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October brings in the Halloween season and for Central Texas, that means Haunted Houses. Austin has a variety of Haunted Houses – some of them we know well, others not so much. Below is an up to date list of all the haunted houses in and around Austin for you to enjoy.

House of Torment

The House of Torment has been operating in Austin for a long time. If you haven’t been to it before, you probably know someone who has. Currently, the House of Torment has three separate haunted houses in one massive location up at the Highland Mall. Their shows include Slaughterhouse: The Harvest offers you a country style scare, Blackthorne District gives an asylum twist full of experiments gone wrong, and Cursed: Ancients Emerge, which unearths the guardians of the Realm of Torment. You can check out all of the attractions information on their site. The HOT is open every day in October from 7:30 – 11:00 with hours extended on Friday and Saturday.


Scare for a Cure

The Scare for a Cure is an organization that utilizes a volunteer staff to organize haunted events and a unique interactive adventure of terror in Manor, TX. The shows include the Little Red Riding Hood-themed Fairy Tale Nightmare, the old west-themed Murder at Ghost Town, and cemetery-themed, Boneyard. Their main attraction is called Quest Night, an interactive medieval adventure where participants get to battle giant spiders and zombie warriors. They only allow groups for this event. Tickets are available for all shows every weekend in October leading up to Halloween and profits from their shows are donated to local cancer related charities and organizations. Visit their site for specific details.


Night Terrors

Night Terrors is “the realism haunted house that will shock you to the core”, according to their website. On their Facebook page, Night Terrors urges customers not to confuse them with that “Highland Mall Disney show”, House of Torment. Those are big words. Reviews online suggest that Night Terrors has the stuff to back it up, but you’ll have to see for yourself. Located off of 183 just north of McNeil Drive, Night Terrors isn’t too far from the House of Torment. Their assortment of scenes and scares features two spooky clowns, Lunatik & Gzmo (pictured below). Night Terrors is open every weekend in October from 7 – 11pm with tickets ranging from $20 to $34. Visit their website for more information.


Austin Ghost Tours

You’ve probably seen the Austin Ghost Tours trolley car rolling up and down 6th Street and wondered what ghost stories Austin has to its name. Based on classic ghost stories about Austin and recent investigations into the paranormal, the Austin Ghost Tours is the real deal, taking visitors on several walking tours as well as the trolley adventure. You can visit haunted sites like the Capitol Building, the Warehouse District, and the Driskill Hotel. Prices for different tours can vary so please visit the site for more details.

Pioneer Farms

The majority of the year, Pioneer Farms is a living history park used as an educational tool for children. But during Halloween, they open up the haunted trails of Sprinkle Corner Village, where families and kids search for hidden magical symbols left behind by the Ancient Brotherhood of the Golden Light to prevent the Powers of Darkness from ripping open a gateway “that would permit evil to gain foothold in the mortal world” during the harvest season. Quite the narrative! The Quest of the Haunted Trails is only open four nights this year: October 18-19 and October 25-26 from 7-10pm. Admission is $12 per person. Visit their website for more information.

If you’re looking for a more independent Halloween experience, below is a list of the five most haunted places in Austin as listed by Fiona Broome, one of Austin’s most prolific chroniclers and writer of Austin ghosts and hauntings. They’re not full of scares (depending on how you feel about 6th Street), but they might be fun spots to enjoy a cool October night.

• The Driskill Hotel • Buffalo Billiards • The Spaghetti Warehouse • Texas Capitol Building • Oakwood Cemetery and Oakwood Annex Cemetery on Navasota St.

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Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater Austin always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven’t I heard of? What’s everyone talking about?

To answer those questions, we present our 28th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap. On the list are four hot new restaurants: Black Sheep Lodge’s new sibling Haymaker; Hotel Ella’s restaurant Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar; coffee bar and craft beer pub Wright Bros. Brew & Brew; and the second outpost of Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Burnet Road.

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1) The Dojo

The Dojo proclaims itself to be Austin’s first-ever izakaya, and they serve ramen, Japanese-inspired bites, and drinks until late.  [Photo]

9070 Research Blvd #305, Austin, TX 78758
 2) Lucy’s Fried Chicken
The second location of popular Lucy’s Fried Chicken is bringing the fried goodness to North Austin. The opening coincides with a menu expansion including items like “fried chicken nachos” and “chicken spaghetti.”
5408 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
(512) 514-0664
3) School House Pub
The long-anticipated Cherrywood neighborhood pub from the Mi Madre’s and Zanduga team features a bar-snacks focused menu, speciality cocktails and local beers. Even better, there’s nothing on the menu over $10, and the cocktails are reasonably priced, too.
2207 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
(512) 469-7630
4) Haymaker
This Manor Road comfort food spot from the brains behind Black Sheep Lodge has all the makings of a hit. A huge wall of taps? Check. 13 screens during football season? Check. Poutine? Not one, but two kinds. They serve big, gravy-covered sandwiches, too.
2310 E. Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
(512) 707-2744
5) Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar
Not technically open until Saturday October 5th, Goodall’s is hoping to foster a “neighborhood atmosphere” at the new Hotel Ella, in the former Mansion at Judge’s Hill space. They will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch.
1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800
6) QUI Restaurant
Qui is not a hot restaurant. Qui is the hottest restaurant. The most anticipated opening of the year, Qui is Top Chef winner Paul Qui’s east side flagship, the first all-Qui all-the-time locale where he’s really been able to stretch his culinary legs, with a constantly evolving menu that features seven preparations of rabbit, a gorgeous Wagyu steak to share and a mind-blowing “Ode to Michel Bras” cold soup. But part of Qui’s genius is his decision to surround himself with other brilliant people, like front-of-house maven June Rodil, assistant GM Bill Man, and chef consultant Tim Dornon, though bar manager Michael Simon has already left the scene.
1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
7) NO VA
“The Next Food Network Star” alum Brad Sorenson brings “homespun twists on upscale classics” and clean, modernist-inspired design to Rainey Street. Dinner is the focus, with a late night menu offered as well.
87 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-5651
8) Arro
When Haddingtons shuttered, ELM Restaurant Group (24 Diner and Easy Tiger) stepped into the space with this airy French-inspired restaurant. And this place has everything: a reasonably priced, $25 three course prix fixe, a bread program courtesy Easy Tiger, a cordial cart, and a wine list from master somms Craig Collins and Devon Broglie.
Austin, TX
(512) 992-2776
9) Bufalina
After an epic two-year long wait, Bufalina finally opened its doors this July on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Comal. Owner Steven Dilley has been firing off traditional Neapolitan-style pies in his wood-fired white tile oven alongside meat and cheese plates and seasonal salads. [Photo]
1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
10) Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
All of Austin is buzzing about this new coffee shop and craft beer pub in the former Progress space on East 5th. They are also serving breakfast, sandwiches, and bar snacks.
500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
11) Barlata
Chef Daniel Olivella’s Austin outpost of his Barlata Tapas Bar stands to be one of the most popular spots of the summer, as the NoCal chef introduces Austin to the brilliance of his authentic Spanish tapas menu.
1500 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2211
12) The ABGB
Local brewery Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Company makes good with an actual beer garden, featuring their own brews and a locally-sourced menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. The soft opening generated lots of buzz before their opening in late August.
1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 298-2242
13) Winebelly
The Tran family, who own the popular Hai Ky restaurants, has branched out into Spanish cuisine with their new South Austin tapas and wine bar. Bar snacks and larger tapas plates round out the menu.
519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
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