October Events Guide for San Antonio and Surrounding Areas

Happy Halloween season my loyal subscribers to Things To Do!

Fall is finally here and it’s starting to feel that way with cooler weather lately.

Unlike years past, I still don’t know what to dress up for Halloween. Last year I was a piece of cheese, so I have a lot to do.

There’s a lot going on as we kick off the holiday season. Stay tuned and I’ll send a few places to cheat or treat later this month.

Here is a list of some of the events happening in the San Antonio area in October:

  • Howl-O-Scream – This The tradition of SeaWorld San Antonio has already started and runs until Halloween. The peaceful park will be invaded by spooky creatures and will feature spooky areas and haunted houses.
  • San Antonio Zoo Boo – This is a fun, non-scary Halloween event for the whole family. Boo from the zoo is open every day until October 31. Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best costumes to enter a daily costume contest.
  • Come and Take It Celebration – This three day festival celebrates the first gunshots for Texas Independence in Gonzales September 30-October 30. 3. Enjoy live music in the plaza, children’s carnival, car show, arts and crafts, bingo, battle re-enactment and more .
  • Kerrville Movies in the Park – The Kerrville Department of Parks and Recreation’s “Movies in the Park” Halloween series begins October 1. Halloween-themed movies will be shown in the park throughout October.
  • Gruene Music and Wine Festival Gruene Music and Wine Festival is a four-day event described as a celebration of the best music and wine Texas has to offer. Gruene Hall and The Grapevine will provide stages for musical acts throughout the festival, which runs from October 6-9. Tickets for some performances are already sold out.
  • Patrias San Antonio Parties – Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center honors Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration of Mexican tradition and culture. There will be several days of events celebrating the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos. Events begin on October 7.
  • Oktoberfest at the Tower of the Americas -Prost! Oktoberfest is back at the Tower of the Americas this fall. Customers can sample beers from more than 24 Texas and European breweries from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 8.

  • Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival – The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival takes flight on October 8 as migrating monarch butterflies pass through Texas. The festival will take place in Brackenridge Park. In an ongoing gesture of hope and healing, all butterflies tagged this season will bear the name of a deceased person, as they take flight on their eternal journey.
  • Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias – The comedian returns to San Antonio to perform Oct. 8 at the AT&T Center. The tickets for the Back on tour are on sale now.
  • Moon Girls Cosmic Night – The Daughters of the Moon organize a Cosmic Night on October 9 to celebrate the first full moon of autumn. Cosmic Night is a monthly series that Moon’s Daughters airs every full moon night.
  • Cinema tile – The Good Kind will host a series of outdoor movie nights every Thursday, October 13-27. Admission is free, but places are limited, so customers are advised to bring their own chairs and blankets.
  • Oktoberfest – Cheers with beers on Oct. 15 at San Antonio Oktoberfest. This event benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. Festival attendees can sample more than 400 craft beers from more than 100 local, regional and global breweries from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Crocket Park in downtown San Antonio.
  • Black circus market and festival – The Black Swan Inn in Victoria is hosting an open market and Halloween-themed festival with a costume party on October 15. There will be clowns, burlesque, fire and live music to help bring the spooky season to life. Tickets can be purchased online.
  • Walk to beat Alzheimer’s – An estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Throughout October there are many events taking place where you can help fight the disease, including Walk to beat Alzheimer’s at Fiesta Texas on October 15.
  • ZOOFEST – You can party like an animal at the first-ever ZOOFEST in October. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. on October 22 at the Sunken Garden Theater, located at 3875 N St. Mary’s St. Spin Doctors, Josh Abbott Band, AB Quintanilla & Kumbia All Starz and Finding Friday are all set to perform.
  • Sips and Sounds of the West: Norteño Night – The Briscoe Western Art Museum celebrates Hispanic influence on the West with a night of Norteño music. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. on October 28 at 210 W. Market Street. Tickets are on sale now.

haunted houses

The return of haunted houses is another sign that it’s almost time for Halloween.

San Antonio is home to several spooky seasonal options for scary lovers.

Photo by: 13th Floor

Here’s a list of what’s open for spooky fun:

  • 13th floor in San Antonio – This popular haunted house will be open until October 31. Three spooky new attractions have been added to the lineup for this season. The 13th floor is located at 1203 E Commerce Street.
  • haunted oaks – This is the second year that this haunted house will be open. You can go from Thursday to Sunday to the Rolling Oaks mall.
  • feast of fear – You can experience the scares at night at Six Flags San Antonio. The haunted houses will be open until Halloween.
  • Howl-O-Scream – Halloween fun will come alive from 7-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31 at SeaWorld San Antonio.
  • Hotel Magnolia – This historic hotel is located approximately 40 minutes from downtown San Antonio at 203 S Crockett Street.
  • hollow cry – This haunted house is located approximately 90 minutes from downtown San Antonio at 149 Split Rail Lane in Smithville. Open until Halloween.

pumpkin patches

Hello, gourde-geous. 🎃 It’s time again for a favorite fall tradition of many families – visiting the pumpkin patch.

I’ve put together a map with the locations of some of the most popular pumpkin patches people can visit in the San Antonio area.


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I’m so glad it’s spooky season. 👻 If you know of an upcoming event that people might be interested in, please send me your ideas at [email protected]

-Mary Claire Patton, KSAT digital journalist

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