Get your dose of #eventstobescene and check out these awesome local Halloween and Fall 2020 celebrations!
Fall is here, and Abilene has plenty for you and the family to do this time of year. Check out these Halloween and Fall activities in Abilene!
Sep 19 – Oct 18
Keep Abilene Beautiful 2020 Fall Sweep
This year’s annual Keep Abilene Beautiful Fall Sweep clean-up event will look a little different. Your small group can pick the day, time and location of your choice to volunteer and clean-up one of Abilene’s parks, recreation areas, or lakes. Keep Abilene Beautiful will still provide the clean-up supplies you pick the time that fits your schedule. Website: www.keepabilenebeautiful.org/fall-sweep-is-here
The Grace Museum
The Grace Museum library is open to the public with special illustrated Halloween books out and accessible for families to read together from their Family Reading Collection for the month! Website: https://www.thegracemuseum.org/
Premiere Cinema 10 at The Mall of Abilene
Hocus Pocus (PG) is playing now though the end of the month of October for $5.00! They will also have popcorn tubs on special for $5.50. Enjoy one with your movie or take one to go! For current policies and showtimes visit their website: https://www.pccmovies.com/location/3906/Abilene-PREMIERE-LUX-Cine-10-Abilene-Mall
Oct 3, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Celebrate the 4th Annual Socktoberfest with Sockdolager Brewing Company and The Toasted Traveler. Sockdolager Brewing Company, 833 S. 1st St., Abilene, 325-261-3247
Oct 8, 8 a.m.
October ArtWalk: Dia de los Muertes
ArtWalk is a monthly mini arts festival downtown hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arts. Bring the entire family to historic downtown where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment await you! The October Artwalk theme is Dia de los Muertes. Adult Beverages available for purchase thanks to The Local. Special thanks to Lone Star Dry Goods for sponsoring live music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Website: https://www.center-arts.com/
Oct 10, 8 a.m.
Haunted Half Marathon
Have a haunted fun time on October 10 at the Haunted Half Marathon! The race starts at 8:00am at Elmdale Baptist Church (233 Elmdale Road S.). Racers will run down Elmdale to Potosi Road, down Bronco Road and then back the same way. Prizes will be awarded, including those who have the best costume! Invite your friends to join, it’s just $35 per racer. Registration is open now until Thursday, October 8 at 5pm, and racers can pick up their packets either at Community Services on Friday, October 9 between 8am-5pm or the morning of the race. Racers can sign up for the half marathon the day of the race, however there will be an additional $10 late fee. The first 50 racers to sign up will get a free t-shirt! Website: https://www.abilenetx.gov/368/Events
Oct 10-31, 6 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo
“House of Horrors” will open with a “Scaredy Cat Hour” at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at 120 W. Third St. in Baird, TX with “regular scares” following from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Following opening night, the haunted house will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and $5 for “scaredy cats.” Website: https://www.thescarefactor.com/haunted-house-directory/texas/house-of-horrors-abilene/
Oct 16-31, 9 a.m. – dusk
Pumpkin Patch at Ridgemont Baptist Church
A pumpkin patch will be open at Ridgemont Baptist Church, 4857 Buffalo Gap Rd. Photo opportunities will be available. Proceeds will benefit the church children and youth ministries. Website: http://ridgemontbaptist.org/welcome
Oct 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo
The largest fall festival in West Texas! Website: https://abilenezoo.org/event/boo-at-the-zoo-4/2020-10-17/
Oct 18, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
West Texas Photography & Modeling will conduct a free Halloween photo shoot from 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Everman Park, at the corner of North First and Pine streets. Prints will be sold for $5. Website: https://www.facebook.com/West-Texas-Photography-Modeling-1457672121033337/
Oct 23-31, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays
A haunted house will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 at 13 Vultures Estate, 3516 I-20 W. Admission is $10. Website: https://www.facebook.com/13-Vultures-Haunted-Estate-1132672613426217/
Oct 23-31, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
House of Horrors
“House of Horrors” will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31 at 120 W. Third St. The first hour of each night is “Scaredy Cat Hour,” with milder frights. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and $5 for “scaredy cats.” Website: https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfHorrorsAbilene/about/
Pumpkin Decorating Contest – South Branch of the Abilene Public Library
Entries for a pumpkin decorating contest will be accepted Oct. 23-25 at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene. Entries will be on display Oct. 26-30, with winners announced at noon Oct. 31. Pumpkins should not be carved, but rather decorated using paint or other supplies. For information, call 325-698-7565. Entry forms are available at the library, and at abilenetx.gov/986/Contests.
Oct 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo
The largest fall festival in West Texas! Website: https://abilenezoo.org/event/boo-at-the-zoo-4/2020-10-24/
Oct 24 – Nov 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Taylor County History Center Scarecrow Festival will begin on Saturday, October 24th! Scarecrows created by local art students inspired by this year’s theme Community Heroes will be on view throughout our grounds. Scarecrows made by local businesses will also be on view throughout the Buffalo Gap Community. Website: https://www.taylorcountyhistorycenter.org/scarecrow-festival
Oct 24, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Come one, come all! Doc’s will be having its yearly Doc-tober fest Saturday, October 24th! 11 AM until Midnight!! Live music, great German food, German beer, games and more! 2042 FM 1750 Abilene, Texas 79602. Website: https://www.docsabilene.com/home
Oct 24, 7 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Untamed Things will present a shadow cast of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – with games, costume contests, dancing and more – at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Play Faire Park, 2300 N. Second St. Website: https://www.playfairepark.com
Oct 26, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ghoulish Grab and Go at Mall of Abilene
Join us for a FREE, no contact, family-friendly Halloween. You are invited to bring your little ghosts and goblins to Mall of Abilene for a spooktacularly, sweet event! Use the El Chico entrance and line starts in front of Sears. Website: https://www.mallofabilene.com/events/
Hallelujah Night with Fountain Gate Fellowship
Hallelujah Night is happening Oct 28th at Fountain Gate Fellowship Abilene Campus and Oct 31st at their Clyde Campus! A fun time for the whole family! Games, food, and air castles! Website: http://www.fgfchurch.org/
Oct 28, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Southern Hills Church of Christ Trunk or Treat
5:00-5:30 drive through option on the north end campus, 5:30-6:30 walk through option on the south end of campus for families with last name A-M, 6:30-7:30 walk through option on the south end of campus for families with last name N-Z, 3666 Buffalo Gap Road
Oct 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Local Trunk or Treat
Join The Local for their first Trunk-or-Treat! The event will be held in the back parking lot of The Local. Come in costume and don’t forget your sweet tooth! The parking lot will be filled with face painting, a petting zoo, snack vendors, and of course, cars that are decked out and full of candy for the kids! Street tacos, desserts, and homemade agua fresca will be available outside for all of the ghoulish guests, 250 Cypress St.
Oct 30 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hendrick Blood Drive
Hendrick Regional Blood Center will conduct a Dia de los Muertos blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Abilene Cataract and Refractive Surgery Center, 2120 Antilley Road. Website: https://www.hendrickbloodcenter.org/blood-center/blood-center-landing.aspx
Oct 30, 5:30-7:30
Zombie BJJ Trunk or Treat
Oct 30, 8 p.m.
The “Umpteenth Annual Pumpkin Ball,” featuring a haunted house and live music by MerKaBa, will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Play Faire Park, 2300 N. Second St. Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/343949733387509/
Swenson Boo Bash
The Swenson House at 1726 St. presents “Swenson Boo Bash.” This is a 21 & UP event. There will be drinks & food, music & a costume contest! Website: https://swensonboobash.com
Paramount Special Halloween Film: Hocus Pocus
A curious youngster moves to Salem, awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century. Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy Website: https://www.paramountabilene.com/
Oct 31, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sockdolager Brewing Company will host the first ever HOWL-O-WEEN dog costume contest! Get your fur babies all dressed up and bring them up to the brewery to show them off. The costume contest will begin at 2:30, and ALL PUPS MUST BE ON A LEASH. The winning doggo will receive a prize both he/she and the owner will enjoy Website: http://www.sockdolagerbrewery.com/
Oct 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wylie Baptist Church Treats-N-Eats
A “Treats-N-Eats” drive-thru event will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road. Free hot dogs, chips, treat bags and prizes will be available, with a fall-themed backdrop open for photos. Website: https://www.wyliebaptist.org/
Oct 31, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Splash Halloween Party
Join us for our FIRST ANNUAL family and pet friendly Halloween party! There will be games, giveaways, treats for dogs AND people and a fun Halloween costume contest so you don’t want to miss this! All games will be FREE for your pup to participate in! We will be offering FREE nail trims from 1:00-1:30 and 2:30-3:00! Bring the kids for trick or treating too! Website: https://www.splashabilene.com/
Oct 31, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Drug Emporium Trunk or Treat
Drug Emporium, 2550 Barrow St
Oct 31, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Spanky P’s Tavern and Dandy Auto Trunk or Treat
Spanky P’s Tavern, 2442 S. 7th St
Oct 31, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge Trunk or Treat
Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge, 1265 N. 2nd St
Oct 31, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Baptist Church Mask or Treat
First Baptist Church is having a drive thru Mask or Treat in the church’s south parking lot, 1333 North 3rd St.
Oct 31, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Ridgemont Baptist Church Trunk or Treat
Ridgemont Baptist Church, 4857 Buffalo Gap Road
Oct 31, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
South Pointe Church Trunk or Treat
South Pointe Church, 3050 Buffalo Gap Road
Oct 31, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wylie Methodist Church Trunk or Treat
Oct 31, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Arrow Ford Trunk or Treat
Arrow Ford, 4001 S. 1st St
Oct 31, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
La Reyna: Dia de los Muertos
Halloween is almost here as well as Dia de los Muertos and La Reyna de Ballet Folklorico wants to celebrate with Abilene and the surrounding areas 10/31/2020 from 5p-Midnight, food booths, free games, Live DJ, Trunk-or-Treat candy for the kids and a LIVE Performance by the La Reyna Dancers., 4001 S. 1st St.
Oct 31, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Elmwood West United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat
Elmwood West United Methodist Church, 1302 S. Pioneer Drive
Oct 31, 6 p.m.
Night of the Living Deadlift
The third annual Night of the Living Deadlift will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Firehouse Fitness, 3518 S. Seventh St. Weightlifting and trunk-or-treating will be available, and costumes are encouraged. Website: https://firehouse.fitness/mission
Oct 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Premiere Martial Arts Trunk or Treat
This is a community event from Premier Martial Arts in Abilene where they decorate the trunks of their vehicles, give out candy and prizes, and teach safe trick-or-treat practices to children and their parents. Website: https://premiermartialarts.com/abilene/
Oct 31, 9 p.m.
A Halloween bash featuring Parkside will begin at 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Heff’s Burgers, 4310 Buffalo Gap Road. Dancing and costume contests will be available.