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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on October 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 5:35 PM

This week you'll find food deals, lots of family fun and more Halloween fun for the whole family. Enjoy!

Food deals

Wear your costume to Krispy Kreme on Halloween morning and get a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice donut.

Chipotle Mexican Grill will host their annual Boorito event on October 31, 2012, from 4 p.m. to close.  Head into any Chipotle dressed in costume during that time and you can get a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos for just $2. For more information, visit the Chipotle website.

National Pasta Day Deals

Thursday, October 25th is World Pasta Day. Enjoy these deals and freebies from coupon website BeFrugal.com: Thanks Jen!

Family deals

Right now you can get a $30 Tiny Prints voucher from Zulily for just $15. It’s free to become a Zulily member and the voucher is good on cards, invites and accessories, but beware of the fine print:

  •  Limit 1 voucher per Zulily member
  • Cannot be used for gift cards, gift certificates, letterpress products, and thermography products, William Arthur products, 1:1 greeting cards, mint tins, photobooks, calendars, Erin Condren products, custom stamps and embossers, wall and desk decor, mugs and iPhone cases
  • Voucher can only be used on holiday, baby, birthday, and general cards, invites and accessories
  • Voucher can only be used at www.tinyprints.com
  • Cannot be combined with other zulily or Tiny Prints vouchers or promotions
  • Voucher good for one time use only, any leftover funds will be forfeited
  • If not redeemed by November 23, 2012, voucher will be good for $15 credit only and will be subject to original category restrictions
  • The credit never expires
  • Taxes are extra 

This weekend October 27 and 28 is the annual Texas Book Festival. It’s a great event to bring out the kids and it’s free.

There will be hands-on projects in The Children’s Activity Tent, you can jam to kiddie music in The Children’s Entertainment Tent, and listen to authors reading their books in The Children’s Read Me a Story Tent.  And bring your camera because you never know which characters you may run into while wandering around. Thanks to Heidi from Free Fun in Austin for putting together the guide below:

The Children's Activity Tent, located on Colorado Street between 12th and 13th streets:

  • Austin Dog Alliance, Sat. 10 a.m. and Sun. 11 a.m., kids can meet the Bow Wow Reading Dogs from Austin Dog Alliance and create their own book to read to their pet at home.
  • Become a Fashion Designer!, Sat. 11 a.m., kids can learn how to make fun, fabulous outfits with Marjorie Galen, author of The Fashion Designer's Handbook & Fashion Kit: Learn to Sew and Become a Designer in 33 Fabulous Projects.
  • How to Draw Stuff, Sat. noon, kids will join Scott Sutton, author and illustrator of How to Draw Stuff and The Family of Ree series, to learn 10 simple secrets to making cartoon characters actually look like what they’re trying to draw.
  • Made by You, Sat. 1 p.m., kids can create their own Texas Book Festival souvenir - book making, bookmark decorating, and more.
  • KLRU/PBS Kids Transmedia Demonstration Station, Sat. 2 p.m. and Sun. 12:30 p.m., parents and kids can get to know the latest PBS Kids releases, including educational video, games, and digital storybooks through KLRU's mobile iPad station.
  • Create a Calavera, Sat. 4 p.m., kids will get ready for Dia de los Muertos by coloring or crafting their own paper calavera.
  • Animals, Animals, Animals!, Sun. 2 p.m., kids can learn from their favorite children's authors how to draw some of the most vibrant animals being published in picture books today.

The Children’s Entertainment Tent, located on West Capitol Driveway near Colorado Street:

  • Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre, Sat. 10 a.m., puppeteer, painter, graphic artist, costume designer, and book illustrator Ellen Turner Scott amazes with the art of puppetry.
  • Joe McDermott, Sat. 11 a.m., "the maestro of imagination" performs his critically acclaimed children’s music.
  • Brain Quest, Sat. noon and Sun. 2 p.m., kids will have the chance to flaunt their smarts by answering questions in a quiz show setting on stage.
  • Circus Chicken Dog, Sat. 2 p.m., nationally recognized dog trainer and party entertainer, Dan Peterson, enchants audiences with his dogs’ unique tricks.
  • The Biscuit Brothers, Sat. 3 p.m., the hosts of the EMMY Award-winning PBS kids’ music and education program will capture all that’s best about children’s music.
  • McCallum High School Knights of Steel, Sat. and Sun. 4 p.m., a returning Festival favorite, the steel band entertains with its musical stylings.
  • Kent Cummins, Sun. 11 a.m., magician, juggler, puppeteer, teacher and writer Cummins puts on an unforgettable show that’s sure to entertain audience members of any age.
  • Walter Tragert, Sun. noon, singer/songwriter Tragert performs hits from his children's music album, Rough Day in the Sandbox.
  • Chautauqua, with Joaquin Hancock, Family, and Friends, Sun. 1 p.m., a fun, interactive show that explores the realms of play, song, dance, and waking life including songs passed down through generations and works still coming into being.
  • Todd Simpson, Sun. 2 p.m., a young man who takes children on a musical journey, teaching them that it is okay to be different.
  • Mr. Johnny and Sharon, Sun. 4 p.m.

The Children’s Read Me a Story Tent, located at 13th and Colorado streets:

  • Duncan Tonatiuh, Sat. 10:00 a.m., Diego Rivera: His World and Ours tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.
  • Bob Shea, Sat. 10:30 a.m., Dinosaur vs. Santa presents a fun and imaginative take on the Christmas season.
  • Loren Long, Sat. 11 a.m., Long is a two-time Golden Kite award winner and New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator and author.
  • Chris Gall, Sat. 11:30 a.m., award-winning author teaches the Dinotrux a lesson in Revenge of the Dinotrux.
  • Don Tate & R. Gregory Christie, Sat. noon, It Jes Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, a historical look at one of the foremost self-taught artists in America.
  • Andrea White, Sat. 12:30 p.m., The Very Long Life of Alice’s Playhouse: A Survivor’s Story tells the enchanting true story of a 118-year-old playhouse in Houston’s Sam Houston Park.
  • Peter Brown, Sat. 1:00 p.m., Creepy Carrots is a clever tale about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
  • Adriana Pacheco, Sat. 1:30 p.m., The Pedro & Margarita Collection of Bilingual Children's Books, for ages 5-8, is great for young speakers of Spanish and English alike.
  • Tejas Star Award winner James Luna, Sat. 2 p.m., the bilingual book The Runaway Piggy/El cochinito fugitive, which won the Tejas Star Book Award, starts with a gingerbread piggy cookie leaping off the baking tray to take the reader on a mad dash through the barrio and only gets more exciting from there.
  • Liz Garton Scanlon, Sat. 2:30 p.m., Think Big features five friends and a cat who use their imaginations to dream up their future selves in this rhyming adventure.
  • Bluebonnet Master List Announcement Party, Sat. 3 p.m., be the first to find out what’s on the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Master List.
  • Kelly Bennett, Sat. 3:30 p.m., One Day I Went Rambling uses imagination to transform common objects into treasures and creates a secret project that piques the protagonist’s friends’ curiosity.
  • Philip Yates, Sun. 11 a.m., the familiar sounds of the Twelve Days of Christmas are turned on their head by a motley band of pirates in Philip Yates’ new picture book, A Pirate’s Twelve Day’s of Christmas.
  • Jon Klassen, Sun. 11:30 a.m., This is Not My Hat is the tale of a wide-eyed small fish who found the perfect hat, which belongs to a much larger and hungrier fish.
  • Tad Hills, Sun. noon, Rocket Writes a Story follows the adventures from the New York Times bestseller How Rocket Learned to Read with bright, painterly illustrations in oils and colored pencil.
  • Rob Scotton, Sun. 1 p.m., Splat the Cat: Splat Says Thank You! will leave Splat fans thankful to know this cat-and-mouse duo.
  • Barney Saltzberg, Sun. 1:30 p.m., Arlo Needs Glasses and Andrew Drew and Drew take a fact of life faced by some kids and turn it into a fun, interactive story with pull-out tabs and folding illustrations.
  • Gwendolyn Zepeda, Sun. 2 p.m., Level Up/Paso De Nivel is a bilingual story about learning how to drop the bad habits and instead “level up” in life.
  • Cherie Colburn, Sun. 2:30 p.m., Bloomin’ Tales: Legends of Seven Favorite Texas Wildflowers enthralls children of all ages as the history of both plants and people are brought to life with exiting tales passed down through the years.
  • Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann, Sun. 3:00 p.m., Oh No! is an irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators – Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann – and feels like a classic-in-the-making.

Children's sessions in the Family Life Center, located at 1300 Lavaca:

Class Acts with Tim Green, Adam Rex, and Jon Scieszka
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10 - 11 a.m. 

This fall, the biggest names and freshest voices in middle-grade lit are touring the country in a competition to win the title of “Best in Class.” Join 3 stellar and hilarious authors for this interactive event, where kids will compete to win their author the coveted title in the Class Act Challenge.

Lines That Make You Laugh with Tad Hills, Barney Saltzberg, Rob Scotton, and Philip Yates
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The pictures within a children's book alone are not what fully engages a child; the connection is made from the very first words he or she reads. In this panel, we have asked several authors to reveal the artistry behind the witty and heartwarming lines that their young readers love.

Ivy and Bean Make the Rules with Ivy and Bean writer Annie Barrows
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 1- 1:45 p.m.

Author Annie Barrows keeps on writing about the fun, charming, and sometimes downright silly adventures of best friends Ivy and Bean. In Ivy and Bean Make the Rules, both characters are at their imaginative best. Bean's older sister, Nancy, is going to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, and Bean isn't old enough to go. So Bean and Ivy decide to make their own better camp: Camp Flaming Arrow, where counselors Ivy and Bean will give a whole new meaning to Crafts, Music, First Aid, and hands-on learning! Annie Barrows is the author of several books for adult and children, including nine books in the award-winning Ivy and Bean series.

Captain Underpants!
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca)

Hold on to your underpants: it’s time for a new Captain Underpants adventure! In the most time-travelingiest comic yet, George and Harold travel back in time to kindergarten. But how will they defeat bully Kipper Krupp when Captain Underpants won't be invented until the 4th grade? Join some of the Festival's writers as we celebrate Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers. I read on Facebook that capes will be given away at this session! Captain Underpants writer Dav Pilkey will be signing his books in the Children's Signing Tent on Colorado St. (at 13th Street) after this event ends.

Children's Session in the Capitol Extension, Room E2.012:

Lunch Ladies, Mummies & Class Clowns with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, James Luna, and Kirk Scroggs
Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 10- 11 a.m.

Young readers 8-12 years old will be captivated by these wonderfully delirious tales of school hijinks. James Luna's A Mummy in Her Backpack/Una Momia en su mochila follows Flor's attempts to protect and then return the walking, talking mummy that came home from vacation with her. Jarret Krosoczka's Lunch Lady graphic novels series continues with Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril. And Kirk Scroggs continues the Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet. Filled with delightful illustrations, these books will leave kids clamoring for more.

For the entire children’s authors, events, and activities lineup, please view the schedule on the Texas Book Festival website.  Also, be sure to check out where to park for free!

 Cedar Park Public Library Foundation will present the 4th Annual Fable Fest on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from noon - 6 p.m., in Elizabeth Milburn Park.  Fable Fest offers a complete showcase of drama, music, art and storytelling.  Admission is free, but tickets for the various activities will cost extra. Free entertainment will include musical performances and jousting, archery and dance demonstrations.

The schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m. - Ticket Sales Booths Open
  • 12:00 p.m. - Festival Opening Ceremonies & Royal Reading Court followed by Pied Piper Costume Parade - Troubadours Tent; Tour Knight Area - Royal Academy
  • 12:30 p.m. - Vista Ridge High School "A Bad Day at Gopher's Breath" - Troubadours Tent; Mother Goose - Kings Carnival
  • 1:10 p.m. - Running Brushy Middle School "Cinderella" - Troubadours Tent
  • 1:30 p.m. - Mother Goose - Kings Carnival; Archery Demonstration - Royal Academy
  • 2:00 p.m. - Band of the Hills - Troubadours Tent; Jousting - Royal Academy
  • 2:30 p.m. - Mother Goose - Kings Carnival
  • 3:00 p.m. - SCA Dance Guild - Troubadours Tent; Archery Demonstration - Royal Academy
  • 3:30 p.m. - Austin School for the Performing Arts; Surprise Performance
  • 4:00 p.m. - Mother Goose - Kings Carnival; Jousting - Royal Academy
  • 4:30 p.m. - Joey the Whistler - Troubadours Tent
  • 5:00 p.m. - Austin School for the Performing & Visual Arts - Troubadours Tent
  • 5:30 p.m. - Archery Demonstration - Royal Academy

American Chemical Society (ACS) will host National Chemistry Week (NCW) at the Austin Children's Museum on Sunday, October, 28, 2012, from 12 to 5 p.m. The theme for this year is Nanotechnology: Smallest BIG Idea in Science. NCW activities will be included with the cost of admission to the Austin Children's Museum.  Admission to the Museum is free on Sundays, from 4 - 5 p.m., or any time upon request through the Museum's Open Door policy.  For regular admission prices, visit the Austin Children's Museum website.

Puppet Show

 The Austin Public Library is putting together a traditional puppet show called The Elves and the Shoemaker. It's recommended for children ages 4 and up. It’s about a cold, lonely winter and a poor shoemaker and his wife and how the magic of the season changes everything. You can see it at the following times and locations:

 Wednesday, November 7 @ 3:30 p.m.
Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd., 512-974-9900

Thursday, November 8 @ 10:15 a.m.
University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln., 512-974-9940

Friday, November 9 @ 10:15 a.m.
Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., 512-974-3625

Wednesday, November 14 @ 3:30 p.m.
Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr., 512-974-9880

Tuesday, November 20 @ 10:15 a.m.
Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., 512-974-9840

Wednesday, November 21 @ 10:15 a.m.
Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd., 512-974-7500

Tuesday, November 27 @ 3:30 p.m.
Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St., 512-974-9980

Thursday, November 29 @ 10:15 a.m.  

Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., 512-974-8700

Monday, December 3 @ 3:30 p.m.

Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd., 512-974-8800

Tuesday, December 4 @ 10:15 a.m.

Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., 512-974-7372

Tuesday, December 4 @ 3:30 p.m.

Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr., 512-974-8860

Wednesday, December 5 @ 3:30 p.m.

North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave., 512-974-9960

Thursday, December 6 @ 10:15 a.m.

Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln., 512-974-9860

Friday, December 7 @  10:15 a.m.

Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., 512-974-8840

Saturday, December 8 @ 1:00 p.m.

Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr., 512-974-8820

Sunday, December 9 @ 1:00 p.m.

Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St., 512-974-7400

Monday, December 10, @ 3:30 p.m.

Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd., 512-974-3800

Saturday, December 15 @ 1:00 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr., 512-974-3940

Tuesday, December 18 @ 10:30 a.m.

 Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., 512-974-1010

Tuesday, December 11 @ 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday Tales @ the DAC | 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

 All APL programs and events are free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

On line savings

Austin based Offers.com has scoured the internet and put together a list of the best deals on the web this week. You’ll save on everything from dinner to items for your pet. Thanks Shermayne for the tips!

Papa John's Pizza Deal

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Expires 10/27/12


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Extra 30% off Entire Purchase

Expires 10/25/12


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Expires 10/25/12


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60% off Skullcandy Earbuds + Free Shipping

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Up to 60% Off Pet Crates and Carries - HOT DEAL

Expires 10/24/12


Family fun -- Pumpkin Patch

There are lots of places to pick pumpkins in Central Texas. Here is the Free Fun in Austin.com list of available pumpkin patches in Austin (and beyond)!

Greater Austin Area:

ACTS Church (Lakeway): Open October 7th - 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 1304 RR 620, Austin, TX

Bethany Lutheran Church (Austin): Open October 12th - 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Storytelling & Children's activities
  • Bake Sale
  • Hours (10-7)
  • 3701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX

First United Methodist Church of Georgetown (Georgetown): Open September 29th - October 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hours (9-dusk)
  • 410 East University Ave, Georgetown, TX

Red Barn Garden Center (Austin): Open October 10th - November 14th

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Sat. October 20th : Inflatables & Barnyard Animals
  • 12881 Pond Springs Rd, Austin, TX

St. John's United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 10th - 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Various Hours (check website)
  • 2140 Allendale Rd, Austin, TX

St. Mark United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 15th - 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 601 W Braker, Austin

St. Richards Episcopal Church (Round Rock): Open September 28th - October 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Benefiting NetsforLife, The Round Rock Serving Center, and St. Richards Episcopal Church
  • Sun-Fri (noon-dark); Sat (9am-dark)
  • 1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX

Tarrytown United Methodist Church (Austin): Open October 1st - 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Benefits Youth Ministry
  • M-F (2-7:30); Sat (9-7:30); Sun (12-7:30)
  • 2601 Exposition Rd, Austin, TX

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes (Cedar Park): Open October 1st - 31st

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Weekdays: (9:30-12 & 4-7:15); Sat (9-4); Sun (12-4)
  • Fall Festival (Oct 20): Inflatables, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Vendor Fair and more
  • 204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX

Beyond Austin:

Barton Hills Farms (Bastrop):  Open Weekends through November 18th

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • 5 acre Corn Maze
  • Live Bands
  • Frontier Games
  • Adults $10; Children $7

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm (Elgin): Open Weekdays starting October 6th

  • Hay Rides
  • Hay Jumping
  • Mazes
  • Kiddie Train Ride (weekends only)
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Animals to Visit
  • October Fall Fun: Weekdays & 1st & 4th Weekends of October - Admission $5
  • Pumpkin Festival: 2nd & 3rd Weekends of October - Admission Adults $7; Children $5

Evergreen Farms (Elgin): Open All Weekends in October

  • Pumpkin Hunt
  • Wagon Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pumpkin Launcher
  • Train Ride
  • Pumpkin Maze
  • Rides on an authentic pumper fire truck
  • Admission is free; Select activities have a fee ($2.50 - $5)

Silo Christmas Tree Farm (Temple): Open Weekends October 6th - 28th

  • Kiddie Train Ride
  • Maze
  • Hay Ride
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Feed the Farm Animals
  • Pony Rides
  • Stuff the Scarecrow
  • Admission is canned food or monetary donation; Purchase tickets for activities ($2-$15)

Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls): Open September 29th - November 11th

  • Texas Hayfield Maze
  • Stuff Your Own Scarecrow
  • Scarecrow Island Hayrides
  • Sweetberry Express Barrel Train
  • Horse Rides
  • Berry Bounce
  • Pick your own Pumpkins
  • Free Admission; Activities are individually priced ($2.50 - $16.50)
  • Closed on Wednesdays


Halloween fun

Free Fun in Austin also put together a roundup of fall festivals and Halloween events in and around the city! As always, please check times and locations on the individual event sites before heading out, as they may have changed.


Join the Northwest Family Y on Saturday, October 27, 2012 for a spooky fun time! Come dressed in your "family appropriate" Halloween costumes to enjoy activities from 5 - 8 p.m.  This event is free to all! There will be face painting, a haunted candy trail, pumpkin patch picking (One per Family. Must complete activities chart and bring 3 cans of food), Seton Haunted Hospital (Get bandaged up and some cool fake injuries), festive arts & crafts, family Halloween games, raffles & prizes, spooky music.

Boo at the Zoo, October 19, 20, 26 and 27, 7 - 9 p.m. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary -- See the animals at night and ride the haunted train, which runs every 20 minutes from 7 - 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and include your train ticket for a specific time. Please note that coupons and vouchers will not be valid for this event. (10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin)

Haunted Trails, October 19-20 and October 26-27, 7-10 p.m., Pioneer Farms -- The moon is full, spirits are rustling through the leaves along Walnut Creek and ghouls are ready to welcome you to this popular Halloween event. The Chisholm Trail that runs across Pioneer Farms was never this ghostly. Fun for the whole family. Appropriate for children. Come see Spooky Scarecrows, haunted historic houses, ghost stories among other family-friendly frights along a three-quarter-mile walking tour through Hallow's Eve, with fortune tellers, eerie spooklights and much more. Hear tales of Edgar Allan Poe, a famous 19th Century author. Watch short "lantern show" films from the 1890s. Hear spooky tales from the Central Texas Storytelling Guild. Admission is $12 a person. Reservations are not necessary. Hayrides and fortune telling booths available for extra fee. Food and drinks will be on sale in the Spook Town entrance village. (10621 Pioneer Farms Drive)

What's the Story Steve? Special Halloween Shows, October 20 and 27, 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater --  Join Steve the Improvising Poodle in two special Halloween shows: help Steve create an improvised haunted house, create spooky tales, and see them brought to life! Costumes are welcome! Kids are also invited to stay for a sample improv class from 11 - 11:50 a.m. Come early -- the theater capacity is only 48. The show is FREE, but donations are appreciated. (4803 Airport Blvd)

Spooktacular!, Friday, October 26, 6 - 9 p.m., Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum -- Ghosts and ghouls of all ages will enjoy a terror-ific evening of spooky storytelling, experiments, games, costumes, and more! The night will really heat up when Sangre Del Sol lights up the Plaza. This performance group brings together fire and LED effects with amazing costumes, diverse dance styles, and exciting music to create a one-of-a-kind experience. FREE. (1800 N Congress Avenue)

Trick or Treat Trail and Carnival, October 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Northwest Recreation Center -- Bounce House, Popcorn, Games, Candy, a Crazy Laboratory Trick-or-Treat Trail, a Weird Scientist Show and Even More Halloween Fun! FREE event! Receive 12 tickets for the carnival and endless trips through the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Get additional tickets for only 25 cents! (2913 Northland Drive)

Ski Shores Cafe Halloween Party, October 26, 6 p.m.  -- BOO! Join the restaurant for some spooky, family-friendly fun on Lake Austin - costumes are encouraged, of course! The fun starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the movie Coraline when the sun goes down. Admission to the party is FREE and includes fun stuff such as trick-or-treat bags, fireside s'mores, Halloween punch, live music from Amy & the Bullets and more. (2905 Pearce Road)

5th Annual Halloween Festival and Fashion Show, October 26, 6 - 8 p.m., Austin Children's Academy -- FREE EVENT for all Austin Families! Activities include: Children's Halloween Fashion Show, Hay Ride and Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Carving and Contest, Cupcake Decorating, Live Local Musicians, Bounce House and Balloon Animals, Face Painting and Colored Hair Spray,  Carnival Games and Refreshments, Family Entertainment and much, much more. (12310 Ranch Road 620 North)

Halloween Howl, October 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Austin Nature and Science Center -- Don’t miss this spook-tacular family event! Discover the science and nature of Halloween. Perfect for children of all ages. Lots to see and do! Costumes encouraged! Bring a flashlight! Hike by Moonlight, Play with Slime, Meet Nocturnal Hunters, Encounter a Bat, Visit the Planetarium, Experiment in a Mad Scientist Lab, Touch a Hissing Cockroach, Learn about Lizards & Snakes, Investigate Bones & Skulls, See Arachnids and More! $5.00 per person. (301 Nature Center Drive)

Pumpkin Carving on the Dock, October 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center -- Fun the whole family.  Come in costume and enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, food, music, games and prizes.  RSVP by Tuesday, October 23 by calling 512-974-4926. FREE.  (1165 Angelina Street)

Halloween Fun and Film Fest, October 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Yarborough Branch Library. (512) 974-8820. Movies, games, and crafts. Popcorn and refreshments served. Reservations not needed. 10:30 a.m. - Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie. 12:30 p.m. - The Adventures of Icabod and Mr. Toad.  2:30 p.m. - Dark Shadows (PG-13). FREE.  (2200 Hancock Drive)

Fall Family Fun, October 27, Wells Branch Community Library --  Telephone Company concert at 10:30 a.m. Then, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., bring along a pumpkin to paint or paint a pumpkin on a paper bag.  FREE, but you need to sign up at the library, starting October 13.  (15001 Wells Port Drive)

Goblins in the Garden, October 28, 4 - 7 p.m., Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center -- Come celebrate Halloween at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! There will be spooky fun activities on the grounds and gardens for all ages to enjoy. Explore the Not-So-Haunted Tower, where Botanica the herbal witch casts her magic plant spells. Follow the clues for the ultimate prize in the Owl Prowl scavenger hunt in the gardens. Get creative in the Halloween arts ‘n crafts center or be an Owl Pellet Detective in the Visitors Gallery. Families can dress up in their Halloween finest and bring a camera to take memorable snap shots. Come dressed as an insect from our Butterfly Garden to celebrate its 10th anniversary and then join the costume parade through the courtyard at 6:00 p.m. Think butterfly, moth, spider, and ladybug costumes. Enjoy goodies from local vendors on the grounds or stop by the Wildflower Center Café for hot chocolate and other seasonal beverages and food. Regular admission applies: $9 Adults; $7 Seniors 65 years and older; $7 Students 13 years and older; $3 Children 5 through 12; FREE for children 4 and under. (4801 La Crosse Avenue) 

Spooky Skedaddle Festival and 5K, October 27, 4 - 9 p.m., Texas School for the Deaf -- Wear your costume and run, walk, cart wheel, or skip your way through the first Spooky Skedaddle Festival and 5K. Hot air balloons, safe trick or treating, face painting, mummy wrapping, cake walk, and more. Race entry fee: $30 for adults, $15 for students/kids. Tickets can be purchased on site for all booths. Trick or treating is FREE. Register here. (1102 S Congress Ave)

NW Spooktacular, October 27, 5 - 8 p.m., Northwest Family YMCA -- Come dressed in your "family appropriate" halloween costumes and enjoy the following activities with you family: Face Painting, Haunted Candy Trail, Pumpkin Patch Pickin (one pumpkin per family), Seton Haunted Hospital (get bandanged up & some cool fake injuries), Festive Arts & Crafts, Family Halloween Games, Raffles with prizes, and spooky music. FREE for all. (5807 McNeil Dr.)

Fright at the Museum, October 28, 1 - 4:45, Texas Memorial Museum -- Dress up your little goblins and bring your mummy to celebrate Halloween at Austin's very own dinosaur graveyard! Join spooky scientists in exploring the mysterious side of Texas' natural history. Feel frightful fish from the ocean depths; be rattled by slithery snakes of Central Texas; and feast your eyes on bizarre bugs while the Museum serves up creepy, crawly critters for your culinary delight. For more information, visit here. FREE. (2400 Trinity Street)

Halloween Children's Concert, October 28, 2 p.m., Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts -- This year’s spook-tacular show is sure to have you shakin’ in your boots! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall as the Austin Symphony presents its annual Halloween Children’s Concert, featuring mindchilling songs that are entertaining for all ages! The entire family is encouraged to join in on the fun and dress to impress in their favorite costumes while attending a concert full of “boo-tiful” music. Wear your costume! Tickets are $12 per adult; $8 per child. They can be purchased online. (701 W. Riverside)

A Positively Spooky Puppet Show, October 31, 10:30 a.m., BookPeople -- The store's wild and crazy puppeteers will perform a hilarious rendition of the story Dorothy’s great and treacherous journey to find the Wizard -- THE WIZARD OF OZ! It is Halloween so, if you wish, come dressed in your costume! Make sure to arrive early to ensure a seat at this raucous magical mystery show. FREE. (603 N Lamar Blvd)

La Patisserie Trick or Treat, October 31, until 7 p.m., La Patisserie -- Bring your little ones dressed in their favorite costumes to La Paitsserie for some early trick or treating. The store will stay open until 7 p.m. passing out mini macarons to all that come dressed... even the adults. (602 West Annie Street)


Fall Festival & Corn Maze, weekends through November 18, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Barton Hill Farms -- Get lost at the first annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms! Set amongst hundred-year-old cottonwoods on the banks of the Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms integrates live Texas Country music, Texas heritage, and traditional fall fun to create an experience the whole family can enjoy. The festivities will be held every weekend through Sunday, November 18th. Featuring a 5-acre corn maze, the Fall Festival & Corn Maze offers a dynamic outdoor experience for all ages. Moms and dads can kick back with a brew and listen to the music while the little ones explore The Lively, a 50 foot pirate ship wrecked on the banks of the river, play frontier games in a replica of the ol’ Wilbarger fort, and pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Austin’s own educational music duo, The Biscuit Brothers, will visit Barton Hill Farms on Saturday, October 27th and Saturday, November 10th. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 3 - 12, and FREE for 2 and under. (1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop)

Halloween Fest, October 31, 5 - 9 p.m., Downtown Bastrop -- Recognized as one of the top festivals in the country. FREE admission.

Bee Cave:

Trick or Treating Event, October 27, 3 - 9 p.m., Hill Country Galleria -- Trick or treating, kids activities, bounce house, free face painting, costumes, and live music! FREE.  (12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave)
Thanks Courtney!


Boo-Da Halloween, October 25, 6 - 8 p.m., Downtown Buda -- Activities Include: Halloween Stories, Crafts, Games and more at the Buda Public Library PLUS Trick-or-Treating.  Local businesses provide free treats to children. For more information, call 512-312-0084.  FREE and open to the public.

Cedar Park:

Trick or Treating at Lakeline Mall, October 31, 5 - 9 p.m., Lakeline Mall -- Enjoy a night of safe trick or treating. Kidgets Club members can pick up their trick or treating bags at guest services and stop by retailers for a sweet treat. Halloween photos will also be available by the Noerr Programs at the Dillards Women's court for a fee. (11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park)

Lakeline Mall invites all Simon Kidgits Club members and their parents to the annual Boo Bash Halloween event on Saturday, October 20, from noon – 2 p.m. Kids are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costume for a chance to win this year’s costume contest. The Simon Kidgits Club® is for children ages 3-8. Membership is $5 per child per year and includes free admission to several Kidgits events throughout the year. You can sign up online or at the mall. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.  You may also be interested in Lakeline's Mall Wide Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.


Fall Family Fun Festival, October 20 & 27, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Crowe's Nest Farm -- Visit the animals, hayrides, animal shows, butterfly demos, children's costume contest, and more. Free pumpkin for every family! Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children age 3 - 12, $2 for children age 2, FREE for under age 2. (10300 Taylor Ln, Manor)


Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt, each weekend in October, Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 - 5 p.m. --  Admission is FREE and several activities are free, but others cost $2.50 - $5. (Monkey Road, Elgin)


Spooktacular Halloween Bash, October 27, 6 - 9 p.m., Mel's Lonestar Lanes -- $12/per person includes: 2 Games of Bowling, Shoe Rental, Goodie Bag, Gutter Mansion - Haunted House with Unlimited Entries, Costume Contest with Prizes. (1010 North Austin Ave, Georgetown)

Family Halloween Party, October 26, 6 - 8 p.m., Georgetown Public Library -- Bring the kids in costumes for the contest and come for lots of fun and activities. FREE, for all ages. (402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown)


Great Goblin Glow, October 27, 7 - 9 p.m., Lakeway City Park -- Happy Halloween from the City of Lakeway! Come one, come all on Saturday, October 27th to Lakeway City Park and celebrate the season as hot air balloons illuminate the night sky from 7 - 9 p.m. Children from around the area are invited to wear their costumes and enjoy an evening featuring music and a light show from DJ Strat Cat, candy, glitter tattoo artists, balloon twisters, a few carnival rides and a trip into Lakeway's own Dead End Cemetery! Don't miss the live bat exhibit from Bat Conservation International! Food will be available for purchase from The Evil Weiner, WhataTaco, Kona Ice Austin, Ice Cream 2U and KettleKing Karmel Korn. Please, no pets at this event. This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, please call 314-7530.  (502 Hurst Creek Road, Lakeway)


Trick or Treat, October 31, 10 a.m., Leander Public Library -- Come in costume for some stories, crafts and Library trick or treating. (1011 S Bagdad Rd, Leander)

Marble Falls:

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm, September 19 - November 11 -- Fall season at Sweet Berry Farm begins Saturday, September 29.  Activities include the corn mazes, Berry Bouncers, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, train rides, ice cream, and lots more. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sundays 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. (1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls)


Halls of Horror Haunted House, October 26 and 27, 7 - 11 p.m., Green Red Barn -- Enter if you dare! Admission is canned goods or $2. (901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville)

Harvest Festival, October 27, 4 - 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Pflugerville --  Admission is FREE and activities are FREE! Activities will take place inside the Multi-Purpose Building and outside on the parking area in front of the buildings, including: Box Maze, Candy, Carnival Games, Door Prizes, Food, Hay Ride, Inflatables, Live Music, Silent Auction, Trunk or Treat, Wear a Costume (Not Scary). (512) 251-3052. (801 West Pecan Street, in the Multi-Purpose Building located behind Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville) 

Round Rock:

Halloween at the Y, October 27, 4 - 10 p.m., Old Settlers Association -- Take your Halloween celebration to an entirely new level at the 16th annual Halloween at the Y at the Old Settlers Association (across from the Dell Diamond) in Round Rock. One of the largest Halloween events throughout Central Texas, this festival will include everything from Carnival Games to Inflatables and Rides to Climbing Walls, FREE Halloween Candy, Music, Prizes, Concessions and more. You also won’t want to miss out on our ever-popular Costume Contests. Admission is $5 per person, with FREE parking available at the Dell Diamond.  For additional details, please contact the CHASCO Family YMCA in Round Rock at (512) 246-9622. 

Fall Fun Fest, October 31, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Lakeview Pavilion festival area at Old Settlers Park -- This year’s theme is Dr. Seuss. There will be carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch and fun entertainment for all to enjoy. FREE, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Food Pantry. For more information, call the Clay Madsen Recreation Center at 218-3220 or the Parks and Recreation Department at 218-5540. (3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)

San Antonio:

Trick or Treaking at Morgan's Wonderland, October 31, 5 - 8 p.m., Morgan's Wonderland -- Wear your delightful but frightful Halloween costumes and enjoy the park and a night of trick or treating. For ages 12 and under; for special needs, all ages. Admission is $5, but bring any non perishable food item per person to Morgan's Wonderland or to STAR Soccer Complex between October 1st - 30th, and receive a coupon for FREE admission. (5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio)

San Marcos:

Farmer Fred's Harvest Fall Carnival, October 27, 6 - 9 p.m., San Marcos Plaza Park -- Join the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation for the annual Fall Event, Farmer Fred's Harvest Fall Carnival in San Marcos Plaza Park. All ages are welcome and admission is FREE!  FREE activities include carnival games with prizes and candy and an age-grouped Costume Contest.  The Barrel train ride, Jump Castle, the Haunted Hayride and concessions will all be available for a nominal fee. Registration for the costume contest is from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Judging will take place at: 7:00 for 3 and under; 7:30 for 4-6 year olds; 8:00 for 7-9 year olds; 8:30 for 10-12 year olds.  Call (512) 393-8400 for more information.


Spooktacular, October 31, 6 - 9 p.m., Downtown Main Street -- Stroll among the ghosts and goblins downtown from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and visit the SpookyHouse next to the Howard Theatre for a fun Halloween adventure! 


Main Street Fright Fest, October 31, 5 - 9 p.m., Downtown Temple -- Vendors will provide treats and fun activities for kids, such as face painting, ring toss, bean bag toss, bounce houses, and more. Activities include painted pumpkin contest, Thriller line dance, costume contest, ghost tours, and more. All activities and admission is FREE.


Zoo Boo, October 31, 6-8 p.m., Cameron Park Zoo -- Zoo Boo is for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old. In addition to the trick or treating, kids will also enjoy games, face painting and the zoo’s barrel train! Tickets can be purchased online. Adults $9; kids 4 - 12 $6; kids 3 and under are FREE. (1701 N. 4th Street, Waco)

Free car seat safety checks

Texans in Motion and Scott & White are setting up more free car seat safety checks in November. I’m letting you know in advance because you do need to schedule an appointment. The information on what number to call and where they are located is below. Thanks Katherine!

  • 11/09/12- Baby Earth; 12pm – 2pm, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock – 78664, (512) 600-7050
  • 11/13/12 - Central Texas Medical Center; 10am – 1pm, 1301 Wonder World Dr., San Marcos – 78666, Hays County Health Dept. (512) 393-5567
  • 11/14/12 - Marble Falls EMS Station; 10am – 1pm, 609 Industrial Blvd., Marble Falls – 78654, (830) 693-7277
  • 11/15/12 - Lockhart EMS Station; 10am – 1pm, 1914 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart – 78644, (512) 336-3423
  • 11/20/12- Plug & Play; 10am – 1pm, 13343 No. Hwy. 183, Austin – 78750, (512) 336-3423