Local Fall festivities

October to-do list


Courtesy of Leander Cheer

Trunk or Treat will be held Monday, Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the LHS front parking lot,

by Ainsley Shaw, Reporter

(Sandy) Alex G concert (Austin Financial District)

See Alex G live in concert on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Mohawk in Austin. Alex G produces alternative music, and his show will feature his recently released album, “House of Sugar”. Alex G’s music often has a melancholy feeling to it that creates a very intimate sphere. I will be in attendance and I can guarantee he will put on a great show. Tickets are available for purchase here

Maxo Kream concert (East Riverside)

See Maxo Kream live in concert on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Emo’s in Austin. Maxo Kream is a hip-hop/rap artist. This is a stop on the rapper’s Brandon Banks Tour due to the recent release of his new hip-hop/rap album, “Brandon Banks”. My favorite song out of the 15 tracks is, “Meet Again” and my all-time favorite song by him is, “Pop Another” on his album, “Punken”. Tickets are available for purchase here

Movies in the Park: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (East Austin)

The Austin Parks Foundation created “Movies in the Park” which brings free screenings of movies to various parks around Austin. On Thursday, Oct. 17, they will be showing “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” at 7:30 p.m. at Duncan Neighborhood Park. There will be food trucks so bring your appetite, blankets, chairs and friends.

Austin Oktoberfest (Downtown Austin)

The 16th annual Austin Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oktoberfest is a huge traditional German celebration that originated in Munich, Germany. It features German music, dancing, games, food, drinks and many more activities. Oktoberfest is family-friendly too. It’s located at the German Free School in Austin.

Six Flags – Fright Fest (San Antonio)

Located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, a Halloween themed amusement park awaits. Fright Fest is in town until Nov. 2. Fright Fest features multiple haunted houses and specific “scare zones” all around the park when it gets dark. Zombies and ghouls wander the amusement park grounds waiting around to scare. In addition, some rides add extra scare factors during this season.

House of Torment (Northeast Austin)

The scariest haunted houses one will ever find are located at one big annual pop-up location: House of Torment. Three different terrifying attractions are featured every year. The themes for this year’s houses are: Clown, Rise of the Dead, and Dimensions of Darkness. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Sweet Berry Farms (Marble Falls)

Picking out pumpkins and taking them home to paint or carve is perhaps the number one Halloween tradition. There are many pumpkin patches around the greater Austin area. A widely popular one is Sweet Berry Farm located in Marble Falls. This farm features pumpkins for purchase, pumpkin painting, hayrides, mazes, goats and horses. If one can’t make it to a pumpkin patch, pick some up from a local grocery store, grab some friends and have a pumpkin carving party. 

Halloween costume shopping 

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it allows one to be whoever they want to be without any second thought. Costumes are hands down the best part about this time of year. They can be store-bought or completely DIY. I often mix the two tactics. The goal is to be unique, different from oneself and obviously spooky. A plethora of Halloween costumes can be found at Party City, Spirit Halloween, Halloween Express, Target and online. 

Trunk or Treat (Leander HS)

Trunk or Treat is an annual event at LHS where groups get together, decorate a car and give out candy to trick-or-treaters. It’s hosted by the LHS Cheer program and will take place on Monday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be candy, games and a haunted hallway. Groups and organizations can sign up to decorate a car using this link: bit.ly/lhstot