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Get in the Austin Halloween Spirit

Halloween is a fun time of year in Austin. There are a number of ways to get in the spirit over the week or so. If you live in Austin or you’ll be in town this weekend on an Austin home search, here are a few things to see and do.

Halloween Howl
Check out the annual Halloween Howl at the Austin Nature and Science Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mad Scientist Lab, a guided tour of the preserve and a chance to visit up close with snakes, frogs and toads. Admission is $5 per person. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

Halloween Children’s Concert
The Austin Symphony with guest conductor Irv Wagner will perform a Halloween Children’s Concert on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Dell Hall at the Long Center. Bring your little goblins and ghosties, ages 2 through 10, for some festive and spooky Halloween music. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $12. Visit www.austinsymphomy.org for details.

Congress Avenue Bats
The largest urban bat colony in the US calls Austin home. There are about 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats living within the structure of the Congress Avenue Bridge. While summer is prime viewing time for the nightly flights from under the bridge, there are still plenty of bats to watch as Halloween approaches. They fly out in several waves every evening around dusk, starting around 7:00 to 7:30 to make their meal of bugs in the Austin night. (Note:  People are not on their menu.) There are several prime viewing spots. Perhaps the most popular is on the east rail of the Congress Avenue Bridge. Some spectators prefer to go below the bridge for an up-close look at the small bats as they fly out. If you do, be sure to wear a hat. There are also boat rentals and a bat cruise for on-the-water viewing. Most of the bats will be leaving the colony in the next few weeks to make their annual winter migration to Mexico. For more detailed viewing  information, call the Austin American Statesman Bat Hotline at 512-416-5700, category 3636. (You can check out our last blog about the Congress Avenue Bats here.)

There is always much to see and do around Austin. Take some time to enjoy the warm afternoons and cool nights our city has to offer.

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