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Best Bets: A Saturday and Sunday for the season

Published 10:05am Friday, October 25, 2013

The Halloween and fall spirit is in the air. Saturday and Sunday are ripe with events this weekend. Clearly, people are looking to have fun as the season brings a rush of gloomy weather. Bundle up, and head out to:

1. A downtown day

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, North Main Street, Austin.

Vision 2020 has organized its first downtown Fall Fest, featuring trick-or-treating at downtown retailers, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest. Along with that, KSMQ is hosting its Autumn Art Fest in the Old Bank Building.

2. Fall fundraising fun

3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle … We all know what happens when we say his name three times. The Paramount will show the movie “Beetlejuice” at 3 p.m. Saturday, amidst a Halloween costume contest and raffle. The event is a March of Dimes fundraiser, with tickets just $2 or $1 for ages 12 and younger.

3. A festive feast

5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, St. Edward’s Corcoran Center, 2000 Oakland Ave. W, Austin.

It’s not too early for Thanksgiving, at least in Jay C. Hormel’s book. The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center is holding its annual Thanksgiving Feast at the Corcoran Center, along with a silent auction. Tickets are $35.

4. H is for haunted

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW, Austin.

The Mower County 4-H’ers will put the “H” in haunting this weekend at the fairgrounds. The annual haunted house is open late on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5. Enjoy a glass of cider and a cookie before your stomach turns with anxiety. Of course, other activities will be available for the youngsters.

5. The coolest costumes

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. NW, Austin.

Dance to the DJ while showing off the coolest look of the spooky season on Sunday, kids. The Hormel Historic Home is holding its annual costume contest and dance for children 12 and older. Tickets are $1.

6. Yikes! at the Y

6-7:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, YMCA, 704 First Drive NW, Austin.

The YMCA of Austin is celebrating Halloween, as well. Children may stop by the Y and celebrate with a haunted house, bounce house, pumpkin bowling, ring toss, food, games, crafts and prizes. Admission is $15 for non-members or free for members.

Other events

Churches and care centers will have their own weekend fun, as well. Stop by Sacred Heart, Brownsdale United Methodist or ComForcare for even more community gathering tasty food options.

Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and the homepage.

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