From Round Rock to New Braunfels: 16 fall activities in October 2020

Rockbridge Church is hosting an outdoor, socially-distanced pumpkin patch in Cedar Park with a variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale. (Courtesy Rockbridge Church)
Rockbridge Church is hosting an outdoor, socially-distanced pumpkin patch in Cedar Park with a variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale. (Courtesy Rockbridge Church)

Rockbridge Church is hosting an outdoor, socially-distanced pumpkin patch in Cedar Park with a variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale. (Courtesy Rockbridge Church)

Browsing for the perfect pumpkin? Hoping to catch a spooky late-night drive-in movie? Willing to brave a haunted forest? Here are 16 fall-themed activities taking place in the Austin area.

SPOOKY SCENES


Georgetown Square Ghost Tours | OCT. 3, 9, 10, 30

Participate in a tour that details ghost stories of dating back more than a century. An hourlong, docent-led tour begins at 7:30 p.m. For those looking for an even spookier experience, 90-minute interactive ghost hunting tours start at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. $20 per person; $15 for Williamson Museum members and students. Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-943-1670. www.williamsonmuseum.org

Ghost hunting at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms | OCT. 2, 16

Austin Paranormal Investigations is hosting two nights of ghost hunting on the grounds of Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms in North Austin. The team of paranormal investigators will lead a three-hour tour across the 100-acre property’s historic homesteads and buildings. $45. 7-10 p.m. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin. www.austin-paranormal.com

Scream Hollow returns | SEPT. 18-NOV. 7


Smithville’s haunted park attraction Scream Hollow returns with precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Only groups of six or fewer will be permitted to go through the attractions at a time. Ticket prices vary. Times vary. Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Lane, Smithville. 512-669-1292. www.screamhollow.com



CULT CLASSICS


Haunted Drive-In at Blue Starlite | OCT. 1-31

Local drive-in movie theater Blue Starlite is holding its 10th annual month of scary movies to celebrate Halloween. At its three screening locations in Austin and Round Rock, Blue Starlite is showing classics "Ghostbusters," "The Evil Dead," "The Shining" and more, with a special haunted forest attraction at its Mueller location. Ticket prices vary. Show times vary. Multiple locations. 707-374-8346. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com

Freaky films at The Globe Drive-In | OCT. 3-NOV. 1

The Globe Drive-In will screen scary movies throughout the month of October, including "The Cabin in The Woods," "Hocus Pocus" and "Halloweentown." Ticket prices vary. Show times vary. The Globe Drive-In, 8017 Cele Road, Pflugerville. www.theglobedrivein.com



FALL FESTIVALS


Sweet Eats Fruit Farm | SEPT. 19-NOV. 8

The 80-acre farm boasts a corn maze, pumpkin patch filled with over 40 different varieties of pumpkins, food trucks, live music and activities, such as pony rides, a petting zoo and a hay maze. $16 per person; free for children under age 2. 14400 E. Hwy. 29, Georgetown. 512-766-3276. www.sweeteats.com

Wolf Ranch October Fest | OCT. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

The weekly farmers market is themed for the fall harvest every Saturday in October. Attractions include a pumpkin patch and fall-themed photo opportunities. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-930-8008. www.facebook.com/wolfranch/events

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

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival | OCT. 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30; NOV. 1, 6-8, 13-15

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and early November, Barton Hill Farm offers a pumpkin patch, corn maze, live music and family activities. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. Admission prices vary. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). 855-969-1115. www.facebook.com/bartonhillfarms

Sweet Berry Farms Harvest of Fall Fun | SEPT. 19-NOV. 8

Stuff a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin or pick your own flowers at Sweet Berry Farms Harvest of Fall Fun. Sweet Berry Farms, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. Free admission. Activity prices vary. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon-Tue.), closed Wed. 830-798-1462. www.sweetberryfarm.com

Fall activities at Natural Bridge Caverns | OCT. 3-NOV. 1

From sweet treats to hay mazes, fall activities will take place daily with additional themed events—live music, animal shows and Halloween activities—on the weekends. Times vary. Free admission; attraction tickets vary. Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio. 210-651-6101. www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

Boo & Brew at Wolf Ranch | OCT. 30

This annual Halloween celebration is designed for participants of all ages, with a hay maze, screening of Hocus Pocus, trick-or-treating, crafts and beer sampling for age 21 and up. 4-9 p.m. Free. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-930-8008. www.facebook.com/wolfranch/events

Community Costume Parade | OCT. 31

Children, teenagers and families are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes and participate in a short parade in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church Georgetown. The community is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and sit along the parade route, following appropriate social distancing, to cheer on participants. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church Georgetown, 410 E. University Ave, Georgetown. 512-863-2370. www.fumcgt.org



PUMPKIN PATCHES


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. Free. Noon-8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.). 512-260-0900. Rockbridge Church, 2001 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. www.rockbridgelife.com

Braune Farms pumpkin patch | OCT. 10-11, 14, 17-18, 21, 24-25, 28

Pumpkin lovers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty can check out this pumpkin patch on a working farm. Come prepared to walk along rows of pumpkins and vines and dress for dirt and occasional tall grass. In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the farm will not host activities or hayrides this year. However, fall backdrops will be available for photo opportunities. Braune Farms, 1300 Link Road, Seguin. Noon-4 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.), 1-7 p.m. (Wed.). Free. 830-643-9974. www.braunefarmsfreshproduce.com/pumpkinpatch

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. Cedar Park First United Methodist Church, 600 W. Park St., Cedar Park. Free. 2:30-7:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) noon-7:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). 512-335-9540. https://cpfumc.org

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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