Celebrate Goblins in the Garden at Austin Wildflower Center

Celebrate Halloween at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. Dress the kiddos in cute costumes and join the freaky fun at the 6th annual Goblins in the Garden event on Sunday, October 30th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.Goblins in the Garden at Wildflower Center Austin

Fun family activities of the Halloween season are planned on the grounds and gardens. Explore the Not-So-Haunted Tower, where Botanica the herbal witch casts her magic plant spells. Follow the clues for the ultimate prize in the Trail-of-Bones scavenger hunt in the gardens. Enjoy balloon artists or get your face painted in the Courtyard. Listen to music by the Chalumeau Clarinet Quartet and enjoy a puppet show and sing-along with Christini and Scotty Roo in the courtyard. Get creative in the Halloween arts ‘n crafts center, or visit the bat stations in the Visitors Gallery to learn the truth behind these nocturnal creatures.

Families can dress up in their Halloween finest and bring a camera to take memorable snap shots in the Pumpkin Patch. Local vendors will have goodies for sale, or stop by the Wildflower Center Café for hot chocolate and food. Free candy will be handed out during the festivities, and the store will have a free treat for kids 12 and under.

From 7 to 7:30 p.m., stretch your legs and practice your best bird call during the Owl Prowl bird walk through the Woodland Trail led by a Center expert. A flashlight or headlamp will be helpful for this activity.

At 7:30 p.m., bring your candy, blankets and camping chairs to watch the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow of “Little Shop of Horrors” in the meadow just outside the Visitors Gallery. Entry after 7 p.m. to watch the movie is free, or Goblins in the Garden attendees can stick around to participate.  Bring the family for a day of spooky fun.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterThe Wildflower Center was founded by our former First Lady and actress Helen Hayes in 1982 to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native flora. The Center honors Mrs. Johnson’s vision with public gardens, woodlands, and meadows conducive to plant research, preservation of biological species, and advocacy for native plants—especially those found in Central Texas Hill Country, south and west Texas. Special events like Goblins in the Garden encourage visitors to become familiar with their natural surroundings and the benefits of growing native plants in their own backyards.

4801 LaCrosse Avenue, Austin, TX  512-232-0100

Adults, $8; students 13 + and seniors 65 +, $7; Children 5-12, $3

Photos and information courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

 

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