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Scary parades, walking tours and more

Staff Writer
Austin 360

These outdoor Halloween events including a haunted train, ghost stories, graveyards and a ghostly circus could leave you running screaming for shelter.

Yeah, yeah ... we know, "The call is coming from inside the house!" But Mother Nature's got a few tricks up her spectral sleeves, too.

Boo at the Zoo

Bring your flashlights and observe the animals as they play in the dark. Costumes and picnics are encouraged.

Location: Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Years in operation: 13.

Dates and times: Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29; 6:30-9 p.m.

Cost:$12.50; children under 2 are admitted free

Recommended ages: All.

Signature scare: Haunted train ride.

Website: www.austinzoo.org.

Information:288-1490; info@austinzoo.org.

Spooky Stories and Terrifying Tales

Storybook characters including Rumplestiltskin, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Wampus Cat will anchor scary scenes on a family-friendly walking tour. Also look for witches, a fortune teller, ghouls and goblins.

Location: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Years in operation: Halloween events have been held since the mid-1980s.

Dates and times: Oct. 21-22; Oct, 28-29, 7-10 p.m.

Cost:$10

Recommended ages: All.

Signature scare: The Headless Horseman rides through the chilly gray fog off Walnut Creek as gunfighters and spook lights emerge from the mist.

Website: www.PioneerFarms.org.

Information:837-1215; farminfo@pioneerfarms.org

Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure Walking Tour

Save Austin's Cemeteries hosts this Halloween tour highlighting the lives and dramatic deaths of some of Austin's early citizens. This is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes.

Location:Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St.

Years in operation: Five.

Dates and times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29. Tours begin approximately every 30 minutes.

Cost:Free. Donations benefit the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Restoration Project.

Recommended ages: All ages are welcome.

Signature scare: Tales that shed new light on Austin's history.

Website: www.sachome.org.

Information:917-1666; events@sachome.org.

KreweDCM Halloween Parade

Established in 2007, the New Orleans-inspired KreweDCM stages elaborate Halloween parades in downtown Austin. This year's parade is titled "Circus of the 7 Dawns."

Location:The parade begins at Riverside Drive and South First Street and ends at Seventh and Red River streets.

Years in operation:Five.

Dates and times: 9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Cost: Free for public viewing, $17 to participate. People 18 and up (or younger with a parent or guardian) interested in marching can join KreweDCM via the website (membership dues include admission to both after-party venues, Elysium and Red 7).

Recommended ages: All ages may watch, although the parade gets more raucous as it nears Sixth Street. KreweDCM recommends that families view the parade from the sidewalks of Congress Avenue.

Signature scare: Pennywise the Clown-Clown and the Skelephex.

Website: www.krewedcm.com.

Information: krewedcm@gmail.com

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