There are many ways to enjoy fall in the Central Texas area, whether it is checking out a family-friendly festival, picking the perfect pumpkin at a patch or getting lost in a spooky haunted house.

Note: The information for each event is accurate as of press time Sept. 29 but is subject to change.


FREE: No admission. KID: child-friendly. FOOD & DRINK: Items are for sale. OUTDOOR: event held outdoors


Through Oct. 30 | Explore a spooky pumpkin park

At Pumpkin Nights, visitors can journey into six pumpkin-themed lands, watch fire dancers and dig for buried treasure in pirate cove. Other games, entertainment and food vendors will be available for guests to enjoy. 6-11 p.m. $18-$26 (age 13 and up), $14-$18 (ages 4-12), free (age 3 and younger). Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin. 512-837-1215. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Through Oct. 30 | Have fun on the farm

Enjoy autumn-themed fun at Mama Mary’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch. Fall events include a pumpkin patch, an animal barn, apple cannons and outdoor bowling. Craft and food vendors will also be on-site. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed-Sun.), $7 (Wed.-Fri.), $14 (Sat.-Sun.). 5701 Williamson Road, Creedmoor. 512-644-4799. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Through Oct. 31 | Pick the perfect pumpkin

The inaugural Round Rock Pumpkin Festival and Pumpkin Patch will feature 50,000 pounds of pumpkins, food trucks, a barrel train, face painting and games. Local professional photographers will also offer mini sessions on-site on Wed.-Mon. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross to benefit victims of the March tornado. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (teachers, military and first responders), $5 (ages 3-12), $10 (adults). Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Through Nov. 6 | Get lost in a corn maze

At the Austin Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch, visitors can pick pumpkins, play with farm animals, take a hayride, listen to live music and enjoy fall activities, a 5-acre corn maze and a craft beer and cider garden. The festival is open Saturdays, Sundays and on Monday, Oct. 10. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $21.95 (per person). Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. 855-969-1115. KID OUTDOOR

Through Nov. 6 | Pick flowers and ride ponies

Visit Sweet Berry Farm to pick flowers, stuff scarecrows, ride ponies and paint pumpkins. All events are family-friendly. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon., Tue., Thu.-Sat.); 11 a.m-5 p.m. (Sun.); closed Wed. Prices vary by event. $4 (hayrides), $5.25 (pumpkin painting), $3.25 (candy corn kid maze). Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. 830-798-1462. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 1-31 | Support charities with a pumpkin purchase

The St. Richard’s Pumpkin Patch will offer gourds for purchase to benefit local and global charities. Local efforts that benefit from sales at St. Richard’s are the Round Rock Area Serving Center, Robertson Elementary School and Hope Alliance. 2 p.m.-dark (Mon.-Thu.), noon-dark (Fri., Sun.), 9 a.m.-dark (Sat.). Free (admission). Richard’s Episcopal Church, 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-5436. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 2-30 | Fund local missionary work

The First United Methodist Church of Pflugerville will host its annual pumpkin patch with its Fall Festival occurring Oct. 29. Proceeds from the festival and pumpkin patch sales will benefit youth mission work. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-9 p.m. (Sun.). First United Methodist Church of Pflugerville, 500 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville. 512-251-2575. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 22-23, 29-30 | Visit a tree farm

On the last two weekends in October, Elgin Christmas Tree Farm will host its fall festival. Activities will include rubber duck races, train rides, animals and photo-ops. This year’s event will scale back some of the tree farm’s regular activities, such as the corn maze and pumpkin decorating. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5:30 p.m. (Sun.). $8 (per person). 120 Natures Way, Elgin. 512-281-5016. KID OUTDOOR


Oct. 1-30 | Participate in farming demos

Crowe’s Nest Farm’s annual Family Fall Fest will feature a pumpkin patch, farm animals and Texas wildlife, milking demonstrations, hay and horse rides, a snack bar, and more. 10 a.m.- 5p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays in October). $5-$50. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Lane, Manor. 512-272-4418. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 14-16 | Attend Deutschen Pfest

The schedule of events at Pflugerville’s 46th annual Deutschen Pfest will feature live music, food, beer, shopping, a Pfun Run and a Community Pfair. On-site parking is not available for the festival, but there will be a shuttle service with stops at Pflugerville High School, The Pfield and Brookhollow Elementary. 5 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun.). Free (children age 6 and younger), $5-$10. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville. KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 15 | Get wild at the Hairy Man Festival

Hosted by the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District, the Hairy Man Festival will offer live music, food vendors, arts and craft booths, and carnival games with Halloween-themed crafts and treats. There will also be three contests to enter: the hairiest man contest, a costume contest and a chili contest. 8 a.m. (Hairy Man 5K), 11 a.m. (festival opens). Free (admission). Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Drive, Round Rock. 512-255-7871. FREE KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 15 | Celebrate Hutto history

The 37th Annual Hutto Olde Tyme Days features crafts, food, live music, fiddling contests and a classic car show. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Downtown Hutto, 122 East St., Hutto. 512-248-7620. FREE KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 22 | Spread the light

The Round Rock DiwaliFest will bring live performances, a Diya lighting ceremony, a fashion show and dance lessons. 3-10 p.m. Free. Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. FREE KID OUTDOOR


Oct. 1-2 | Get in the spooky spirit

The city of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department will host its inaugural Hutto Halloween House Decorating Contest with awards given. All properties within the 78634 ZIP code are eligible to participate. The deadline to enter is Oct. 22. Free. 512-759-5967. KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 7 | Enjoy a date night

The Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District will host a Parent’s Night Out. Children attending will eat pizza, make cookies and see a screening of the movie “Monster House,” which is rated PG. 6-10 p.m. $15 (Brushy Creek community members, $20 (Brushy Creek MUD resident), $30 (nonresident). BCMUD Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock. 512-255-7871, ext. 238. KID

Oct. 22 | Trunk or treat with officers

The Round Rock Police Department will hold its annual Operation Blue Santa Trunk or Treat. Attendees are asked to come in costume but remain in the car for the drive-thru trunk-or-treat to receive candy and view decorated trunks. 4-8 p.m. Free. Round Rock Police Department, 2801 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-218-5500. FREE KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 22 | Dress the dog for a party

The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department will host its second Barktacular Howloween Dog Festival at the Round Rock Dog Depot, welcoming friendly and leashed dogs for trick-or-treating, costume and lookalike contests, and local vendors. 8-10 a.m. $5 (registration required). Dog Depot Dog Park, 800 Deerfoot Drive, Round Rock. 512-218-5540. KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 28 | Catch an outdoor movie

Round Rock Parks and Recreation will host an outdoor screening of the silent film “Nosferatu” accompanied live by the Central Texas Philharmonic. Attendees are asked to bring their own blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Old Settlers Park, Yonders Point, 3103 Aten Loop, Round Rock. 512-218-5540. FREE KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 28 | Support facilities for disabled children

The annual Play for Fall FUNdraising Event will feature opportunities for trick-or-treating and other spooky events. The event will have a limited number of tickets for the two session. Proceeds benefit the Play for All Foundation. Only mobility assistive devices will be permitted. Prepurchased tickets are required. 6:30-8 p.m. (Session 1), 8:30-10 p.m. (Session 2). $10 (per person). Play for All Park, 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 29 | Have a spooky time at Fritz Park

The Hutto Parks and Recreation Department’s Frights at Fritz event will include music, candy, hayrides, a haunted trail and bounce houses. Costumes are not required, and participants are encouraged to dress comfortably. A sensory-friendly time will also take place at 4:30 p.m. 4-7 p.m. Free. 400 Park Ave., Hutto. 512-759-4015. FREE KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 29 | Get spooky with PAWS

Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services will host a costumed trunk-or-treat event, and children are invited to trick or treat with local vendors who support the shelter. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, 1600 Waterbrook Drive, Pflugerville. 512-990-6280. FREE KID OUTDOOR

Oct. 30 | Get scared at the Boo Bash on the Lawn

Celebrate Halloween at The Georgetown Square with music by a DJ and a possible appearance by dancing dinosaurs. Activities include trunk-or-treating and a dog costume contest. 1-4 p.m. Free (admission). The Georgetown Square, 701 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-868-8675. FREE KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Oct. 31 | Party with toddlers

Celebrate Halloween with daytime carnival games, hayrides, cookies and punch at the Fall Fun Festival at Old Settlers Park. The event is intended for toddlers and preschool-aged children. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. 9-11:30 a.m. Free. Old Settlers Park 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. FREE KID OUTDOOR


Oct. 7-8 | Support local artists at Chalk Walk

The annual arts festival will showcase local artists creating chalk murals on sidewalks. The event includes kids’ activities, food, drinks and a concert each night. 2-9 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.). Free. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. FREE KID

Oct. 17 | Celebrate with other homeschoolers

The Wilco Outdoor Active Homeschoolers will host a Homeschool Halloween party. Attendees are asked to wear a costume, bring a treat to share and a used book to swap in a game. Preregistration is required. 2-3 p.m. Free. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock. 512-218-7001. FREE KID FOOD & DRINK

Oct. 22 | Support shelter animals

Best Friends Animal Society will hold a Strutt Your Mutt virtual walk event. Donations and registration fees from participants who register through the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter team will benefit its Jane’s Fund for medical services. Participants will walk on their own time. Midnight-11:45 p.m. $20 registration (donations optional). Virtual. KID

Oct. 22 | Support local veterans

Nonprofit organization O.P. Veteran will hold its annual VetFest, offering a place to connect with veteran-owned businesses, nonprofits and service organizations. The event will feature a concert, food vendors and a beer garden. Noon-5 p.m. Free (admission). Old Settlers Park, Lakeview Pavilion, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. FREE KID FOOD & DRINK OUTDOOR

Nov. 5 | Celebrate Dìa de los Muertos

In partnership with the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, the city of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts, Univision and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico will host the eighth annual Dia de los Muertos procession and festival. Noon-8 p.m. Free (admission). Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. 512-659-5667. FREE OUTDOOR

Nov. 11 | Learn more about veterans’ services

In partnership with the city of Round Rock, the Round Rock Veteran’s Coalition will host a veteran celebration ceremony followed by a family and community event that will include food trucks; live music; locally and veteran-owned businesses; and nonprofit and outreach organizations. 11 a.m. (opening ceremony), 4:30-9 p.m. (other activities). Free admission. Old Settlers Park, Yonders Point, 3103 Aten Loop, Round Rock. 512-577-5166 FREE KID FOOD & DRINK

Nov. 12 | Honor Hutto veterans

The 2022 Veterans 5K will mark its sixth year in Hutto at Fritz Park. Operated by Evolution of Health, the event will also function to collect toys for Orange Santa and the Round Rock Area Serving Center. 8:30 a.m.-noon. $30 (registration). Fritz Park, 400 Park Ave., Hutto. KID OUTDOOR

Nov. 17 | Enjoy a night of jazz

Beaujolais Nights will include a night of wine and jazz music. The event will feature an opening of the first bottles of the Beaujolais Nouveau harvest, coinciding with a global opening that has carried on for more than 70 years. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine originating from the Beaujolais region of France. 5-9 p.m. Free. Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. 512-218-5400.