October in Austin wouldn't be the same without music and film (don't miss this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival and Austin Film Festival), but combine that with goblins, ghouls and ghosts and you've got one heck of a fun month! In October, Austin homes become graveyard sites perfect for ghosts to haunt and Austin homeowners open their doors to trick-or-treaters of every walking creature in sight! Batmans, zombies, and Lady Gagas flood neighborhood streets in search for treats. And it wouldn't be complete without pumpkin laterns to flicker setting the mood for the witching hours of the night. So in lieu of the Halloween spirit, we've put together a list of our favorite pumpkin patches in Central and Northwest Austin to get your little monsters ready for Halloween!
Don't forget to check out our post on 2011 Best Pumpkin Patches in Austin.
Every year, Tarrytown United Methodist Church Youth holds a pumpkin patch fundraiser to help raise money for upcoming youth mission and ministry trips. This year, the youth group's fundraiser will contribute to the Sr. High Mission Trip to Guatemala and the Jr. High Mission Trip to Houston. The pumpkin patch is located in Central Austin near the intersection of Exposition and Westover. It's a great spot to take photos of the kids picking out their favorite pumpkin. Location: 2601 Exposition Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703 Hours of operation: October 4 through Halloween Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 7:30 PM Saturday, 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM Sunday, 12:00 - 7:30 PM Contact: For more information, contact David Chambers at david[at]tarrytownumc.org or call (512) 472-3111. Website: You can find more information on their website here.
St Mark United Methodist Church holds a pumpkin patch every year in North Central Austin off Braker and Lamar. Location: 601 W Braker Austin, TX 78753 Hours of Operation: October 15th to the 31st Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 12 PM & 5 - 7 PM Saturday, 10 AM - 8 PM Sunday, 12 PM - 8 PM Website: gbgm-umc.org
Another great pumpkin patch in Central Austin is the Pumpkin Patch at Grace United Methodist Church. Located off South Congress and E. Monroe in Travis Heights, this pumpkin patch is too close to miss! Great for photo opportunities with the kids! 70% of the proceeds go to the Pumpkins USA which leases farmland and employs workers from the Navajo Reservation in Four Corners, New Mexico. Location: 205 E. Monroe Austin, TX 78704 Hours of Operation: October 15, 2010 to Halloween (unless they sell out of pumpkins first) Monday - Friday, 4 - 7 PM Saturday, 10 AM - 7 PM Sunday, 12 PM - 7 PM Website: gracemethodistaustin.org
The church is located by the HEB and Lamar Middle School near 2222 and Burnet. Location: 2140 Allandale Rd Austin, TX 78756 Hours of Operation: Now through Halloween Sunday 12-6pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM - 7 PM Tuesday, Thursday: 2:30 - 7 PM Contact: (512) 452-5737 Website: stjohnsaustin.org
Running from October 8th to October 31st, Bethany Lutheran's Pumpkin Patch will be open to the public. Proceeds go to support our youth going to the National Youth Gathering 2013 in San Antonio. Location: 3701 West Slaughter Lane Austin, TX 78749 Hours of Operation: Friday, October 8 - Halloween Monday - Saturday, 10AM - 7PM Sunday, 1 - 7PM Contact: (512) 292-8778 Website: blcms.org