We all have different definitions of “fun” when it comes to Halloween. Some of our kids are more fearless than their parents (or at least this parent!) but many of our kids feel more comfortable if they don’t run into a cast member of The Walking Dead as they search for candy and fall fun!
No worries… lucky us, we live in Lubbock… and have the benefit of so many wonderful organizations and businesses that offer fun events for our kids. Hair-raisin’ or cake-walkin’… it’s all here! So we’ve gathered a list of our favorite entertaining yet not-so-scary ideas to celebrate the season.
For a walk on the more haunted side for older kids and brave parents, checkout the Halloween list at Lubbock in the Loop where they include a list of real area “Haunted Houses”… (shiver, chill!)
OK – it’s time to grab your broom, your wand, or your magic carpet and head out to enjoy our beautiful West Texas autumn weather, meet the neighbors, and make some memories (sans the nightmares) with our goblins!
- South Plains College Halloween Carnival. Levelland. Thurs. 10/29 from 6-9pm. Fun for the entire family and will be held in the Sundown Room on the Levelland Campus. Carnival booths, Trick or Treating, concessions available. Tickets 5 for a $1.
- Trunk or Treat on Main Street. Levelland. Sat. 10/31 from 6-7:30pm. Includes annual costume parade followed by a fun filled, family oriented evening full of games, activities and of course TREATS!
- Halloween Costume Photos by Mark McCall for Meals on Wheels. Sat. 10/31 from 4-7pm. Mark McCall Studio. Corner of Broadway and Ave. E. For the 5th year, Master Photographer Mark McCall will be conducting a Halloween Costume Photoshoot benefiting Meals on Wheels. Fee is only a $10 donation or 10 cans of food for Meals on Wheels.
During this time of year, Texas Tech reaches out to our community and offers many events for our kids that have become traditional favorites. From candy, to concerts, to soccer, to parades… those Tech students sure know how to make our kids feel like special, true, little Red Raiders! Some of our favorites include:
- “Tech or Treat” @ the Student Union. Wed. 10/28 from 6-8pm. Free Admission. 5:45 Costume Parade then 6-8pm Trick or Treating.
- “Safe Treat” @ Texas Tech Residence Halls. Wed. 10/28 from 6-8pm. All Residence Halls at Texas Tech will provide candy and activities for trick or treaters!
- Texas Tech football vs. Oklahoma State. Sat. 10/31 at 2:30pm. The ultimate Trick or Treat experience!
Events for Active Goblins!
Howl-O-Ween Dog Run/Walk by West Texas Endurance. Sat. 10/24 starting at 8:30am. Bring your 4-legged friends and 2-legged goblins and join this fun family-friendly event! With 2 distance options (2K9 – 1.2 miles with your furry friends or 4 miles without a leash), there is an event for everyone. The “family-friendly” course of 2K9 (1.2 miles) will take you along the beautiful Canyon Lake 6. The more challenging 4 mile course runs through the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
- Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center – Halloween Scramble. Sat. 10/31 from 1-5pm. For Juniors & Adults. $5. Spooky pairings and lots of rotations & play! Always a fun, festive time for our tennis-lovin’ kids.
- Silly Science Mini-Carnival. Thurs. 10/29 from 10am-noon. Especially for Preschoolers, age 5 and under! This mini-carnival will take place in the museum and is perfect for younger ones who might not want to get out and compete with the older kids at other Halloween events. Fun activities include: Carnival Games & Prizes, Fall Themed Maze, Mini Bounce House, Halloween & Fall Themed Crafts, Silly Science Demos, Costume Parade, Snacks & Treats. All Silly Science Carnival activities will be located in the museum and are included with standard museum admission. Children under 3 are free.
- Spooky Science Carnival. Fri. 10/30 from 5-9pm. This event is great for families and kids up to age 14 looking for a safe Halloween alternative and a fun, educational party all in one. Enjoy carnival games & prizes, trick-or-treating, the Haunted Science Lab, a live Mystery Scientist Show, children & family costume contest, and many more traditional Halloween “spooky not scary” fun activities for safe family fun! Free Trick-or-Treating will take place in the lobby. All Spooky Science Carnival activities will be located in the museum and are included with standard museum admission. Children under 3 are free.
We’ve compiled the most complete list in the Hub of all the carnivals, festivals, trunk-or-treats, and trick-or-treats that have been scheduled for our kids! Some happening the weekend before Halloween but the majority scheduled on the 31st taking advantage of the Saturday holiday. As a parent, it’s humbling to see that over 200 churches, schools, and businesses are providing a safe, fun, Halloween experience just for our children… most at no charge! Thank you wonderful community of Lubbock! Check our Halloween Calendar to schedule your quest! (Tip: you can view activities in list format or calendar format and print it out for a Halloween hit list. And Members can even print their favorites for a custom calendar to take along!).
Concerts and Productions with Soul.
Fall concerts, shows, and performances are simmering with a family flair this time of year. We’ve gathered them in our Sounds of the Season section including:
- Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s Free Family Concert. Sun. Oct. 25 from 2:30-5:30pm. Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. The LSO has a spooky good time planned for families, fans, and friends. Children’s activities start at 5 p.m. in Parrish Hall where they can play real orchestra instruments, make their own musical instrument, learn to conduct, enjoy face painting and a costume contest and much more! Concert starts at 6:30pm with an interactive concert with Maestro Cho.
- Octubafest. Sun. 10/26 from 6-9pm. Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble Concert. Free. A Halloween week tradition! Presented by the Texas Tech School of Music. Hemmle Recital Hall.
- University Symphony Orchestra Halloween “Hauntcert.” Fri. 10/30 from 6-9pm. Free Halloween Concert. Hemmle Recital Hall. “Instrument Petting Zoo” for children to visit with musicians and play the instruments. Creative Halloween Costume Contest – win a chance to conduct or play with the orchestra!
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie… and Apples and Corn too!
Searching for that perfect pumpkin with the kids, taking photos to mark their height, and walking in the crisp air are some of the best, most memorable times of the fall. Add farm animals, storytimes, corn and hay mazes, and other family-friendly attractions, and you’ve got autumn adventures even your teen will enjoy! We’ve gathered a list of area farms that offer pumpkin patches, apples, corn mazes, pumpkin trains and more…. our favorites include:
- Apple Country Orchards, near Idalou. Featuring apple pickin’! Open 7 days a week: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays until 4pm.
- Assiter Punkin Ranch & Pumpkin Patch, near Floydada. Pumpkins and the famous Pumpkin Train.
- Corn Maize at At’l Do Farms. Mazes for different ages, cow train, corn cannon, farm animals, hayrides and Pumpkin Hollow.
- Cumberland Presbyterian Pumpkin Patch. Great photo ops with pumpkins, and displays. Storytimes and tours.
Do you have a favorite? Share it with us here!
And for additional creative and safe ideas for kids from tots to teens, check out the LubbockForKids calendar…. and Happy Haunting!
West Texas Endurance – Captivated Images.
Mark McCall Photography.
The Science Spectrum.