Sights and Frights: ten Halloween events in San Antonio

Who are your kids going to be for Halloween this year? Superman? Disney Princess? Zombie or Witch?  Boy Genius always had a knack for really testing my crafty-mom skills with costumes like the Hawaiian islands (all of them), a bucket crane, the golden ratio, train tracks, the solar system…to name a few. Still, there was a sweetness in the effort that always added a little to our Halloween celebrations. And it helped because, frankly, Halloween sort of creeps me out.

the golden ratio halloween costume

The Golden Ratio. Go figure. Literally.

These year, we are taking it easy on the rush that comes from having – say – a zombie clown chase you with a shovel. But I also realize that some folks really, really love being scared. And it’s for you that I’ve curated this list of gentle sights and scary frights for Halloween in San Antonio. But you’re going to have to find your own haunted houses…those are just too creepy for me to even research.

Gentle Celebrations

Saturday, October 26 – AllStars of Magic at the Josephine Theatre, 339 West Josephine. The family fun starts at 3 p.m. with classic magic, comedy antics, modern illusions, amazing juggling and dangerous stunts.

Saturday, October 26 – Harvest Moon Celebration from noon to 8 p.m. in Boerne, 1407 South Main Street. This free event is filled with music, activities, entertainment, includingt Bird of Prey shows, live Celtic Music, belly dancers, palm readings, costume contest, henna tattoos, games and more.

Saturday, October 26 – BOOtanica Fall Festival at the Botanical Gardens, 555 Funston Place, gets off to a gentle start from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will especially love the costume parade, Gak slime, face painting, corn printing and crafts. Free with garden admission.

Sunday, October 27 – San Antonio Children’s Museum Monster Bash from noon to 5 p.m. is a gentle celebration with spooktacular games, goodies and activities.

Sunday, October 27 – Boo Bash at Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road. Free kids activities, including trick or treating, haunted house and live entertainment, run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids in costumes get to be in the Boo Bash Parade at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 30-31 – Zoo Boo at the San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. Designed just for the little ones 12 and under, Zoo Boo is the place to be if you don’t want to be frightened. Friendly fun includes face painting, trick or treating, a costume contest, entertainment and games. And, of course, the animals.

Thursday, October 31 – More Delightful Than Frightful at Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wear your costumes and enjoy the park and a night of trick or treating. Here’s a tip: get in free on Halloween by dropping off three non-perishable food items per person at the park October 1 through October 30. This event is for special needs children and adults and others under 12 years of age.

Let’s Get Scared

Sea World Howl-O-Scream

The Coffin Invite. Thirsty for a little … what? Bawahahahaha….

Fridays and Saturdays, September 27 to October 27 – Jack returns for Sea World’s Howl-O-Scream. And the park is scarier than ever. If you have teens who like to have the you-know-what scared out of them…this is the place to be. Said zombie clowns with shovels are likely to be on hand. And, the darker it gets, the more frightening the experience becomes. Not recommended for children under 13.

Weekends in October bring Fright Fest. Crank up the scare factor at Fiesta Texas. Even the website is terrifying.And it comes with a warning: If you get lost, we will eat you.

October 26 – Coffins on Parade takes the Riverwalk to a whole new place as floating coffins on barges make their way along the San Antonio River. It’s free…and it’s in the dark.

What do you and your family like to do on Halloween? Scary or not?

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