Abilene Halloween: Howl at the moon

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A chill is in the air, pumpkins are popping up all over town, and it's time to celebrate the season. Abilene is offering plenty of ways to welcome autumn and find spooky thrills for Halloween. Even pets can join the fun. 

Our community calendar is continuously updated, so check it out for details and more events as they come online.

  • Goblins, ghouls and giraffe: Boo at the Zoo is a beloved Abilene tradition, and the smart people at the Abilene Zoo are spreading the festivities over three Saturdays: Oct. 16, Oct 23, Oct. 30. The zoo will come alive with costume contests, a pumpkin craft, wild animal experiences, and pumpkin chunkin'. Little ghosts and goblins can gather goodies at vendor trick-or-treat stations spread throughout the grounds. Get tickets in advance for easy admission.
  • Welcome autumn: The Scarecrow Festival at the Taylor County History Center has grown into a local favorite. This is the third year for this creative show, and the theme is cartoon characters. Opening day, Oct. 23, will offer free admission, family activities and other seasonal fun. Stroll the grounds to see the designs and keep a wary eye out for ghosts. Some folks believe the center’s historic buildings are haunted, making them a popular stop for fans of the paranormal. 
  • Horrors and holes: Play Faire Park will open The Dragon's Lair: Labyrinth of Horror Thursday, Oct. 21 through Halloween night. The miniature golf park and event center has revamped its spooky space and guests are warned to watch for fire-breathing dragons. 


  • Sip wine with your canine: The Winery on Willow Creek will host a Corks & Collars event on the afternoon of Oct. 23, inviting pet owners to bring their fur babies for a relaxing afternoon of wine and whimsy. Peruse the dog costumes for sale and enjoy wine, live music, food trucks a raffle and silent auction. Frontier Vet Clinic will hand out a giveaway bag of treats while they last.
  • Spooky spectacular: The Swenson House Historical Society goes all out for holiday, hosting Haunted Trolley Tours of town and a family-friendly Kitschy-Witches Haunted House the weekend of Oct. 23-24, and ending the month with a big night for the adults:  Swenson Boo Bash, the night of Saturday, Oct. 30. Guests can choose tickets for a trolley tour or home tour or snag a combo ticket for both. Start planning a costume now for the big bash because the costume contest is one fierce competition.
  • Fast track: Big Country Raceway will host the 5th Fall Spooktacular on Halloween weekend, Oct. 30-31. Watch speed demons burn up the drag strip or two days of competition. The track west of Abilene is sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association and is a hot spot for racers and fans.
  • Beer and cheer: Sockdolager Brewing Co. is bringing back its popular Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Party on Oct. 30. Craft brew and man’s best friend are a winning combination, and the shindig will happen from 11 am to 3 pm, leaving time for evening fun, too.
  • Hit the trail: Abilene State Park will host an evening of trick-or-treating throughout the campsites and other fun. Halloween in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 30, will feature a haunted trail, educational programs, candy, and plenty of reasons to scream. Bring a flashlight and comfortable shoes.
  • Get out with the gang: The Paramount Theatre will show the award-winning horror flick “Get Out” on two evenings, Saturday, Oct. 30, and All Hallows Eve, Sunday, Oct. 31. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is described as funny, scary and thought-provoking, perfect for holding hands with someone you love while nervously scarfing down the best popcorn in town.

The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau's community calendar is continuously updated, so check it out for details or more events as they come online. Submit your organization's Halloween happenings here