Do you dare venture into the variety of haunts and horrors throughout the San Antonio area this weekend? Residents and visitors alike are busy celebrating the city’s dual heritage with events catering to both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. No need to research, ten of the best spooky celebrations and eerie events are listed below. Hopefully this list will make researching for this weekend’s festivities a little less scary.
1. Celebrate Superstitions with Stevie Wonder
Feeling superstitious this Halloween? You may as well sing it out of your system with Stevie Wonder and thousand of other music fans. Stevie Wonder comes to town this weekend after surprising the city by adding the AT&T center to his tour schedule. The tour coincides with the original release of his “Songs in the Key of Life” album and every song on that album will be played. However, if past shows are any indication, Wonder will end the night with a variety of past hits from other albums that are sure to leave you singing!
When: Saturday at 8pm
Where: 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219
2. Devour Chilling Concoctions with “Mad Science!”
For those who love to celebrate, but prefer science fiction over superstition, the Witte is the place to be this Friday. The museum is hosting a “Mad Science!” themed version of their cocktails and culture program. The event will feature various hands-on experiments along with food, music, beer, and complimentary margaritas. Food from Tacos and Tequila will be available for purchase. The event is sure to serve as the perfect warm-up for a weekend filled with Halloween fun!
When: Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Where: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
3. Witness the Ominous Symphony de los Muertos
Not to be confused with Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos is a classic and genuine celebration of deceased family members that traces its roots all the way back to the Aztecs. The San Antonio Symphony will celebrate this weekend with an event designed specifically for children between the ages of 4 and 11. The symphony will play a variety of tunes from famous Hispanic composers in hopes of encouraging an overall good time! The Spooktacular will also include a costume contest, and instrument petting zoo, and face painting in the lobby before the concert begins. Celebrate this weekend with an event full of culture and fun for the whole family!
When: Sunday with activities beginning at 2pm, concert follows at 3pm.
Where: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205
4. Ride Spine-Chilling Coasters at Howl-O-Scream and Fright Fest
Halloween you say? San Antonio’s local theme parks have specifically tailored festivals for the occasion. Both Sea World and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are open this weekend as part of their Halloween festivities. Each park offers it’s own spin on Halloween decorations and attractions. Fiesta Texas offers a variety of haunted houses, rides, and shows. Similarly, Sea World offers haunted houses, rides, a Halloween themed Shamu show, and themed bars. You can’t go wrong with either choice, as both offer tremendous rides and shows. Now that the weather is cool and lines are short, it’s the perfect time to spend a day at one of the most popular San Antonio attractions.
When: Six Flags opens Saturday from noon to 11pm. Sea World opens
Saturday from 1pm to 11pm with scares beginning at 7pm.
Where: Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257
Sea World San Antonio, 10500 Sea World Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251
5. Meet a Ghost at the Menger Hotel
If a seeing a ghost is your goal this Halloween, spending the night at the Menger Hotel may give you your best chance. The Menger has long been recognized as “the most haunted hotel in Texas”. Wives tales aside, the Menger is one of the most recognized historical sites in San Antonio, largely by virtue of who it has hosted. Sam Houston, Robert E. Lee, and Dwight Eisenhower all stayed in the hotel at one time or another. Teddy Roosevelt recruited his roughriders at the hotel’s bar and Richard King of King Ranch fame maintained a private suite and even held his funeral at the hotel. The hotel is rumored to be home to over 30 ghosts. This Halloween, have a nice meal and take a ghost tour if you dare!
When: Various times available for Friday and Saturday night.
Where: Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
6. Get Creepishly Creative
Feeling Creative? The San Antonio Museum of Art offers a “First Sundays” series for families to come and partake in the museum and designated activities for children. This week the activities are tailored around the spirit of Dia de los Muertos. Children will be encouraged to decorate traditional sugar skulls an masks and will be able to draw creative inspiration from the abundance of riches throughout the museum. Head to First Sunday at the San Antonio Museum of Art to explore your creepy creative side!
When: Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215
7. Alarm your Adrenaline with the Spurs
Never fear the Spurs are here! The hometown San Antonio Spurs are back for their regular season home opener after an eventful few months. The Spurs made it through a busy pre-season and return to San Antonio with a finalized roster. Spurs fans are excited over new additions to the team and to see the newly renovated AT&T Center. Renovations include a brand new video board, new seats, renovated common areas, and a full-service Whataburger restaurant. The Spurs are sure to be the hottest ticket in town as they take on the Brooklyn Nets to begin their latest quest for the NBA title!
When: Friday at 7:30pm.
Where: 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219
8. See Supernatural Aerobatics at the San Antonio Air Show
The San Antonio Air Show may not seem to be a Halloween event. But considering all our men and women in uniform do to protect us from fear, I think this event fits right in! This weekend Randolph Air Force Base plays host to the first air show and open house in San Antonio since 2011. The Air Force Thunderbirds will perform along with the Wings of Blue and U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. Visitors will be treated to amazing performances of aerial acrobatics, along with the opportunity to see Randolph Air Force Base and a variety of airplanes up close.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Where: Randolph AFB, TX 78148
9. Party Like a Monster at the Doseum
Have you ever justified watching certain TV shows by arguing that you’re both having fun and learning at the same time? Monster Bash at the Doseum puts a real life spin on the concept for an experience meant to be both educational and fun! Children are invited to enter the bash in costume and participate in a costume parade along with a variety of other STEM-based activities. Whether it be feeling a centipede or helping to create a “fright fort”, the event has something to offer for all superheroes and princesses who dare enter.
When: Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.
Where: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
10. Trick or Treat at Mysterious Market Square
If you’re looking for free candy, Market Square has your answer. Market Square is a San Antonio Landmark and classic destination. The Square provides a variety of traditional Mexican shops in the setting of the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. This weekend the shops in the square will offer a unique trick-or-treating experience for guests of all ages. The event will be the perfect opportunity to experience all Market Square has to offer, while keeping the ghosts and monsters happy!
When: Saturday from 12pm to 6pm.
Where: 514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207