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 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
4. 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.
5. 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
6. "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: http://www.voiceplaces.com/couples-cook-ghoulish-dinner-houston-3123950-e/