This October, don’t let your kids drive you batty. Instead, take them to a Halloween event in SA (check websites below for dates and times), fill them full of candy, and let them run wild in a marathon or at a festival until they are sweet, sleeping angels. You can even “lose” them in a corn maze for a few hours, and it would be totally acceptable, because Halloween. Or you could just stick a pumpkin and some paints in front of them at a pumpkin patch and encourage them to get their creative juices flowing while you, in turn, get the alcohol flowing. Just make sure to check in on the kiddos periodically, especially if they are wearing one of those stuffy, totally unsafe, no-air-getting-through monster masks.
Hoot and Harvest Festival
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is holding its 10th annual Hoot and Harvest Festival, featuring family-family activities centered on educating festival-goers on the wonderful world on nature, including live bird presentations, butterfly walks, games, crafts, and more. Free, 9am Saturday, October 18, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road, (210) 628-1639, mitchelllake.audubon.org
Fall Festival at Travis Park
Travis Park is turning into a pumpkin patch this October. There will be free fall activities all day, including pumpkin painting, tossing, and stacking competitions. There will also be a scarecrow contest. Free, 3pm Saturday, October 25, Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677
Coffins on Parade
On Halloween night, the San Antonio River will fill up with decorative coffin-themed floats. The parade will make two laps around the River Walk, beginning at the International Building traveling through Restaurant Row, the horseshoe bend, the River Walk Extension, Rivercenter Mall and through Arneson River Theatre. Bud Light Coffins on Parade will also be hosting a costume contest with a $1,000 grand prize. Free, 7pm Friday, October 31, the River Walk
Boo Bash Parade
Traders Village is throwing its fourth annual Boo Bash Parade. All kids in costumes are invited to participate in the parade. Aside from the parade, the event will include family activities, such as face painting, magicians, and miniature bull riding. Vendors will also have candy available for trick-or-treaters. $3, 12:30pm Sunday, October 26, Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410, 210-623-8383, tradersvillage.com
Fright Fest at Fiesta Texas
Every Halloween season, Six Flags transforms into a haunted playland full of spooks, scares, and spine-chilling thrill rides. Rides become infested with creepy crawlies and monsters, and haunted houses crop up throughout the park. This year’s newest haunted attraction is Hotel Fangerosa, an Old West-style hotel full of vampires. $20 will buy you a haunted house wristband. $49.99-$66.99, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, (210) 697-5050, frightfest.sixflags.com
Like Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld undergoes a horrifying makeover every October. The park houses several creepy “terror-tories” and mazes, the newest of which are the hospital-themed Intensive Cursed Unit maze and Psycho Path territory, and the Ports of Skull area which is full of dastardly pirates. There are also Halloween themed animal shows, like Shamu’s Rockin’ Creepshow. $37-$67, SeaWorld, 10500 SeaWorld Drive, (800) 700-7786, seaworldparks.com
The San Antonio Zoo grounds will be closing at 4:30pm to allow children and their families into the zoo for trick-or-treating. Aside from trick-or-treating, there will be games, face painting, entertainment, and a costume contest for children. Zoo Boo visitors are encouraged to wear fun, non-scary costumes. $6-$8, San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N St Mary's St, (210) 734-7184, sazoo-aq.org
South Texas Maize
The South Texas Maize—a fantastic multilingual play on words, by the way—is a 7-acre corn maze in Hondo. It grows up to 12 feet tall and is easy to get lost in, for both adventure-seeking children and adults. Maze-goers are provided with “passports” which grant them entrance to different parts of the maze via correctly answered trivia questions. Pro tip: Be sure to check out the maze after dark for a totally different experience. $10, 911 US Highway 90 East, 830.741.3968, southtexasmaize.com
This October the Texas Transportation Museum will be decorated in the spirit of Halloween. Trains and tractors will be decked out in spiderwebs, pumpkins, and lights. Nothing will be too scary though, so the event is appropriate for all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a ride on the Transylvania Express or walk through the haunted Ghost Train. $4-$6, 7pm, Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-3554, txtransportationmuseum.org
San Antonio Pride’s RainBOO 5k
Pride SA asks you to join them in celebrating the city’s LGBT pride and diversity during their second annual 5k Fun Run. There will be goodie bags for participants and a costume contest with awards given according to age group. $20-$35, 8am Sunday, October 19, Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinatti, (210) 802-1885, pridesanantonio.org
The 2014 San Antonio Zombie Walk will start at 3:00 pm in front of the Tower of Americas. This year, the group is trying to beat the Guinness world record for the largest gathering of zombies, so drag your friends along with you to creep around the city in search of brains. Free, 3pm Sunday, sanantoniozombiewalk.com
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