2016 Halloween Happenings In San Antonio

Dated: 10/07/2016

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There's plenty to do for Halloween in our great city of San Antonio. Please enjoy this list of All Things Halloween courtesy of Express News. For those of you a little more daring, click here for a full list of HAUNTED HOUSES. 


The Headless Horseman at Circle N Maze: Circle N Maze, 558 County Road 345, La Vernia, 210-326-1741. Walk through more than 5 miles of trail at Circle N Maze, which takes on The Headless Horseman for its 2016 theme. Aside from its corn maze, Circle N Maze features a pumpkin patch with photo opportunities, an interactive monster mystery, a petting zoo and multiple food vendors. $10. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Open now through Nov. 20.

All Hallow’s Eve Dinner & Ghost Tour: The Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, sistersgrimmghosttour.com. Sit down for a three-course Halloween-inspired dinner inside the Colonial Room Restaurant followed by a tour through the hotel’s haunted hot spots. $74. Fridays and Saturdays; go online to see available dates.

Zoo Boo!: San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St., sazoo.org. Zoo Boo! is a nonscary Halloween event with trick-or-treating, entertainment, games and costume contests for families with small children. Free with zoo admission. Weekends in October.

Fright Night Fridays: Southwest Workers Union, 1416 E. Commerce St., 210-299-2666. During the month of October, Youth Leadership Organization will screen horror movies each Friday leading up to Halloween. $2. 6-9 p.m. Friday and Oct. 21.

BOOtanica Saturdays: San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, sabot.org. Each Saturday in October, the Botanical Garden will have family-friendly activities with Halloween and fall themes. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29.

Halloween Hocus Pocus: Arbor House Suites, 109 Arciniega St., fiesta-youth.org. Benfitting Fiesta Youth, Hocus Pocus is an annual Halloween extravaganza featuring an open bar, multiple costume contests and dancing under the stars. $40. 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 15.

Barktoberfest: Animal Defense League, 11300 Nacogdoches Road, perrin410animalhospital.com. This year’s Barktoberfest will feature a multicategory costume contest, games for kids and dogs, a beer garden for the adults and food trucks. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 16.

Circlefest: The Circle School, 217 Pershing Ave., thecircleschool.org. A family-oriented fall celebration with kids activities, live entertainment, food and raffles. $5. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 22.

Shake and Rattle Your Bones Halloween Bash: Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St., sajuniorforum.org. Benefiting the San Antonio Junior Forum, this Halloween bash will have hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dancing, karaoke, costume contest and a silent auction. $50. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.

San Antonio Horrific Film Fest: Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld/Westover Hills, 11605 Texas 151, horrificfilmfest.com. This year’s Horrific Film Fest brings movie fans, independent filmmakers and horror movie celebrities together for a weekend of film screenings, cosplay contests, video game competitions and meet-and-greets. $12 one-day pass. 4 p.m.-midnight Oct. 21, noon-midnight Oct. 22, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 23.

Bud Light HalloweenFest: The River Walk, 110 Broadway, thesanantonioriverwalk.com. The River Walk welcomes trick-or-treaters of all ages for a family-friendly HalloweenFest. Trick-or-treating begins at 6 p.m. followed by a costume contest, with a first place prize of $1,000, and a decorated river parade. Free event, food and drinks available for purchase. 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Little Pumpkins Palooza: Guadalupe Community Center1801 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., 210-222-1294. Bring the family to a Halloween party with trick-or-treating, pumpkins, a costume contest and a haunted house. A kid-appropriate Halloween movie will be screened during the event. Free. 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

Booo & Brew Laser Light Show: Terror Mansion, 414 W. Laurel, 210-226-2666. Local haunted house Terror Mansion opens its doors for a laser light show complete with live music, vendors, ghost tours and a zombie costume contest. $10. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 29.

Espiritu de la Noche Masquerade Ball: Victoria’s Black Swan Inn, 1006 Holbrook Road, 210-323-8424. A Halloween masquerade ball with a strict costumes-only dress code. $50. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Halloweenie Dog Show: The Alley On Bitters, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-494-3226, thealleyonbitters.com. All breeds of dogs are invited to walk down the runway at this Halloween costume fashion show. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29.

Hocus Pocus 5K: Valero Energy, 1 Valero Way, carreraraces.com. This 5K race benefits the Animal Defense League of Texas and includes a costume contest, a vendor fair, trick-or-treat stations and door prizes. $20-$40. 9 a.m. Oct. 29.

Mala Luna Music Festival: Lone Star Brewery, 600 Lone Star Blvd., malalunamusicfestival.com. With a star-studded lineup, including Steve Aoki and Travis Scott, this two-day festival is the Halloween option for music lovers. $119-$399. Oct. 29-30.

Monster Bash Costume Contest: Brass Monkey, 2702 N. St. Mary’s St., 210-480-4722. ’80s tunes will set the backdrop for this Halloween costume contest. The best three costume wearers will each win $500 cash. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 29.

Spookfest 6: VFW Post No. 4700, 2219 Frio City Road, 210-744-6969. Spookfest is a free car show featuring costume contests, live music, food vendors, trick-or-treating and a paranormal seminar. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 29.

San Antonio Zombie Walk 2016: Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., ticketfly.com. Join hundreds of people dressed as zombies as they roam through downtown San Antonio. $5. 4-10 p.m. Oct. 30.

Trick-or-Treat Night: Alamo Quarry Market, 255 E. Basse Road, quarrymarket.com. Children 12 and younger are invited to trick-or-treat with participating merchants and pose for a photo in the pumpkin patch near Learning Express Toys. A free treat bag will be included. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.


 Día de los Muertos

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Though different from Halloween, Día de los Muertos is a big part of San Antonio culture, and events often overlap. Here are a few events planned to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Día de Los Muertos Celebration: La Villita, 418 Villita St., muertosfest.com. A two-day fiesta that commemorates the Day of the Dead. Includes an altar-building contest, cultural workshops, a procession of the dead, art vendors and live music and poetry. Free. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 29, noon-10 p.m. Oct. 30.

Día De Los Muertos Celebration: Galeria Guadalupe, 723 S. Brazos St., guadalupeculturalarts.org. Participate in art-making workshops, face-painting, a peace and remembrance procession, and visit community altars. 3-8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Día de los Muertos: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., 210-228-0201. This celebration will include displays of community altars, live music, face painting for children and a procession through the neighborhood. 4-9 p.m. Nov. 1.



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