Family Friendly Halloween Happenings in McAllen

There’s no shortage of family friendly Halloween haunts around town, so if you’re looking for something freakishly fun to get you in the Halloween spirit, look no further. Here’s my list of family friendly Halloween happenings in McAllen.

17th Street’s Tricks & Treats for the Kids
When: Monday, October 31st, 4pm-7pm
Where: Downtown McAllen Entertainment District
Parents, this is the one time a year you can hit up 17th Street without having to line up a babysitter.  On a night when service industry folks usually take a well-earned break after a long weekend, 17th Street businesses will open doors to patrons of all ages, providing a safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. This is the second straight year your beloved weekend haunts become family friendly stops, for a few hours, on Halloween night.  Costumes are highly-encouraged, so stop by your favorite watering hole where they’ll be dishing out more than just cocktails and hangovers.

Pet Stop: Thirsty Monkey offers a pit stop for your favorite four-legged friends, so bring your best friend, who barks at more than just the ladies, and make sure he’s dressed up too!

Suerte Bar & Grill alter

Suerte Bar & Grill alter

Trick-or-Treat Trail at the Library
When: Monday, October 31st, 10am-7pm
Where: McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd McAllen, TX
What do you do with the most family-friendly hot spot in McAllen on Halloween night? You turn it into Halloween night scavenger hunt for goodies of course! Instead of trying to navigate the Dewey Decimal System, library lovers will receive a map, guiding them to service desks where staffers will be awaiting them with an assortment of treats.  Make sure you paid your overdue fees though, BWAHAHA! Adults, feel free to wear a costume and get in the fright night spirit, but this event is reserved for children in 5th grade or younger, so limit your service desk visits to questions about microfiche please. Tip: If you know what the Dewey Decimal System and microfiche are, you’re too old to be trick-or-treating.

Early Birds: Get there early! The first 250 trick-or-treaters will get a free bag to tote around their Halloween bounty.

Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving
When: Saturday, October 29th 4pm-6pm
Where: Las Palmas Community Center 1921 N. 25th Street, McAllen
The jack-o-lantern is synonymous with Halloween like a pine tree is to Christmas, and McAllen Parks and Recreation wants to make sure you carve the coolest and creepiest jack-o-lantern in your ‘hood. Its team of crafters will teach you the tricks of the trade and help you carve your very own piece of pumpkin art. All skill levels are welcome, and the $3 fee includes the tools and stencils. Register by October 24th, online at or in person at one of its three community centers.

Photo courtesy: McAllen PARD

Photo courtesy: McAllen PARD

Bonus: Looking for that perfect pumpkin? St. Mark United Methodist Church in McAllen has the gourd you’re looking for. The popular pumpkin patch is a family favorite photo spot and has pumpkins until Halloween or sell out, whichever comes first.

Pumpkin Patch, St. Mark United Methodist

Pumpkin Patch, St. Mark United Methodist

Halloween Bash
When: Saturday, October 29th, 10am-5pm
Where: International Museum of Arts & Sciences 1900 Nolana Ave, McAllen
The International Museum of Arts & Sciences can turn anything into an art class or science experiment, and that’s exactly what it’s doing at the Halloween Bash. The all-ages event will give fright night enthusiasts a chance to learn about the history of Allhallows Eve and listen to terrifying tales under a haunted moon. Art fans can decorate pumpkins, create a monster puppet or sketch spider web art at this frighteningly fun-filled event. For the not-so-squeamish science lovers, museum staff will show you how to create your own ‘blood’ and ‘guts’ at the hands-on Halloween Bash. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for children. Click here for more bloody details.imas_dali_sugarskull

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
When: Sunday, October 30th, 1pm-5pm
Where: International Museum of Arts & Sciences 1900 Nolana Ave, McAllen
No South Texas Halloween would be complete without a Dia De Los Muertos event, and IMAS put the nail in the coffin with this Day of the Dead party. Don your hauntingly creative costume and explore the origins of Day of the Dead of the dead with local experts and check out local artisans and food vendors. In keeping with its commitment to art and science, IMAS has a thrilling lineup of things to do, including sugar skull making workshops, mini nichos making classes, and papel picado activities as well as interactive science fun with skeletons and monarchs. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for children.

Pro Tip: Save money with a weekend pass for both IMAS events. The discounted price is $10/adults, $8/students & seniors, $6/children.


Halloween Festival & Haunted Pool
When: Monday, October 31st, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Municipal Pool/Park, 1921 Bicentennial Blvd, McAllen
What do you get when McAllen Parks & Rec, the Police & Fire Departments, and the Recycling Center put on a Halloween Festival? You get the funnest, safest and cleanest Halloween Festival in Texas! Thousands of fright night enthusiasts will gather at Municipal Pool and Park on Halloween night to partake in the family friendly event with games for kids of all ages, including giant inflatables, rock wall climbing, pedal boat rides on the haunted pool, and the safest trick-or-treating spot in town. Thrill-seekers can bring on the scares with a walk through the scare zone where creatures are lurking at every turn. The spook-filled block party features the largest costume contest in South Texas with winners in four age groups from toddlers to adults. The most creative and creepily crafted costumes take home a prize package of goodies from local haunts.

Halloween is quite possibly every child’s favorite night of the year, second only to Christmas, and these kid-friendly, adult-fun events make old school trick-or-treating a thing of the past while still holding onto family tradition, so put on your spookiest costume and have a ghoulishly good time.

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