Have a Spooky Good Time in Lubbock
Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints Day, the Day of the Dead, or whatever you prefer to call it, is creeping closer and closer! Whether you’re a die-hard scare fan or a little more lighthearted about the upcoming holiday, we have a list of the Halloween Hot Spots for anyone anticipating the start of the spooky season.
The Lubbock Pumpkin Trail
Each year, local nonprofits and businesses participate in the Lubbock Parks and Recreation Pumpkin Trail by hosting themed displays that lead participants along the path. It’s the perfect place for family photos with your little goblins and ghosts! This year’s Pumpkin Trail is open now through Sunday, Oct. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave. Get into the fall spirit by strolling along the lighted trail of carved jack-o-lanterns.
Leave the kids at home, put on your dancing shoes and head to Fright Fest on Thursday, Oct. 24 where you can enjoy live music, a costume contest and more Halloween festivities! The party is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Lubbock Senior Center, 2001 19th St. For only $8, this electrifying evening will be one for the books!
Trick or Treat Street
Trick or Treat Street is a night that is sure to be packed with delicious fun! Round up your fairies, superheroes and littlest goblins for the safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza set for Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Safety City, located inside Clapp Park at 46th Street and Avenue U. Safety City is a unique, miniature town where students learn hands-on rules of pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety. Children and parents can parade around the kid-sized streets walking from one building to the next collecting treats and goodies. With their child-friendly buildings, streets and traffic lights, Safety City is the perfect location for this first-time Halloween event!
A great fall treat for the entire family is The Maize. Each fall, James and Patti Simpson of At’l Do Farms transform their 12-acre corn field into an “amazing maize.” By day or by night, this is an adventure surely to challenge your wits. After navigating through the maize, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, shoot the corn cannon or reserve a campfire for your group. At’l Do Farms is located at 6323 FM 1294 (2 miles east of Shallowater, Texas).
Howl-O-Ween Fun Run
Bring your four-legged friends, monsters and goblins, and join West Texas Endurance for the Howl-O-Ween Run on Saturday, Oct. 26! With distance options of a 1.9-mile run and a 4-mile run, this event is perfect for those with two legs or four. The “family-friendly” course of a 1.9-mile run will take you and your pup along the beautiful Canyon Lake 6. The more challenging 4-mile course will have you running through the City of Lubbock Cemetery where you can pay tribute to Lubbock’s most famous son, Buddy Holly. The course will then conclude with a loop around Canyon Lake 6.
West Texas’ Nightmare on 19th Street is back this year with four new attractions! Say “goodbye” to Dr. Nexum’s Sanitarium and “hello” to a new perception in fear, the first 3-D haunted house in West Texas. This year’s attractions include the Blood Moon Manor, Skullick, City of the Lost and the 3-D attraction, Twisted Tales. Come and face the fear at the Lonestar Events Center now until Saturday, Nov. 2…if you dare.
The Halloween Scramble
If you’re in for a little “spooky sport,” dress in your favorite Halloween costume, and take a whack at a full game of tennis in your holiday getup at The Halloween Scramble on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. There is a $5 playing fee, and all adults and juniors are more than encouraged to participate. The event is being hosted at the Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St.
Spooky Science Carnival
One of Lubbock’s largest annual Halloween events, the Spooky Science Carnival at the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater, is back again for another exciting year of “spooky, not scary,” safe family fun! The event takes place on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 5 to 9 p.m. and will feature a bounce house, giant slide, carnival games, hands-on lab experiments and even a spooky snake and magic show.
What are you looking forward to this Halloween? Do you have any All Hallows’ Eve traditions? We’d love to hear from you.
We hope this year’s Halloween Hot Spots have what your family, friends, kids and even pets are looking for!