The candy and the decorations have been out in the stores since August, and now the spooky month has finally arrived! Halloween is every kid’s favorite holiday, and Austin sure has a lot to keep them occupied in the run-up to that very special night. Check out these kid-friendly Halloween activities in Austin.
Haunted Halloween Trails At Pioneer Farm
Open on Friday and Saturday nights through the last three weekends of October, Pioneer Farms hosts three different trails a night. One for the younger kids who just want a gentle “boo”, a second more ghoulish trail for kids who enjoy spine-tingling frights, and a third terrifying trail steeped in Victorian Gothic, meant for only the bravest of souls.
Spooktacular At The Bullock Museum
On October 26th, the Bullock Museum welcomes skeletons, superheroes, and all kinds of spooky creatures to a family-friendly Halloween celebration where they can create glow-in-the-dark art, play with Boo Bubbles, and explore bony science.
UMLAUF Straw Fest
The Umlauf Sculpture and Garden Museum hosts their annual Straw Fest on October 28 this year, featuring pumpkin carving, scarecrow accessorizing, a petting zoo, live music, lawn games, and three pet and fashion shows throughout the day.
Halloween Children’s Concert
For the music lovers in the family, the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert takes place at the AISD Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 28th. Directed toward young children (2-10), this season’s show piece will be Hansel and Gretel from Humperdinck’s opera, and will also include selections from Star Wars and Richard Wagner.
Community Halloween Carnival And Haunted House
Bring the whole family to the Metz Recreation Center on October 18th for Halloween games, a haunted house, a costume contest, door prizes, music, and Halloween snacks.
The Pumpkin Express
Check out the Austin Steam Train Association’s annual fall tradition, the Pumpkin Express. A diesel locomotive train chugs you to the quiet town of Bertram, where kids can pick a pumpkin, talk to Farmer Brown, have some cider, and take a tour of a historical train depot. It’s a three-hour round trip and the concession car offers beer and wine for the parents.