Halloween 2021: Haunted Happenings in Austin

Check out these sweet and spooky events taking place around town

By Holly Cowart
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Can you feel it, Austin? That slight chill in the air? Fall is fast approaching, but so is something a little more sinister: the return of Halloween! Shelves are becoming stocked with bewitching black and orange décor (wait your turn, Christmas) while pumpkins have taken the main stage on every seasonal menu. Trying to get into the spirit but don’t have any plans yet? You do now! We’ve put together a hit list of holiday-themed happenings with something for everyone, from tasty treats and costumed bashes to spine-chilling frights.

Treats Over Tricks

Wicked good bites and drinks with a twist

Devil May Care’s Surrealist Ball

Halloween by Design: Night at the Boat
Oct. 22, The Boat
Pumpkin Carving on the Patio
Oct. 26, Black Sheep Lodge
The Surrealist Ball 
Oct. 27–31, Devil May Care
Cosmic Halloween
Oct. 28, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden 
Halloween at Museum of Ice Cream
Oct. 28–31, Domain NORTHSIDE
Spooktacular Project Socials
Oct. 29–31, Upstairs Circus
House of Tarantino
Oct. 29, Blue Norther HQ
Howl-o-ween with Love-A-Bull
Oct. 30, Yard Bar
Bob’s Burgers Pop-Up
Oct. 30, Huckleberry 
Haunted Halloween Carnival 
Oct. 30, The Upside at East Austin Hotel
Dog Costume Contest & Fundraiser 
Oct. 30, Beerburg Brewing
South Congress Candy and Cocktail Crawl
Oct. 31, Multiple Locations
Halloween Costume Party
Oct. 31, Krause’s Biergarten & Cafe
Halloween Drag Queen Bingo 
Oct. 31, Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Nightmare on Gibson Street
Through Oct. 31, Gibson Street Bar

 

Monster Mash

Get down and boogie 

Halloween Live at Geraldine’s
Oct. 26–30, Geraldine’s
Psychedelic Séance 
Oct. 27–Nov. 1, Native Bar & Cafe
Cosmic Karaoke
Oct. 28, El Cosmico
LEVITATION
Oct. 28–31, Multiple Locations
A Roaring ‘20s Halloween 
Oct. 29 & 30, Parker Jazz Club
Never Trust the Living Halloween Party
Oct. 30, Hotel San José
Doomy Folks Music and Horror Festival 
Oct. 30, The Far Out Lounge and Stage
Saved by the 90s Party
Oct. 30, Haute Spot
Phantom Fest: Zombie Prom & Halloween Night
Oct. 30 & 31, Central Machine Works 
The Rock And Rollout Van Show On Halloween + Eastside Popup Vintage Market
Oct. 31, Kinda Tropical
Kool Keith Halloween
Oct. 31, Antone’s
Spooky Silent Disco Party
Oct. 31, The Belmont

 

Movie Madness

Big screen frights

Freaky Float: Little Shop Of Horrors
Oct. 27, Austin Motel Pool
Movie on the Lawn: Hocus Pocus
Oct. 28, Hotel Ella Lawn
Thursday Fright Night: Beetlejuice
Oct. 28, Jo’s Coffee – South Congress
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast
Oct. 28, Come and Take It Live
A Quiet Place Screening + Silent Disco
Oct. 28, The Wet Deck at W Austin
Movie Night: Hocus Pocus
Oct. 29, Community First! Village Community Cinema & Amphitheater
Fright Nights: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 30, EVO Belterra Village
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast
Oct. 30, Austin Bouldering Project
Halloween Double Feature: Casper & Scream
Oct. 31, Lou’s Austin
NOSFERATU with Live Score by Invincible Czars
Oct. 31, Alamo Drafthouse – South Lamar
The Haunted Drive-In 
Through Oct. 31, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

 

(Addams) Family Values

Fun for all ages

Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Children’s Concert
Oct. 24, Long Center
The Time Traveler Experience
Oct. 29–31, The Spa at Four Seasons
Fall Spooktacular
Oct. 30, YMCA Camp Moody
Halloween Bash!
Oct. 30, Dreamland
Boo Bash on the Lawn 
Oct. 30, Hill Country Galleria
Thriller Chiller
Oct. 30, Chaparral Ice 
Barkin’ Creek’s HOWL-oween Dog Costume Contest
Oct. 30, Domain NORTHSIDE Lawn
Boo at the Zoo
Through Oct. 30, Austin Zoo
Halloween Carnival 
Oct. 31, Neill-Cochran House Museum
Dripping Springs Pumpkin Fest
Through Oct. 31, Dr Pound Historical Farmstead
Pumpkin Nights
Through Oct. 31, Pioneer Farms
Halloween by Design: Design Challenge
Through Oct. 31, Virtual
Zilker Bark Tacos & Doggoween!
Nov. 2, Central Machine Works

 

Scare Tactics

Not for the faint of heart

The Haunting of Mortis Manor
Oct. 22–31, Fatal Fear Haunted House
Spirits with Spirits
Oct. 29, The Williamson Museum
Ventana Ballet: UNDEAD – Haunted House of Dances
Oct. 30 & 31, The Ballroom at Spider House
Austin Ghost Tours Halloween Night
Oct. 31, Downtown Austin
SCARE for a CURE
Through Oct. 30, J. Lorraine Ghost Town
Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park
Through Nov. 6, 149 Split Rail Ln.
Bat City Scaregrounds Haunted House
Through Nov. 6, South Turnersville Rd.
House of Torment 
Through Nov. 13, 2632 Ridgepoint Dr.
Ghost City Tours
Multiple Dates, The Driskill


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