The Weekenders: Family-Friendly Events in Austin, October 29- 31, 2010

Movies in Your Park- Tonight’s movie will be Back to the Future. Come and enjoy a movie outdoors with your family, friends and neighbors. Enjoy special activities be will begin around 6:30 and the movie will begin around dusk which is usually around 8pm. Bring a blanket and a snack or picnic to enjoy during the movie. Please refrain from bringing any chairs that might block other’s view. Elixer Coffee will be at the park selling her delicious drinks and scones (while supplies last). FREE!! Mueller Lake Park Outdoor Ampitheatre, Mueller Blvd. and Aldrich Avenue.

Spooktacular!- Get into the spirit of Halloween at the third annual Spooktacular! Go on a spooky tour of the Museum, create your own Monster, decorate your trick-or-treat bag, and win prizes in a terror-ific trivia game. Wear your costume to the Museum, or make one out of a t-shirt and recycled materials. Meet author Jeanine Plumer, who will be signing her book Haunted Austin: History and Hauntings in the Capital City. You can also get your face painted, listen to eerie stories about Texas History, and compete in a costume contest at this family friendly event. Blue Lapis Light, an Austin-based aerial site-specific dance company, will perform a new show, “Limitless,” on the Lone Star Plaza at 7 p.m. “Limitless” reflects the limitless feeling of flying through space. FREE!! Tickets seating is available for $12 per ticket. Friday, 6:00- 9:00pm. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Storytime- Have a ghoulishly good time with Quackenstein Hatches a Family by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Brian T. Jones and Teacher’s Night Before Halloween by Steven L. Layne and Ard Hoyt. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Dove Springs Halloween- FREE!! Carnival booths, music and arts & crafts, live entertainment. All inclusive community experience serving all ages. Small refreshments available free of charge. Friday, 6:00- 8:00pm. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive.

Fall Carnival-Games and booths, FREE!! Friday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave.

Halloween Spooktacular- Cost: $1. Celebrate Halloween with a stroll through our trick or treat path and a fun family Halloween carnival. Designed for children ages 3-12.  Friday, 6″00- 7:00pm. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road.

Halloween Carnival- Come and enjoy Halloween with a fall carnival for the youth. Games, candy and fun!!! FREE!! Friday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th.

Costume Ball and Ghoulish Party- Carnival booths, Music, and Costume Contest. An inclusive community experience serving all ability levels and ages. $3.00 per person. Volunteers are also needed for this fun event! Friday, 5:30- 8:00pm. McBeth Recreation Center, 2401 Columbus Drive.

Halloween Party- Halloween games and activities for the community. There will also be a costume contest for ages 3-5; 6-8;9-12 along with snacks. FREE!! Saturday, 6:00- 8:00pm. Turner Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)- FREE!! Family Activities, Classic Car show, ofrendas (altar) exhibits and live music by JEZ and MAKING MOVIES beginning at 6PM. This ritual of honoring the dead has been observed by Mexico and other Latin American countries for centuries. Saturday, 3:00- 10:00pm. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Spooky Spider Treat Holder. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Fairies and Trolls Tea Party- Join us for our first ever Fairies and Trolls Tea Party! We will have fairy snacks and teas, a fairy story or two, as well as crafts for the kids to make. Costumes are encouraged. The tea party will be held in the program room of the children’s area. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00- 11:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Fall Festival- Bring the family to the library for this free Fall Festival.  There will be a spooky storytime, costume contest, crafts, games and prizes; all wrapping up with a viewing of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.

Family Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Alamo Lake Creek Kid’s Camp- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, for a FREE showing of Nightmare Before Christmas! Seating is on a first come, first served basis and it’s recommended to get there at least a half an hour early. Saturday at 11:10am and Sunday, 11:00am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 13729 Research Blvd.

Pumpkin Carving Carnival- Carnival games, music, haunted house and a pumpkin to carve per family to take home. $0.50 per ticket. Saturday, 2:00- 5:00pm. Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales Street.

3rd annual Dia de los Muertos Dance Party(Day of the Dead)- Featuring Acadêmicos da Ópera, the Austin Samba School (large Brazilian carnival percussion ensemble). Also back this year is Las Monas de San Antonio, (dancing theatre group with 15 Giant Day of the Dead Puppets). DJ Trey Lopaz will be spinning all your Latin & spooky soul tunes. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00– 11:30am & 2:00– 3:30pm. KIDS & PARENTS: SUGAR SKULL WORKSHOP (ages 5 and up) Amanda Wright, CM Cooking School Instructor Celebrate Dia de los Muertos by decorating your own folk art sugar skull, traditionally made to honor departed loved ones. We will provide sugar skull forms ready to decorate, icing, decorations, and instructions for creating your own at home. $20 per participant Min 10/max 20. Central Market, 4001 North Lamar.

Tour de Fat- A great day of live music, parading, costumes, port-a-karaoke, bikes and beer. Family-friendly. Saturday, 9:00am- 4:00pm. FREE Admission, beer costs $5 and all proceeds will benefit Yellow Bike Project (YBP), Austin Ridge Riders (ARR), & Austin Cycling Association(ACA). Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Bergman Avenue.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club- Spend the day before Halloween with the one and only Ghost with the Most: Beetle Juice! Right between Pee-Wee’s adventure and Edward’s scissor hands, Tim Burton and company unleashed the wildest post-mortem roller coaster to ever knock off your funny bone. It’s funny! It’s scary! It’s flawless! The first family friendly film to feature Valium, suicide notes, goofball corpses and protagonists who die in the first 10 minutes! Michael Keaton gives the performance of an afterlife-time as the world’s “leading bio-exorcist,” heck-bent on evicting some unwanted intruders from a small town home. the results will have you laughing your milkshake through your nose. Say it once…say it twice…third time’s the charm: BEETLE JUICE!!! FREE!! Kids ages 6 and up. Must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, Noon. Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar Blvd.

Halloween Party with Special Guest- Good morning all young ghouls and goblins! Please join us this morning for a very special storytime to celebrate arguably the best holiday of the year: HALLOWEEN! We’ll start the morning off with author and illustrator Keith Graves and his hilariously spooky book Frank Was A Monster Who Wanted to Dance. ALSO — we’ll be making monster masks, eating (a reasonable amount of) candy, and dancing the Monster Mash! Don’t miss it, kiddos, it’s going to be the most fun. PLUS: A creepy costume contest! Delicious wormy apple skulls! LIVE MUSIC by the Zombie brothers! Saturday, 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barton Creek Boo Bash- FREE activities for the kids, candy and treat bags and giveaways. Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Barton Creek Mall, Center Food Court by Macy’s.

Kid’s Halloween Art Workshop & Fun Fest- Dr. Chris will assist the kids in making Halloween t-shirts, each child will receive a goody bag filled with Halloween fun treats. All materials provided. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00- 4:00pm. Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite  148.Advertisement
Annual Halloween Spooktacular- It’s our annual Halloween Spooktacular! Kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to join in on the fun! We’ll read scary stories, play spooky games, do a creepy craft and top it all off with a terrifying parade! Costumes are encouraged! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Border’s Books:3309 Esperanza Crossing, 4477 South Lamar, 9500 South IH 35 Service Road.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and sign language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a gift and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Mariposa’s Journey- Join us for a tale about the beautiful Monarch butterflies that spend their summer in the US and Canada, and about Mariposa, a young monarch making her way toward Mexico to find her family at the Dia de los Muertos celebration. Meet all kinds of characters along the way and explore fun science concepts like the lifecycle of a butterfly, migration, geography and more. Children are encouraged to make and/or wear butterfly wings to the performance to create the Oyamel Forest during the show! Created by Tina Gramann and Shaun Wainwright-Branigan. Wearyour costume and enjoy craft activities after the show. For ages 5 and up. $9 adults, $7 kids. Saturday, 11:00am. Zach scott Theatre, 1410 Toomey Rd.

Saturday Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime at the following Barnes and Noble locations on Saturday at 11:00am: Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300; Westlake, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.#P860; Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183; Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158.

Halloween Party at Barnes and Noble- Join us for our annual Halloween party! We’ll have a costume contest, face painting and special storytimes featuring On a Windy Night by Nancy Raines Day and selected stories from the ‘Scary Stories’ series by Alvin Schwartz. Don’t miss it! FREE!! Saturday, 3:00pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Alien Carnival- Yikes, UFOs landing at the library!  See little green men  … Hear spacey sounds  …  Fly a saucer … Create an alien … You might even morph into an alien yourself – aaaaa!   Go where no kid has gone before – to Alien Carnival … Engage!   A fun space arts program for ages 5 and over.  Children are invited to come in costume. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00pm. North Village Branch Public Library, 2505 Steck Avenue.

Bats, Owls and Doppler Radar- Come find out satellites and owls both use triangulations to pin point and objects location from a distance. See how Doppler radar can track the evening fight patterns of bats. science of meteorology has advanced through the use of satellites. Enjoy family friendly hands-on activities and see a bat and owl up-close. A View from Space is designed to introduce visitors to the latest and greatest of the Earth observing satellites and give them an appreciation for the value of studying Earth from space. Visitors will be challenged to become the scientist, study satellite images, and try to answer important questions about the workings of our dynamic planet. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 4:00pm. Austin Nature and Science Center, Stratford Drive.

Halloween at the Y- One of the largest Halloween events throughout Central Texas, this festival will include everything from Carnival Games to Inflatablesand Rides to Climbing Walls, FREE Halloween Candy, Music, Prizes, Concessions and more. You also won’t want to miss out on the Haunted House Ride and the Costume Contest. With admission set at only $5 per person and FREE parking available at the Dell Diamond – what’s not to like? It’s an evening of costumes, fun and excitement that the whole family can enjoy. Saturday, 6:00- 11:00pm. Old Settler’s Park, Round Rock.

Boo at the Zoo- Wear a costume, bring a flashlight, pack a picnic! See the animals in a whole new light and meet the ghouls and goblins of the hill country on our one-of-a-kind haunted train ride. It’s the best Halloween treat around! Friday and Saturday from 6:30- 9:00pm. Trains runs every 20 minutes from 7:00 to 8:20. $12.50 per person, children under 2 admitted free. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Harvest the Fall Fun- Stuff your own scarecrow, hayrides, kiddie hayfield maze, Texas shaped hayfield maze for kids 6 and up, live animals, food and pumpkins! FREE admission, cost for some activities.Saturday 8:30- 5:30pm and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00pm. Sweet Berry Farms, Marble Falls.

The People Garden- A substitute teacher and her kindergarten class experience a day of fun and chaos as they discover important life lessons bout sharing, getting along with others and accepting when things don’t go their way. With its catchy tunes and colorful characters, this family musical will enchant all generations! Ages 3 and up. Saturday, 2:00 and 4:30pm. Tickets, $11 adults, $9 kids. Zach Scott Theatre, 1410 Toomey Rd.

Haunted House- Did you hear? You may not want to enter Twin Lakes Park on Friday & Saturday evenings (as well as Halloween Night) from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. this October … it’s more than just haunted, it’s possessed! The question is … can you muster the nerve to enter Camp Twin Lakes’ annual Haunted House in Cedar Park? Admission is $8 per person and ages 10 and up are welcome … if they dare. Of note, a “Behind the Scenes” viewing (with lights on and no actors – where we will take time in each room to discuss the characters that would be in the room as well as the ideas that led us to the creation of the room) of the Haunted House will also be made available for younger ages each evening that the Haunted House is open from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at a reduced per person cost. Camp Twin Lakes YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Trail.

Haunted Trails- The moon is full, the spirits are rustling through the leaves along Walnut Creek and our ghouls are ready to welcome you to our popular Haunted Trails event. The Chisholm Trail that runs across Pioneer Farms was never this ghostly. Fun for the whole family. Appropriate for children. Come see our Spooky Scarecrows, haunted historic houses, ghost stories around a campfire among other family-friendly frights along a walking tour through Hallow’s Eve, with fortune tellers, the Headless Horseman, eerie spooklights and much more. All our historic sites are brimming with scariness. When the fog rolls in off the creek, our Tonkawa Encampment is one spooky place. You can almost see ghosts passing through the mist! Saturday and Sunday. 7:00- 10:00pm. $10 per person. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

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. FREE admission with a $2-4 cost for some activities. Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Sunday, 1:00- 5:00pm. Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Kid’s Show Halloween Extavaganza- Join Scottyroo & Cristini for a Halloween party for FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress.

Science Sunday- Work with students from St. Edwards University as they present engaging science activities for children and families. Sunday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Admission $6.50 adults, $4.50 kids. Museum admission is free from 4:00- 5:00pm every Sunday! Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

Guitar Lessons with Luis Banuelos- Guitar virtuoso Luis Banuelos whose repertoire includes flamenco, indie rock, soul and hip-hop offers FREE informal guitar lessons for all levels for ages 10 and up. Sunday, 5:00- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

A Very Spooky Storytime- Visit Recycled Reads on Sunday, October 31 for a special Spooky Storytime and craft! Sunday, 1:30pm. Recycled Read, 5335 Burnet Rd.

Storytime- Enjoy a FREE!! storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Ave.

Halloween on Main Street- Have a howling good time at the Annual Halloween On Main Street and Food Drive event sponsored by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce. Admission is one non-perishable food item. 100 Block of East Main and the 100 Block of West Main Street on Sunday from 6:00– 7:00pm.

Trick or Treat at the Mall- Ages 12 and under can fill their Halloween bags with treats and goodies from participating retailers while supplies last. Participating stores will be indentified by a balloon bouquet. Visit guest services for free treat bags, spooktacular specials and one lucky goblin will win the new iPod Nano Multi-Touch. Costumes welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult, no masks permitted for person over the age of 12. FREE!! Sunday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Howl-O-Ween: Pet & Children’s Costume Contest- HOWL-O-WEEN is an afternoon of family & pet fun, including a canine costume contest. Top prizes will go to Best Pet Costume, Best Pet/Owner Duo, and Best Kids Costume! Register at to secure your spot! The more creative & outrageous the costume, the better the chances of winning! Judging will begin at 2pm. This year we scream and howl all day with the Horror Howling Contest, and the Kid’s Mummy Walk. Enjoy safe trick or treating for pets and humans alike. The Paul Green School of Rock will be performing, plenty of kid’s activities, arts & crafts, and a photo area for pets and kids! FREE!! Sunday, from 12pm-3pm, benefiting the Austin Humane Society. Judging will begin at 2:00pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar.

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