It’s finally October, and while Central Texas may not get to experience the stereotypical joys of fall, we can take the full month to celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween.
Think it’s too soon to get your spook on? Think again. Here are some ways you can get in the haunted holiday spirit right now and all month long.
HIT UP A PUMPKIN PATCH
Sure, there are gourds aplenty at your local grocery store, but going out to a farm for fall fun will make you feel much more festive.
Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a corn maze, pumpkin picking, music and more than 30 other activities as part of their fall festival on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 5 ($14 admission, plus extra for pumpkins and face painting).
At Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, you can pick a pumpkin, go on a hay ride, make your own scarecrow, tackle the Texas maze and more, daily (except Wednesdays) through Nov. 5 (cost varies per activity).
And at the Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch in Temple, enjoy a hay maze or corn maze, bounce houses and more on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29 ($10 wristbands for all activities or buy individual tickets; pumpkins extra).
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DARE TO ENTER A HAUNTED HOUSE
The House of Torment has been scaring us (or, in some cases, scarring our psyches) for 15 years. This year’s frightful festivities include “three unprecedented haunt attractions, a dark carnival with freak show performances, and an extended themed food menu that will include beer and wine for the first time ever,” according to a news release. That’s right: You can imbibe before subjecting yourself to chainsaw-bearing clowns. House of Torment is open nightly through Halloween (closed Oct. 2, 3 and 9) and into November.
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DRIVE-IN FOR FRIGHTENING FLICKS
For October, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Manchaca is becoming a Halloween Haunted Drive-In with a creepy setting and a monthlong roster of favorite films for all ages, including “Poltergeist,” “Teen Wolf,” “Silence of The Lambs,” “Hocus Pocus,” “The Exorcist,” “Ghostbusters,” “Shaun of the Dead” and, of course, “Halloween.”
We’ll be celebrating Halloween all month long at austin360.com; check back every day for things to do around Austin, scary movie recommendations, costume ideas and more.