Leander High School's online student-run newspaper

The Roar

Leander High School's online student-run newspaper

The Roar

Leander High School's online student-run newspaper

The Roar

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Halloween Activities to Spook Up Your Fall

Ben Bailey

Halloween is almost here and there’s so many things to do around town or closer to home. Let’s start off with what you can do closer to home.



Movie marathons are always fun, whether they’re at home or at the theater. This October, we’ve got “Saw X”, “The Exorcist: Believer”, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” and “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.” Of course, if you don’t want to go to theaters, there’s plenty of scary movies available on streaming services, like “Hocus Pocus” and many others.

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One of the best parts of celebrating Halloween is decorating. Whether it’s your house, your room, or your desk, just taking the time to string up some skull lights or arrange some cobwebs can help you get in the mood for Halloween.


Trick or Treating or Dressing Up:

You’re never too old to go trick or treating. And even if you don’t want to go door-to-door asking for candy, or don’t get roped into it by a younger sibling, you can still come to school in a costume! 


But, of course, there’s plenty of Halloween activities that are a bit farther from home.


Pumpkin Patch:

Sweet Berry Farm’s pumpkin patch is open from September 23 through November 5, with free admission and parking. Beyond picking out your favorite pumpkin, you can also go on hayrides, explore mazes, visit some goats and much more. Prices for pumpkins are usually around 65 cents per pound. The farm is located in Marble Falls, and you can visit their website for more information.


Haunted House:

If you’re looking for a truly scary night out, why not visit Scream Hollow? Their five haunted houses are open on weekends from September 15 through October 31. Alongside their haunted houses, Scream Hollow also has cafes and a history of Halloween museum. Ticket prices vary by day, the amount of attractions you plan to visit and the amount of people in your party. You can visit their website for more information.


Ghost Tours:

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the spooky history of Austin, a ghost tour might be for you. Austin Ghost Tours claim to be the original Austin ghost tour, and offer downtown walking tours as well as paranormal investigations at Pioneer Farms. Prices vary based on the type of tour you select, and tickets and more information can be found on their website

But if you don’t feel like walking around town, Haunted ATX offers public van tours as well as public or private hearse tours of Austin’s ghosts. Ticket prices vary based on the type of tour you select and, along with more information, can be found on their website.

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About the Contributor
Payal Mugunda, Co-editor in chief
Payal is a senior and a third-year reporter. In addition to being a co-editor of The Roar, she is also a member of the school choir. She enjoys writing about interesting events and discoveries at school as well from around the world. She hopes to attend UT after graduation and major in physics. Her hobbies include reading anything and everything and baking.