Actually Fun Things You Can Do in Austin This Weekend

Scary movies, ghost tours, and more.

It’s spooky season, Austin! Make sure you get out the vote and then celebrate the weekend responsibly. If you’re sick of binging scary movies on Netflix, then check out our list of ideas for things to do around town. Make sure to mask up and observe social distancing guidelines. 

Take in a ghostly night at the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Friday, October 16 - Saturday, October 17
Neill-Cochran House Museum or virtual 
Are you afraid of ghosts? Give yourself a scare with a ghost tour of Austin’s historic Neill-Cochran House Museum. Built in 1856, the space is one of the most historic sites in the city and contains Austin’s only intact slave quarters. The tour is in partnership with Austin Ghost Tours and is available both in person and virtually.
Cost: $50 general admission, $15 virtual general admission

Experience Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s original one-woman show Fleabag

Friday, October 16
The Paramount Theatre
If you were captivated by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s uncomfortably hilarious, raw, and intensely personal BBC television show Fleabag, then this screening of her original one-woman play is a must-see. 
Cost: $20

Watch spooky classic Beetlejuice at the drive-in with Independence Brewing Co.

Friday, October 16
Independence Brewing Co.
Tim Burton’s classic Halloween movie Beetlejuice may not be streaming, but it is coming to a drive-in theater near you. Michael Keaton stars as the title character in this unforgettable wild ride. Doors open at 7pm and the film begins at sundown around 8pm.
Cost: from $8

Support Empire Control Room at Save Our Stages Fest

Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18
Mask up and head out to Red River to support one of Austin’s best live music venues for Empire Control Room’s Save Our Stages Fest. Entry will be limited to allow for social distancing. For those who do not want to attend in-person but want to support the venue, visit the website to make donations.
Cost: from $40 for two seats

Show off your Halloween best at The Nightmare Before Christmas costume screening

Saturday, October 17 - Sunday, October 18
Alamo Drafthouse, various locations
Just because the world is shut down doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Halloween. Wear your best costume and join the Alamo Drafthouse for a spooky, socially distant screening of classic Tim Burton animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. This show includes free treats and a discount for kids under the age of 12.
Cost: $9.50

Visit Barton Springs Pool

Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 18
2131 William Barton Drive
After being closed all summer, Barton Springs has finally reopened just in time for the last humid days of Texas fall. Visit the 60-degree springs on weekdays and weekends from 8am to 10pm for guarded swim, or come out early for unguarded hours. Reservations are not necessary but a strict capacity limit will be observed. View a full list of Austin area pool reopenings and new schedules here.
Cost: Free

Race across Austin in Take the Bridge

Through October 19
Take the Bridge is a race series like no other. There’s no traditional course -- just “checkpoints” that you have to hit en route to the finish line. Use your knowledge of downtown Austin to chart the fastest course possible! All entry fees will be combined to become winning prizes in the form of gift cards to The Loop Running Supply.
Cost: $20

Celebrate autumn at Barton Hill Farms

Weekends through November 15
Get in the Halloween spirit with Barton Hill Farms’ annual fall festival. Visitors must purchase tickets ahead of time this year to assure social distancing measures at the farm. Fun for the whole family includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, barnyard ball zone, hayride trail, lawn games, and more.
Cost: from $16.95; kids 2 and under are free

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Johanna Gretschel is a contributor to Thrillist.