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 about all of the Halloween festivities going on in town!
- 1. Diversify Your Haunted House Experience
Hit four different themed haunted houses in one location with Fiesta Texas’ Fright Fest! This terrifying event begins at dusk, just as the last bit of sunlight fades away. The new haunted houses promise to spark terror in every guest this year. You can experience the torture chamber—a medieval inspired haunted house where victims have been tortured to death; a high school haunted house where zombies are waiting to spook and scare you; a “wicked hollow” haunted house filled with werewolves, witches, dragons, and a buried alive haunted house with terrifying tunnels and mazes that you won’t be able to escape. Choose one or all four! Either way, you’re sure to be spooked this Halloween weekend.
When: This weekend, park hours
Where: Fiesta Texas (17000 IH-10 West)
- 2. Try Something New
Get ready for a unique event that combines poetry with local breweries to form Bards & Brew, an exciting San Antonio event that features favorite poets in the area and favorite brews to enjoy during the poetry readings. This event originated with the Poet Laureate of Texas, Laurie Ann Guerrero. The hope is for people to enjoy poetry in a relaxing atmosphere and experience the art form in an entirely new way. With a $10 ticket price, it doesn’t get much better than this.
When: October 28 @ 7:30PM
Where: Guadalupanita Patio (1301 Guadalupe St.)
- 3. Have Some Halloween Fun
The DoSeum is offering a day of Halloween fun with their HallowSeum event! This is completely kid friendly and allows your little ones to come in a costume of their choice. There will be a hedge maze, fairy dancers, face painting, and crafts! While this is not a scary event, you’re sure to find yourself with Halloween spirit as candy treats are available and everything takes on an enchanted vibe. Get a ticket ahead of time to avoid long lines!
When: October 29 @9AM-4PM
Where: The DoSeum (2800 Broadway St.)
- 4. Leave Your Troubles
Leave all of your troubles behind as you enjoy the 50th anniversary season of the Roundabout Theatre Company as they present the well-loved musical, Cabaret. The musical pushes the notion that you should follow your heart, even if it goes against the ways of the world. With famous songs and catchy dances, you’ll adore the popular musical and all that it has to offer. The actors in this company are phenomenal, and you won’t want to miss this memorable performance!
When: October 28 @ 8PM; October 29 @ 2PM & 8PM; October 30 @ 2PM & 7:30PM
Where: The Majestic Theatre (224 Houston St.)
- 5. Set Out for a Spooky Train Ride
Looking for a fun family event that won’t be too scary for Halloween? Spook-Track-Ula is happening at the Texas Transportation Museum and allows kids to experience a spooky train ride with dressed up volunteers as they take a ride on the Transylvania Express. The entire museum will be open and changed to fit the Halloween theme. This exciting event promises not to be too scary for little ones and offers something fun for the entire family at an affordable price.
When: October 29 @7PM-9:0PM
Where: 11731 Wetmore Road
- 6. Put Your Dog in Costume
Your canine friend wants to celebrate Halloween too! Put your pet in costume this weekend and enter the Halloween Dog Costume Contest at The Hangar! Each owner will take time to walk their dog and show off the creativity of their costume. Top three dog costumes will be named, and the winning puppy will get an amazing prize that any dog would love! This event is sure to spark some laughs and possibly a new friend for your faithful pup! It’s a cute way to show off your dog while celebrating Halloween at the same time.
When: October 29 @4:30-6PM
Where: The Hangar (8203 Broadway St.)
- 7. Celebrate Downtown
Take Halloween downtown this weekend with the Bud Light Halloween Fest! Decorated floats will travel along the River Walk with costumed participants close behind, leading toward the costume/decoration contest. Show your Halloween spirit by dressing up and witnessing the amazing themed floats. Afterward, you can continue the festivities in any of the River Walk restaurants that will be open in the hopes of keeping the Halloween fun going.
When: October 28 @6PM-9:30 PM
Where: Arneson River Theatre in La Villita (418 Villita St.)
- 8. Represent the Alamo City
The Alamo City Comic Con is happening this weekend. Of course, many characters represented will be “paranormal” or “supernatural” themed to coincide better with Halloween> Millie Bobby Brown, the actress who plays Eleven in Stranger Things, will be present, as will many other stars. There will be guest speakers, time for Q&A, photo opportunities, and of course, the chance to mix and mingle with fellow comic con attendees. It’s probably best to purchase a ticket for this huge event ahead of time to ensure your place!
When: October 28 @11AM-8PM; October 29 @10AM-7PM; October 30 @11AM-6PM
Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (900 E Market St.)
- 9. Disguise Yourself
Everyone loves a good disguise and the ability to hide their true identify, even if it is just for one night. Choose the best mask for you and head over to the Masquerade Ball at Messina Hof Winery and Resort. A formal dinner will be served, paired with phenomenal wines from the winery itself. Later on, you can dance the night away with Halloween themed music. There will even be a candy bar for the sweet tooth in all of us! Bring a guest or come alone! Tickets include general admission, dinner, and two glasses of wine for the evening.
When: October 29 @7:30PM-10:30PM
Where: Messina Hof Hill Country Winery (9996 US Highway 290 E)
- 10. Have a Good Scare
Sea World San Antonio is not generally thought to be a scary place…but this weekend you can watch as the seemingly innocent park turns sinister at the setting of the sun. Come and ride the roller coasters at night and be entertained by the scariest monsters. With multiple events and haunted houses, you have the choice in what will scare you. Whether it’s attending the House of Dolls or the Cursed Hospital, you’ll have to summon your bravery to survive these terrifying places. With each twist and turn of the haunted house, you’ll find yourself wondering how this could possibly be Sea World. Throughout the park, there are also Scare Zones instead of Splash Zones. Discover the world of Halloween at the park this weekend as you explore!
When: This weekend, after sundown
Where: Sea World (10500 Sea World Drive)