By Bianca Garcia
October in San Antonio means more than trick-o-treating on Halloween. The city holds attractions, activities, and many other affordable adventures around town for all ages at zero to minimal costs during the festive month. Bills add up, and the extra money usually goes towards food, books, and other necessities needed to complete a successful semester. But luckily, our city offers many frugal options during the Month of October.
“College kids are always on a budget, so going to anything that’s free or low cost is amazing,” said Anna Boone, a freshman Communications major. The following events will put a smile on your face without putting a dent in your wallet.
For some Halloween fun on the river, head to the Riverwalk for Bud Light Haunted River – a free event for all ages, on October 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Arneson River Theatre in La Villita. The Riverwalk will be transformed into a friendly ghoul, zombie roaming zone. Enjoy a costume contest (18+) for a chance to win $1,000 in prize money, music, dancing, and trick-o-treating for a semi-spooky night of escapades. For more information, check out their website https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/budlight-Haunted-River.
“The Riverwalk is so pretty and it is such a big piece of San Antonio,” said Boone. “There are so many opportunities downtown that we don’t even know of.”
If zombie roaming is not your thing, then head over to the city’s annual Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, a free event for all ages, on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 to October 29, starting at 10 a.m. at the Arneson River Theatre at La Villita. The event will host live music, Day of the Dead art, dance, live poetry, drum and puppet procession, and more. For more information, visit http://events.mysanantonio.com/event/dia-de-los-muertos58a7492525909.
Music lovers can check out Halloween Spooktacular hosted by the San Antonio Symphony, on October 29, at 3 p.m. at The Tobin Center H-E-B Performance Hall, tickets start at $10. Be sure and show up early for pre-concert activities for the kiddos, including music, crafts and games, a petting zoo, and a spooktacular costume contest, where prizes will be awarded during the show. For more information, visit
Aside from local events, Our Lady of the Lake University offers two community wide events, Boo-Bash and Lake-O-Ween, both coincide October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The events are hosted by OLLU recognized student organizations and the Office of the Residence Hall. The events focus on the children and families of the surrounding west side community, and are free for all. Boo Bash will take place in the Centennial Courtyard with trick-o-treating, a photo booth, cupcake walk, and free snacks. Lake-O-Ween will be hosted at the Library Circle with games and activities, a costume contest with prizes, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Don’t miss special guest appearances by H-E-B Buddy and McGruff the Crime Dog.
“It’s very important for OLLU to have Lake-O-Ween and Boo-Bash because it gives parents an opportunity to have a safe environment to experience Halloween in a . . . loving and a caring atmosphere,” said Dezaree Boone, a senior Education major. “I think it provides great family fun and is genuine and gets the students here at The Lake involved; It’s really exciting,” she said.
For a list of other local events, visit http://events.mysanantonio.com/home.