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Sweet to Scary: Fall Events to do in Austin

By Jacqueline Pena

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Now that fall is ~supposedly~ upon us, it is the official season for pumpkin patches, haunted houses and over-indulging in candy. If you’re wondering how to spend this festive month, here are a few things that are happening around town.


Barton Hill Farms

Barton Hill Farms offers seasonal activities that’ll make your followers jealous of your perfect Instagram feed. They have live country music, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Whether you want to plan the ideal autumn date or if you just want to pet some goats, this is the place for you. General admission is $13. If you’re interested, don’t procrastinate, they close on November 5!


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House of Torment

For those of you looking for a thrill, look no further. Austin’s House of Torment has gained notoriety for its terrifying performances. Depending on which day you go, they host several different events, such as the Friday the 13th Special. Tickets range from $19.99 to $32.99. It is recommended to go in a group to intensify the experience.


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Gold Bar’s First Annual Halloween Games

According to the UT Calendar, this event “is to celebrate cadets who will be future Army officers, the UT student body, and the local Austin Community.” There will be 5k and 10k races, flag football game and a costume contest. The event will take place October 28 at Richard Moya Park. Registration for the marathons is $15 and there is $10 charge for each flag football player. The Gold Bar Association is a non-profit organization and all proceeds will go towards event costs.


Longhorn Halloween

This family-friendly event is great if you have young children that need some Halloween fun. Complete with candy, face painting and carnival events, Longhorn Halloween is a safe bet for some whole-hearted fun. The free event will be October 29 from 2-5 pm in the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center.


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West Campus

If you’re looking to have some ~responsible~ fun with friends, West Campus is known to be poppin’ on Halloween weekend. Although specific plans have not been announced yet, keep an eye out. Entry is usually free if you show up in costume!