- Katey Psencik American-Statesman Staff
Wondering how to celebrate the year’s spookiest holiday? Here are some events happening around Central Texas, from Halloween weekend to the holiday itself.
House of Torment. Austin’s premier haunted house is open through Oct. 31, then reopens on Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11 in case you didn’t get enough pre-Halloween scares.
Scream Hollow. The Bastrop-area Halloween park has four haunted houses and is open from 7 p.m. to midnight through Oct. 31, as well as Nov. 3-4.
Vampyress, A Gothic Opera at The Vortex. Watch the true story of Erzsebet Bathori, “The Bloody Countess,” who murdered hundreds of young women in Hungary in the 16th century. Showtimes run through Oct. 28.
The Austin Seance at The Vortex. Various sittings of “The Austin Seance” are taking place for Halloween, with a special sitting on the evening of the holiday.
Halloween Spelltacular - Hocus Pocus at Palm Park. It’s everyone’s favorite Halloween movie, right? Head to Palm Park starting at 5:30 p.m. and watch the movie at twilight (around 7 p.m.), with proceeds benefiting the Austin Parks Foundation.
Echo Lake: Incantation at ColdTowne Theater. The Echo Lake improv troupe presents a Halloween-themed night of improvised comedy.
Little Woodrow’s Halloween Party. The party at the Burnet location will feature an 18-foot screen showing Halloween movies including “Shaun of the Dead,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as a costume contest, special cocktails and beer specials.
Spooktacular at Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Dress up as your favorite video game character and join the fun inspired by the “Pong to Pokemon” exhibit at the museum.
Stranger Things Camp Premiere. In case you haven’t heard (and how would you have missed it?) everybody’s favorite Netflix show is back on Friday. Season two of “Stranger Things” comes out, so The Buzz Mill is hosting a costume contest, specialty drinks, waffles (of course) and the showing of the second season’s premiere.
Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny at the Thinkery. Bring the kids, dress in your Halloween best and take part in Halloween activities like making your own spooky sounds and checking out animal bones, skulls and teeth.
Halloween Comic Fest 2017 at Austin Books and Comics. The event features free comic books (yes, you read that right) and free candy.
Doggo-Ween at The White Horse. The only thing that could possibly make Halloween better is dogs. There will be a dog costume contest (of course) and a puppy kissing booth. All proceeds go to Austin Pets Alive.
Daybreaker ATX: Goulish Getdown at Empire Control Room. The popular early-morning sober dance party is back -- and spooky.
Scream Screens: Halloween at Violet Crown. Because what’s better than watching “Halloween” on Halloween?
5th Annual Halloween Party at Hops & Grain. Plan your costume, because the top three winners of the contest get prizes.
Rockyfest! A Variety Show Tribute to Rocky Horror at The North Door. The show won’t feature a screening of the movie, but they’ll still be playing songs from the soundtrack and quoting along. There will also be burlesque acts, drag performers and comedians.
Dead Celebrity Halloween Party at Whip-In. Dress up as -- you guessed it -- your favorite dead celebrity. There will even be a red carpet.