Thursday, September 20, 2018

9 Fantastic Halloween Events in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, TX is a great place to visit all year, but you can’t beat some of their Halloween events. The town is welcoming to guests and bursting with culture and heritage and that shows in their events and in what happens in the surrounding areas. There are fun things to do for everyone from hikers to amateur artists to wine connoisseurs and all of these great happenings are centered around that spooky holiday, Halloween.

Pumpkin Patches

pumpkins on hay bales in a field
Fredericksburg has several excellent pumpkin patches. Some of the best are at Vogel Orchard, Jenschke Orchards, and Wildseed Farms. Where better to relive some memories of Halloweens past and create some new ones? Head out to any of these pumpkin patches to pick out your own pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, bake into a pie, or anything else you may wish to do. Most of them also offer hay rides and other fun fall activities. Pumpkin season begins on September 28th!

Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery Tour

main gates of the Der Stadt Friedhof cemetery
Take a tour of the Der Stadt Friedhof cemetery with Glen Treibes who is a retired schoolteacher, a native of Fredericksburg, and a historian. He teaches visitors all about those buried in the “City Cemetery” who lived in Gillespie County. It’s as if the tombstones can talk and share their stories. Tours are only on Thursdays, so if you want to go, you should be sure to make a reservation. The tours run from October 4th through October 25th.

Halloween Wine Pairing at Messina Hof Hill Country

Messina Hof Hill Country is one of the largest wine tourism destinations in the country. This winery has nearly 10 acres of land and boasts its own vineyards. They frequently offer pairing specials for visitors, but for Halloween, they decided to go with something a little different. They will be pairing wine with Halloween candy! So be sure to bring your sweet tooth and your sense of adventure to this wine tasting. This event happens on October 29th.

Freddyburg Youth Theater’s Haunted House

cast at the Freddyburg Youth Theater singing a song
Freddyburg Youth Theater promises to host a unique haunted house. This theater company is putting everything from their lighting and tech experts to their costuming and makeup masters behind this production. They will also have chilling special effects. Be prepared for a scary good time at this haunted house! Tickets are available online, at the box office, or at the event. This haunted house is only open on October 31st.

Art and Vino Painting Class “Sugar Skull”

This is an art class for adults where there is no judgment - there is no need to be an experienced painter to enjoy this class. Guests just need to have a love of painting and of wine. There will be local artists and teachers to help you recreate the painting for the night. For this particular class, they will be painting a sugar skull in honor of Halloween. Paint, canvas, and brushes are provided, so bring your favorite wine and some friends and come out for a spooky night of painting and wine. This class will be on October 27th.

Harvest Moon Celebration

food vendors at a carnival with Ferris wheel in the background
This is an annual Halloween festival in Comfort, TX, just outside of Fredericksburg. This is more than just a festival, however. It supports the Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy, which helps rehabilitate injured birds of prey. The festival runs all day and offers food, education, crafts, entertainment, and contests. Costumes are encouraged, in the spirit of Halloween. There will also be birds of prey demonstrations and an owl walk once it gets dark. The festival begins at noon and runs until 9PM on October 27th.

Creatures of the Night Halloween Walk

jack-o-lanterns in front of a spooky house
Combine trick or treating and an evening nature hike at Inks Lake State Park. All ages are welcome at this event to discover the creatures of the night at the park. It’s the perfect addition to any Halloween. This event happens along the Devil’s Waterhole Nature Trail. It is a self-guided hike, with candy as long as supplies last. Costumes are encouraged. The hike happens on October 27th from 6:30PM until 8:30PM.

Scarecrow Invasion of Comfort, TX

In the nearby town of Comfort, every October, scarecrows descend. Forget standing in a field, these scarecrows do everything from flying to having a spa day. Residents have gotten very creative with what they have their scarecrows doing. Every year, they have a contest for their scarecrow invasion. They give out prizes for various categories, including “Only in Comfort” and “Best of Invasion”. Scarecrows begin going up on October 1st, but it is best to see them is around October 8th. By that time, all of the scarecrows will have gone up. It is a treat to drive around town and see which scarecrows you think should win.

All Hallow’s Eve Hike

This hike is also at Inks Lake State Park. This is a guided hike where visitors can learn about the fall traditions of Hill Country and the people who lived there before. The hike will be about one mile in length. Hikers will settle in to look at the stars during the hike, so be sure to dress for the cool weather. Hikers will also want to wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight and water. The hike is from 6-7PM on October 30th.

There are many great things to do for Halloween in and around Fredericksburg, TX. Some of these happenings are in line with typical Halloween traditions, and some might start a new tradition for you. With such a great place to stay and so many cool and spooky things to do, there’s no reason not to visit Fredericksburg this October. Just be sure to decide which events you want to do before you come since there are too many to try to do them all.