Halloween is almost here! Decorations are up, costumes are ready and waiting (or being prepared in a last-minute frenzy of DIY and/or shopping), maybe you’ve even been Boo’ed, and the little ones can’t wait to celebrate — not to mention get their hands on some candy. Everyone loves trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, but what kid can resist an extra opportunity to show off that carefully chosen Halloween costume? Check out these Halloween events coming up in the next week, which are sure to delight your little ghosties and ghoulies.
Rosewood Halloween Carnival- The Rosewood Recreation Center will host a Halloween carnival, complete with games (cakewalk anyone?), crafts and a haunted house. Admission is free. Thursday, 6:00-9:00 pm. Rosewood Recreation Center, 1182 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Halloween Extravaganza at Safari Champ- Check out Safari Champ in Round Rock for plenty of free pre-Halloween fun, including a craft (11:00 am-1:00 pm), face painting (4:00-7:00 pm) and goodie bags for children in costume. $5 admission all day. Friday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm. 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd. #200, Round Rock.
Halls of Horror Haunted House- Older kiddos will get a kick out of Pflugerville’s haunted house, where admission is a canned good or $2 per person, benefitting Blue Santa. Friday and Saturday, 7:00-11:00 pm.
Kids Halloween Cooking Class- Kids ages 4 through 8 are invited to join healthy eating specialist Dan Marek to learn how to make sweet and savory Halloween treats at Whole Foods Market in Bee Cave. $5 fee. Saturday, 11:00am-noon. 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
Pumpkin Carving- The George Washington Carver Museum is hosting a free pumpkin carving event on Saturday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. The event will feature games, prizes, painting, food and, of course, pumpkin carving. Today is the deadline to make a required reservation, so hurry! 1165 Angelina St.
Fall Festival and Benefit- Head out to The Goddard School in Leander for a festival featuring free games and crafts, including pumpkin painting. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Williamson County. Saturday, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. 1730 Union St., Leander.
Halloween Bash for a Cause- Plenty of family-friendly Halloween fun, including live music, food, Halloween-themed activities, a costume contest and more, will be up for grabs at Halloween Bash for a Cause, to be held at Park Pavilion, across from South Park Meadows. The event is free, but donations from merchants support breast cancer awareness. Saturday, 11:30 am-5:00 pm. 10001 S. IH-35, #350.
Halloween Bash on the Patio- Whole Foods Market’s Gateway location will have plenty of kid-friendly events, including pumpkin decoration, karaoke, face painting, and more. Costumes are encouraged and admission is free. Saturday, noon-4:00 pm. 9607 Research Blvd.
Spooktacular Halloween Bash- The Little Gym’s Round Rock location will host a Halloween bash, with kids under age 3 invited at 3:00 pm, and the older kiddos admitted at 4:00 pm. The party will feature games, treats and a maze, and costumes are encouraged. Admission to the event is a new or gently used coat for the Coats for Kids program. Saturday, 3:00-5:00 pm. 3203 S. IH-35, #590.
Trick or Treating at the Hill Country Galleria- Let your little ones get a head-start on trick-or-treating at the Hill Country Galleria. This free event will also feature music, games and activities for the kiddos. Costumes are encouraged. Saturday, 3:30-9:00 pm. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., #T-100, Bee Cave.
Spooky Skeedaddle 5K and Festival - Trick-or-treating, a costume contest, a family-friendly 5K and an evening launch of glowing balloons await at Texas School for the Deaf’s first annual Spooky Skeedale. Festival attendance is free, and proceeds from the 5K ($30 for adults; $15 for students and kids) benefit Texas School for the Deaf’s Language for All campaign. Saturday, 4:00-9:00 pm. 1102 S. Congress Ave.
Halloween at the Y- The 16th Annual Halloween at the Y event, held at Old Settlers Association in Round Rock (across from Dell Diamond), is sure to be a rollicking good time. The event features carnival games, bounce houses, climbing walls, rides, candy, music — you name it. There will also be a costume contest. Admission is $5. Saturday, 4:00-10:00 pm. 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
Spooktackular- The Northwest YMCA will be hosting a Spooktacular special event, featuring face painting, a pumpkin patch, games, arts and crafts and more. Admission is free. Saturday, 5:00-8:00 pm.
Halloween Howl- Discover the science and nature of Halloween at the Austin Nature and Science Center, including a moonlit hike, encounters with real-life creepy critters like bats and hissing cockroaches and experiments in a mad scientist laboratory. Costumes are encouraged, and be sure to bring your flashlight! $5 per person. Saturday, 5:30-8:30 pm. 301 Nature Center Dr.
Parents’ Night Out- Moms and Dads looking to do a little partying of their own will appreciate a special Parents’ Night Out at Lakeway Resort and Spa’s Kid Zone for kids ages 4 to 15. There will be games, arts and crafts, prizes, movies and plenty of Halloween treats for the kiddos. $50 per child; $25 for each additional sibling. Open to members and guests only. Saturday, 6:00 pm to midnight. 101 Lakeway Dr.
Staci Gray’s Halloween Be-Bop- BabyEarth in Round Rock will host children’s performer Staci Gray for a free Halloween concert. Kids are invited to come in costume. Sunday, 10:30 am. 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.
Dogadillo’s Howl’oween Rescue- If you have a canine member of the family, or if you’re looking to adopt one, Dogadillo’s rescue event-meets-Halloween carnival may be just the ticket. Events include everything from dog massage to a costume contest ($15 entry fee), and, of course, many pups will be up for adoption. All proceeds benefit the rescue groups. Sunday, 11:00 am-3:30 pm, Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater. 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Suite T-100, Bee Cave.
Fright at the Museum- For your more science-minded little beasties, head on out to Texas Memorial Museum, where costumed kiddos can wander the halls and talk to spooky scientists and explore the mysterious side of Texas natural history. Admission is free. Sunday, 1:00-4:45 pm, 2400 Trinity St.
Spooktacular Halloween Bash- The Little Gym’s Lakeline location will host its own Halloween bash on Sunday, with kids under age 3 invited at 3:00 pm, and the older kiddos admitted at 4:00 pm. The party will feature games, treats and a maze, and costumes are encouraged. Admission is a new or gently used coat for the Coats for Kids program. Sunday, 3:00-5:00 pm. 14010 N. U.S. Hwy 183.
Halloween Open House- Visit Move, Make, Create for free Halloween fun, including Halloween-themed crafts and activities and a haunted obstacle course. Costumes are encouraged. Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm. 4624 Burnet Rd.
Capital Music Children’s Halloween Concert- Central Market’s North Lamar location hosts a free kid-friendly Halloween concert. Sunday, 4:00-6:30 pm. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Goblins in the Garden- The 7th annual Goblins in the Garden event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will feature plenty of spooky fun for all ages on the grounds and in the gardens. There will be arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, a costume parade and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students, $5 for kids 5-12, and free for members and children under 5. Sunday, 4:00-7:00 pm. 4801 La Crosse Ave.
A Positively Spooky Puppet Show- BookPeople will play host to puppeteers performing The Wizard of Oz, and little ones are invited to come dressed in costume for the show. Admission is free. Wednesday, October 31, 10:30 am. 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Halloween Fun at Plug & Play- Plug & Play will be hosting a free Halloween party for the younger set, ages 6 months to 5 years. There will be a costume parade, games, cupcake decorating and more. RSVP by Monday to (512) 258-7584. Wednesday, October 31, 3:00-5:00 pm. 13343 N. U.S. Hwy. 183, #200.
Halloween Fest- Historic Downtown Bastrop plays host to a free family-friendly event featuring trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and more. Wednesday, October 31, 5:00-9:00 pm.
- Leander Library- Kids are invited to show up in costume and trick-or-treat following storytime at Leander Library. Wednesday, October 31, 10:30 am. 1011 S. Bagdhad Rd., Leander.
- Whole Foods Market- Treat stations will be set up around Whole Foods’ Lamar and Gateway locations, and there will be a costume contest at the Lamar location. Wednesday, October 31, 5:00-7:00 pm. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. and 9607 Research Blvd.
- Lakeline Mall- Lakeline Mall offers another trick-or-treating option, with retailers pitching in treats for your kiddos. Wednesday, October 31, 5:00-9:00 pm. 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.
- Trick or Treat for Books- BookPeople is offering a literary alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, beginning with a spooky (but not too scary) storytime, continuing with a costume parade around the store, and ending with a free book to take home. Wednesday, October 31, 6:00 pm.
- Halloween on Main Street and Food Drive- The Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce welcomes your little goblins to trick or treat on the 200 block of Main Street. Admission is a canned good to benefit Storehouse Food Mission. Wednesday, October 31, 6:00-7:00 pm.
Trunk or Treats- If you’d rather go mobile (literally), head out to a “Trunk or Treat.” These events feature decorated cars and little ones can go trick or treating from trunk to trunk. Here’s a sampling of local events:
- Steiner Ranch, Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm. Towne Square parking lot, 12550 Country Trials Ln.
- Wells Branch Community Center, Wednesday, October 31, 6:00-9:00 pm. 2106 Klattenhoff Dr.
- Shoreline Church, Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 pm. 15201 Burnet Rd.
- South Austin Church of the Nazrene, Wednesday, October 31, 6:30-9:00 pm. 6711 Manchaca Rd.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/lauren.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Lauren Walz is a freelance writer and editor and mama to a two-year-old girl. While she’s quick to brag about being a fifth-generation Texan, Lauren moved to Northern California in 2004 after graduating from UT Law and lived in the Silicon Valley area until this spring, when she and her family were drawn back to Austin. Lauren is busy getting re-acquainted with her old stomping grounds and is astonished by how the food and wine scene has changed in Austin in the past 8 years. Lauren also blogs about cooking and parenthood on gourmetveggiemama.com.[/author_info] [/author]