One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. In fact, there are so many San Antonio attractions and events on any given weekend that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. In this series, all pressure is off! Ten fun things to do in San Antonio will be chosen each week to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple. Enjoy this week’s special addition in relation to all of the Halloween festivities going on in town!
- 1. Dine with a Ghost
One of the most haunted spots in San Antonio is the historic Menger Hotel. Learn a little history and enjoy a ghost tour as you are guided through the hotel and the surrounding downtown area. In addition to the hotel, the tour will take you to the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the county jail, and other spooky spots that are believed to house ghosts. During your tour of the hotel, you’ll receive a beautiful three-course dinner—a choice of steak, chicken, or pasta. Don’t forget to bring a camera to document the experience and possibly catch a photo of a ghost!
When: Book here for this weekend
Where: The Menger Hotel (204 Alamo Plaza)
- 2. Get a Thrill at the Theatre
The classic tale of Sweeney Todd has been a Halloween favorite for years. Watch as the Woodlawn Theatre brings it to life in their adaptation of the play. The story follows a wrongfully accused barber as he attempts to bring vengeance to the judge that gave him his fate. This is a story of thrills, chills, and dark motives with deadly consequences. The show is going on until November 6, so if you miss it this weekend, you still have the opportunity to go!
When: Purchase tickets for this weekend here
Where: The Woodlawn Theatre (1920 Fredericksburg Road)
- 3. Enjoy a Scary Movie
Get ready for a free outdoor movie event! It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than with a scary movie? “Beetlejuice” will be showing at seven o’clock. Additionally, there will be food trucks, a bounce house, and a haunted house! If you come dressed in a Halloween costume, you have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest! Don’t miss out on this event that has something fun for the entire family!
When: October 22 @7PM
Where: Northwest Vista College (3535 N Ellison Dr.)
- 4. Experience Dia de Los Muertos
Living in San Antonio brings a wave of the Hispanic culture for residents to enjoy and experience. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos this weekend, the ancient Mexican tradition of “Day of the Dead.” There will be a parade, costume contest, dancing, crafts, food, and more. It’s a special holiday that many Americans don’t know much about. Learn something new this weekend by experiencing the festivities and becoming a part of the culture that makes this city what it is. Shopping in different booths will be available, as well as a mask making workshop for kids. The parade begins at 1:30 so get there early in order to grab a seat!
When: October 22 @10AM-5PM
Where: 9333 SW Loop 410
- 5. Get Ready to Rock
It’s going to be a blast from the past…specifically the 80s and 90s! Alternative Rock Night II hits San Antonio this weekend with a tribute to some all time favorites from Guns N’ Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers. You won’t be able to stop rocking out during this concert. Crowd favorites will definitely be played, and everyone is welcome to dance during the fun. Fitzgerald’s Bar will host the event, so you are welcome to grab a beer while you enjoy the show.
When: October 21 @7PM
Where: Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music (437 McCarty)
- 6. Pop Over for Popcorn
The new store in the Stone Oak area will have you popping in on a regular basis. Pink’s Popcorn sells handcrafted gluten free, non-GMO popcorn in a variety of colors and flavors. You can get everything from a classic caramel corn to “dragon breath,” a spicy popcorn blend that will leave your mouth on fire! The store is fun and girly on the inside and allows you to sample some of the delicious flavors. All of the popcorn is popped in coconut oil (a healthier alternative to canola or vegetable oil), and you can get your desired flavor in an assortment of sizes. Pop in and give it a try!
When: Monday-Saturday @ 10AM-7PM
Where: 19141 Stone Oak Parkway #303
- 7. Take Fear to the Next Level
Arguably San Antonio’s most famous haunted house, The 13th Floor opens its doors for you once more this Halloween season. Based off of the idea that the 13th floor of any building is considered unlucky, secretive, and even haunted, this spooky house will show you horrors you’ve never seen. Get ready for a terrifying multi-floored haunted house with scares behind every single corner. Zombies, clowns, vampires, and chainsaws await you in the dark hallways of this house. You’ll definitely want to have a friend to hold onto! This year, you can even skip the line by purchasing a “fast pass” ahead of time. You have from now until Halloween for this scary event so hurry and get your ticket!
When: Buy tickets here
Where: 1203 E. Commerce St.
- 8. Meet a Monarch
Come to the Pearl and meet a Monarch butterfly this weekend at the San Antonio Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. It’s migration season for these beautiful creatures, and the festival aims to celebrate the beauty and grace of butterflies. Additionally, there will be a speaker to present on monarchs in relation to climate change. If you’re interested in these subjects and want to witness monarch butterflies in person, this event is for you!
When: October 21-22 (climate change event is October 21 @6PM)
Where: The Pearl Brewery (303 Pearl Parkway)
- 9. Shake and Rattle All Night
Looking for a dance party to hit this weekend? Come and shake and rattle your bones at the Halloween bash downtown. There will be appetizers, a cash bar, dancing, karaoke, and even a costume contest and silent auction! This “spooky” themed party will have you moving and grooving and fundraising for the San Antonio Junior Forum. Get ready for a fun night of dancing and start working on your costume!
When: October 22 @8PM-12AM
Where: Sunset Station (1174 E. Commerce)
- 10. Support a Local Artist
Local artists in San Antonio often have a unique sense of style that you can witness this weekend at the Artist at Heart event. This event will house local artists and their work. Some will even be painting on location at The Alley on Bitters. With each purchase of art, ten percent of the sale will go to the Texas Foundation of Hope, a fabulous organization that helps adults with special needs. Come to shop around and enjoy all of the unique art that is going to be presented.
When: October 22 @11AM-4PM
Where: The Alley On Bitters (555 West Bitters Road)