Halloween is upon Austin soon enough, and there will be many costumes to don and drinks and treats to be had. The city gets into the spooky scary spirit through parties, dinners, movie screenings, and plenty of contests. Since October 31st lands on a Sunday this year, there are plenty of festivities leading up to All Hallows Evening. To help everyone sort through the numerous offerings, here is Eater’s guide to the best Halloween (which takes place on Sunday, October 31) and Dia de los Muertos (taking place Monday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 2) parties and events happening around Austin.
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Through Sunday, October 31
- South Austin bar Gibson Street Bar is decorated in a spooktacular manner while also offering a themed cocktail menu with dry-ice punch bowls. (1109 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
Sunday, October 17 and Sunday, October 24
- Brewery Oddwood Ales is screening weekly horror films this month. While the first one (the 1992 Candyman and The Beyond) already happened, next up are Trick or Treat and The Thing. Available are free popcorn plus snacks and desserts. It starts at 9 p.m., with the films beginning around 9:30. (3108 Manor Road, MLK)
Friday, October 22
- Fundraising event Halloween by Design is taking place at North Austin restaurant and bar the Boat this holiday. A portion of the sales will go towards the Shade Project and To Cure a Rose Foundation. There are cocktails, prizes, free stuff, and a costume contest for pets and people. It’s free to RSVP and it runs from 7 to 10 p.m. (10931 Stonelake Boulevard, Stonelake)
Sunday, October 24
- South Austin bar Bouldin Acres is screening Hocus Pocus during a family-friendly event with free snacks. It runs from 8 to 11 p.m. (2027 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker)
- Bar and cafe Ani’s Day & Night is hosting nonprofit Emancipet for its all-ages Halloween festivities. There’s a pet costume contest, dog tarot card readings, and drink specials. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (7107 East Riverside Drive, East Riverside)
Wednesday, October 27
- The Austin Motel is hosting a combination pool party and movie screening of Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets are $20, and there’s a raffle benefitting the SAFE Alliance. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the screening at 7 p.m. (1220 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin Creek)
Thursday, October 28
- Hotel Ella is hosting a movie screening for the holiday, also opting to show Hocus Pocus. The $15 ticket comes with a caramel apple, plus other candy and drinks will be available for purchase. It begins at 7 p.m. (1900 Rio Grande Street, West Campus)
- Beer garden Cosmic Coffee is throwing a party with music by DJ Mel, a dog costume contest, dog tarot card readings benefitting Central Texas Food Bank, and Roughhouse Brewing’s new collaboration with musician Shakey Graves, an imperial stout. There’s also an on-site pumpkin patch. It begins at 4 p.m. (121 Pickle Road, Dawson)
- Another Halloween movie screening series comes from the Soutin Austin location of Jo’s Coffee. The final film of the series is Beetlejuice beginning at 6 p.m. (1300 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin Creek)
Saturday, October 30
- Seafood truck Huckleberry is paying homage to the best cartoon restaurant television show: Bob’s Burgers. Special dishes include a veggie sandwich (called One Fish, Two Fish, Not a Fish), a fish sandwich (Seems a Bit Fishy), a burger (Something’s NOT Fishy), and a shrimp sandwich (Neither Fish Nor Fowl), and expect the staffers to dress up as characters from the show. It runs from 4 to 9 p.m. or until everything is sold out. (2340 West Braker Lane, North Burnet)
- Brewery Beerburg Brewing Company is hosting a dog costume contest with pitbull volunteer organization Love-a-Bull. It’s $10 for each dog and all proceeds will go to the group. The winner will get a $100 gift card and the ability to work with the brewery on a small-batch beer, and the second and third place winners will also get gift cards. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. (13476 Fitzhugh Road, Hill Country)
- Brewery Meanwhile Brewing is hosting a combination party and concert. The former includes a costume contest and games, plus beers and nonalcoholic drinks, the latter performances by Jam Room bands like Chasin’ Rabbits, Velvet Joanz, and others. Tickets are $5 and it runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (3901 Promontory Point Drive, McKinney)
- Barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch is celebrating both Halloween and its 10-year-anniversary with an epic event. The space will undergo a temporary transformation into pool hall the Emporium from the iconic film Dazed & Confused (which was actually filmed in the space). Expect barbecue (naturally), beers for 1976 prices, a honky-tonk, a costume contest, a 1970s muscle car show, and more. Hours are to be determined. (6610 North Lamar Boulevard, Brentwood)
- Out in the Hill Country, winery Pedernales Cellars is putting together a Halloween fall dinner with special wines and paired dishes served in a decorated space. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $150 and it begins at 5 p.m. (2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall)
- East Austin hotel bar the Upside is hosting a party with drinks, a costume contest, a market with crystals, tarot card readings, and more. It runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. (1108 East Sixth Street, East Austin)
- Bar Indian Roller is hosting a themed marketplace with performers, a burlesque show, music, and vendors. Costumes are encouraged. It runs from 5 p.m. to midnight. (10006 Manchaca Road, Far South Austin)
- Cheese shop Antonelli’s is hosting a virtual candy and cheese pairing event. The $125 platter is available for advanced deliveries, shipments, and pickups placed online. (4220 Duval Street, Hyde Park)
- Bunkhouse’s Halloween party is taking place at South Austin’s Hotel San Jose, with DJs, drinks, and a costume contest from 8 p.m. to midnight. It’s free to attend. (1316 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin Creek)
Sunday, October 31
- Korean restaurant Seoulju is embracing the popular Netflix series the Squid Game for Halloween by hosting a killing-free version of the game. Interested players who are 21 years or older have to pay the restaurant $10 via Venmo by Friday, October 29. Losers will get a free shot, the winner will get all entry fees. Only participants will be allowed in the restaurant during the game from 7 to 9 p.m. and costumes are encouraged. The general public will be let into the restaurant after that for food and drinks. (9515 North Lamar Boulevard, North Lamar)
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Update, October 22, 3:55 p.m.: This guide, originally published on October 14, has been updated to include additional events.