Longhorn Halloween Oct. 31 Offers Safe and Fun Environment

Oct. 25, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin will host the 17th annual "Longhorn Halloween" from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Frank Erwin Center.

The free event, sponsored by the Office of the President, provides a safe environment for children of the university's faculty, staff and students to celebrate Halloween.

The program features activities created by campus groups and student organizations such as a haunted house, face painting, fortune telling, games, a performance stage, a chemistry circus and safety programs that will include a look at a fire engine and a police car. Last year more than 2,500 children attended Longhorn Halloween, which is supported by University Federal Credit Union.

For more information on the program including parking, visit the Longhorn Halloween Web site.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

2 Comments to "Longhorn Halloween Oct. 31 Offers Safe and Fun Environment"

1.  j. herdez said on Oct. 30, 2011

I was surprised to just hear about the Longhorn Halloween event that took place today. I am always looking for events, especially free events, to take my little boy to. For 7 years, I've taken my little boy to Halloween events around town, and never even knew that this "Annual"(?) event even existed.

I subscribe to event newsletters from Texas Box Office, UT Texas Memorial Museum, Austin Nature and Science Center, Austin360, and regularly scour other websites that publicize community, youth orientated events like this and I did not see this event listed in any of those sites, or for that matter, did not catch any pre-event coverage by any of the local tv stations. I even drive by the facility on a regular basis and never even saw the event advertised on that new million dollar sign.

This must be a rare event at the Erwin Center, an event that is free and does not charge convenience fees, service fees, box-office fees, or ticket printing fees. It’s the perfect opportunity for the Erwin Center and U.T. to reach out to the local community, the community that has to pay their hard earned money to attend other admission-charged events at the Erwin Center. Yet, it would appear, that only minimal effort may have been put into publicizing the event.

If you are truly trying to provide the highest level of service, I suggest you take advantage of events like these to establish goodwill and truly promote them to the community, not just ticketed events where you get to collect fees.

J. Herdez

2.  Samantha Stiles said on Oct. 31, 2011

Hello J. Herdez:

Thank you for your comment and suggestions. Longhorn Halloween offers a fun, safe outlet to thousands of Central Texas children each fall. We publicize Longhorn Halloween to our internal audiences because the event is for children of faculty, staff and students from the university.

- Samantha Youngblood, University Communications at The University of Texas at Austin