Are you looking for fun, local ways to get into the Halloween spirit while filling your trick or treat bag with yummy goodies? Well, we’ve got you covered! Throughout this blog, we will be sharing some of our personal favorite ways to celebrate the spooky season in central Texas. Whether you’re hoping to meet some scaly critters up close and personal or need to find local events where you can show off your incredible Halloween costume, we know that at least one of these events will spark your interest! Here is a list of the spooktacular events we will be discussing throughout this blog:

  • Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza
  • Thomas J. Henry Bark in the Park at Sunken Garden Theater
  • The City of New Braunfels’ Downtown Spooktacular
  • Halloween Weekends at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

During our Halloween event, you can get FREE children’s admission when you book your tickets online. Reserve your tickets here to get in on this amazing offer while supplies last!

Participate in our Famous Halloween Costume Contest & Other Fun Activities

We may be a little biased, but our favorite way to celebrate Halloween is through our zoo’s annual Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza! In addition to filling your trick or treat bag at our fun and educational trick or treat stations, you can watch our animals as they indulge in fun, Halloween-themed enrichment activities. Here are a few photos that showcase how much work our staff puts into these fun enrichment activities and how much our animals enjoy these yummy, pumpkin-spiced treats!

Besides getting to enjoy yummy candy at the Snake Farm, you can also expect to be entertained by our 14 Halloween-themed animal shows! From meeting our incredible bison at our Horns of Horror show to watching leaping lemurs in action during our Rocky Horror Lemur show, you are sure to have a frighteningly good time. We also encourage you to dress in your Halloween costume and enter our epic Halloween costume contest! Follow us on Facebook for more information on how to enter this spooktacular costume contest.

Meet All Kinds of Cute & Creepy Crawlers this Halloween!

If you have a soft spot in your heart for creepy crawlers like hairy tarantulas and slimy earthworms, you’ll absolutely adore our zoo’s creepy crawly trick or treat stations! At these stations, you’ll get to learn some creepy facts about these critters and even touch them. One fan favorite arachnid who can’t wait to meet you is Harriet the pink-toed tarantula! You can even pose for spooktacular photos with critters like Harriet as you fill your trick or treat bag with all kinds of goodies. To make this trick or treat 2023 event even sweeter, kids in costume get in for FREE when you purchase tickets for this event through our website! Since supplies are limited, we encourage you to reserve your tickets here as soon as possible to get in on this amazing deal!

One event that is perfect for dog lovers who also adore the spooky season is the Thomas J. Henry Bark in the Park at Sunken Garden Theater. During this event, guests can meet all kinds of furry friends and fellow dog lovers, and even enter their pooch in a Halloween costume contest! If you’re looking for a dog-friendly event that may give you Halloween costume ideas for yourself, this event could be a great addition to your plans this Halloween season!

Even More Spooktacular Halloween Parties Near Me

Now that we have shared some incredible events where you can meet creepy crawlers while learning all kinds of creepy animal facts, it’s time to share some additional fun-filled Halloween events in central Texas! One event that we highly recommend for Halloween lovers who can’t wait to fill their trick or treat bag with yummy candy is the City of New Braunfels’ Downtown Spooktacular. In addition to serving as a great, safe trick or treating venue for kiddos with early bedtimes, this event is a fun way to meet local business owners and community leaders. Since guests are highly encouraged to attend this event in costume, here are some Halloween costume ideas from past winners of our zoo’s famous Halloween costume contest!

The last spooktacular event that we will be highlighting in this blog is Halloween Weekends at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. During this spooktacular event in the great outdoors, you can trick or treat in costume, check out Halloween-decorated cabins and RVs, and even walk around their Magic Pumpkin Patch! Since this event occurs from late September to the last weekend in October, you can choose to attend on the weekend that works best for you. We hope this array of fun-filled Halloween parties near me inspires you to try new things this Halloween season!

Celebrate the Start of Fall in Texas at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo!

Even though Texas heat is common throughout autumn, this doesn’t need to interfere with your fall festivities! Stop by the Snake Farm this Halloween season to experience a truly unforgettable fall in Texas. When you visit us for our 8th annual Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza, you can expect Halloween-themed animal shows, frighteningly fun trick or treating activities, and much more! For more fall fun, check out our show schedule here to see what other amazing experiences our zoo has to offer! We hope to see you at our spooktacular Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza on October 28th and 29th!

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