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The best Halloween parties and events in Austin

Hit up the best Halloween parties and events in Austin for 2017, from family-friendly shindigs to adults-only bashes
By Erin Kuschner and Time Out contributors |

Halloween 2017 in Austin is almost upon us, and if you still haven't figured out where you're celebrating, we got you. Our guide to the best Halloween parties and events in town range from a mad scientist affair to spooktacular events at some of the best downtown bars to Austin's top breweries throwing ghost-filled fêtes. And be sure to check out Austin's best haunted houses for premium scares, then calm your nerves with these gothic cocktails. Whatever you have in mind, be sure to stop by a few of these Austin Halloween parties and events to truly embrace the ghoulish season.

Halloween parties and events

Hocus Pocus
Things to do, Film events

Halloween Spelltacular

Get your witch costume ready for this al fresco, magical BYOB screening. Don't forget about the pre-movie entertainment, like a cauldron photo booth, pumpkin smashing, Halloween candy walk and costume contest. 

Little Woodrow's
Photograph: Courtesy Little Woodrow's
Things to do, Film events

Little Woodrow’s Halloween Party

Shaun of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Rocky Horror Picture Show make up this party's triple-feature, but you can always just stop by for the costume contest or drink specials like $3 cans of Uncle Billy. 

Photograph: Shutterstock
Things to do

Mad Scientist Halloween Party

Dry ice cocktails and $2 jello shots are the drink highlights of this Halloween party at Gisbon Street Bar if you need to sip something before hitting the dance floor. 

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Michelle Milla
Things to do

Terrors of the Cocktail at Treaty Oak

A Grave Digger cocktail with dry eyes, haunted hay rides and candy are among the spooky specials at this brewery's Halloween party. Don't forget to dress up (kids and dogs, too) and vie for a prize. 

Photograph: Courtesy of Uncle Billy's Brewery + Smokehouse
Things to do

Uncle Billy’s Howl-o-ween Party

Dress up your dog for a costume contest at this Barton Springs haunt, where you'll be able to sip on beer while your pup enjoys free treats.  

Danny's Tacos
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Tim Wang” rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T.Tseng
Things to do

Upstairs at Sacre-Oline

This Halloween party at Caroline in it for the long haul with $2 tacos and "cauldron" drink specials from Tito's and Flora de Cana all day. Costume contests take place at 4pm and midnight if you're feeling competitive, and there are raffle prizes handed out throughout the day.

Austin beer
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Justin Miller
Things to do

Bloody Good Beer Fest

Raise a glass (or four) at the second annual fundraiser for We Are Blood, formally the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas. Try 4-ounce glasses from 10 breweries for $15, and a $10 pig roast plate if you're feeling peckish. 

Photograph: Courtesy Lala's
Things to do

Lala's Zombie Christmas

It's always Christmas at Lala's but on Friday the holiday has a decidedly Halloween flavor. Costumes encouraged when you sidle up to the bar for a spooky cocktail or Celis beer (and you'll get a free glass if you buy a pint). 

Spider House Ballroom
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Spider House Ballroom 
Things to do, Performances

Comedy Séance

Inject a little comedy into Halloween this year at Spider House Ballroom’s Comedy Séance, where Satan (aka comedian Norm Wilkinson) plays host to a gaggle of ghouls: dead celebrities and historical figures performing stand-up. It’s totally weird—and totally Austin.

Holy Roller
Photograph: Robert Lerma
Things to do

The Conjuring Dinner Party

Chef Gabe Erales of the forthcoming Dai Due Taqueria (yes, we're excited, too) is teaming up with Holy Roller for a six-course dinner with drink pairings for a pre-Halloween party. Costumes encouraged.

Holy Roller
Photograph: Courtesy Holy Roller
Things to do

The Conjuring After Party

Holy Roller's Callie Speer is promising a wild, wicked and whimsical party with music by DJ Kid Guerilla and specialty cocktails included with admission. Costumes encouraged.

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