Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny at the Thinkery. Your kids can have Halloween fun before they ever go trick-or-treating. The Thinkery’s not-too-spooky night (which adults and children alike can show up to in costume) will show you how to make your own scary sounds, face your fear of freaky foods, learn how to walk like an eight-legged spider, taste edible insects with Little Herds, check out Austin Toy Museum’s collection of creepy toys and much, much more. Complete all activity stations and receive a special prize. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27. $11-$15. 1830 Simond Ave. shop.thinkeryaustin.org/EventPurchase.aspx.
Austin Séance Halloween Series. Hosts Albert Lucio and Jake Cordero examine the history of the American spiritualist movement, demonstrate tools used by mediums and hold a modern re-creation of an old-time séance. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27-31 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28. $15. Vortex Pony Shed, 2307 Manor Road. austinseance.com.
Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure: 11th Annual Walking Tour. These tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of "residents" of East Austin’s Oakwood cemetery, as portrayed by actors at their grave sites in the southeast section. The 45 minute tours highlight historical — not scary — events from the 1870s-1930s and showcase a wealth of information from the Austin History Center and local sites. Tours start every 15 to 20 minutes through 3:15 p.m. at the blue tents erected for the tour. Donations are welcome to help with restoration projects of 1800s monuments and other needs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St. sachome.org/events/mmmtour.html.
Howl-O-Ween Bash and Doggie Costume Contest. Have a spookily good time at this happy hour with Tito’s Vodka at Baker Street Pub & Grill. Everyone and their pups are welcome to the pub to enjoy a doggy food truck, pet trick-or-treat bags and adorable costumed dogs. Drinks like Greyhounds and Bloody Marys will directly benefit the Sato Project, which is dedicated to rescuing abandoned and abused dogs from Puerto Rico. 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. 3003 S. Lamar Blvd. facebook.com/events/427646490965718/.
15th Annual Booda Halloween 2017. Walk down the Main Street of Buda for an endless supply of candy and spooky fun. Parents and kids alike can participate in the two contests — a pumpkin-decorating competition and costume contest — for the chance to win awesome prizes. There will only be two winners of the adult costume contest, one Best Female and one Best Male, whereas the youth contest has first, second and third place for the categories of Most Original, Spookiest and Most Boodaful. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. Downtown Buda. boodahalloween.splashthat.com.
"Gilbert & Sullivan’s Haunted Houses." What happens when a young man from the Addams family falls madly in love with the beautiful young ingénue from the Munster family, a la "Romeo and Juliet"? Find out in this topsy-turvy afternoon of music. Audience members are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. 3 p.m. Oct. 29. Free ($10 suggested donation). Bachus Conservatory Performing Arts Center, 12233 RM 620 North #305. gilbertsullivan.org
Whip In’s Dead Celebrities Party. Dress up as your favorite undead celebrity on Halloween night while grooving to two terrifyingly great bands featuring your favorite Whip In employees. There will also be a costume contest and an all-night happy hour featuring Celis beers, including Celis White and Pale Bock. 7 p.m. Oct. 31. 1950 S. Interstate 35. facebook.com/events/2005141559730001.