Halloween 2018: Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate This Spooky Season

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Courtesy / De Novo Foundation of San Antonio

De Novo Foundation’s second annual Cars and Candy will offer prizes for the top cars and free candy to kids.

The 1953 Cadillac featured in Driving Miss Daisy will be on display Sunday at Blossom Athletic Center, along with dozens of other exotic and vintage cars that are sweet rides in more ways than one. 

De Novo Foundation’s second annual Cars and Candy will offer prizes for the top cars and free candy to kids. Lee Richardson, president and CEO of the nonprofit that supports homeless people, said last year’s inaugural event drew between 2,000 and 3,000 people. A Camaro and a Rolls Royce tied for Best in Show last year, she said.

While De Novo Foundation gave awards in different categories – such as Best British Car – last year, the foundation this year will be giving awards to the Top 10 cars based on attendees’ votes. People can use their phones to vote at the event, Richardson explained, adding that she anticipates about 100 cars will compete on Sunday.

“It really is a safe place for kids to come and have a good time, and it’s a good opportunity to share people’s love for cars,” Richardson said.

The fundraiser was born from De Novo founder and mechanical engineer Robert Ober’s love for cars, Richardson said.

“He has always been very involved with exotic cars,” she said. “It’s a hobby of his. We just had a natural tie-in.”

Ober founded De Novo to help people who are homeless and need help getting to the “next step” to self-sufficiency. Other nonprofits like Haven for Hope and Pay It Forward recommend clients to De Novo, Richardson explained.

“We have the credibility of a large functioning organization that knows how to deal with the homeless and marginalized,” she said. “We step in when a caseworker says, ‘We’ve done all we can do, but there’s still a piece missing.’”

De Novo has offered a wide variety of help. The nonprofit bought printers for a client who wanted to start a screenprinting business, commercial insurance for someone who wanted to get into landscaping, and a euphonium for another person who needed an instrument to go back to college and finish his music degree.

On Sunday, families can bring their kids to Cars and Candy for trick-or-treating around booths from 13 sponsor booths and people entering cars in the show. There will be food trucks, and CycloFiesta will bring its party bike. For $1 donation, attendees can take the bike on a ride around the parking lot, Richardson added.

“It’s just a great, fun event,” she said. “The kids get real candy, and the parents get to look at cars. And car folks love to show off their cars.”

The event will take place at Blossom Athletic Center on Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cars will be accepted for the show before 11 a.m. All proceeds from car show registration fees and donations will benefit the De Novo Foundation.

There are plenty of other opportunities to collect candy and get spooked throughout San Antonio this weekend:

Bud Light Haunted River

The San Antonio River Walk on Friday will host not one, but two Halloween events: Adults can enjoy live music, a river parade, and a costume contest (with cash prizes) from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Arneson River Theatre while families with kids can head over to the Shops at Rivercenter for trick-or-treating, face painting, a photo booth, and a family-friendly costume contest, starting at 6 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Find out more here.

A Spooktacular Halloween at Villa Finale

On Saturday, King William District’s Villa Finale Museum & Gardens will host its sixth annual Halloween event for kids. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to decorate a trick-or-treat bag, play Halloween games, enter screaming and costume contests, and more.

The event runs from 3:30.-6 p.m. at 401 King William. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for ages 13 and up.

Spooktacular Hallowine Run, Terrorific Tot Trot, and Fangtastic Fun

Yes, all of those puns were intentional. Get out your running shoes and your best Halloween costume for a four-mile run through The Shops at La Cantera this Saturday. You’ll be rewarded with delicious treats from local chefs and adult beverages, and there will be awards for the fastest finishers and the best costumes.

Register for the Hallowine Run here. Race registration costs $55 for adults and $10 for the “Tot Trot” for kids ages 11 and younger. You can pick up your race packet at the Culinaria booth on Saturday before the race.

Don’t feel like running and just want to watch and eat? Register for a spectator pass for $20 and get all the fun without breaking a sweat.

Pre-race festivities start at 7 a.m, and the race kicks off at 8 a.m. The run is sponsored by and benefits Culinaria, a local food nonprofit that aims to promote San Antonio as a food and wine destination.

Rockin’ the Park at the Sunken Garden Theater

Sunday afternoon, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy brings free live music to the park, featuring the Rick Cavender Band, the Juantanamos, and Mothership: Featuring the Music of Led Zeppelin. Families and pets are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes and rock out to local bands from 3-7 p.m. Best dressed humans and animals are eligible to win prizes.

While this is a free event, the conservancy will be accepting donations to support its general operations. Learn more here.

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