As All Hallow’s Eve draws near in San Antonio, there is certainly no shortage of exciting events to scare and delight trick-or-treaters of all ages. It would be nearly impossible to list everything that the Alamo City has to offer this season, but we’ve composed a list of CO LAB Magazine staff favorites for our readers to enjoy.
Happy Halloween, my pretties!
Frighteningly Fun Family Festivities:
Family Art Play at The McNay: Halloween/Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Sunday, Oct. 29 4:00-7:00 PM
From the event page: “Send good wishes to the spirits of the afterlife this Halloween/ Day of the Dead. Decorate an altar with tissue-paper marigolds, enjoy tasty pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and view The Book of Life (2014) at 2 pm. Film description: Torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, Manolo embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds, where he must face his greatest fears.”
Alamo City Halloween Comic Con
The Alamo City Comic Con makes a haunting return this weekend for the Halloween edition. Bring the whole family to this event and check out their Facebook page for more information!
Culinary Institute of America – Family Funday Special Edition: Spooky Treats
Saturday Oct. 28, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
From the event page: “Spend a day at the Ghoulinary Institute of America for some spooky Halloween sugar-filled fun! We’ll explore deliciously creepy recipes for the whole family. In this demonstration-style class, you’ll learn how to make some of our favorite Halloween treats the CIA way. Witches Fingers, Halloweenies, and Sorcerer’s Brew, oh my!
Come in costume! All superheroes, princesses, and superhero princesses, welcome!”
Paper Tiger: Night of the Creeps III
Saturday Oct 28, 7:00 PM
For the third year, Paper Tiger will be throwing its annual Halloween party with local bands paying tribute to the greats. Costumes encouraged! This is a totally free event for all ages. Find the full lineup on their Facebook page.
San Antonio Symphony, Halloween Spooktacular at The Tobin Center
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3:00 PM
From the event page: “Calling all witches, warlocks, wizards and the like! Join us in costume for a one-hour, interactive performance featuring music for the season. Be sure to come early for pre-concert activities for kids in the lobby, including musical crafts and games, an Instrument Petting Zoo, and our Spooktacular Costume Contest – prizes to be awarded during the concert!”
Rockula! Horror Expo
Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29
Rockula is an event that crosses the categorical boundaries.
From the event page: “Join us for a weekend of horror, rock-n-roll and more in beautiful downtown San Antonio from October 27th-29th at the Wyndham Riverwalk Downtown. We have 3 floors reserved inside the hotel complete with 30 celebrity guests, 100 curated vendors and artists from all over the country, movie screenings, panels, exclusive show collectibles, and of course, some killer afterparty concerts just across from the hotel.
Head over to www.rockulahorrorexpo.com for more tickets, photo ops, hotel reservations, additonal details, exhibitor registration, volunteer registration and much more!”
Fearsome Film, Theatre, and Performance Art:
Get Reel Film Series – The McNay Museum
Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:00 PM
From the event page: “Get Reel gets updated. This fall, filmmaker George Ozuna curates a selection of four films related to the artist Chuck Ramirez. Ozuna introduces each selection, discusses connections to Ramirez, and afterward offers Q & A. Wine and refreshments are available 30 minutes before each screening.
A mournful and beautiful ghost story set in the years following the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone is considered Guillermo Del Toro’s most personal film. Young Carlos arrives at an ominous orphanage and soon wonders which are most horrifying, the living or the dead.”
Free with museum admission; General admission is free at The McNay on Thursday nights.
Paramour: Hallo-Queen Drag Brunch
Sunday, October 29 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Paramour’s popular Drag Brunch gets spooky this Sunday, performing songs from Rocky Horror Picture Show and other Halloween favorites. Space is limited – for more info and to RSVP, visit their Facebook page.
Little Shop of Horrors: Woodlawn Theater
Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 5
From the event page: “A delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!”
Showtimes and tickets available via Woodlawn Theatre.
Nightmare on Flores Street at 1906
Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 PM
From the event page: “For one night only, October 27, 2017, 1906 will host Nightmare on Flores Street, where the UTSA New Media Collective will exhibit and perform.
Nightmare on Flores Street will introduce never-before-seen, Halloween-inspired entertainment from UTSA New Media students. These site-specific, interdisciplinary works will include: installation, ensemble, and solo performance, and sound art.”
Gory Gallery Exhibits:
Brick at Blue Star: Blood Moon ‘Rise and Fall of the Witch’ Exhibit
Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:00 PM
From the event page: “La Santa Luna cordially invites you to our next runway event: Blood Moon “Rise & Fall of The Witch” It will be an unforgettable experience featuring a photo gallery with four local San Antonio Photographers, Performances by La Santa Luna Entertainment, artists/vendors, music and an Amazing Runway Show featuring three local designers!”
For detailed information, visit the Facebook event page.
Dia de Los Muertos Altar Exhibition: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Opens Saturday, Oct 28
From the event page: “Each year, the Galería Guadalupe holds space for community members, organizations and a featured artist to present altars dedicated to cherished loved ones who’ve passed. Several unique interpretations of traditional altars will be on display, including contributions by JT Brackenridge Elementary, local high schools and the SA Eye Bank.”
This event is free to the public. For more infomation, visit www.guadalupeculturalarts.org.
FLIGHT Gallery at Blue Star: Halloween Costume Closing Party
Saturday, Oct. 28 6:00 PM
From the event page: “Presa House welcomes you to a very special closing reception of Jimmy Canales, “Para Chrome” @ Flight Gallery. Our annual Halloween Costume Closing Reception includes a performance by psychedelic-country-punk-p
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page.
Costume Parties and Celebrations:
Harry Potter Halloween Part 2: The Brooklynite, Tucker’s Kozy Korner, The Last Word, Rumble
Friday Oct 27 9:00 PM
From the event page: “On Friday, Oct 27th, The Brooklynite, The Last Word, Tucker’s Kozy Korner, and Rumble will each be representing a House from the world of Harry Potter. Featuring: themed drinks, costumes, movies, games, and a free Knightbus to take you to each bar. Just like last year, this promises to be a magical night! 21 and up only.”
The McNay Museum: Costume Dance Party
Friday, Oct 27 7:00 PM
From the event page: “Join us for our fourth annual Halloween for a night of dancing in the McNay courtyard. Enjoy boo-zy drinks, light bites, and an authentic Dia de los Muertos ofrenda. DJ JJ Lopez will be our entertainment for the night, and three DJs from Southtown vinyl will be creating surprise custom mixes for each guest based on their costume. Be sure to dress up for the costume contest!