October in San Antonio means gorgeous fall weather, bright autumn decorations, and spectacular Halloween festivities. Though this year may look different, there are still plenty of spooks, screams, and costumes to enjoy this Halloween. Here’s our list of the best things to do for Halloween in San Antonio this year.
Once October rolls in, many local garden nurseries and communities in north San Antonio host family-friendly pumpkin patches all month long. The Alley on Bitters near north Castle Hills hosts socially distanced fall activities like Halloween crafts, pumpkin painting, and fall family portraits at their pumpkin patch from October 10 – 31. Helotes Hill United Methodist Church is also hosting their annual pumpkin patch with safety guidelines to ensure social distancing. For a smaller, low-key pumpkin patch, visit The Garden Center near Helotes and take your pick of jack-o-lanterns, mini pumpkins, and gourds.
HallowFest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Frightening attractions and heart-pounding rides come together at HallowFest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This year the theme park divides the day into two themes: the family-friendly Thrills by Day and a more frightening version of the park with Chills by Night. Swarms of zombies and ghosts descend upon spooky attractions throughout the park, with scare zones and horror-themed settings to explore. Saturday evenings end with the Frightful Finale, a spectacle of fireworks, flame effects, and light shows. Reservations are required to help maintain social distance within the park.
Running every weekend from September 25 to November 1, SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is one of the most kid-friendly Halloween events in north San Antonio. Bring the kids in their favorite costumes for goodies on the Trick-or-Treat Trail throughout the park. Enjoy shows and unique photo opportunities with Sesame Street friends on Halloween-themed floats. Kids can also pick and paint a pumpkin from SeaWorld’s pumpkin patch. Reservations are required to help ensure a safe and fun experience at the park.
Rooftop Cinema Club
San Antonio’s newest outdoor drive-in theater brings classic Halloween flicks to the big screen throughout October. Located in the parking lot at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Rooftop Cinema Club offers the perfect spot to enjoy a movie under the stars safely. October’s lineup includes family favorites like Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and The Addams Family. Late-night showings include horror and cult classics like The Evil Dead, Carrie (1976), and Halloween (1978). To help maintain social distancing, all guests must remain in their cars or truck beds and must wear masks at all times when not in your vehicle.
Zoo Boo at the San Antonio Zoo
The San Antonio Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo! event is back with Halloween fun for the whole family. Held daily from September 19 through October 31, Zoo Boo! features trick-or-treating stations, pumpkin painting, costume contests, and a hay maze. This year the zoo is also offering Drive Thru Zoo Boo! every Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for socially distanced trick-or-treating and animal viewing from the safety of your vehicle.
**Disclaimer: Although we’ve checked with all of these locations, please note that due to the pandemic, openings and events can change at any time. Please check with any venue before visiting.