Our Kids Magazine Halloween & Fall Festival Roundup 2015

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October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, & 31 and November 1

Devine Acres Farm Fall CountryFest:  This annual rural festival includes scenic farm hayrides, barrel-train rides, catch-n-release fishing, pumpkin painting, mazes, trike track, shaded playground, rubber duck races and much more.  Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes available for purchase and painting. Food concessions available on-site. Admission is $8 and includes over 30 activities: children 2 and under get in free. Half-price admission on Oct. 3 & 4. Additional fees required for some activities or visitors can purchase the “Dotty Deal” for a bundled package. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Devine Acres Farm, 944 FM 2200 W., Devine.  830-665-9730. www.devineacresfarm.com/fall-season

 

October 10-11, October 17-18, October 24-25 & October 31

South Texas Maize: Open for Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Costume Contests on three weekends in October. Wear a costume to the maize and enter the contests at 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday to win prizes. And, during daylight hours only, kids aged 10 and younger in full costume (only) can trick-or-treat in the maze. There are lots of fun photo props at the maize for taking family shots of the kids in costume. Admission is $14; children 2 and under are free. Opens at 10 a.m. South Texas Maize, 911 US Highway 90 East, Hondo. 830-741-3968. www.southtexasmaize.com/events

 

October 17

11th Annual Hoot and Harvest Festival: This community event welcomes visitors to the beautiful grounds of Mitchell Audubon Lake. Take the family to enjoy hayride tours, local arts & crafts exhibits, native plant sale, live bird presentations, butterfly walks in the garden, nature & conservation exhibits, games & crafts for kids, and more. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mitchell Audubon Lake, 10750 Pleasanton Rd. 210-628-1639 www.mitchelllake.audubon.org /events/11th-annual-hoot-harvest-festival

 

October 17 and October 24

Texas Transportation Museum’s Halloween Spook-Track-ula:  A family-friendly Halloween Show in San Antonio that isn’t too scary for the little ones. Kids can ride on the “Transylvania Express,” walk through the “Ghost Train,” take a haunted train ride, plus see the whole museum in an entirely new, spooky, way.  $10 for adults and $7 for kids aged 2-12.  7 to 9:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m. and no admittance after 8:45 p.m.) Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Road. 210-490-3554 www.txtransportationmuseum.org/event-halloween-spook-track-ula.php

 

October 23-24 & 30-31

29th Annual Zoo Boo:  An exciting, safe, and non-scary Halloween event designed for kids aged 12 years and younger. Activities include trick-or-treating, face painting, entertainment and games. Children can participate in the costume contest and all guests are encouraged to wear only non-scary Halloween costumes. $10/non-members and $8/members. Children under 2 get in free. 6 to 9 p.m.  San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184 ext 1049. www.sazoo.org

 

October 24

A Spooktacular Halloween in King William: Play Halloween-themed games, enter “scary” contests, march in a costume parade, participate in on-site trick-or-treating, enjoy snacks and more. Prizes awarded for scariest, funniest, most creative, parent and overall costumes.  Pre-registration required.  First 10 kids to pre-register receive a Halloween-themed goody bag. Free for kids 3-12 years of age with pre-registration. $5 per child on event day.  3:30 to 6 p.m. The event will be held at both the grounds of Villa Finale, 401 King William and the Steves Homestead, 509 King William. www.villafinale.org/Programs.html

**Due to heavy rains forecast for this weekend, the San Antonio Botanical Garden has rescheduled the annual Bootanica celebration for November 1.

**(Rescheduled) – BOOtanica! Fall Festival and Plant Sale:  This annual event celebrates Halloween and the season in a fun atmosphere suitable for even the smallest kiddos. Visitors to BOOtanica! will be treated to a variety of fun events for the whole family, including a children’s costume parade! Also, kids can enjoy Trick or Treating along WaterSaver Lane. The Fall Plant Sale accompanies the day’s activities. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place.  210-829-5360. www.sabot.org

Shindig Fall Festival: Game booths, food trucks, rock climbing wall, skateboard competition, and lots of pumpkins will highlight a day of fun activities for the family.  There will also be a marketplace hosted by MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).  Free.  1 to 5 p.m. University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala.  210-696-1033. www.theu.org/calendar/2015/10/24/shindig-fall-festival

Circle Fest 2015: This Halloween Celebration offers live music, delicious food, arts and crafts, silent auction, and a raffle. The event also features a unique Pumpkin Path, where children hear stories from costumed characters on a path lined with pumpkins and luminaries during an educational, fun-filled experience for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged. Admission for adults is $5; Children under 15 get in free. 4 to 8 p.m. The Circle School, 217 Pershing Ave. 210-439-4171. www.thecircleschool.org

Boo Bash with Simon Kidgits: Join the Kidgits Club for a spooktacular Halloween event. Members will enjoy crafts, games, music, and an inflatable slide. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.  Join during the event or at Guest Services for $5. Noon to 2 p.m.  Ingram Park Mall, 6301 NW Loop 410 (Lower Level, near Dillard’s). 317-636-1600. www.simon.com/mall/ingram-park-mall/stream/kidgits-club-presents-boo-bash-3669935

HalloVISTA 2015: Bring the family for games, music and two haunted houses – one for the kiddos and one for those who want to be scared out of their shoes at the Vista’s first Halloween party.  Food trucks will be on hand. “Ghostbusters” will play at sunset. Following the movie, there will be a 10-minute show of spectacular fireworks. Free. 4 to 9 p.m. Northwest Vista College, 3535 N. Ellison Drive. 210-486-4000.  www.mylarevista.org/120541

 

October 25

5th Annual Halloween Boo Bash: Live musical entertainment, activities, a Bootastic Parade, monster-sized Trick-or-Treating, and a Haunted House. The Boo Bash Parade is set for 1 p.m. and is open to all kids in costume. Free admission. $3 per car for parking. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410. 210-623-8383. www.tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events/halloween-boo-bash-1

 

October 29

Halloween at the McNay: Go to the museum for fun Halloween festivities throughout the museum. View ET-like sculptures in Miró: The Experience of Seeing; then trick-or-treat on the grounds. Bring a blanket to enjoy an outdoor screening of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” at 7 p.m. Trick or Treating on the grounds and Halloween Art-making is from 6 to 7 p.m. Event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels. 210-824-5368. www.mcnayart.org/events/event/halloween-at-the-mcnay

 

October 30

Little Pumpkins Palooza: Catholic Charities brings this event to kids of all ages. A costume contest, carnival games, pumpkin patch activities, and music provided by a DJ are all part of the day’s fun.  Anyone with gently-used costumes, please consider donating them to Catholic Charities in advance of the event to help out kids who don’t have one.  Free. 4 to 7 p.m. Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W Cesar E Chavez Blvd. 210-222-1294 or 210-226-6178. www.ccaosa.org/ads/little%20pumpkin14.pdf

 

October 31

Monster Bash at The DoSeum:  The DoSeum disguises awesome STEM, arts and literacy activities as spooky Halloween fun during Monster Bash. Kids can participate in the costume contest, tip-toe through a haunted house, and turn mad scientist in a hands-on lab. Contact The DoSeum at info@thedoseum.org or 210-212-4453to purchase presale tickets to this signature event. The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway.  210-212-4453.  www.thedoseum.org/programs-events/events

Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treat at Ingram Park Mall: Join Ingram Park Mall for an evening of safe, indoor trick or treating. Participating retailers will provide candy, while supplies last. Visit Guest Services upon arrival for a list of participating retailers. 6 to 8 p.m. Ingram Park Mall, 6301 NW Loop 410. 317-636-1600. www.simon.com/mall/ingram-park-mall/stream/mall-wide-trick-or-treat-3672296

5th Annual “Treats No Tricks” Halloween Carnival: Summit’s fifth annual Halloween community outreach event is an early evening of games, inflatables, Carousel rides, sweet treats, food trucks, contests and prizes for babies, toddlers and children ages 5-11 years.  This year’s event includes “trunk or treating” – a trend gaining in popularity where families will decorate their car instead of their front porch and go trick or treating from car to car instead of door to door.  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Road. 210-402-0565. www.summitsa.com

More Delightful Than Frightful Halloween: Get free tickets to this family-friendly (and non-scary) event by donating three non-perishable food items to Morgan’s Wonderland between Oct. 1 -30. Included in the event is trick-or-treating, face painting, and rides and attractions. For kids ages 12 and under. Special-needs individuals welcome regardless of age. $5 per person for those not donating food. 5 to 9 p.m. Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards. 210-495-5888. www.morganswonderland.com

November 1

BOOtanica! Fall Festival and Plant Sale:  This annual event celebrates Halloween and the season in a fun atmosphere suitable for even the smallest kiddos. Visitors to BOOtanica! will be treated to a variety of fun events for the whole family, including a children’s costume parade! Also, kids can enjoy Trick or Treating along WaterSaver Lane. The Fall Plant Sale accompanies the day’s activities. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place.  210-829-5360. www.sabot.org

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