Guide to Halloween and October events in the San Antonio area

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SAN ANTONIO – Autumn is finally here and I’m so excited. I’m not your typical Texan – I prefer cooler weather and glad the summer heat is about to go away. (I also love the rain!)

Welcome back to your monthly Things To Do newsletter and if you are new to this then welcome for the first time. You will like it here. I find a ton of things to do in and around San Antonio and prepare them well for you so you can choose the awesome things you want to experience in any given month.

I am so excited about Halloween. Fun fact about me – I have two sons (and an adorable daughter-in-law) and we’re dressing up as a very hungry caterpillar and a random assortment of food this year. I’m going to be a slice of Swiss cheese. 🧀 So if you see a grown woman walking around dressed in cheese, it could be me.

There is a lot going on as we start the holiday season. I’m counting October as the official kickoff because of Halloween.

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Here is a list of some of the events happening in the San Antonio area in October:

Family Night Flashlight – Discover the San Antonio Botanical Garden at night with Family Flashlight Night on October 1. Explore the botanical garden by moonlight and find your way through the illuminated maze.

Sorcerer Trivia Night – Celebrate the start of the month at Sheer Celebrations with Harry Pottery trivia and cupcake decorations. The cupcake decorating course will be $ 25 per person. The course takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 1.

Professional riders tour – For the first time in nine years, the top 30 bull riders on planet Earth will enter the Alamo House on October 2-3. The AT&T center will be transformed into a man-against-beast gladiatorial arena for the PBR Unleash the Beast Tour with over 750 tons of dirt, six miles of steel and over 120,000 pounds of cattle.

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Smoke & Embers: The art of Vaquero barbecue – Chef Adrian Davila of Davila’s BBQ in Seguin will lead an in-depth hands-on demonstration of the history and techniques behind barbecue and traditional vaquero cooking methods. This event will take place on October 7 at the McNutt Sculpture Garden at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Exit GAYla – October 11 is National Coming Out Day and the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce is celebrating October 9 earlier with an inaugural GAYla. Dress to impress for an evening of glitz and glamor at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio. There will be a cocktail, followed by a dinner, an awards ceremony and a dance party.

Melissa Etheridge – Grammy-winning and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will perform at the Tobin Center on October 13. She recently released her 15th studio album and has been a force on the American rock scene since the late 1980s.

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Black circus market and festival – The Black Swan Inn in Victoria is having an open market and Halloween themed festival with a costume party on October 16th. There will be clowns, burlesque, fire and live music to bring the spooky season to life. Tickets can be purchased online.

Black Swan Inn in Victoria in Scary Mode (Victoria’s Black Swan Inn)

Oktoberfest – Cheers with beers on October 16 at the San Antonio Beer Festival. This event benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. From 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Crocket Park in downtown San Antonio, festival attendees can sample over 400 craft beers from over 100 local, regional and global breweries. It is the second largest all-day Oktoberfest in the entire state of Texas.

Sips and Sounds of the West: Norte̱o Night РEnjoy an evening under the stars on October 24 with live music and country classic Norte̱o, Tex-Mex at the McNutt Sculpture Garden at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. There will be food truck, dancing and drinks.

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Beach boys – Iconic band The Beach Boys will perform at the Tobin Center on October 25. The long-awaited performance of San Antonio was first postponed from April 2020, but the boys are finally back in town.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo – The duo will perform at the Tobin Center on October 26. They have sold over thirty million records worldwide and helped San Antonio celebrate the Tercentenary in 2018.

Dog costume contest – Muck & Fuss Craft Beer and Burger Bar in New Braunfels is hosting the 3rd Annual Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Competition on October 27th. Owners will have 30 seconds to present their dog’s costume to the crowd and to the judges. Winners will be chosen based on audience participation.

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Dia de los Muertos – Local artists and sisters, Manola and Maria Ramirez, will create a community alter celebrating Día de los Muertos. The altar will be located at the Pearl from October 30 to November 7. Visitors can participate by lighting a digital candle for their deceased loved ones.

2020 Altar Dia De Los Muertos to the Pearl. (The Pearl)

David Sedaris – Best-selling author David Sedaris, known for his humor and turbulent stories, will be in San Antonio at the Tobin Center on October 30. See the comedian share deeply personal and dark and hilarious stories from his new work, Calypso.

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San Antonio Art Museum – Candy or a treat at the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 31. Visitors are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween costumes as they explore the galleries of the museum. Swords, scepters, weapons, wands and full face masks will not be allowed.

10 acre corn maze – A “Texas Size Corn Maze” will be at Trader’s Village every weekend in October and November. There are actually three mazes located on 10 acres with a specially designed toddler maze just under half a mile long.

River Clicks Photo Exhibition – Experience the beauty of the San Antonio River Basin through the eyes of the 4th Edition contest winners Clicks on the river Photo competition at the Witte Museum. Clicks on the river is included with admission to the museum and features the extraordinary features of the San Antonio River Basin. The exhibition will run until November 7.

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San Antonio Boo Zoo – It’s a fun, non-spooky Halloween event for the whole family. Zoo Boo is open daily until October 31. Little ghouls and elves are encouraged to wear their best costumes to participate in a daily costume contest.

Oktoberfest – SeaWorld San Antonio brings back Bier Fest with over 65 beers for beer connoisseurs to sample every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 7. Beer selections include beers from Shiner Beers, Altstadt Brewery, Busted Sandal Brewing Company, Karbach Brewing, Yuengling, Ranger Creek Brewing, Corona, Modelo, Budweiser, and more.

Feast of fear – Six Flags Fright Fest is back for the entire month of October. There are thrills during the day for children and scares at night for the older ones.

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Howl-O-Scream – This SeaWorld San Antonio tradition has already started and continues until Halloween. The peaceful park will be overrun with spooky creatures and feature spooky areas and haunted houses.

13th floor – This popular San Antonio haunted house is back for the 2021 season with two new attractions, including The Dollmaker and Bad Blood. The 13th floor will be open some evenings until November 6.


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Boerne Book and Arts Festival – Celebrate the literary arts at Boerne Main Plaza on October 2nd. There will be live performances, author panel discussions, children’s activities and more. Author panels include topics ranging from the wildfire that destroyed John Erickson’s ranch and the setting for his popular series “Hank the Cowdog,” a panel discussion on WWII heroines, to a focus on Texas ranches and the Texas Rangers and the origins of the Old Spanish Trail.

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DoSeum Family Evening – A limited space event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 5 at the San Antonio DoSeum. A link for ticket reservations will be posted at 8:00 a.m. on October 4. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and is compulsory for all who wish to attend, including members.

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival – The culmination of this month-long festival will take place on October 16 at Confluence Park. The family event will include monarch butterfly tagging demonstrations, a Forever Journey altar honoring those who have passed away, a history walk, kayaking trips, food trucks, presentations and dozens of educational booths and vendors. .

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A child engages with a monarch butterfly at the 2018 San Antonio Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. (Texas Butterfly Ranch)

Herb festival – The Pearl Farmers Market will celebrate the 30th annual Herb Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 16. This year’s star herb is parsley. There will be cooking demonstrations and activities for adults and children as well as an opportunity to speak with experts on gardening issues. Free samples will be available for people to take home.


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Texas Transportation Museum – The Spook-track-ula and Trick R ‘Treat Special will offer treats from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 23, 24 and 30. Come in disguise and enjoy a treasure hunt that will end with a sweet treat.

Fall Pride Families Festival – This trunk or treat event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 24 at 1303 McCullough Avenue. The event is free and open to all LGBTQ + and allied families. There will be a costume contest with prizes for three age groups and the best trunk space will receive a prize.

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Locked support trunk – This outdoor event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 29 at Cross Roads Church, located at 8102 Midcrown Drive. Masks will be compulsory when traveling to the stands.

Bracken United Methodist Pumpkin Patch – Trick-or-treat at the pumpkin patch from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 30.

Night Owl Kustom Paints Trunk-Or-Treat – There will be a costume contest, car show awards ceremony, live performances, food and competitions at this second annual trunk or treat event from 6 p.m. to midnight on October 30 at 5504 Bandera Road.

Devine Acres Farm – Treats among the trees at Devine Acres Farm from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on October 30 and 31. Entrance to the farm includes access to over 50 attractions, as well as many farm animals.

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Natural bridge caves – Treats will be held at Natural Bridge Caverns on October 30 and 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be free entertainment provided by Zoomagination and Happy Tails Entertainment.

San Antonio Art Museum – Trick-or-treat through the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 31. The whole family is welcome to visit the halls dressed in costumes to play pranks. No swords, scepter, weapon or wand and no full face mask are permitted.

San Antonio Boo Zoo – There will be treats at the San Antonio Boo Zoo from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

SeaWorld San Antonio – Trick-or-treat will be available during the park’s Halloween Spooktacular Day which runs through October 31st.

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-Mary Claire Patton, KSAT digital journalist

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