A number of fall and Halloween-related events in the Austin area offer entertainment options for children, photo opportunities and chances to experience cooler weather. This list is not comprehensive.
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Sept. 25 to Oct. 31
Manchaca United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Visitors can walk through the pumpkin patch, take photos on hay bales and purchase pumpkins, which are priced according to size.
WHEN: Sat.-Sun. noon-7:30 p.m. or until dark, Mon.-Fri. 2-7:30 p.m. or until dark, weather permitting
WHERE: Manchaca United Methodist Church, 1011 FM 1626.
INFO: 512-282-7274 • www.manchacaumc.org
Oct. 7 to 29
Boo at the Zoo
The zoo becomes illuminated and decorated for the Halloween occasion. Attendees can wear a costume, bring a picnic, ride a haunted train, explore a haunted house and see the zoo animals at night with a flashlight. Adult attendees wearing a costume may not wear a mask.
WHEN: Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. 6:30-9 p.m.
COST: $15 (includes a haunted train pass and unlimited haunted house visits)
WHERE: Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail
INFO: 512-288-1490 • www.austinzoo.org
Bannockburn Christian Academy’s fall festival
The family-friendly event’s features include a silent auction, crafts, games, bounce houses and train rides. Food is available for purchase, and $1 tickets are sold for activities such as games.
WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bannockburn Christian Academy gym, 7100 Brodie Lane.
INFO: 512-892-2706 • www.bcaaustin.org
Dittmar Halloween Spooktacular
The annual event includes a haunted house as well as a carnival with games. An outdoor showing of the movie “Corpse Bride” takes place in the park at sundown.
WHEN: 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 Dittmar Road.
INFO: 512-974-6090 • www.austintexas.gov/dittmar
The event includes a dog costume contest, face painting and dog bowl painting. Proceeds from family activities benefit Austin Pets Alive.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Doc’s Backyard
WHERE: 5207 Brodie Lane, Ste. 100, Sunset Valley.
INFO: 512-892-5200 • www.eatdrinkdocs.com
The annual fall event features food, games, live music and a trunk-or-treat. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes.
WHEN: 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W. Hwy. 290.
INFO: 512-288-3836 • www.oakhillumc.org
Bethany Lutheran Church Fall Festival Trunk or Treat
Pony rides, bounce houses, a hayride, trick or treating and a petting zoo are scheduled.
WHEN: 3-6 p.m.
COST: free (trunk or treat), $5 (other activities).
WHERE: Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane.
INFO: 512-292-8778 • www.bethanyaustin.com
Texas Tree Climb
Attendees can celebrate Texas Arbor Day by climbing amid fall foliage using harnesses, ropes, and helmets. Trained experts will provide instruction and equipment. Children age 7 and older and adults are eligible to climb.
WHEN: 9 a.m.–noon.
COST: free (members, University of Texas at Austin members, age 4 and younger), $4 (ages 5-17), $8 (age 65 and older and students with college ID), $10 (adults)
WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
WEB: 512-232-0100 • www.wildflower.org
Rock the Red Kettle ATX 2016
Presented by KOKE FM and benefiting The Salvation Army Austin Services for women and children, the event includes a night of music, live and silent auctions, food and giving.
WHEN: 6-9 p.m.
COST: $100 (individual), sponsorships and VIP experiences available.
WHERE: LifeAustin Amphitheatre, 8901 W. Hwy 71
INFO: 512-605-1410 • www.rocktheredkettleatx.org