-friendly Halloween celebration. Join the Bullock Museum in partnership with Girlstart for spacey hands-on STEM fun for the whole family. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibits after hours at this FREE event. Activities include dancing, singing, and getting spooky with live music from Staci Gray. Kids will also get to defeat the dark side in an interactive Jedi experience with costumed lightsaber performance club, Saber Guild, and more! Be the first 100 kids at Spooktacular and get a FREE spooky tote bag that’s great for trick-or-treating!

Straw Fest

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605 Azie Morton Rd, Austin, TX 78704

The UMLAUF’s 5th annual Straw Fest is a community-wide event centered on family fun. Straw Fest will feature a number of family-friendly interactive activities! For the first time in the UMLAUF’s history, they have created Austin’s first family and pet fall fashion show for this year’s event! Now that sounds like fun! There are plenty of fun activities to engage in, including pumpkin carving, crafts, games, yoga, and food trucks. Make sure to bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. The UMLAUF will be at capacity with over 2,000 kids and families for this popular community-wide day of family fun.

Symphony Scare

1111 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Join the Waller Creek Conservancy for a night of frights and delights at their first-ever Symphony Scare! A spooky new Halloween tradition on Waller Creek that is sure to make visitors shudder with horror and cackle with glee as they share ghastly folktales filled with ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. Bilingual storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz will be accompanied by a live performance from the acclaimed composer, Graham Reynolds!

Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration

222 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78741

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration! This year, Planet K will introduce community fair booths, some early morning yoga and be on the lookout for great activities for kids as well as a bit of entertainment. Every year the Texas sky looks brighter and brighter, and the fireworks keep getting bigger and bigger! They hope to raise money and donations for all those affected across Texas and The Virgin Islands as well as Planet K’s favorite local charities. This is the perfect way to celebrate a spooky Halloween night!

Trick or Drink: Austin Halloween Bar Crawl

Multiple Locations, Austin, TX

Barcrawlerz is taking over Austin this Halloween and is an Austin Bar Crawl like no other! Trick or Drink features The Best Drink Specials and The Best Bars in Town. Trick or Drink is a two-day event on Saturday, October 26th, from 4 PM-2 AM and Thursday, October 31st, from 6 PM-2 AM. Make sure to pre-purchase your Bar Crawl wristband, and check-in at Stereotype (510 Rio Grande St.) to get your wristband and map with participating bars, their location, and their drink specials. Your wristband gets you into any of the participating bars with no cover, plus gets you to drink specials all night!

36th Annual Viva La Vida Parade & Festival

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100-200 block E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva La Vida Fest is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. The festival features a Grand Procession, the Education Pavilion with hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day!

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