The leaves are changing colors, the air is becoming crisp and the spookiest time of the year is approaching Austin faster than it seems. Instead of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, here are some other ways to celebrate the holiday in Austin this year.

By: Elizabeth Ucles

Halloween Anniverscary Films
The Paramount and Stateside Theaters
713 Congress

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than with old horror films? Paramount and Stateside Theaters will be presenting five films that are all celebrating an anniversary in 2016. This movie series will kick off on Friday, October 21 with Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead,” celebrating its 35th anniversary. On Tuesday, October 25, Richard Donner’s “The Omen” will be the second movie up, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Make sure to check out the Paramount Theater website to check out “Carrie,” “Dracula” and “The Wolf Man” and their show times.

Price: $12


Backyard Story Night: Hocus Pocus
Historic Scoot Inn
1308 East Fourth

Another great way to get in the Halloween spirit is at Backyard Story Night. Originally, Backyard Story Night was a way for those in the Austin community to come together while Austinites come to the stage to tell the real, unrehearsed stories of their lives. In celebration of Halloween, Backyard Story Night will be hosting an event with the theme “Hocus Pocus” on Sunday, October 23. Those who are interested in telling their own kooky and scary stories can submit their stories beforehand, and will be contacted if they will be a storyteller. While event admission is free, donations will be accepted to support “Explore Austin!” Bring a blanket, a chair, a snack and a friend for night unfiltered storytelling.

Price: Free admission, donation based


Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 West Riverside Drive

What would a Halloween event in Austin be without any music? On Friday, October 23, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will present Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film will be projected on the big screen while accompanied by Danny Elfman’s score and then performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center. Starting at 8 p.m., this event is guaranteed to warm the hearts of any Disney and Halloween fan.

Price: $12


Central Market’s 8th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Central Market (North Lamar)
4001 North Lamar

Once more, the Central Market will be hosting the annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration on North Lamar on October 31. Central Market has partnered with Academicos da Opera (Austin Samba School) and Las Monas de San Antonio to provide a festive parade; a DJ will also be present for dancing. Las Monas will come with their stunning costumes and mobile pieces of art that have been seen at locations including San Antonio’s Market Sqaure, La Villita and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. The Austin Samba School will feature 130 performers performing music and dance of Brazilian Carnaval.

Price: Free admission


A Talking Heads Tribute and Funk Party with HeartByrne & A-Town Getdown
The Belmont
305 West 6th Street

Some of Austin’s best musicians, HeartByrne and A-Town Getdown, will be live and ready for Austinites for Halloween on Monday, October 31. The Belmont will be hosting these musicians for a night of celebratory Halloween fun in one of Austin’s most popular venues. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the performances will begin 7 p.m. for a night of music and drinks all while wearing the best Halloween costumes.

Price: $13 in advance, $16 day of show

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