Four places to watch scary movies in Austin leading up to Halloween


Did you hear the story about the girl who stayed home alone to watch scary movies and was never heard from again? Yeah, you don’t want to be that girl. Get out of the house and get your frightening film fix at one of these special movie events all over Austin. It’s much more fun to watch a creepy classic or blood-soaked slasher series when you’re surrounded by friends. But is it safer? Well, don’t ask those kids from “Scream 2”…

Downtown’s Violet Crown Cinema continues its Scream Screens series with a 20th anniversary screening of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on Oct. 17. That will be followed by “The Serpent and the Rainbow” on Oct. 19, “The Beyond” on Oct. 24, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” (loosely based on real events in Texarkana in 1946) on Oct. 26 and, finally, “Halloween” on Halloween. Visit austin.violetcrown.com to make your reservations.

For October, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Manchaca is becoming a Halloween Haunted Drive-In with a creepy setting and a monthlong roster of favorite films for all ages, including “Beetlejuice,” “Hocus Pocus,” “The Exorcist,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Shining,” “Teen Wolf” and, of course, “Halloween” on Halloween. Many of the screenings are double features. Movie tickets range from $5-$35 and are available at bluestarlitedrivein.com.

The dog-friendly Yard Bar on Burnet Road is throwing a special Halloween version of its Movie Mondays series — Haunted Movie Nights of Terrier — and will play a scary flick on the patio every Monday in October. In addition to the full menu, there will be popcorn, s’mores (weather permitting) and drink specials. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” plays on Oct. 23; a movie to-be-named will round out the month on Oct. 30. Visit the bar’s Facebook page at facebook.com/YardBarATX for more details.

The Alamo Drafthouse always hosts creative movie events, and that’s the case for Halloween, too. There are plenty of spooky screenings in October, including Dismember the Alamo on Oct. 21 — a horror movie marathon presented with the American Genre Film Archive — and a “Shaun of the Dead” beer dinner on Oct. 19 that features a special three-course menu paired with beers for you to enjoy while watching what is possibly my favorite zombie movie of all time.



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