Fall festivals and trick-or-treating top Cedar Park and Leander events this weekend, Oct. 28-31

Express The Halloween Express train ride lets the riders journey through the Texas Hill Country to celebrate Halloween.[/caption]

If you're still wondering what to do this weekend, here are some fall festivals and Halloween activities around Cedar Park and Leander.

Oct. 28 - Trunk or Treat carnival

The annual event hosted by the Bagdad PTA is for the whole community. The carnival includes a dunking booth, games, food vendors and trunk-or-treating. 5-8 p.m. Free (admission). Bagdad Elementary School, 800 Deercreek Lane, Leander. 512-786-3417. http://bagdad.my-pta.org

Oct. 28 - Women’s Connection meeting

The new alliance of professional women of Cedar Park and surrounding communities provides opportunities to connect with other women in the area. 8 a.m. (breakfast served), 8:30-9:30 a.m. (program). $20 (chamber members preregister), $25 (chamber members at door), $30 (nonmember preregister), $35 (nonmember at door). Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park. 512-260-7800. www.cedarparkchamber.org

Oct. 29 - Halloween Express train ride

Journey through the Texas Hill Country to celebrate Halloween. The event includes crossing the wooden trestle bridge over the South San Gabriel River; a two-hour layover in Burnet to experience lunch, a stroll through the town square and the Wild West Gunfight; and treats on board. Costumes are encouraged. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 (child), $42 (senior), $45 (adult), first class and adults-only lounge tickets available. Austin Steam Train, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-100, Cedar Park. 512-477-8468. www.austinsteamtrain.org

Oct. 29 - Fall Fun Fest

The family-friendly event includes games, face painters and bounce houses. Costumes are encouraged, and hot dogs and drinks are available for purchase. Picnics are allowed. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). Cedar Park First United Methodist Church, 600 W. Park St., Cedar Park. 512-335- 9540. https://cpfumc.org

Oct. 29 - Leander United Fall Fest

The family-friendly event includes food, prizes, face painting, a bounce house and family portraits. A pumpkin patch is also on-site. 2-4 p.m. Free. Leander United Methodist Church, 107 S. West Drive, Leander. 512-259-1284. www.leanderumc.org

Oct. 29 - Howl ‘O’ Ween contest and fundraiser

Dog House Drinkery & Dog Park is co-hosting its annual Howl ‘O’ Ween contest with Bastrop Animal Rescue. There are Halloween-themed dog photos for purchase, vendors, raffles and live music as well as prizes for costumes. Noon-3 p.m. Free (to enter contest). Dog House Drinkery & Dog Park, 3800 CR 175, Leander. 512-630-5699. www.doghousedrinkery.com

Oct. 30 - Lone Star fall family festival

The event includes raffles to benefit local nonprofits, a children’s costume contest, giveaways and other activities. Local businesses set up vendor booths at which children can trick or treat. 4-7 p.m. Free (admission). Lone Star Grille & Amphitheater, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-528-5896. www.lonestargrilletx.com

Oct. 31 - Halloween in the Hall

Hosted by the city, guests can trick or treat at City Hall in a safe environment. Children can play on fire trucks and police cars and collect candy. 3-5 p.m. Free. Cedar Park City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park. www.cedarparktexas.gov

Oct. 31 - Shenandoah Baptist fall festival

The family-friendly fall festival is an alternative to Halloween and features carnival games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, laser tag, a cake walk, face painting, food and candy. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free (all activities). Shenandoah Baptist Church, 3003 Blue Ridge Drive, Cedar Park. 512-258-6909. http://shenandoahbaptist.360unite.com

Oct. 31 - Sweets & Treats at T-Werx

Hosted by T-Werx Coworking, the public is invited to stop by the coworking office for this trick-or-treating event, which includes drinks, light snacks and a cake walk. 3:30-5 p.m. Free. T-Werx Coworking, 1320 Arrow Point Drive, Bldg. V, Ste. 501, Cedar Park. 512-456-7860. www.t-werx.com
By Caitlin Perrone
Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.


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