With inspiration from Vine (RIP), Campus Live narrowed down some of the best things to celebrate Halloween in Lubbock, whether you have a significant other or just want to have a great time with your friends.
The main attraction for October is the only Halloween themed park in West Texas – Nightmare on 19th Street. It is celebrating 12 years of operation and includes
an addition to their park. Attractions include dead doll island, the wastelands, clown town, and the new blood moon manor.
The park is located at 602 East 19th St. and opens at 7:30 p.m. every day. On weeknights, tickets are $20. Tickets are $25 for Friday, Saturday and Halloween night. Tickets are not available to purchase online, so make sure to get there early!
The Alt’l Do Farms Corn Maize designs the field differently each year. This year, it is a dedication and celebration for veterans. Admission is $10, but $2 off for college students and military personnel with identification. With entry, attendees have access to the corn maze, petting zoo, corn cannon, availability to purchase a pumpkin from the patch, and a hayride to view the illuminated carved pumpkins after dusk. Food is available inside the farm from the Windmill Grill.
The maze will be open until Nov. 10th, with hours of Tuesday through Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-9 p.m. and is closed on Monday. The corn maze is located at 6323 FM 1294, and make sure to include the zip code of 79415.
A big part of Halloween is the excitement of carving pumpkins. You can display your carved pumpkin or view others this year at the Lubbock Pumpkin Trail, open from Oct. 18 through Oct. 21.
Entrance is available at two points: Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center. Admission is free, and it is stroller and wheelchair accessible. The trail opens at 8 a.m. then the pumpkins are fully lit by approximately 6:30 p.m. for attendees who want to view the illumination.
For their tenth anniversary, the trail has a goal of 2,000 carved pumpkins. When dropping off pumpkins on Oct. 17, make sure to call Stephanie Brady in advance at Hodges Community Center at 806-767-3706. It is recommended that pumpkins are not carved earlier than Oct. 15 to stay good throughout the trail.
A popular pumpkin patch in Lubbock is available at Central Presbyterian Church. It is a great place to take a couple cute, fall photos and purchase a pumpkin to carve or decorate. The patch opens at 2 p.m. on weekdays, Saturday at 9 a.m., and Sunday at noon. It will close around dusk each day.
For those who want to want some quality time with their furry animal, join the Howl-O-Ween Dog Run.
There are two distance options – 1.2 miles or 4 miles without a leash. The race will be held Oct. 27 with a costume contest at 8:30 a.m. and the run starting at 9 a.m.
The course starts and ends at Canyon Lakes Number 6, zip code 79401. Prices to register for the race range from $20 to $30, dependent on a child or adult runner. Each additional dog is $5. Dog supplies will also be collected at the run and will be donated to Morris Safe House.
Registration for the run and volunteering is available online here. If registered before Oct. 19, you are guaranteed a T-shirt.
With all the things available for the spooky season in Lubbock – have fun, be safe, and throw on the best costumes!