Ghosts, goblins and witches... oh my! Halloween is just days away, and the Austin area is abuzz with festivals, haunted houses and other spooky celebrations. If you're ready to get your scare on or indulge in some candy, here are some local events to consider attending.
If dancing the night away is your idea of a great Halloween, then head to this party at the High Road on Dawson. From 7 – 10 p.m. on October 28, there will be live electronic and international music, along with dancing on the patio against the Austin skyline. Wear your costume if you wish, and bring cash for the bar. Admission is $20 per person, and space is limited to the first 200, so make sure you purchase your tickets online soon.
If you enjoy the candy aspect of Halloween more than being spooked by ghosts and goblins, then this event is for you. Held at Antonelli's Cheese Shop, it's an opportunity to learn a little about new types of cheeses and how they’re prepared. There will also be classic candies (in honor of Halloween) along with olives, nuts and bread for snacking. The event lasts from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27. You can bring your own wine or beer to pair with the snacks. Purchase tickets online for $45 per person plus fees.
This annual ball is a great opportunity to dress up and enjoy dancing and cocktails along with some Halloween-themed entertainment. There's a costume contest with several different categories, such as Superhero and Scandalous, along with a photo booth and plenty of hors d'oeuvres. The ball starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 and you can purchase tickets online for $65 per person plus fees.
Get ready to scream your face off! House of Torment is a frightening haunted house that’s been featured on The Travel Channel. There are three new themed attractions all under one roof, and your ticket grants you admission to all three. Wander through the haunted house as your worst nightmares come alive. Visit any day leading up to Halloween, or on the first two Fridays and Saturdays in November.
With more than 20 acres of haunted land, Scream Hollow features several haunted houses and a haunted maze. Each haunted house will take between 25 and 45 minutes to tour. There's also a cafe on-site where you can grab some enchanted grub, along with a lounge where you can enjoy wine and tap beer. Visit October 26 – 31 or on the first Friday or Saturday of November.