Rockport is geared up for an eventful Halloween this year with multiple celebrations and events. Get your best costume ready and join one or more of the great options for community fun. Halloween is a favorite holiday for all ages and the holiday is typically greeted by great weather in the region.
Halloween Haunt Festival
Texas Maritime Museum puts on the annual Holiday Haunt with scavenger hunts leading to hidden candy. The event is great for kids under 13-years of age. The Chamber of Mysteries is loaded with games and crafts and the entire event is completely free. Costumes are not mandatory, but most attendees will come dressed to impress. Face painting is also offered as part of the event and is especially great for those who are not prepared with a costume. The Halloween Haunt Festival falls on October 26th in 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm. It’s a local favorite for kids and a perfect opportunity for families.
Trick or Treat in the District
On October 26th from 12-5pm, the trick or treat in the district takes place. The timing is perfect, making it possible to attend both the Maritime Museum Haunt and this event. It takes place in the Cultural Arts District and businesses hand out candy and goodies for trick or treaters. Wear your costumes and browse art and crafts while celebrating as a community. The whole afternoon is an absolute blast and it still leaves plenty of time for evening parties and local trick or treating with kids.
Fulton Fall Festival
This is a big one and it also takes place on the 26th. The fall festival is a family event with costume contests, a costume parade, games, pumpkin carving and a ton of events. Bring your appetite because plenty of food is available and no shortage of candy is floating around as well. The event takes place on Fulton Beach Road between Palmetto Avenue and Cactus Street. It runs from 12-5pm and admission is free so bring the whole family and be ready for some fun.
First Learning Center Pumpkin Patch
No Halloween is complete without a great pumpkin. While you can carve and paint at the Fulton Fall Festival, the First Learning Center offers a great pumpkin patch to walk and pick out your own for decoration, display, seed roasting and more. Bring the family and find the perfect pumpkins for your home.
Trick or Trash
This event is not on the schedule every year but it’s a great community service to join when it does take place. Forming your own group for trash pickup is also a great idea when the event is not officially scheduled. The LAC Alumni Association has traditionally hosted the event and it involves a morning of picking up litter while socializing with other community members.
Halloween kicks off the season of ideal weather in Rockport. It’s a great time to celebrate and start spending more time outside. The fall is excellent for fishing and redfish are especially active. Fly and gear anglers have several months of action on the shallow grass flats following the holiday.
This is also the season for hunting which is a major tradition in Texas. Rockport has excellent waterfowl, turkey and deer hunting. The waterfowl season kicks off in late October or early November depending on the exact region and the youth seasons open a few days ahead of general waterfowl. Duck hunters will be preparing decoys, boats and shotguns before hitting Aransas Bay, local ponds and marshes. Halloween is a great time to scout new spots and make a game plan for the season opener. Deer seasons open right alongside the duck seasons and pursuing whitetails is a favorite way to harvest great meat while enjoying the outdoors in the area.
Waterfowl hunting happens right alongside many of the major bird migrations and birders are busy starting in September onward. The famed Whooping Cranes arrive in November and fall is known for raptors like peregrine falcons and broadwings. Hummingbirds and shorebirds are also present in great numbers. Stick to oak trees for the best hummingbird viewing. Locating and viewing several hundred different species is possible around Halloween and throughout November, making this a great time to enjoy the fall festivities while spending more time in the amazing nature surrounding Rockport. Hit the beach, go boating, watch the birds, catch a few fish or head out hunting around Halloween to really make the most of this great region.