Everyone’s favorite holiday is almost here – the time for haunts, hayrides and a heckuva lot of candy!

Though trick-or-treating around the neighborhood is always a great option (especially in the five-star neighborhoods we live in!), there are dozens of other ways to ring in the festivities in the community.

From concerts and festivals to all-night parties, the Schertz area has something for everything this Halloween season.

Here are just a few of the local events going on this week:

Halloween Festival

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
Where: Schertz United Methodist Church, 3460 Roy Richard Dr. in Schertz
Cost: Free

Schertz UMC will host its annual spooky festival on Halloween night. With games, treats, costumes and free food and drink, it’s a fun way to spend the evening with the family.

Old Main Halloween Bash

When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Old Main Ice House, 110 N. Main St. in Cibolo
Cost: Free

Cibolo’s favorite bar will host its annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 28. Local country artist Poor J Brown will perform, as well as other live entertainers, and there will be a costume contest with cash prizes. Two food trucks will be on hand to serve up grub, and $2 Jell-O shots are up for grabs all night.

Trunk or Treat

When: 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St. in Schertz
Cost: Free

Hosted by the city of Schertz, Trunk or Treat will offer activities for all ages. There will be a costume contest, hay rides, a maze and a large pumpkin patch for festive photos. Hotel Transylvania 2 will close out the night on the big screen, and kids can trick or treat from vendors throughout the event.

Halloween ComicFest

When: Noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Childs’ Play, 540 S. Castell Ave. in New Braunfels
Cost: Free

To celebrate its re-opening, Childs’ Play will host a free comic day and Halloween festival on Oct. 28. There will be trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt, raffles, game tournaments, photo ops, a ribbon cutting and a costume contest with prizes. Guests will also enjoy free comic books.

Halloween Mega Party

When: 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue, 531 FM 3351 in Boerne
Cost: Free

Dubbed the “ultimate Halloween party,” this bash has a little something for everyone. From 5 to 8 p.m. is the kid- and family-friendly stuff, with games, face painting, trick-or-treating, hayrides and a costume contest with prizes. The adult fun starts at 8, with live entertainment from the Smoke Wagon Band, games, haunted hayrides and costume contests for best individual and best couples costumes. Prizes include free drinks, concert tickets and more. Food trucks will be serving food all day long.

Fall Festival

When: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Bracken United Methodist Church, 20377 FM 2252 in Garden Ridge
Cost: Free, non-perishable food donations accepted

Bracken UMC in Garden Ridge is hosting its annual Fall Festival the Saturday before Halloween. With live music, kids’ games, a silent auction, hay and train rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides, it’s fun for the entire family. There will also be free food. Bracken UMC also has a pumpkin patch on site through Nov. 1. See decorative displays over more than 15,000 pumpkins, scarecrows, fantasy characters and more – the perfect set-up for family photos.

More Delightful Than Frightful

When: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
Where: Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards in San Antonio
Cost: Free with non-perishable food donation

Everyone’s favorite local theme park will ring in All Hallow’s Eve with its More Delightful Than Frightful event on Oct. 31. With on-site trick-or-treating, loads of rides and activities, and free admission with a non-perishable food donation, it’s an affordable and exciting way to celebrate.

Halloween Spooktacular

When: 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29
Where: Milberger’s Nursery, 3920 N. Loop 1604 E. in San Antonio
Cost: Free

An event packed full of activities, Milberger’s Halloween Spooktacular will boast face painting, balloon animals, a moon bounce, train rides, a maze, a costume contest, a kids gardening class and pumpkin painting. Contest winners will receive gift certificates.

Get Spooky in Schertz

These are just a few of the many spooky events going on in the Schertz area this fall. Do you have more Schertz area Halloween events to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.