HOW TO: Get into the Halloween spirit in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Pflour Shop Bakery in Pflugerville offers Halloween-themed goodies like decorated cookies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered Oreos and cake pops. (Courtesy Pflour Shop Bakery)
Pflour Shop Bakery in Pflugerville offers Halloween-themed goodies like decorated cookies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered Oreos and cake pops. (Courtesy Pflour Shop Bakery)

Pflour Shop Bakery in Pflugerville offers Halloween-themed goodies like decorated cookies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered Oreos and cake pops. (Courtesy Pflour Shop Bakery)

Make the most of this spooky season by sneaking in as many of these fun Halloween-themed activities as possible until Oct. 31. Any of these endeavors can be used as a family outing, date idea or hangout with friends throughout October—or knock them all out at once in an all-day Halloween extravaganza.

Visit a pumpkin patch

From Oct. 1 until Halloween night, purchase farm fresh pumpkins of all shapes and sizes at St. Richards Episcopal Church’s patch. It has been an annual tradition for over two decades, and all of the proceeds are donated to local and global charities. Pick out favorites for carving and decor, and then take advantage of the prime photo opportunities.

St. Richards Episcopal Church, 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. Oct. 1-31. Sun.-Fri. noon-dark, Sat. 9 a.m.-dark. http://saintrichards.org/about/pumpkin-patch

Get styled at a local costume shop


Make an appointment, and one of the designers at A Cut Above Costumes will help select the perfect outfit for Halloween out of the thousands of costumes in its inventory. Whether customers want to look beautiful or horrifying, there is something for everyone—including those who want to win best-dressed at a costume party.

A Cut Above Costumes, 150 Texas Ave., Ste. 105, Round Rock. 512-452-5576. http://acutabovecostumes.com/

Drive neighborhoods to see Halloween light shows

Over-the-top house decorations are a Halloween tradition for many neighborhoods in Round Rock. From light shows and illusions to photo backdrops and scary movie-themed yard decor, nothing is off limits. This article from last year is a good place to start.

Eat Halloween treats at a local bakery

For those who prefer treats over tricks, make a trip to Pflour Shop Bakery to pick up a box of Halloween-themed sweets. Choose from decorated cookies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered Oreos, cake pops and other sugary goodies. Try the chocolate-covered pretzel sticks that resemble tiny green monsters or the ghost cookies coated in sprinkles, and share with family, coworkers or friends to spread the Halloween spirit.

Pflour Shop Bakery, 20205 FM 685 1-C, Pflugerville. 512-599-4047. https://www.pflourshop.com/

Drink a made-from-scratch seasonal latte

Some people look forward to fall coffee drinks all year. Locally, customers can order a pumpkin spice latte at Lamppost Coffee or head to Nearby Coffee Co. to try its seasonal drink: the Great Pumpkin latte. It is made entirely from scratch with cooked-down pumpkin, homemade pumpkin butter, spices and apple cider—and it is only available for a limited time.

Lamppost Coffee, 1205 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock. 512-217-4962. www.lamppost.coffee

Nearby Coffee Co., 16921 Joe Barbee Drive B, Pflugerville. 512-826-8326. ​​https://nearbycoffeeroasters.com
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