Fall and Halloween Fun in Central Texas


It’s already October, can you believe it? Halloween is right around the corner, and there are so many things to think about, do and prepare for this month, you’d better get started!

Coming up with a stellar costume is one of the most time-consuming aspects of the Halloween season. Thankfully, there are a number of Halloween costume stores in the area. In Austin, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is one of the coolest costume and vintage stores in the city, located along South Congress Avenue. The 8,000 square foot store offers costumes for purchase or for rent. They also carry a large assortment of accessories such as wigs, jewelry, weapons, masks and make up. A browse around the fun, quirky store is worth the trip up north, but who knows? You might find that perfect mermaid tail or disco costume in the process.

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In Dripping Springs, the Nightmare Factory offers more than costumes. They also sell haunted house props, body parts and Halloween decorations. The Nightmare Factory used to be affiliated with a Haunted House, which is currently closed, but the store still stands and offers a scary place to conduct your Halloween costume browsing.

South of Kyle, in San Marcos, Costumed Occasions is one of Central Texas’ largest costume shops, where you can find a costume for any occasion. They have outfits for sale or for rent, or you can use their award-winning design staff to create that special, one-of-a-kind costume you’re looking for. In fact, many of the costumes sold in their store are sewn in-house by a seamstress. The store is two-story, with thousands of costumes and accessories on display. They are also open year-round.

We all know, though, that Halloween is so much more than just costumes. You need places to wear that outfit; and there are countless festivals, fairs and events in the area to do so.

One such event is Boo at the Zoo, which occurs at the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary Saturdays and Sundays evenings for the rest of the month of October. Experience the zoo and its animals at night, and ride the zoo’s haunted train which runs every 20 minutes from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.50.  The event is a great way to spend some Halloween time with the kiddos, and helps the Austin Zoo continue its mission of saving animals from homelessness and extinction.

Between Austin and Bastrop, the Fall Festival and Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms is a nice fall activity for the whole family. From 9 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays until November 18th, take the kids out to Barton Hill Farms to enjoy a 5-acre corn maze, live music from up-and-coming Texas Country artists, pumpkin patches and hay bale pyramids.

For residents of Plum Creek, Hootenanny on the Hill is the perfect place to showcase your fall spirit and potential Halloween costumes. At Fergus Park and Fairway Fields on Saturday October 13th, the Plum Creek HOA hosts a fall festival for the whole family, including the canines. The day features 10K, 5K, 1K and Fun Runs, a BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, a Pet Fair and Pet Contests, pumpkin decorating / scarecrow making contests, and more.

So, this October, take the whole family out to enjoy this beautiful fall weather and the number of fall or Halloween activities available in Central Texas.

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