As the days pass in October, the chill in the air seems to intensify — mostly due to some of the best temperatures we’ve had this year and the fact that Halloween is just peeking from around the corner. The spookiest holiday of the year isn’t still until Thursday, but you can still find a few subtle ways to get your fix before the big day.
Whenever you’re not out at a Halloween house party or standing in line for a few hours to pick out a costume at Lucy in Disguise, here are some fun options for the weekend.
Friay, October 25
The pop culture poster artists of Mondo are ready to debut a new exhibit just in time for All Hallows’ Eve, but instead of focusing on posters inspired by memorable horror films, they decided to go with art inspired by a classic cult comic book and TV series that had a certain ghoulish host.
Tales From the Crypt started out as a horror anthology series from EC Comics and morphed into a beloved HBO series in the 1990s, starring the creepy punster, The Crypt Keeper. Mondo’s newest exhibit features artists paying tribute to this horror icon and some of their favorite stories from the series. Even Jack Davis, an original artist from the EC Comics era, will have his own artwork on display.
Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27
If you happen to find yourself at the Circuit of the Americas for some racing action this weekend, you may feel like you traveled through time warp based on the cars you see on the track.
This is actually intentional, because COTA will go retro this weekend with the U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship. Fans of racing history don’t want to miss what the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has planned for the weekend. Some people collect memorabilia and antiques, but the SVRA isn’t afraid to race them and prove that, just like Betty White, these old cars still have the horsepower.
Saturday, October 26
We’re about two weeks away from the time when Auditorium Shores roars to life with Fun Fun Fun Fest, and if you’re looking for a way to focus your mind and body before you wreck it with a weekend of music, comedy and tacos, they have you covered. Black Swan Yoga will host an open-air yoga session up on the rooftop of The Mohawk that’s free for anyone who can bring his or her own mat, both this coming Saturday and on November 1.
Would you also like to listen to a few tunes as a preview of what’s to come at the festival? On both days, artists from the Black Stage and Blue Stage will have special preview performances, meaning you can get a good mix of punk, metal, hip hop and electronic over both weekends. Who needs a Spotify playlist when you have some yoga jams?
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27
Lit nerds, your dream weekend is back. The Texas Book Festival returns to the State Capitol grounds with piles of books to peruse along with countless authors to meet, chat with and maybe get to sign a copy or two of their books. It is free to attend for the public, but if you donate $100 to this nonprofit, you will receive a Fast Pass for priority line access for headliner sessions and signings, putting you that much closer to Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine.
Want to make more of an experience out of it? Take part in the annual Lit Crawl around Austin for a more intimate setting with authors, eventually culminating in a big party at the end. Reading is the ultimate adventure — you just have to take a look, because it’s in a book.