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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 Day of The Dead

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419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s unifying, indigenous holiday, Dia de los Muertos, has grown into a combination citywide party, procession and other events scheduled over three weeks, each celebrating the city’s multi-ethnic heritage! From festivals, concerts and theatrical performances to altars and religious observances, Dia de los Muertos, now Austin’s most popular Latino-themed annual ritual, holds cultural significance and gravity of Dia de los Muertos. Few U.S. cities celebrate Dia de los Muertos like Austin, so take advantage of this festival and celebrate with family and friends!

Austin Ghost Tours

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 line up 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!


2000 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

For thrill seekers and Fright Night fans, Craftsman is (literally) bringing the Halloween spirit to life in Austin with “THE BOO!ZERY”. For two weeks only, Craftsman is completely transforming their bar into a haunted house from the décor to a special themed cocktail menu and plenty of surprises and scares in between! Join them from October 17 through Halloween if you dare!

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 $31.99 per person plus tax and they recommend their games for ages 13 and up.

Escape the Mystery Room

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?

Halloween Children’s Concert

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1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723

Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt the AISD Performing Arts Center 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. The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! This season’s featured piece will be selections from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Other pieces will be “The Imperial March” from Star Wars, Richard Wagner’s ”Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre, Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and many more!

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

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

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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!

Last Straw Fest

605 Azie Morton Rd, Austin, TX 78704

The UMLAUF’s 4th 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.

Lockout Austin

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!

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

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!

Nightmare on Jail Hill Haunted House

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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!


8868 Research Blvd #704, Austin, TX 78758

OPerplexium is a highly immersive real-life puzzle challenge that will get your mind racing! Players will step into an adventure and work as a team to discover what’s in store in the game. They’ll be tasked with a mission and must uncover the mystery by discovering clues and solving puzzles! The players will need to hurry, however, because they will only have one hour to solve the mystery of the room! Families, co-workers, dates, and parties are all welcome!

Scare for a Cure Haunted House

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!

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!

15 Locks

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2113 Wells Branch Pkwy #4300, Austin, TX 78728

Your group is led into a themed room and all around, and you find puzzles, hidden objects, and clues. Keep your wits and bring your best team because you only have an hour to solve everything and escape! It’s a great activity for date nights, family or friends nights, team-building events and much more! Each of 15 Locks’ rooms has completely unique and original puzzles, along with custom electronics and high-tech gadgets to create a fully-immersive escape experience!

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