Halloween is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about what to do with the kids! With events taking place all month long, you won’t run out of ideas to keep your family in the spirit! Our top list of family-friendly Halloween activities in San Antonio include:

Zoo Boo!

On Saturdays in October, and on Halloween, come to the San Antonio Zoo decked out in your costumes and take part in a hay maze, hay slide, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treat stations and more! Please keep in mind that masks are not allowed, this is for family fun and want to ensure that the kids have a blast!

Altars and Artifacts: Remembering Our Past

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is hosting a FREE event on Sunday, October 13, where you can come and learn about the Día de Muertos altars at the Remembering Our Past exhibit.

Six Flags Fright Fest

Beware, this may not be for the young ones! On select days between September 13- November 2, get ready to not only get your adrenaline rushing, but also get your heart racing from the frightening evening after the sun goes down. From hundreds of haunted houses, scare zones around the park, and haunting rituals, your group is bound to get into the Halloween spirit at Six Flags Fright Fest.


Sea World San Antonio is hosting numerous Halloween activities including Howl-O Scream, an after-dark experience featuring haunted houses, scare zones, and attractions; and SeaWorld Spooktacular for the younger kids, featuring a Trick-or-Treat at Sesame Street Bay of Play and a Halloween parade.

The Dinner Detective

If you’re looking to get away from the traditional Halloween, call a baby sitter and make your way over to The Dinner Detective at the Emily Morgan Hotel on Halloween night!  with your costume to enjoy an evening of murder mystery, four-course dinner and more! This is perfect for a couple or group event!

Haunted River

On October 25, 2019, make your way over to The Riverwalk for the Haunted River event. Exclusively for individuals 18+, the Arneson River Theatre in La Villita is hosting an evening of live music, dancing, costume contests and more! Be sure to book a hotel close to the Riverwalk ahead of time to make sure you don’t have to end your night early!

Spooky Sixth Birthday and Dia de los Muertos at the Briscoe

On Friday, October 25th, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is celebrating their Spooky Sixth Birthday with free admission, kids’ crafts, and free cupcakes. Get there at 1:00 pm to take advantage of a spooky tour of the museum. Celebrations don’t stop there! On Friday, November 1st, the Briscoe will be hosting a River Parade Party in celebration of the Catrina’s on the River Parade with the Lada Ladies Food Truck, a cash bar, and prime parade viewing. From October 28th– November 8th, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, in conjunction with Dia de los Muertos is sharing a unique collection of Huichol art, offering more than 18 artworks handcrafted in celebration of the Day of the Dead. The Almas Creatives exhibit includes a series of giant calaveras, the smiling skulls that are synonymous with Día de los Muertos, as well as catrinas. One of the strongest and most recognizable symbols of Day of the Dead celebrations, the happy female skeletons featured in the exhibit include artist Frida Kahlo and beloved Mexican actress María Felix.


The San Antonio Botanical Garden is hosting a day of family fun on Saturday, October 26 from 10am- 2pm. With a scarecrow contest, trick-or-treating stations and more. The young ones will enjoy the morning out celebrating Halloween a bit early. After your kids had a great evening out, come back out that evening from 6-10pm for Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Enjoy enchanted performances, costume contests, and food trucks. There’s a little something for everyone at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Day of the Dead Parade

In San Antonio, festivals don’t stop on Halloween day. The city celebrates the Day of the Dead. Make your way over to the Day of the Dead San Antonio Festival opening parade on Friday, November 1 to celebrate the Day of the Dead all weekend long.

Family Day:  See + Do Dia de los Muertos

On Sunday, November 3rd the San Antonio Museum of Art is hosting Family Day:  See + Do Dia de los Muertos from noon-3pm. This event is filled with art, music, and performances- even ones you can take part in with sugar skull decorating and more!

*Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art


For those coming into town the month of October, visit travel.hilton.com/San-Antonio for the best deals on your hotels and top suggestions on what to do around the city!

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