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Paramount Theatre combines Halloween fun and film at Paramount Pumpkin Spooktacular

The cool(er) October weather has arrived and sends us weak-kneed Texans into fright. With shivers in the air, Halloween looms around the corner.

In celebration of the spooky time of year, The Paramount Theatre has announced the first ever Paramount Pumpkin Spooktacular. For those of you willing to brave the ghostly season, treat your eyes to an eerie display of hundreds of jack-o-lanterns carved by everyone from children to Austin artists.

The Paramount Theater challenges Austinites to sport their inner spook by dropping off a carved pumpkin on October 28 from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. at Stateside at the Paramount (719 Congress Ave.) or on October 29 - October 3 at the Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave.). All submitted pumpkins will automatically be entered into a contest to win the sweetest Paramount prizes. So don't be foolish: Be sure to include your name, email or phone number and indicate whether the pumpkin was designed by an adult or child.

There are contest categories to suit all festive carvings:

  • Spookiest: Two tickets to three Paramount season shows, winner’s choose seating based on availability.
  • Austin-centric: Platinum Film Fan Pass to the Paramount film series, good for one year from issue.
  • Best Design by a Child (Under 12): Entry to a 2013 Paramount Summer Camp Session.
  • Funniest: Two badges to the 2013 Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival.
  • Best Design by a Company: Film night for 30 people, including free soda and popcorn.

Now, for the best part? There’s no trick. It’s all treat! Every participant who submits a pumpkin will receive free access to one of the Paramount’s Halloween film screenings including, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, The Exorcist, The Lost Boys, Trick ‘R Treat, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Juan of the Dead, Alien, The Omen and The Fly.

Courageous viewers will watch these frightening screenings, featured Oct. 29 through Oct. 31, amid a sea of their spooky pumpkin carvings, which will be displayed throughout the space.

For those younger spirits, the Paramount will host family-friendly screenings by showing cartoon episodes from Scooby Doo’s Spookiest Tales, which will be shown Oct. 29 - 31 at 6:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.

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