9 spirited Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities to die for this fall in San Antonio
Sure, ghosts, ghouls, and the occasional Sanderson sister are out and about, but that doesn’t mean San Antonians should stay home this October. Spectral glows are scattered across the city to help guide locals to some of the area’s most sensational seasonal attractions. Whether you're looking to get your heart racing or learn a few things about a cherished cultural tradition, fill your calendar with these must-attend Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities.
This long-running East Side haunted house promises a blood-curdling season, adding two new themes. The Deadlands walks guests through a Last of Us-like post-apocalyptic hellscape as they look to uncover the truth about the Hades Corporation. The Rot Shop explores the remnants of an old slaughterhouse and its otherworldly survivors. The scares last until November 11.
Day of the Dead San Antonio River Parade
It isn’t a San Antonio holiday without a River Walk Parade. The show starts at 7 pm on October 27, but the fun doesn’t stop there. The promenade kicks off a weekend of cultural fun at La Villita.
Fiesta del Día de los Muertos
Executive chef Ned Elliott will host an intimate dinner on October 30 at Supper’s Elephant Cellar with tequila pairings, Spanish guitar performances, and an ofrenda-building demonstration. Elsewhere at Pearl, visitors can enjoy a frenzy slate of activities like Halloween movie nights on Mondays, a Harvest Night Market on October 18, and family Día de los Muertos programming on November 2.
Muertos Fest at Hemisfair
This yearly happening, held October 28-29, was named one of the nation’s top fall festivals by National Geographic. Guests can expect food and art vendors, workshops, and a nightly procession. A community altar will also be set up to honor locals’ lost loved ones.
Reba McEntire Corn Maze
Here’s your one chance, Fancy, don’t let us down. This year, Jenschke Orchards’ annual corn maze in Fredericksburg pays homage to a widely loved country hitmaker. Admission through October 29 includes access to a pumpkin patch and farm activities.
San Antonio Pumpkin Festival
Hello, gourdgeous! This new attraction near the Pearl, running through October 29, boasts tons of kid-friendly activities like the “world’s largest” bouncy pumpkin, train rides, live music, and a corn maze. Older folks will want to take advantage of the scenery for social media. Is it even spooky season without a pumpkin patch selfie?
SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular
Running through October 29, the annual Halloween fest at SeaWorld is geared to younger attendees and their families. Kids can battle scallywags at the Ports of Skull or find their way through the Square Pumpkin Maze. A Día de Los Muertos area regales in tradition with alebrijes and sugar skull characters.
Six Flags Fright Fest
This adrenaline-pumping activation turns San Antonio’s beloved theme park into a house of horrors. Haunted houses and scare zones dot the grounds, providing frights at every turn. Eerie sing-a-longs and diabolically delicious treats complete the frightening festival through October 31.
Avoid weeks of nightmares by taking the kids to the San Antonio Zoo’s annual holiday spectacular, a less spine-tingling tradition that still offers plenty of thrills. Through October 31, guests can enjoy six themed areas, from Scarecrow Sing-a-long Express to the Día de los Muertos Plaza. Little goblins can also engage in safe trick-or-treating nightly.