The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 30- November 1, 2009

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Austin Recreation Centers Halloween Events- Fall festivals, haunted houses, costume balls and more! Check the list for all locations, dates, events and times at local Recreation Centers.

Boo at the Zoo- Wear a costume, bring a flashlight and pack a picnic for a night of fang-tastic family fun. The nighttime zoo adventure will feature a haunted train ride, free candy and a chance to see nocturnal animals awake and at play. Friday and Saturday, 6:00- 9:00pm. $15 per person, children 2 and under are free. Admission includes the haunted ride. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10807 Rawhide Trail.

YMCA Haunted House- There is a special family-friendly viewing from 6:00pm-7:00pm for the younger kids. Sure to be a spooktacular time and to scare the pants off of your older kids! Friday and Saturday from 7:00- 11:00pm. $8 per person. YMCA Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park.

Haunted Trails- Come if you dare, and discover what lurks in the dark as you walk the pathways of Pioneer Farms after dark! Ghosts and spooks galore! Unexplained sights and sounds have been seen and heard along the trail. Saturday, 7:00- 11:00pm. Admission, $10 adult; $8 child over 2 with a $40 family max. It is recommended visitors arrive no later than 9:45 pm to have sufficient time for the walk and to enjoy the fortune teller and games in our village. Allow at least a half hour for this self- guided walking tour. Appropriate for all ages but be mindful if your little one is afraid of the dark as Pioneer Farms trails are quite dim after nightfall. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Meet the Authors- Join the Texas Book Festival and Austin Children’s Museum in celebrating new books from children’s authors Jon Scieszka (Trucktown Series, Stinky Cheese Man) and Mac Barnett. The two authors will give an energetic, interactive, joint presentation for children of all ages to enjoy followed by a book signing of their new works, Robot Zot! (Scieszka) and Guess Again! (Barnett). Barnes and Noble will be on-site selling copies of the authors’ books. Friday, 3:30- 5:30pm. FREE Admission!! Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Ave.

Crafts for Kids- Brings the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Batty Budd- a decoration that makes a perfect addition to any Halloween display! FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Book Box Storytime- Each Saturday, a guest will sing songs, read stories and then wrap it all up with a fun arts & craft project! FREE!! Saturday at Noon. Beth’s Book Box, 15803 Windermere Dr., Pflugerville.

Central Market Halloween- Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! Central Market Westgate invites customers to bring their little ghouls and goblins to trick or treat with them on Saturday October 31. Central Market will have candy stations throughout the store and partners will bring fun to the day by dressing up in a variety of costumes to keep the little ones entertained. FREE!! Saturday, 8:00am- 10:00pm. Central Market Westgate, 4477 South Lamar Blvd.

Halloween at the YMCA- One of the largest Halloween events throughout central Texas, this festival will include everything from carnival games to inflatables and rides to climbing walls, FREE Halloween candy, music, prizes, concessions and much more. You also won’t want to miss out on the Haunted House Ride and the Costume Contest. $5 per person. Free parking at the Dell Diamond. Saturday, 6:00- 11:00pm. Old Settler’s Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Monstrous Halloween- Live music by local musicians, games, concessions, a costume competition, cakewalk, raffles, a coloring contest on pillowcases which can then be used as a trick or treat bag! and more.  To participate in the coloring contest, you must pick up your entry form at Jo’s Coffee and pay a $5 registration fee. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 6:00pm. Jo’s Coffee, 1300 South Congress.Advertisement
BookKids Storytime- Come dressed up in your costume for a special Halloween Puppet Show put on by the BookPeople Puppeteers! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Day of the Dead Tribute and Halloween Dance Party- Dia De Los Muertos, a very popular event from last year returns. “Las Monas de San Antonio”, 12 Giant Puppets dancing in a parade in the CM park area with “Acadêmicos da Ópera” from the Austin Samba School (large Brazilian style carnival percussion group with dancers, & Austin’s favorite DJ Trey Lopez playing Latin dance favorites and spooky soul songs through out the evening. A great way to start your Halloween Dia De Los Muertos weekend. Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm. FREE!! Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Engineering Saturday- Create balloon-propelled cars and watch them zoom by! Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. Admission, $4.50-$6.50. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Ave.

TEXplorations-  Get into the spirit of Halloween by participating in this family-friendly event! Participate in a ghostly walking tour by Austin Ghost Tours, and while you are at the Museum, wear your favorite costume and compete in a costume contest.  You can also get your face painted, listen to eerie stories about Texas History, create your own spooky art project, and enjoy ghoulish treats from the café.
Tickets are $10.00 for guests age 11 and over, $5.00 for children age 6 – 10, Free for children under 6. Tours depart 1 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00pm.
Saturday, 2:00- 5:00pm. Bob Bulock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. 

Poe Family Mystery Tours- Step into Poe’s mysterious world this Halloween; decide for yourself it it’s a trick or a treat. This interactive theater workshop is recommended for ages 8-12, but all are welcome. Saturday, Noon. FREE!! Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe.

Pumpkin Paddle- Paddle in kayaks to collect treats from Rowing Dock staff members on the water, then enjoy Arts and Crafts on land! Cost is the regular rental fee. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Rowing Dock, 2418 Stratford Dr.

Texas Book Festival- Among the entire list of festival writers, you’ll find the second man to walk on the moon, 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, singers, musicians, dancers and magicians. FREE!! Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Texas State Capital.

Halloween Candy Buy Back- In return for the kids donated candy, they will receive one raffle ticket for each pound of candy donated, up to 5 pounds for a chance to win some great prizes. All the candy collected will be shipped to Operation Gratitude who will in return make individual packages and ship to our troops overseas! This is a very unique idea that has been used in dental offices all over the United States and we want to be the first office in Austin to launch it! This is a great way for children to have all the fun of trick-or-treating, enjoy some of their favorite treats, and donate the rest so that our troops get some much needed treats too! Parents will love the idea of giving away some of that massive candy that gets collected by the end of the Halloween night! What a perfect way to support our troops and our children’s dental health! Sunday, 2:00-4:00pm. FREE!! Smiles By Design, 9901 Brodie Ln Ste 130.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt- Take a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt enjoy pumpkin painting on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. There is a petting zoo, bean bag toss, pumpkin recipes and of course, pumpkins for sale! FREE!! Some activities cost $2. Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm; Sunday 1:00- 5:00pm. Sunday is the Rockin’ Pumpkin Finale with live music! Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- This week’s show features Penelope Foolish. FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 South Congress.

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