October 23, 2020

20 fun alternatives to trick or treating in San Antonio this Halloween

Who doesn't love Halloween in San Antonio? There are tons of ways to scare up fun as the cooler weather sets in.

Sadly, this year's festivities are complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which means many families are choosing to forgo the trick or treat tradition.

With that in mind, we rounded up fun activities for families seeking fall fun in safe, socially distant ways. In fact, these alternatives may be so enjoyable your kids won't even miss gorging on candy given away by neighbors. 
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Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Get your gourd on.What says fall more than pumpkins? There are plenty of pumpkin patches in and around San Antonio where you can take cute photos and stock up on seasonal gourds to decorate your home.
Photo via Instagram /  spring_creek_gardens
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Get your gourd on.
What says fall more than pumpkins? There are plenty of pumpkin patches in and around San Antonio where you can take cute photos and stock up on seasonal gourds to decorate your home.
Photo via Instagram / spring_creek_gardens
Go on a Ghost Hunt
San Antonio loves spooky shit, and there's no shortage of ghost stories and urban legends to choose from in town — from the Donkey Lady bridge or the spirits rumored to haunt San Pedro Springs Park. Whether you DIY your ghost hunt or take a haunted jaunt through town with the aid of a self-guided tour on the Junket app, it won't be hard to find a suitable place to spend an evening seeking out the dearly departed.
Photo via Instagram /  sistersgrimmtx
Go on a Ghost Hunt
San Antonio loves spooky shit, and there's no shortage of ghost stories and urban legends to choose from in town — from the Donkey Lady bridge or the spirits rumored to haunt San Pedro Springs Park. Whether you DIY your ghost hunt or take a haunted jaunt through town with the aid of a self-guided tour on the Junket app, it won't be hard to find a suitable place to spend an evening seeking out the dearly departed.
Photo via Instagram / sistersgrimmtx
See a Spooky Movie at the Drive-In
Between New Braunfels' Stars & Stripes Drive-In, Rooftop Cinema Club and Mission Outdoor Theater, it's easier than ever to enjoy a nice day at the drive-in. All three theaters have plenty of spooky movies on the schedule, from classic '80s slashers to family-friendly fare.
Photo courtesy of Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre
See a Spooky Movie at the Drive-In
Between New Braunfels' Stars & Stripes Drive-In, Rooftop Cinema Club and Mission Outdoor Theater, it's easier than ever to enjoy a nice day at the drive-in. All three theaters have plenty of spooky movies on the schedule, from classic '80s slashers to family-friendly fare.
Photo courtesy of Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre
Take a Hike
Now that 100+ degree temperatures are behind us, there's no better time to lace up those sneakers and take a hike, whether it's along a paved trail in one of SA's many parks, or a more ambitious route at Enchanted Rock or Government Canyon. 
Photo via Instagram /  peterbnyrenphoto
Take a Hike
Now that 100+ degree temperatures are behind us, there's no better time to lace up those sneakers and take a hike, whether it's along a paved trail in one of SA's many parks, or a more ambitious route at Enchanted Rock or Government Canyon.
Photo via Instagram / peterbnyrenphoto
Get a Slice of Pumpkin Pie from the Bill MIller Drive Through
For some people, buying a slice of Bill Miller's pumpkin pie is an annual tradition. Whether or not you're a diehard fan, picking up some pie from the San Antonio BBQ staple is an easy way to get into the fall spirit.
Photo via Instagram /  audreyrgm143
Get a Slice of Pumpkin Pie from the Bill MIller Drive Through
For some people, buying a slice of Bill Miller's pumpkin pie is an annual tradition. Whether or not you're a diehard fan, picking up some pie from the San Antonio BBQ staple is an easy way to get into the fall spirit.
Photo via Instagram / audreyrgm143
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Start here, and good luckWhether you're in it for the cute pictures or want to have a fun date night by getting lost in the stalks, a corn maze is a perfect fall activity. Plus, most nearby corn mazes have other fun stuff to do, including pumpkin patches.
Photo via Instagram /  tradersvillage_sa
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Start here, and good luck
Whether you're in it for the cute pictures or want to have a fun date night by getting lost in the stalks, a corn maze is a perfect fall activity. Plus, most nearby corn mazes have other fun stuff to do, including pumpkin patches.
Photo via Instagram / tradersvillage_sa
Go All Out on Halloween Decor
The 12-foot-tall Home Depot skeleton may be out of stock, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find another way to dial up the spookiness to 11 at home.
Photo by NeONBRAND via Unsplash
Go All Out on Halloween Decor
The 12-foot-tall Home Depot skeleton may be out of stock, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find another way to dial up the spookiness to 11 at home.
Photo by NeONBRAND via Unsplash
Pick Apples at an Orchard
Nothing says fall like apple picking. There's several orchards in the area where you can take out a basket and pick your own apples to take home with you, which is much more fun than getting them from the H-E-B produce aisle.
Photo via Pexels /  Tom Swinnen
Pick Apples at an Orchard
Nothing says fall like apple picking. There's several orchards in the area where you can take out a basket and pick your own apples to take home with you, which is much more fun than getting them from the H-E-B produce aisle.
Photo via Pexels / Tom Swinnen
Pour One Out at the Ghost Tracks
2902 Shane RoadSorry, folks: it's not possible to get a "push" at the Ghost Tracks anymore, since Union Pacific leveled out that segment of the railroad in 2018. Because we can't experience that heart-dropping ghostly lurch forward any longer, we'll have to settle for pouring one out in honor of the infamous intersection.
Photo via Google Street View
Pour One Out at the Ghost Tracks

2902 Shane Road
Sorry, folks: it's not possible to get a "push" at the Ghost Tracks anymore, since Union Pacific leveled out that segment of the railroad in 2018. Because we can't experience that heart-dropping ghostly lurch forward any longer, we'll have to settle for pouring one out in honor of the infamous intersection.
Photo via Google Street View
Do the TikTok Ghost Photoshoot Challenge
There's a TikTok challenge for everything! For anyone feeling glum about a lack of Halloween festivities, the TikTok ghost photoshoot challenge might be the perfect cure. Just grab some sheets, cut out eyeholes, and take some delightful snapshots, either alone, or with friends. Don't forget the most important part, though — scoring your ghostly montage with Jack Stauber's "Oh Klahoma;" 
Photo via Unsplash / Tandem X Visuals
Do the TikTok Ghost Photoshoot Challenge
There's a TikTok challenge for everything! For anyone feeling glum about a lack of Halloween festivities, the TikTok ghost photoshoot challenge might be the perfect cure. Just grab some sheets, cut out eyeholes, and take some delightful snapshots, either alone, or with friends. Don't forget the most important part, though — scoring your ghostly montage with Jack Stauber's "Oh Klahoma;"
Photo via Unsplash / Tandem X Visuals