Fall is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in Cedar Park and Leander, whether it involves checking out a family-friendly festival, getting out into nature or venturing into a haunted house. Here are some events and ideas for how to get out of the house this fall.
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Rockbridge Church pumpkin patch
Through Oct. 31: People can buy pumpkins and take photos in the pumpkin patch. Noon-8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m-8 p.m. (Sun.)
2001 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
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Leander United Methodist Church pumpkin patch
Through Oct. 31: People can visit the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins; participate in a scavenger hunt; do art, science and math activities; and take photos. Craft night, a fall festival and pumpkin-carving events take place throughout the month. 2 p.m.-dusk (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-dusk (Sat.), noon-dusk (Sun.)
Leander United Methodist Church,
107 S. West Drive, Leander
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Anderson Terrace pumpkin patch
Through Nov. 3: People can take photos in the pumpkin patch and buy and paint pumpkins. Hay bales and corn stalks are also available. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.). $5 entry fee applies toward a purchase.
11505 Anderson Mill Road, Austin
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Fall Costume Park Party
Oct. 24: The MOMS Club of Leander is hosting a costume party in the park. Children are invited to dress up in costumes for a fall-themed celebration with crafts and games. 9:30-11 a.m.
Benbrook Ranch Park,
1100 Halsey Drive, Leander
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Cedar Park High School Haunted House
Oct. 25-26: Cedar Park High School’s theater department transforms the school into a haunted house. This year’s theme is “Prison Break.” Students design the space and act in the production. 6:30-10 p.m. A less scary version for children takes place from 6-7 p.m. $15
Cedar Park High School
2150 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
Leander Pet Spooktacular
Oct. 26: The event features a pet costume contest, free pet microchipping for Leander residents ($5 for nonresidents), low-cost pet vaccinations and treats. The event is hosted by the Leander Police Department and Leander Veterinary Clinic. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Kohl’s parking lot,
1245 S. US 183, Leander
Oct. 26: The 11th Annual Fable Fest features a costume contest, a petting zoo, games, crafts, face painting and more. People are encouraged to dress up as their favorite literary character or in a Halloween costume. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Park Public Library. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Elizabeth Milburn Park,
1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
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HitMaker Music School’s Halloween Concert
Oct. 26: Students from HitMaker Music School perform the 6th Annual Halloween Recital. People are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and hear the music of Beethoven, The Beatles and Guns ‘N Roses. Students of all ages and skill levels perform. 7-8:30 p.m.
Robin Bledsoe Park Amphitheater,
601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
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Kids Kitchen Fall Fest
Oct. 27: The event invites families to dress up in costume and enjoy an afternoon of face painting, games and prizes. The even features a chili bar, and attendees get to make their own treats. 1-4 p.m.
1514 Dandridge Drive, Cedar Park
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Sugar Skull Decorating Class
Oct. 27: ArtBarnATX invites people to decorate sugar skulls. The event is intended for ages 5 and up. Children can be dropped off, or parents can decorate with children. 1-3 p.m. $30-$40
14284 FM 2769, Volente
Last Stop Haunt
Oct. 30-31: A Leander couple turns their home into a haunted house in an effort to support Hill Country Community Ministries. Canned and nonperishable food donations are collected for HCCM’s food pantry. The experience is appropriate for all ages. 6-10 p.m.
Hutton Lane, Leander
(in the Blockhouse Creek subdivision)
Halloween in the Hall
Oct. 31: People can trick-or-treat at Cedar Park City Hall. Police cars, fire engines and construction equipment will be available for children to check out. Costumes are encouraged. 3-5 p.m.
450 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Storytime
Oct. 31: The Leander Public Library is hosting a Halloween-themed storytime. Attendees can come dressed in costume. The event features songs, crafts, snacks and trick-or-treating at the library. 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Leander Public Library,
1011 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
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Oct. 31: The Leander Police Department event offers a safe, family-friendly alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Local car clubs decorate their cars and hand out candy to children. Police cars, fire engines and other emergency service vehicles will also be available. The event features games, costume competitions, raffles and snacks. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Camacho Elementary School parking lot, 501 Municipal Drive, Leander
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St. Richard’s pumpkin patch
Through Oct. 31: One of the largest in Texas, according to its website, the St. Richard’s Pumpkin Patch has been a community tradition since 1997. Proceeds from pumpkin sales are donated to local and international charity groups.
1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Nightmare on Jail Hill
Oct. 25-26: Walk through the rumored haunted Old Williamson County Jail, which held prisoners from 1889-1990. 7-11 p.m. $5 (children 8-12), $10, $20 (fast pass)
Old Williamson County Jail, 312 Main St., Georgetown
Viva la Vida Parade and Festival
Oct. 26: The 36th annual event is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival. The festival will offer hands-on art activities and artist demos, traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition and live music. Noon-6 p.m.
419 Congress Ave., Austin
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Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 2: Día de los Muertos, which means day of the dead, is a Mesoamerican holiday dedicated to honoring ancestors. Hosted at Centennial Plaza from 2-10 p.m., the event includes a parade; musical and dance performances; and art, craft and food vendors.
301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock
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