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Cooler weather is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner. As Georgetown residents gear up for the holiday, here are some local events and shops ready to help you prepare:

Ghoulish get-ups:

A Spirit Halloween location opened in the Wolf Ranch Town Center at 1015 W. University Ave. in early September. The seasonal retailer, which supplies costumes and decorations, will be open through Halloween.

The Goodwill at 3010 Williams Drive, Ste. 137, is selling Halloween costumes throughout the month of October. Customers can also generate and browse through costumes online.

Spooktacular sights: 

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Nightmare on Jail Hill
Oct. 14-15, 21-22

The seventh annual event takes place in the former historic jail in Georgetown. The event hosted by Williamson County Brown Santa consists of three floors with festivities outside of the jail as well. All proceeds help provide low income children with toys, books and other items. Children younger than 8 are not allowed.

7 p.m. $5 (tickets for ages 8-12), $10 (general admission tickets), $20 (fast pass tickets to skip the line). Former jail in downtown Georgetown, Fourth and Main St. 512-943-1313. www.wilco.org

Ghosts on the Square Tours
Oct. 21-22, 28-29

Join The Williamson Museum for ghost tours on the Square as guides tell the stories of ghosts who have haunted local places for more than 100 years.

Call ahead to reserve tickets. 7-9 p.m. (tours run every 30 minutes). $12 (museum members and students), $15 (per person). The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. 512-943-1670.

Frightening Fun:

Harry Potter Halloween
Oct. 21, 28-29

Celebrate the new “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” book and the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie during the month of October at the Georgetown Public Library’s Family, Tween and Teen Halloween events.

6 p.m. (Oct. 21, Family Halloween), 5 p.m. (Oct. 28, Tween Halloween, ages 9-12),
6 p.m. (Oct. 29, Teen Halloween, ages 13-18). Free. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
512-930-3551. https://library.georgetown.org

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Halloween festival
Oct. 27

Hosted by the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department, the event features hayrides, a showing of
"Hotel Transylvania 2", a trick-or-treat village and a costume contest.

5:30-8:30 p.m. Free (to enter, booths and hayride charge fees). Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. 512-930-3595. www.parks.georgetown.org

Boo Run

Hosted by the Exceptional Georgetown Alliance, the 1-mile/5K run raises funds to offset the cost of summer camps for students in the Georgetown area as well as help to fund other recreational activities. A children’s costume contest and race awards follow the event.

8 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (5K chip-timed race), 10 a.m. (1-mile fun run). Prices vary.
San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St. 512-686-3468. www.exceptionalgeorgetown.org

Pumpkin patch 

The Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist Church-Georgetown will open Oct. 6 for those looking to find the perfect pumpkin.

9 a.m.-dusk. Prices vary. 512-863-2370. www.fumcgt.org

Wolf Ranch Town Center’s A Ghoulish Night of Tricks and Treats

Oct. 29

Guests can experience a night of tricks, treats and Halloween entertainment at this event, which features centerwide trick-or-treating, custom treat bags, a magic show, performers, music, food vendors, a costume contest, a pooch parade, a pet costume contest and children’s craft table.

5-9 p.m. (full event), 6-8 p.m. (trick-or-treating). Free. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave. 512-930-8038. www.wolfranchtowncenter.com

Boo Bash
Oct. 30

Visit the Georgetown Square in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating as merchants stay open for the evening.

5-8 p.m. The Square, 116 W. Eighth St. 512-868-8675. www.downtowngeorgetownassociationtx.org

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