Halloween 2011 in Austin

The ghosts, the ghouls and the goblins are out to play in Austin for Halloween. There are a multitude of ways to celebrate Halloween in Austin--whether you are up for some good old-fashioned family fun or want to get your terror on. Check out our list for the best Austin Halloween parties and costume stores for this year's ghoulish celebrations.

Updated: September 21, 2011

Austin Halloween Costume Shops

Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds

1506 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

This is the mothership of all costume shops in Austin, located on funky South Congress Avenue. If you can dream up the perfect costume, you'll be sure to find it at Lucy in Disguise. Be an Elvis Presley impersonator, a 1920s flapper, Superman; you name it, this shop's got it.

New Bohemia-Retro Resale

1606 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

This retro resale shop in South Austin has racks and racks of apparel and accessories organized by era for both men and women. Get your Jackie O on with a 1960s dress, pillbox hat and gloves. If John Wayne is more your thing, look to the supply of Western wear.

American Apparel

2316 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Besides being great for stocking up on wardrobe staples, American Apparel is also a good place to find added extras for Halloween. Become a disco diva in gold lame leggings. Tennis anyone? The store has those oh-so-flattering extra-short striped shorts and terry headbands to turn you into a 1970s tennis star.


5734 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

You don't have to break the bank to get dressed for Halloween, but you do have to do a little hunting. With creativity and time, your dollar will go far at this secondhand shop with multiple locations throughout the town.

Austin Halloween Events

House of Torment

523 E Highland Mall Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Adults and teens who live for terror are welcomed Sept. 23 through Oct. 31 at this well-known Austin haunted house. It was named the 'spookiest haunted house in the nation? by ABC's Good Morning America. Enter only if you can handle some serious horror. Tickets start at $19.99.

Whole Foods Market

525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

The downtown flagship store is hosting a family-friendly pumpkin party on Oct. 29 and 30 from 12pm to 3pm. Capture a photo of your young one amid the mounds of pumpkins outside the store, then come inside for nutritious and delicious ideas on how to prepare all things pumpkin. The family-friendly event is free.

Sixth Street

1900 E Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701

This infamous area in downtown Austin is known for its overabundance of bars and clubs lining the streets. On Halloween the street is closed off to traffic making for one big multi-block party. Stroll from bar to bar in your scariest or sexiest garb--anything goes. This is an adult-only event for those 21 and up.