The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 26-28, 2012

Bite Night at Hat Creek Burgers– Brings friends and family in for a spookilicious night of fun, games and FREE chicken flashers (fun size)! There will be pumpkin patch photos, a costume party, a rubber chicken launch party and live music. FREE!! Friday, 5:00- 9:00pm. Hat Creek Burgers, 5902 Bee Caves Road.

Spooktacular– Ghosts and ghouls of all ages will enjoy a terror-ific evening of spooky storytelling, experiments, games, costumes, and more! The night will really heat up when Sangre Del Sol lights up the Plaza. This performance group brings together fire and LED effects with amazing costumes, diverse dance styles, and exciting music to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Best of all, this event is FREE for the whole family! Friday, 6:00- 9:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Full Moon Concert Series- Bring the family out to listen to Soul Wagon! FREE!! Friday, 7:00- 9:30pm. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Northwest Rec Center Trick-or-Treat Trail and Carnival- Bounce House, Popcorn, Games, Candy, a Crazy Laboratory Trick-or-Treat Trail, a Weird Scientist Show and Even More Halloween Fun! FREE!!  Receive 12 tickets for the carnival and endless trips through the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Get additional tickets for only 25 cents! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.

Halloween Spooktacular– I can remember years ago (many of them!) Trick or Treating with my brothers & sisters. We would each take a pillow case & be gone for hours and mom & dad never worried. They didn’t check our candy when we got back, other than to pick out a few pieces for themselves. I miss those times of pure freedom, so Kaleidoscope Toys is going to help bring them back. Wear a costume & Treat or Trick at the store. Fun Icky Activities, Spooky Games, Halloween Craft, Prizes, Treats and just plain Fun! FREE!!  Friday, 6:30- 8:00pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S. IH-35, Suite 325.

Friday Night Storytime- Get ready for Halloween with two delightful new books: Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere and The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road; Bldg. A, Suite 700, Round Rock.

Handmade Holidays– We’re kicking off the the Holiday Season with a carefully curated group of local artists, designers, and crafters as they share their work. A handful of talented artists and some amazing local business sponsors will help you start your holiday shopping right! We’ll have tastings from Thirsty Planet Brewing and Better Bites Bakery, beautifully handmade accessories from, accessories for your pets from Lizziebees, free crafts for your children from Circletime Kids, and much, much more! We can’t wait to see you there! The proceeds from the show will benefit Helping Hands of Dripping Springs, a food pantry that directly helps our neighbors. Bring some non-perishables and have a look at the raffle items, as each artist is donating a piece for the event! FREE admission. Saturday, 11:00am- 5:00pm. The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive #202-3.

Boo at the Zoo-See the animals at night and ride the haunted train, which runs every 20 minutes from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and include your train ticket for a specific time. Please note that coupons and vouchers will not be valid for this event. Friday and Saturday, 7:00- 9:00pm. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Central Market North Lamar Live music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment.

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm- The White Ghost Shivers–The Shivers are a seven-piece band, with an accordion, upright bass, banjo, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitar. The music is an insane collision of ragtime, jazz, swing, bluegrass, cabaret, vaudeville, and burlesque.
  • Saturday, 6:30-9:00pm- The musical ensemble Mundi plays a unique mix of renaissance Celtic folk rock. The instrumentation is guitar, cello, violin, upright bass, and percussion.
  • Sunday, 5:00- 7:00pm. Capital Music Children’s Halloween Concert

Welcome to Your Nightmare– Ghost walking tour, haunted hayrides, Headless Horseman, more. Friday and Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Mueller Halloween Carnival–  This year’s carnival will feature bouncy houses, Home Depot’s Kids Workshop, cupcake walk, face painting, crafts, music, lunch at the Mueller Trailer Eats and more! Please feel free to share this invitation, this event is open to all Mueller Neighbors in our surrounding communities. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Activities will take place throughout the event but be sure not to miss the Monster Mash dance contest at 11:30 a.m. and the costume contest at 12:30 p.m. Mueller Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

The Monster’s Monster Storytime– Join us for our very special Halloween Storytime. Come in costume and enjoy a costume parade, in-store trick or treating, monster mashing and fun stories and crafts. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

What’s the Story Steve? – Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. On October 20th and 27th, wear your Halloween costume and help Steve construct an improvised haunted house, create spooky tales and see them brought to life! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Fall Family Fun– Storytime, face painting and games, pumpkin painting ($2.50) and a spider show! Saturday, 10:30am- 1:03pm. Most activities free. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.

7th Annual Leander Bluegrass Festival– Listen to live music for FREE on Saturday from 6:00- 10:00pm. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Halloween Party on the Plaza- Come in costume to help us celebrate Halloween! Enjoy store-to-store trick or treating, face painting, a photo opportunity, spooky music and more Halloween fun! No toy weapons. Masks permitted on children ages 12 and under, during event time only. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. On the Plaza in Domain II.

Austin Nature and Science Center Halloween Howl- Don’t miss this spook-tacular family event!   Discover the science and nature of Halloween. Perfect for children of all ages.   $5.00 per person.  Lots to see and do: hike by moonlight, play with slime, encounter a bat, meet nocturnal hunters, touch a hissing cockroach and more! Costumes encouraged!  Bring a flashlight. Saturday, 5:30- 8:30pm. The Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Dr.

Mariachi Girl- Mariachi Girl is a new bilingual Spanish/English musical for children and family audiences! Eight-year-old Carmencita dreams of being in her father’s Mariachi band, but her father insists that mariachi groups can only include men.  When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi it expands her world and notion of what is possible.  Full of vibrant original mariachi music, this play explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage.  Mariachi Girl is a co-production with ZACH Theatre and Teatro Vivo in partnership with the University of Texas.  For ages 7 and up. Saturday, 11:00am and 1:00pm. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Halloween Extravaganza Event– Join the Costume Parade, create trick-or-treat Duck Tape totes or pails and get kids faces painted. Saturday, 11:00am -2pm. FREE!! Ages 3 and up.  All participating Michael’s locations.-

Halloween Family Fun and Film Fest– Make spooky crafts, enjoy popcorn and light refreshments. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
Rated G Director: Evan Spiliotopoulos (67 minutes); 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Rated G Director: Claude Geronimi (68 minutes); 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Dark Shadows, Rated PG-13 Director: Tim Burton (115 minutes). Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.

Hill Country Galleria Trick or Treating– Join us for a day filled with candy, games, and live music! Trick or Treating is FREE and open to anyone, start at any store you’d like between the hours of 4pm-6pm. We have more stores participating and MORE candy this year, so come on out and join the fun! Saturday, 3:30-4:00pm: PAIYH Dance Studios performance in the Amphitheater; 3:30-6:30pm: Free face painting, bungee jump, bounce houses, etc. near the Amphitheater; 4:00-6:00pm: Trick or Treating at all participating stores in the Galleria; 7:00-9:00pm: Live music by Carson Brock & The Effect in the Amphitheater, broadcast live by KDRP-FM. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.Advertisement
Craft Time for Kids: Trick-or-Treat Scarecrow Mask– Frighten up some fun with a scarecrow mask that’s sure to be the most creative costume on the bock. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Signed Book Storytime We are so lucky to have many authors come and visit our book store each year — especially in the Fall! Join us this morning for a storytime that will include books that have all been signed by their author or illustrator including the adorable Bear Says Thanks. Please come to listen to stories and then maybe pick up one of these signed books for your home library today! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Light o’ the Moon Float Trip- Beat the heat and enjoy the river in a whole new way! Floating by the light of the moon, you’ll be serenaded under the stars by the nocturnal creatures of the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado and the cool comfort of the night air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Participants must be able to swim. Cost: $50 per person. Ages 7 and up. Saturday, 7:00- 11:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Fable Fest- Cedar Park Public Library Foundation will present the 4th Annual Fable Fest, offering a complete showcase of drama, music, art and storytelling.  Experience the wonder of storybooks and fairytales as you journey into a magical land of imagination. Fable Fest is an annual fundraiser for the Library Foundation, to support the mission of the Cedar Park Library in promoting literacy and encouraging life-long learning. Admission is FREE, but tickets for the various activities will cost extra. Free entertainment will include musical performances and jousting, archery and dance demonstrations. Saturday  from noon – 6 p.m Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd. .

Alamo Kids’ Club: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Children age 3 and over will be allowed at all screenings of this show. No infants however, and families with loud children will be asked to leave. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo South Lamar.

Northwest Family Y Spooctacular Event-  Come dressed in your “family appropriate” Halloween costumes to enjoy activities including face painting, a haunted candy trail, pumpkin patch pickin’ (one per family and must complete activities chart and bring 3 cans of food), Seton haunted hospital, festive arts and crafts, Halloween games, raffles and prizes and spooky music.  This event is FREE to all! Saturday, 5:00- 8:00pm. Northwest Family Y, 5807 McNeil Dr.

Sweet Berry Farm Fall Festival- Head out to the farm for horse rides, mazes, pumpkin decorating, pet the animals,  take a hayride, and you can even stuff your own scarecrow! Plenty of picnic areas available. Admission and parking are free but there are charges for the activities. Saturday, 8:30am- 5:30pm and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00pm. Sweet Berry Farms, Marble Falls.

Family Fun Day- Plenty of fun farm activities for the entire family including hayrides, animal shows, cow milking demos, costume contest, plus good food and other products from local vendors. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am- 9:00pm.  Admission: $8 adults, $6 (3-12 years old, Free for  children 2 and under. FREE pumpkins for each family of 4+. Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor.

Children’s Storytime at the Old Bakery and Emporium As part of the Texas Book Festival, children will enjoy craft (make your own bookmark) and a story, Ding Bat & His Happy Flying Friends, read by authors John and Evalen Cruzan. FREE!! Saturday and Sunday,  11:00am  The Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Avenue.

Fall Festival & Corn MazeGet lost at the first annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms! Set amongst hundred-year-old cottonwoods on the banks of the Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms integrates live Texas Country music, Texas heritage, and traditional fall fun to create an experience the whole family can enjoy. Featuring a 5-acre corn maze, the Fall Festival & Corn Maze offers a dynamic outdoor experience for all ages. Moms and dads can kick back with a brew and listen to the music while the little ones explore The Lively, a 50 foot pirate ship wrecked on the banks of the river, play frontier games in a replica of the ol’ Wilbarger fort, and pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Austin’s own educational music duo, The Biscuit Brothers, will visit Barton Hill Farms on Saturday, October 27th and Saturday, November 10th. . Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 3 – 12, and FREE for 2 and under Weekends through November 18 from 9:00am- 9:00pm. Barton Hills Farm, 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop.

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie– Scottish Rite Theater is proud to present a unique production of Maurice Sendak’s2 classic family musical. Rosie, the self-proclaimed sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains everyone by directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie based on the exciting, dramatic, funny (and slightly exaggerated) story of her life. Directed for the stage by Jenny Larson, with musical direction by SRT Artistic Director Emily Marks and starring a cast of young Austin rock musicians, including Lex Land as “Rosie”, James Robinson, Matt Puckett and Claire Puckett of Mother Falcon, Hannah Hagar and Cole Wilson. Tickets: $10 adults and kids over 12, $8 for kids under 12. Saturday, 10:30am and 12:30pm.  Sunday, 2:00pm. The Scottish Rite Theater, 18th and Lavaca.

The Pumpkin Hunt-The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Free Admission and some activities are free as well, other activities have a small cost ($2.50- 5.00). Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00pm. Evergreen Farm, Monkey Road, Elgin.

Texas Book Festival- Among the entire list of festival writers, you’ll find a number of Pulitzer winners, some of the nation’s most beloved chefs and children’s writers, and revered novelists and short story writers. Join us for author panels and discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations and local food and live music! There will be three tents set up just for kids with storytellers, costumes characters, live music, hands-on craft activities, and more.  FREE!! Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Texas State Capital.

Halloween Children’s Concert– This year’s spook-tacular show is sure to have you shakin’ in your boots! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall as the Austin Symphony presents its annual Halloween Children’s Concert, featuring mindchilling songs that are entertaining for all ages! The entire family is encouraged to join in on the fun and dress to impress in their favorite costumes while attending a concert full of “boo-tiful” music. Wear your costume! Sunday, 2:00pm. 12 adults, $8 kids. Tickets: $The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Wonderland-Wonderland is a magical, silly place, chock full of delightful and whimsical characters. Our heroes land there after being swept away from the real world and its boring problems. They meet astounding creatures, dazzling landscapes, and exciting challenges. Our audience helps us discover exactly what kind of world Wonderland is, and what marvelous creatures live there. They even help explore it, as kids (and sometimes their parents!) get to participate in the story as it unfolds, becoming the hero’s brave and daring sidekick, or perhaps a sparkling magical fairy – or anything else we can dream up! Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club – Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Sunday Storytime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Goblins in the Garden- Come celebrate Halloween at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! Families can dress up in their Halloween finest and bring a camera to take memorable snap shots. Come dressed as an insect from our Butterfly Garden to celebrate its 10th anniversary and then join the costume parade through the courtyard at 6:00 p.m. Think butterfly, moth, spider, and ladybug costumes. Enjoy goodies from local vendor, trick-or-treat at candy stations, Explore the Not-So-Haunted Tower, watch a puppet show provided by Hardy Har Har Productions, enjoy a scavenger hunt, and learn to make a slinky snake, bat gliders and other arts and crafts. Admission; $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $3 for children 5 through 12, and free for Center members and children under 5. Sunday, 4:00- 7:00pm. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Green Ghoul Family Fest- The event, benefiting Austin Creative Reuse, will include a petting zoo, face painting, kid’s stage with stories, magic, music and dancing, pumpkin carving contest (pumpkins provided but bring your own carving tools), a haunted Eco-Maze,   recycled material costume contest, recycled art activities for all ages, earthly fortune tellers, eco-games, and more. Brought to you by Be Groovy, Be Green. Admission is FREE and the activities will all be free, low-cost, or by donation. Sunday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Thai Fresh/ Thrice 90,9 West Mary Street.

Fright at the Museum– Dress up your little goblins and celebrate Halloween at Austin’s very own dinosaur graveyard during Fright at the Museum! Join our spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas’ natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on our bizarre bugs while we serve up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. FREE event for the entire family! Sunday, 1:00- 4:45pm.  Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St.

For more Halloween events, check out Lauren’s list of Halloween Happenings or check out Free Fun in Austin’s 2012 Fall Festivals and Halloween Events in Austin.

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