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October Events: Halloween Fun

By Abi Grise 9.30.19

There are Halloween events all over Texas for mummy, daddy, and the kids. Whether you’re looking for a serious scare or simply want a happy Halloween, the Lone Star State’s got the right haunted trail, hayride, zombie walk, or obstacle course for you.

North Texas

Boo on Ballard, Oct. 24, Wylie
Bring your costumed kiddos downtown for a spooktacular trick-or-treat event hosted by the Wylie Downtown Merchants Association and the City of Wylie. Merchants will hand out candy and kids can play carnival games and do the monster mash to live music. The festival is free, but you have the option to purchase $10 tickets to see Night of Wonder, a family-fun magic show. 

PumpkinFest, Oct. 19, Mesquite
PumpkinFest has an unboolievable number of family-friendly Halloween activities. Treat yourselves to the jousting, falconry, and puppet shows, then hop around the bounce houses or get lost in the infamous Wolf Den Maze. Gather in close for the Twice Upon A Time spooky storytelling hour, or enter to win the scary-delicious pumpkin pie-eating contest.

Central Texas

Family Fright Night, Oct. 31, Kerrville
The witching hour is 5:30 p.m. at Louise Hays Park on Halloween. All ghosts, goblins, and creatures of the night are called to enjoy a night of family fun. Don a costume and see if you can win a prize. Go for a classic trick-or-treat stroll, get some serious air in a bounce house, play games, and fill up your plate with food for purchase from local venders.

Boo! Hole Halloween, Oct. 26, Wimberley
Come meet the creepy critters of Blue Hole Regional Park. This Halloween extravaganza in the woods has something for everyone: haunted hayrides, a trick-or-treat trail, and even a screening of Hocus Pocus. Come in your cleverest costume to enter the costume contest and snap a couple pics in the photo booth. End the night on a sweet note with s’mores over a fire pit.

East Texas

Pumpkin Walk and Haunted Halloween Tour, Oct. 19, Beaumont
Oh my gourd, you’ll have the best time decorating and carving pumpkins at the John Jay French Museum. You can enter your creations into a free contest to win prizes — so bring your friends to vote on your masterpiece. For a special thrill, go on a guided tour of the 1845 home to meet the house’s original (and long-departed) inhabitants or hop on a hayride to enjoy some fresh air.
Admission is $5.

Boo on the Boardwalk, Oct. 4–27, Kemah
In October, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the boardwalk are frightfully fun. Young kiddos can enjoy trick-or-treating and explore the delightfully curious Little Boo Haunted Fun House. Older kids can face their wildest nightmares in the Dungeon of Doom Haunted House, while Mom and Dad can sit back and relax, listening to live music.

South Texas

Houston Halloween Festival, Oct. 19, Houston
Eat, drink, and be scary at this over-the-top Halloween event hosted by the Houston Zombie Walk and benefiting the Too Ghoul For School education fund. Pose at killer photo ops such as the HZW special FX “blood splatter zone” or stop by tents supporting Pup Squad Animal Rescue. Catch magic shows, juggling acts, moonwalks, and arts and crafts activities just for kids. You can wash down all the Halloween candy with hearty fare from local food trucks. 
Children 11 and under enter free; a $10 donation is requested for ages 12 and up.

Haunted Trails 2019, Oct. 26, Brownsville
Come celebrate Halloween by the light of the moon! Resaca de la Palma State Park has a whole host of activities for kids, including a costume contest, games, inflatables, and trunk or treat. Four-legged ghouls are welcome and can enter their own costume contest. You can tiptoe through two trails together … if you dare.

West Texas

Halloween Bash, Oct. 26,Midland
COM Aquatics is making a splash this Halloween. Enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, and then dive into some serious fun with an on-water inflatable obstacle course. See how high you can jump in the bounce house and refuel for round two with candy and concessions.
General admission is $5 per person. Pay only $3 per person when you bring two canned goods.

Boo! at the Zoo, Oct. 25–27, Amarillo
There’s no wilder way to spend Halloween than with the animals at the zoo. Aside from animal friends, several costumed characters will make an appearance. Kids can satisfy their sweet tooth at the treat stations and get creative with fun Halloween crafts and games.
Tickets are $5 per person.

We’ve got lots more ideas for a spooky Halloween celebration. Try these spooky treats, haunted places, party games, ghostly outings, and Texas-themed family costumes. And stay safe out there!

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