Get ready for a spooky weekend for Austin families, Oct. 28-30

This is one of those great weekends for families in Austin. So much is happening — a lot of it geared toward Halloween. Take a look at our list.


Bullock Museum. Spooktacular. Come dressed in costume and enjoy spooky science, “Toy Story of Terror” and ghosts of the pirate ship La Belle. 5 p.m. Friday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny. Many Halloween activities for the whole family to try. 6-9 p.m. Friday. $13-$15. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

BookPeople events. Jay Asher reads “What Light,” 7 p.m. Friday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Día de los Muertos. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Faulk Central Library.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Look at the stars in the parking lot. 8 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.


The Austin Zoo puts on Boo at the Zoo next month. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Austin Zoo puts on Boo at the Zoo. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Boo at the Zoo. Dress up and enjoy the zoo with Halloween-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $15. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Recreation Center Halloween Carnivals. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Cantu; 6 p.m. Friday, Dottie Jordan; 1 p.m. Saturday, Delores Duffie; 6 p.m. Saturday, Dittmar.


"The Man Who Planted Trees" is at Stateside at the Paramount.
“The Man Who Planted Trees” is at Stateside at the Paramount.

“The Man Who Planted Trees.” Based on the book by Jean Giono, this play shows you what a man and his dog can do. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $22. Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave.

Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.


Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Learn about five little pumpkins, 9 a.m. Saturday. Special guests throughout the month. $4.50. Whisks & Wizards for kids 4 and older. Create magic in the kitchen. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday. $8 child, $8 adult.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

The Mad Hatter’s Halloween Disaster!Join Alex Garza and Pegasus Plays Theatre as he performs his original new adventure, based on the characters created by Lewis Carroll. $5. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday. City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd., Suite D.

Saturday Movie Matinee. Goosebumps,” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Monstober: Socktober Fest; 2 p.m. Saturday, Ruiz Branch.

BookPeople Story times. Monster Mash, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “If you Give a Mouse a Brownie.”

Saturday and Sunday

"Charlotte's Web" is at Zach Theatre through Dec. 3. Winnie Hsia from Sky Candy plays Charlotte. Kirk Tuck
“Charlotte’s Web” is at Zach Theatre through Dec. 3. Winnie Hsia from Sky Candy plays Charlotte. Kirk Tuck

“Charlotte’s Web.” Aerial artists Sky Candy bring the spider to life. 2 p.m. Saturday nd Sunday; 11 a.m. Saturday. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive.

The Alamo Drafthouse.PBS Kids: Halloween Special.” 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. Reserve tickets for $1-$3 donation online.

Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.


rosita“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. Sunday. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

BookPeople events. Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Kiersten White and Jessica Cluess read “Gemina,” “And I Darken,” “A Shadow Bright” and “Burning,” 2 p.m. Sunday.  BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Pecan Street Brass. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.











Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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