Halloween already stalks Austin. It’s time for witches and ghosts. Also for parties, vices and costumes. The city offers you a lot of fun and the possibility of becoming who you want to be, no matter how macabre is your character in a few magical hours. Don’t miss the best that Austin has prepared for your most fun night of the year. Boo!
The Parade of Life
Viva La Vida – October 27th – 12am – 6pm – Downtown Austin
A parade to celebrate life and diversity honoring the Day of the Dead. This is Viva la Vida. The street festival of Mexic-Arte celebrates 35 years with good vibes, dances and music. Costumes take to the streets of downtown Austin on one of their most colorful days to the beat of Latin songs. Prepare your skull or your portable altar and immerse yourself in this party. This year also pays tribute to Frida Khalo for its 110th anniversary. Beyond the parade, foodtrucks, concerts and various cultural activities pay tribute to the dead and the living.
Some Deadly Parties
The most luxurious hotels are also haunted. In the Great Room of the W Hotel in Austin the most terrifying seduction will dance with the most festive spirits of this enchanted party. The best djs in the city will make a musical incantation so that your fears evaporate on the dance floor. Come with your best costume and do not forget to dance til the afterlife.
The spirits of the night nest in Ironwood Hall to create the craziest Halloween party in Austin. Masks, devils, vampires and witches will fall to the spell of the music of imposing djs like Autograf, which will insert electronic music into our ears. Don’t forget your disguise and your desire to be free.
Halloween is Delicious
Nelly Nights SupperClub presents: Día de los Muertos – October 28th – 7pm – Laced with Romance Vintage. Map – $80
Gastronomy also has a special spirit that makes you sigh in the darkest nights. A menu worthy of the Day of the Dead will invoke the best flavors in Nelly Nights SupperClub. On a date like that, nothing better than an eternal menu designed by chef Josie Paredes. Between the candles and the offerings of those present to their dead you will savor immortal wonders such as Chilled Avocado Soup, based on Nopales, agave, avocado, epazote or radish, or a miraculous Tartar de Tuna taco with red chili. More surprises await you in a supernatural menu.
Another tasty way to celebrate the Day of the Dead is to enter the universe of Tequila, Sotol and Mezcal. The Austin Tequila Festival collects the legacy and the diverse varieties of these Mexican flavors that serve to drown sorrows and toast for those who are not. Taste the best liquors from Mexico and experience endless rhythms and activities commemorating the Day of the Dead.
The Haunted Hollywood Trails is full of terror and adventure. In these cabins on the outskirts of Austin you can find Edgar Allan Poe reciting The Raven or get lost in the nearby enchanted forests. The most horror Halloween experience in the city is at your disposal to live Victorian Gothic Terror realistically and in style with fear, drinks and food. Return to the darkest nineteenth century in Pionner Farms.
Nature inspired the ancient Celts to create the primal Halloween. Now, in Austin we get scared again with nocturnal animals, ghosts and costumes in a very fun tour of the zoo. Activities of all kinds will animate a night that will end in the house of horrors of the zoo.
On the 31st, look to the sky. The spirits return in the form of spectacular fireworks. The show is held in the vicinity of the Krieg Baseball Fields and is open to anyone who wants to see the Austin sky shine like never before. An unbeatable way to dismiss Day of the Dead and Halloween with a brilliant picnic.
As a finishing touch to some fun Halloween parties, The Emma S Barrientos Center brings together musicians and artists to revive our spirit through art and music. There will be plenty of altars with colorful offerings or foodtrucks to satisfy our most deadly hunger and fun piñatas. Two days full of exhibitions, dance and concerts to honor the deceased.
Living Theater for the Dead
La Vida de los Muertos – October 20th and 27th / November 1st – Hideout Theater. Map – $15
If life is pure theater, death must be too. That premise must have been the starting point of this hilarious two-act play totally improvised. Cat Drago and JR Zambrano have created a fascinating parallel universe colored with Day of the Dead masks in which the fears of life and death are analyzed with humor. Each show is completely different and the only rule is fun and connect with a public rendered to La Vida de los Muertos. Transcend the limits of existence with this intelligent and inspired play.