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Free (& almost-free & not free) Halloween events for families (2017)

Free Halloween fun for families in San Antonio

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Free (& almost-free & not free) Halloween events for families take place all over San Antonio each year. Here’s San Antonio Mom Blogs’ list of free, almost-free, and not free (but still fun!) family-friendly Halloween events in San Antonio for kids of all ages.

Check back often as we continue to add to this list of free Halloween fun!

We’ve made every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date, however, some venues/events/activities make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them before visiting to be 100% sure that their free offerings are still available.

Free Halloween events in San Antonio:

Dia de los Muertos at Traders Village (INDOOR EVENT)
Saturday, October 21
Mask Making Workshop: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Day of the Dead Parade: 1:30 p.m.
9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Traders Village. Materials will be available for kids to make their own Dia de los Muertos masks. Dress in costume and stroll by the ornately decorated altars, see the works of artists, and enjoy dancing. This event is free to attend but parking is $4.

Circle Fest
Saturday, October 21, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Circle School, 217 Pershing Ave., 78209
Circle Fest offers kids activities, live music, delicious food and a raffle. The event also features a unique Pumpkin Path, where children hear stories from costumed characters on a path lined with pumpkins and luminaries during a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged. Free for kids under 15. Adults are $5 each.

HalloVista
Saturday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
3535 N Ellison Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78251
Come celebrate Halloween with us with an outdoor movie, games, trick or treating for kids, food trucks, costume contests for kids and adults and a haunted house. Free for all. Hosted by Northwest Vista College.

Haunted Evening and Swim at the Natatorium (INDOOR EVENT)
Saturday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar Chavez
Join us for a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, face painting, mini-golf, haunted house, Alamotion Dance Troupe performance, magic show and more! All ages welcome. Swimming is on tap too, but swimwear is a must. Little ghouls may wear their swimsuits or bring them along to change into when they’re ready for a dip.

Free Halloween Event at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday, October 21 – Tuesday, October 31, start and end times vary – Noon, 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.
17907 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, 78257
Join Bass Pro Shops for some spooktacular fun! Free 4×6 photos, crafts and pumpkin toss! Free trick-or-treating and costume parade on October 28 and 31.
Note: No Bass Pass will be given out. This event will be on a first come first serve basis

Halloween Boo Bash at Traders Village (INDOOR EVENT)
Sunday, October 22, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road
Bring your family to the free Halloween Boo Bash at Traders Village to enjoy live musical entertainment, activities, a Bootastic Parade, and monster-sized Trick-or-Treating by generous vendors who place a pumpkin in front of their location to let you know to stop for candy. Check out the Haunted House with animated and live features that will spook visitors into coming back for more. Activities scheduled:

  • Network for Young Artist 12:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Free Kids Activities 12:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Boo Bash Parade 1:30pm
  • Parade Grand Marshall tbd
  • All kids in costume can participate in our Boo Bash Parade.

River City Church Trunk or Treat
Friday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1600 River Rd, New Braunfels, Texas 78132
Come Trunk or Treat with us! Carnival games, trunk or treat, costume contest, food, cookie decorating, photo booth and more. Free admission, free games and free photo booth! Food $6.00 for 3 Street Tacos, Chips & Drink or $3 for Hotdog, Chips & Drink

Bud Light Haunted River
Friday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The San Antonio River Walk, 110 Broadway St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Roam the River Walk with eerie sounds, friendly roaming ghouls, and zombies. Enjoy music, dancing, an adult costume contest (18+), haunted river parade, and trick or treating to round out a slightly-spooky night of fun. This is a very popular event; come early and stay late. The vibe is spooky but not too much for scaredy-cats. Bwaahaahaa. Please drink responsibly. Arrange for a designated driver in advance or book a hotel room. Event, trick or treating, and costume contest are free.

Pumpkin Patch at the Pearl Farmer’s Market
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dress up the kiddos and come on down to the Pumpkin Patch at Pearl during Pearl Farmers Market – San Antonio, TX, for a seasonal photo opp! Strike a pose in front of our Model T and take home your very own pumpkin to carve. Costumes are encouraged.

Dia de los Muertos at La Villita (RAIN OR SHINE)
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017, noon – 10 pm
La Villita, Villita St, 78205
Events are free and open to the public including: live music at Arneson River Theater; original Day of the Dead art; living altar; dance, drum and puppet procession; live poetry and more.

Milberger’s Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
3920 N Loop 1604 E, 78247
Join us for another Halloween celebration at Milberger’s Nursery! Kids who come dressed up will receive a Halloween treat bag. There will be face painting and a balloon artist onsite, as well as a moon bounce. Kids will be able to ride the Terror Train and walk through our famous maze. You could win a $100 gift certificate for favorite costume and vote for your favorite employee costume! On Saturday, we’ll have a kids gardening class on “PUMPKIN PAINTING” from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for 5 to 10 year olds. Reserve your spot because it will get full!

Dia de los Muertos at La Villita
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
418 Villita St., 78205
Día de los Muertos at La Villita is a two-day, free, family-friendly event that combines traditional culture with the best in contemporary Latino music. Full details at www.muertosfest.com

Halloween Free ComicFest
Saturday, October 28
Search here for participating comic book shops in San Antonio.
Head to a participating comic shop on October 31st to get free comics! Also be on the look-out for mini-comic packs that will be available in comic shops which are great to pass out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 28, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
6914 Wurzbach Rd., SATX 78240
Join us in the back parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat! Think trick or treating “tailgate style” – we’ll have free hot dogs and drinks for everyone!

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Saturday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Come out to celebrate the 2nd Annual New Braunfels’ Dia De Los Muertos Festival located downtown off San Antonio Street. Free admission! This cultural event will feature local food, drinks, arts & crafts, vendor booths, shopping, and live entertainment. This event is hosted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Alliance (HBA).
Music lineup features Mariachi, Folklorico dancers, and Tejano sensation Sunny Sauceda and Crystal Garza. Also this year we have a special treat with a surprise performance you’d be sure to remember.

Morgan’s Wonderland’s More Delightful Than Frightful Halloween
Tuesday, October 31, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Get free tickets to this family-friendly (and non-scary) event for kids 12 and under by donating four non-perishable food items to Morgan’s Wonderland between October 1 -30. Food drop-off times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday or 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday. You can also purchase $5 per person admission tickets in advance or day of the event. Included in the event is trick-or-treating, rides and attractions. Wear your delightful-not-frightful Halloween costume.

Pan American Library Halloween Fun
Tuesday, October 31, 1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Come in costume — or — come as you are for some Halloween fun at the library! Stories that are not too scary. Crafts that are not too tricky.
Treats that are not too sticky.

Halloween Tour: Mummies, Monsters and Spirits, Oh My!
Tuesday, October 31, 200 West Jones Ave., 78215, 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Join the San Antonio Museum of Art for a special All Hallows’ Eve tour as we visit the mummies, monsters, and spirits haunting our galleries. All ages and costumes are welcome! No full face masks or accessories such as wands, swords or scepters allowed in the galleries.

Almost-Free Halloween events in San Antonio:

The Circle School’s 2017 Circle Fest 
Saturday, October 21, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Circle School, 217 Pershing Ave
Free for kids under 15. Adults are $5 each
This Fall Celebration offers kids activities, live music, delicious food and a raffle. The event also features a unique Pumpkin Path, where children hear stories from costumed characters on a path lined with pumpkins and luminaries during a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Costumes are encouraged.

Not Free (but still fun!) Halloween events in San Antonio:

Kiddie Park Halloween Spook-Tacular
Sunday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Unlimited Ride Bands will be only $7.00 for all kids in costume! No tricks… just treats! Scary good Snack Bar specials, including $1 Halloween Orange Cotton Candy PLUS get a FREE $3 Carnival Play with ANY $5 Snack Bar purchase! We have split the costume contest into two age categories this year. The ages 3 and under contest will start at 1:00 p.m. and the ages 4-12 contest will start at 2:30 p.m.! Trick-or-treating at the rides will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until we run out of candy. Don’t forget your candy bags!

SeaWorld’s Spooktacular and Howl-O-Scream
Select days from September 29 – October 29
10500 Sea World Dr, 78251
Spooktacular and Howl-O-Scream is included with your SeaWorld ticket or pass.

Spooktacular for the kids:

The autumn breeze brings back all your favorite fall activities at SeaWorld®’s Halloween Spooktacular! Join the fun select days from Sept. 29 – Oct. 29. Enjoy kid-friendly Halloween shows and activities, fun for both kids and parents alike! Take an underwater adventure to sea some colorful creatures while you trick-or-treat through the park. Then work as a team to make your way through the hay maze. But don’t forget to visit your furry friends at Pet’s Ahoy to see a special Halloween show.

CAUTION: Beware of all the ghouls and goblins at Howl-O-Scream starting at 7:00 p.m. Children under the age of 13 may not be suitable for this night time event.

Howl-O-Scream after 7:00 p.m. for ages 13+:

Fridays and Sundays: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Howl-O-Scream has transformed the peaceful park you once knew into something sinister this Halloween. Nightfall has awakened hundreds of creatures roaming six scare zones and lurking the halls of five haunted houses. From centuries old urban legends to the walking dead, all your nightmares come to life this Howl-O-Scream.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Twick or Tweat Twail and Fright Fest
September 15 – October 31
Select days and times. See full schedule here.

The park is family-friendly by day, but the terror begins at dusk. Fright Fest at night is not recommended for children under 13 or anyone who scares easily. Haunted houses open at 6:00 p.m. Scare Zones begin at 7:30 p.m.

Thrills by Day for Kids:

Twick or Tweat Twail, located in Kidzopolis, is a friendly trick or treat journey like no other which includes the Looney Tunes. The Twick or Tweat Twail takes the little ghouls and ghosts in your group on a ghoulishly fun adventure as they stop and visit the houses of their favorite Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, and the Tazmanian Devil and collect candy on each stop!

For a ghoulish fun time and some treats to satisfy your little ghouls and ghost’s sweet tooth, guests may visit Spooky Cookie Decorating located in Crackaxle Canyon! Visitors may design and decorate a special cookie filled with favorite toppings such as sprinkles, frosting, and chocolate chips (nominal fee).

Fright Fest from dusk until close:

Enjoy free chilling Haunted Houses and frightening Scare Zones
New in 2016: Buried Alive, Torture Chamber, Wicked Hollow, and more!

Zoo Boo at the San Antonio Zoo
Weekend days September 30 – October 29
3903 N St Mary’s St, 78212

This year, Zoo Boo! is being held in the daytime! Every weekend in October, little ghouls and goblins can trick-or-treat inside the zoo in a safe and non-scary Halloween habitat. This event is included with Zoo admission, and Zoo members get in for FREE!

Zoo Boo! is an exciting, safe, and non-scary Halloween event for families with children 12 years of age or younger, held on the grounds of the San Antonio Zoo. Guests are encouraged to wear non-scary costumes. Adults over the age of 12 are kindly asked to refrain from wearing masks.

Activities include trick-or-treating, entertainment, and games and costume contests.

Texas Transportation Museum’s Halloween Spook-Track-ula
Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, October 28
Gates open for event at 6:15 PM
Tickets go on sale at 6:30 PM
Event runs from 7:00 – 9:30 PM
No admittance after 8:45 PM
This family fun event, designed specifically for young children, isn’t too scary. You can ride the Transylvania Express, walk through the “Ghost Train,” and take a haunted train ride. Tickets are $12 for Adults and $10 for kids ages 2-12. Active duty military are $2 off per person. Parking is free.

BOOtanica and Plant Sale at the Botanical Garden
Select Saturdays in October 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
555 Funston Place, 78209
Celebrate autumn at the Garden. Each week we will focus on a different fall theme with fun, hands-on activities. Fee: Free with admission.

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