There was a noticeable cool streak in the air this week. Fall is finally working its way down to central Texas, and with it comes a bevy of fall festivals and activities for all ages.
While you bust out the storage bins of decorative gourds, orange leaves and spooky Halloween adornments, go get your calendars, too. Here’s your guide to all the best stuff to do this Halloween and Autumn season:
401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste C-100
When: Oct. 21 and 28 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A fully immersive murder mystery experience awaits adventurous adults on the Austin Steam Train. Set in the fictional world of “cable TV’s hottest cult hit, “The Walking Weird”, attendees will have to determine which of the cast members are out for blood.
Tickets are $85 per person, but they include beer and wine (with a 3 drink limit), boxed dinner, live show and the 3 hour train ride. Each meal also includes a side and a dessert. This ride is 3 hours round trip with no layover. For more information, visit http://www.austinsteamtrain.org/.
When: Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A time-honored tradition for the whole family, The Pumpkin Express takes riders to the small, sleepy town of Bertram, where the train stops at the Depot Pumpkin Patch. Riders are encouraged to pick a pumpkin during the 30 minute stop and enjoy a chat with Farmer Brown, take a tour of our historic 1912 train depot, and sip apple cider. For more information, visit http://www.austinsteamtrain.org/
When: Oct. 31, 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Cedar Park City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road
For a safe and fun way to take your kids trick or treating, or to kick off the holiday before the sun goes down, the Cedar Park City Hall will be hosting their annual Halloween at the Hall event. Families are encouraged come dressed in costume, and walk through the city hall campus, where each department gets competitive with their Halloween decorations. There will also be a a fire engine, police car and construction equipment for the kids to check out.
When: Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Cedar Park Police Station: 911 Quest Pkwy
Following right after Halloween at the Hall will be the first-ever Trunk-or-Treat event, hosted by the Cedar Park Police Association. The event is calling for parents to deck out their rides in Halloween decor hand out candy to all the costumed kiddos alongside the police officers.
There will be awards for the the three most spooktacular cars. If you'd like to participate in the car show and/or hand out candy, register with the Community Services Division by contacting Sergeant Jessie Campbell at Jessie.Campbell@cedarparktexas.gov.
When: Oct. 28, 7:30 a.m.
Where: HEB Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars
The fourth annual Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon, 5k and Kids Run at the HEB Center at Cedar Park is expecting to have more than 1,000 festive runners. All ages are welcome, and all are encouraged to come run or walk in their costumes. The finish line will be a party with music, entertainment, massages, and activities for kids and giveaways and prizes. Register at pentelievents.com
When: Oct. 21, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co., 13010 W Parmer Ln, Ste 800
Red Horn’s third annual Decktoberfest will be the next best thing to Munich’s Oktoberfest in Cedar Park. In addition to special brews for the party, there will be live music from the Austin Polka Band, The Best Wurst food truck and custom handmade Tankards from Deneen Pottery at the event.
When: Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd
This renaissance-themed event features a 5K run for all ages and a Dragon Dash 1K for kids, followed by various carnival activities. This year will have inflatables, games, live jousting, live music, craft booths and vendors. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fable-fest-2017-tickets-36167338483
When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Leander Police Department, 705 Leander Dr.
The Leander Police Department, together with the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and Leander Veterinary Clinic, will host its third annual Leander Pet Spooktacular. The event offers free pet microchipping for Leander residents ($5 for non-residents), low cost rabies and DHPP/FVRCP pet vaccinations, registration services, treats for costumed pets, and giveaways from Hill Country Feed and Supply.
When: Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Currently pending, will be announced on Leander PD Facebook
The Leander Police Department's Trunk-or-Treat event is a community project where the police department and the community partner to provide a safe, fun, family friendly alternative to door to door trick-or-treating. Leander PD are asking that attendees bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Blue Santa if they are able. This event includes different car clubs in the area (generally including classic cars, modified cars, or rare cars) that decorate their cars, dress up in costumes, and hand out candy to children. We also have police cars, fire engines, and other emergency services vehicles for the children to look through, and some small games for the kids, costume competitions, awards and raffles for the car participants.