Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids. Adults of all ages can remember the thrill of putting on their Halloween costume each year and heading out for a night of fun-filled trick-or-treating with family and friends. In the Austin, Texas area, you can extend the fun and excitement of Halloween for your little ones by planning to attend some of the special events planned throughout the week leading up to Halloween. Here are a few of the top family-friendly Halloween events in the Austin area:
Goblins in the Garden. Head over to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center just outside of the downtown Austin area for an exciting Halloween celebration. This annual event features fun activities for the whole family, including trick-or-treating in the gardens for the little ones, a haunted tower, pumpkin carving, a scarecrow exhibit, a haunted Trail of Bones, and more. Be sure to wear your Halloween costumes to this celebration. Admission varies by age, but is under $10 per person.
Nocturnal Vision: Hike Into the Night. Take an educational guided hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve on North Capitol of Texas Highway at dusk. This event explores nightlife in Cental Texas including bats, owls, and bugs, and also includes information on astronomy and local folklore. The hike will last approximately thirty to forty-five minutes. Space is limited, and reservations are highly recommended. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and closed-toe shoes, and to bring a flashlight.
Jo’s Psychedelic Halloween Circus. This Halloween celebration is fun for the whole family and takes place at Jo’s Coffee House on South Congress. Throughout the afternoon, families can take part in a coloring contest, a cake walk, a costume contest, and more. There are also plenty of games, concessions, music, and more. Admission is free, but some activities are available for a small fee.
Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt. Just east of Austin at the Evergreen Farms in Elgin, your family can take part in a variety of Halloween festivities at the Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt. Here, you can buy pumpkins of all shapes and sizes by walking through the pumpkin patch and hand-picking the perfect one. There are also wagon rides, pumpkin painting, a toddler play area, bean bag toss, a petting zoo, a pumpkin launcher, a pumpkin maze, pumpkin golf, and so much more. Admission is free, but some of the activities have a small fee associated with them.
Your family will have a sensational Halloween this year when you include some of these family-friendly events in your plans.