Dog costumes, pumpkin fests: 7 fall, Halloween events in Cedar Park and Leander

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Find local fall and Halloween events in Cedar Park and Leander. (Courtesy Pexels)

Find local fall and Halloween events in Cedar Park and Leander. (Courtesy Pexels)

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The city of Cedar Park will light up City Hall with spooky lights as an alternative to its annual event. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)
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Texas Farmers' Market at Lakeline will host a dog costume contest Oct. 31 with photos and treats for the winning dog. (Courtesy Texas Farmers' Market)
From pumpkin patches to dog costume contests, here are 7 local fall and Halloween events in Cedar Park and Leander.

Texas Pumpkin Fest | SEPT. 26-OCT. 31

Leander’s Texas Pumpkin Fest returns with a pumpkin patch, fall-themed photo opportunities, arts and crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, music and food trucks. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. $5 weekday admission; $10 weekend admission. Texas Humane Heroes, 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. www.texaspumpkinfest.com

Barktoberfest | OCT. 1-30

Central Texas SPCA is hosting its annual festival virtually with a pet photo contest, a fundraising contest, an online auction, virtual 3K and 5K races, and a virtual vendor fair. Dates for each event or activity vary throughout the month, and more details are available on the event website. Varying costs. Virtual event. 512-260-7722. www.centraltexasspca.org/barktoberfest


Rockbridge Church pumpkin patch | OCT. 1-31

Looking for the perfect pumpkin? Rockbridge Church is hosting an outdoor, socially distanced pumpkin patch with a variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale. Noon-8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Rockbridge Church, 2001 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-260-0900. www.rockbridgelife.com

Cedar Park First United Methodist Church pumpkin patch | OCT. 5-31

Pumpkins of all sizes—from traditional to the size of a cantaloupe, softball or a tangerine—as well as several sizes of gourds will be available at Cedar Park First United Methodist Church’s 24th annual pumpkin patch. 2:30-7:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), noon-7:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Free. Cedar Park First United Methodist Church, 600 W. Park St., Cedar Park. 512-335-9540. https://cpfumc.org

Halloween “ON” the Hall | OCT. 19-31

The city of Cedar Park will light up City Hall with spooky lights as an alternative to its annual event. Photos can be taken with the outdoor lights and at selfie backdrops at Building 4. Lights begin nightly when darkness falls, according to the city. Free. Cedar Park City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park. www.cedarparktexas.gov

Halloween Celebrations at Texas Farmers’ Market | OCT. 31

Texas Farmers’ Market will hold a Halloween market with costumes, special sweets and some trick-or-treating with vendors in the morning. A dog costume contest will be held with photos and treats for the winning dog. Masks are required for shoppers and vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park. https://texasfarmersmarket.org/lakeline

Pumpkins in the Park | OCT. 31

A pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, crafts and games will be part of Volente Beach Resort's family-friendly Halloween event, according to the resort. The grand prize winner of the costume contest will win a season pass to the water park. Masks and social distancing required. 1-3 p.m. Free. Volente Beach Resort, 16107 RM 2769, Leander. 512-258-5110. www.volentebeach.com

This list is noncomprehensive. Find more Central Texas fall activities here.

Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.