Halloween is just around the corner, but it is going to look quite different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the world. Most of the usual Halloween events have been cancelled, but there are a few things going on in the South side of San Antonio, with changes and restrictions, of course.
Halloween-themed and Horror Movies- While there isn’t a whole lot going on this Halloween, a few South Side movie venues are showing Halloween-themed and horror movies, for adults and children alike.
Cinemark McCreless Market- 4224 South New Braunfels Avenue-
October 9-11- Coco (2017), The Lost Boys (1987).
October 16-18- Halloween (2018), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
October 23-25- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), The Addams Family (2019).
October 30-November 1- The Exorcist (1973).
City Base Entertainment- 2623 Southeast Military Drive-
Playing Now- Hocus Pocus (1993), Possessor (2020), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), The New Mutants (2020).
Santikos Mayan Palace 14- 1918 Southwest Military Drive- Between October 4 through October 31, Santikos will be showing 13 different Halloween-themed and/or horror movies, all which can be found on their website.
The Mission Outdoor Theater at Brooks- 8069 Challenger Boulevard- This is a brand-new drive-in movie theater that just opened last month. In the month of October, the drive-in will feature 4 midnight showings. The Omen (1976) will be shown on October 10, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) will be shown on October 17, The Exorcist (1973) will be shown on October 24 and Halloween (2018) will be shown on October 31.
October 3- November 29- 3rd Annual Corny Maze- Traders Village- 9333 Southwest Loop 410- The Corny Maze is San Antonio’s 1st and only corny maze. The maze is situated on 10 acres and features 3 different trail levels- easy (.4-mile), medium (2.1-miles) and hard (2.9-miles). The Corny Maze is open on weekends in October and November, from 10AM to 6PM on Saturdays and 10AM to 5PM on Sundays.
October 7- San Antonio Storytellers Association (SASA) Spooky Stories Night- Last year, the South Side organization hosted the event at Confluence Park, which couldn’t be done this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the event will take place, from 7PM to 8PM, on Zoom and on SASA’s YouTube Channel. You’ll get to enjoy a Virtual Creepy Hollow, as you listen to goosebump tales from 4 “stellar tellers”- Eldrena Douma, Elizabeth Ellis, Laura Lara and Tim Tingle.
October 9 to October 11- Burton Ball Nights- Traders Village- 9333 Southwest Loop 410- San Antonio’s longest-running, Burton-themed (honoring successful filmmaker, animator and artist Tim Burton) event returns, but with a twist. Again, due to the global pandemic, this year’s event will be a drive-thru experience. Burton Ball Nights will feature Burton-themed art, a costume contest, creepy décor, food ordered from your vehicle, projections, spooky music and vendors.
October 10 to October 31- Good News Pumpkin Patch- Good News Lutheran Church- 11020 Old Corpus Christi Highway. With free admission, the hours are Sunday-Friday from Noon to 8PM and Saturday from 10AM to 8PM. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will not be having hayrides, laser tag, corn maze or moon bounce this year. They will still have their array of pumpkins for sale, as per usual.
October 15 and October 22- Thursday Night Frights- The Good Kind Southtown- 1127 South St. Mary’s Street- While The Good Kind Southtown will be holding their annual Halloween event this year. Details coming soon. They will be hosting 2 spooky outdoor movie nights, along with Slab Cinema. Each movie, which starts at 7:30PM, will be shown in their outdoor garden space. On October 15, they will feature An American Werewolf in London (1981) and on October 22, they will feature Creepshow (1982).
October 31- 4Paws Howl-O-Ween 2020- 4Paws Animal Hospital at Monte Viejo- 3630 Southeast Military Drive. Running from 11:30AM to 2:30PM, like everything else, this event will look a bit different this year. The Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade will be streamed on FB Live, so everyone can watch and enjoy. The event will be co-hosted by the Fa-Boo-Lous Autumn Summers, radio personality Her Hotness- “Hot” Henrietta and Michael Quintanilla, AKA Mr. Fiesta.