6 Weirdly Cool Things to Do for Halloween in Texas

This time of year, there’s plenty of Halloween fun in Texas. Typical activities involve pumpkin picking and hay rides, costume parties, haunted house attractions, etc.  But I don’t like to be typical.

Here’s a list of a few unexpected ways to celebrate Halloween 2012 in the Lone Star state:


1.  Visit the Devil’s Sinkhole
(Rocksprings)  Sure, there are plenty of great places to view bats in Texas but the Devil’s Sinkhole is a particularly creepy one. Resembling the gates of Hades, this black, ominous vertical cavern houses 3.8 million Mexican Free Tails that emerge at dusk in a dark, swirling tempest of wings. Take an Evening Bat Tour and don’t forget to check for vampires.
Bat Tour information from the Devil’s Sinkhole Society

2.  Barton Springs Pool Full Moon Swim
(Austin)   This natural spring swimming pool celebrates every full moon with a nighttime swim.  When the full moon coincides with Halloween, that’s when the real crazies come out. Come join the pool party and howl at the moon in your bathing suit this Monday, October 29.
Barton Springs Pool Website

3.  “Thriller” Dance Party 
(Austin)   “It’s close to midnight / and somethin’ evil’s lurkin’ in the dark…”
Join the rest of the zombies and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.  Start by learning the choreography from Ballet Austin’s dance pros then put it all together in a night of fun.  Oct. 31; $5 admission if you wear a
Ballet Austin website

vampiro_084. Halloween Blood Drive
(Dallas)  OK, you’re thinking to yourself, “I’d love to do something charitable, but it must have a Halloween theme!”  How about donating some of your crimson life source to the bloodsuckers at the Halloween Blood Drive, sponsored by the Dallas Bar.
For more information:  www.dallasbar.org/blooddrive
If you like the idea of donating blood on Halloween, but don’t live near Dallas, check the Red Cross website for other donation centers.

ghost_w6405.  Sign up for a class at Houston Paranormal University

(Houston) If you’ve always wanted to be a ghost hunter, you’re in luck.  Register for “Paranormal Intro” and learn about the tools and techniques used to gather evidence of the spirits among us, then use what you’ve learned on a 4 hour investigation in a haunted location.
Houston Paranormal Society website

black linguine6. “Ghoulish Dinner” Cooking Class
(Houston) Witch’s Brew?  Black Linguine?  Learn how to make a spooky but delicious Halloween meal in this cooking course at Central Market.  Oct. 31; $120 per couple. More info:  Central Market Cooking School

Do you know of any “odd” ways to get into the “spirit” of Halloween in your area? Please let me know by leaving a comment.

This article has 4 comments

  1. Donna Orozco Reply

    You have got to add touring Loyd Park in Grand Prairie to your list! The whole campground (over 200 spaces) becomes a haunted campground – every site is decorated with their own theme. People camp from places all over the state! Almost 1000 cars drive thru to trick or treat and see the decorated sites.

  2. William Ronald Neal Reply

    I never celebrate Halloween. It is a sign that someones brain is not working.
    Sincerely yours,
    Ron Neal

  3. kerseypeterson Reply

    i love halloween in texas! there are so many events and everyone loves to be involved!

  4. Nathan Reply

    The Barton Springs pool experience is wild, but be fair-warned that the full-moons in the winter can make for VERY cold water!

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