Free fun in Austin for Halloween weekend

Leander is already getting in the spirit for Halloween with these homemade decorations! (KXAN Viewer Photo/ Laura Smith)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — From a Spooktacular to two Day of the Dead festivals, here is the free fun Austin has in store for you this Halloween weekend.

  1. Spooktacular: Create glow in the dark art with a scientific twist. You can also explore the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum after hours in your Halloween costume. The Spooktacular is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the museum on North Congress Avenue.
  2. Viva la Vida Parade and Festival: Celebrate Austin’s largest and longest running Day of the Dead event. There will be a grand procession and street festival with artists, face painting, live music, food trucks, and a costume contest. It is Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at the Mexi-Arte Museum on Congress Avenue.
  3. Dia de los Muertos Celebration: Another Dia de los Muertos celebration is Saturday afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. at the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center. Celebrate the cycle of life and honor loved ones. There will be classic cars, pinatas filled with candy, face painting, sugar skull decorating and live music.
  4. Polkapocalypse: Rock out with your lederhosen with four Polka band performances on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  Austin’s Fabulous Polkasonic, Houston’s Polish Pete and the Polka I Hardly Knew Her Band, San Antonio’s Los Texmaniacs, and Denton’s Brave Combo will all be performing.
  5. Sunday Funday: The second Sunday Funday will be hosted by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Kids of all ages can enjoy a hay bale maze, arts, crafts, performances, food trucks and more. Bring your own pumpkin to decorate. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. It is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Palm Park on East 3rd Street. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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