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Ghouls just want to have fun, and they will this year — but some with modifications because of the continuing pandemic. Again this year, some Halloween events will move outside or be changed to drive-through. Others will limit their capacity to accommodate social distancing. Browse our list to plan your eerie outings and haunted happenings.
Halloween at Dallas Recreation Centers
FREE Dallas Park and Recreation welcomes families to a citywide Halloween event where children can wear their costumes and get treats while supplies last. Activities vary per recreation center. Some events will be drive-throughs; others will include trunk-or-treat through the parking lots, carnivals or haunted houses. Visit dallasparks.org/calendar for details, times, addresses and phone numbers.
- Oct. 27 at Fretz and Pleasant Oaks recreation centers.
- Oct. 28 at K.B. Polk, Reverchon, Lake Highlands North, Churchill, Nash-Davis, Kidd Springs, Kleberg Rylie and Fireside recreation centers.
- Oct. 29 at Tommie M. Allen, Janie C. Turner, Beckley Saner and Ridgewood/Belcher recreation centers.
- Oct. 30 at John C. Phelps Recreation Center.
Trick-or-Treat on Downtown Streets
FREE Costumed kids and canines and their grown-up chaperones can visit treat stations at downtown Dallas businesses to fill their snack sacks. Get a map of participating businesses at Main Street Garden. While you’re there, check out “Passage,” a walk-through art installation with 20 arches making a tunnel with lights and sounds. It’s on display through Nov. 3.
Oct. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. Pick up a map of participating businesses at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. facebook.com/DowntownDallasInc.
Boo at the Zoo
Trick-or-treat among the animals during the Fort Worth Zoo’s annual three-day event. There will be stage shows with music, magic and more; animal keeper chats; a coloring craft; a pumpkin patch; strolling entertainers; and photo ops. The admission price includes six coupons for the treat stations. Additional coupons are $3 for six.
Oct. 29-31, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. $16, $12 for ages 3-12 and seniors 65 and older, free for children 2 and younger. Parking is $5 per vehicle. fortworthzoo.org.
Eerie Irving Park
FREE Families can walk through several enclosed and open-air spooky spaces, including an Egyptian scene, a graveyard and a meat factory. Those looking for less of a fright might enjoy carnival games, rides, treats and photo ops. There will be food and drink for sale, and pumpkins will be given away while supplies last. Event capacity will be limited.
Oct. 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Trinity View Park, 2221 E. State Highway 356, Irving. irvingevents.org.
Ghost Town if You Dare
FREE Carrollton’s historic downtown square turns into a spooky but festive area with ghost scavenger hunting, a mini pumpkin giveaway, crafts, trick-or-treating and a free movie screening. A costume contest is set for 6:30 p.m., with the screening of Hocus Pocus at sunset.
Oct. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1100 S. Elm St., Carrollton. cityofcarrollton.com.
Scare on the Square
FREE Cedar Hill’s Zula B. Wylie Public Library will host an evening of trunk-or-treating and other fun Halloween activities on the streets of the historic downtown district.
Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 600 Cedar St. in historic downtown Cedar Hill. cedarhilltx.com/scare.
FREE Fort Worth’s Stockyards Station will have trick-or-treating and face painting for children 12 and younger in costume. There will also be performances of the Legends of Texas Spooktacular Show and costume contests. The Cowtown Cattlepen Maze will offer half-price admission for kids younger than 12 in costumes and $1 off for parents.
Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Stockyards Station, 140 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. fortworthstockyards.com.
Trunk or Treat
FREE The Shelby Cobra Association of Texas will have more than 40 classic cars on display at The Star in Frisco’s Tostitos Championship Plaza. Families can trick-or-treat, plus there will be a costume contest, arts and crafts for kids, a visit from Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy and a DJ playing music.
Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco. thestarinfrisco.com.
Halloween in the Park
The Farmers Branch Historical Park celebrates Halloween in spooky style with a Haunted Hedge, an attraction recommended for ages 9 and older that features loud noises, strobe lights and graphic imagery. It opens at sunset, but before then the park offers cash carnival games, a family costume contest, a scream contest, a petting zoo, stage entertainment, bounce houses and Boo-ville, an area for children 5 and younger. The first 1,000 kids who bring two or more cans to donate to Metrocrest Services’ food drive will receive trick-or-treat bags.
Oct. 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch. Park admission is $5 for nonresidents 4 and older, free for residents with a Boo Pass. Haunted Hedge admission is an additional $5-$8 per person. fbspecialevents.com.
Trick or Treat the Square
FREE In addition to collecting candy and other treats, families can enjoy carnival games, inflatables such as bounce houses, horse wagon rides and more.
Oct. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Frisco Square’s Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. facebook.com/FriscoSquareTX.
Halloween at the Dallas Arboretum
On Oct. 30-31, families can trick-or-treat through the gardens filled with fall flowers and pumpkin displays, including the Bugtopia-themed Pumpkin Village. (Read more about Autumn at the Arboretum at right.) There will also be pumpkin decorating, body art painting, a petting zoo and live music daily from 2 to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be after-hours trick-or-treating in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden on Oct. 29-30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Families can get treats at special stations, tour a spooky maze, visit a mad scientist’s lab and more. Admission is $8-$10.
Oct. 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Tickets must be reserved in advance. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking or $10 if bought online in advance. dallasarboretum.org.
Street ‘n Treat
FREE Grand Prairie presents trick-or-treating, face painting, craft-making and games on the GrandLawn at EpicCentral.
Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at EpicCentral, 2960 Epic Place, Grand Prairie. grandfungp.com.
Pumpkin Carving at the Old Monk
Visit the Knox-Henderson pub to make your jack-o’-lantern for $15, a deal that includes a pumpkin, a carving kit and a pint of beer for those 21 and older. For each pumpkin sold, the Old Monk makes a donation to local schools. Reservations are not accepted; availability is first come, first served and while supplies last.
Oct. 25-28 starting at 3 p.m., Oct. 29 starting at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 30-31 starting at 11 a.m. at the Old Monk, 2847 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. $15. facebook.com/OldMonkDallas.
Autumn at the Arboretum and Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum
Get in the autumn spirit at the Dallas Arboretum, where there will be thousands of fall-blooming flowers and more than 90,000 pumpkins, squashes and gourds from Floydada, the Pumpkin Capital of Texas. Orange, white, yellow and green pumpkins will line the gardens’ pathways and be available to buy in the patches, but most will be used in the Pumpkin Village’s 20-foot-tall houses and other arrangements. This year’s theme is “Bugtopia,” and displays will include an 18-foot-long dragonfly, a caterpillar, a praying mantis and other oversized insects. Also, the Pumpkin Village has a new location: behind the Jonsson Color Garden. There are plenty of special events and activities throughout Autumn at the Arboretum, including live music and other performances on the weekends, cooking demonstrations, Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, BOGO Wednesdays, a Pumpkin Thursdays Scavenger Hunt and more. Though Autumn at the Arboretum ends Oct. 31 after a two-day Halloween celebration, the Pumpkin Village will be open into November.
Through Oct. 31 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Tickets must be reserved in advance. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking or $10 if bought online in advance. dallasarboretum.org.
Frights’n Lights Frisco
Peerless Production Group, which hosted the drive-through Radiance holiday light shows across North Texas last year, presents a family-friendly Halloween-centric event at Riders Field in Frisco. There will be thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, the Headless Horseman’s Haunted Hay Maze, Frank N. Shine’s Freaky Foam Pit, hayrides and Halloween-themed eats and drinks with kid-friendly cocktails, slushies and other treats. There will also be several haunted games for children to play, including candy cornhole, pumpkin bowling, skeleton Skee-Ball and zombie brain toss.
Through Nov. 6 at Riders Field, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco. $19.99-$24.99, $14.99-$19.99 for ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and younger. Parking is $5. frightsnlights.com.
This walk-through Halloween attraction returns for another spooky season. See hand-carved artificial pumpkins and lights arranged into fantasy vignettes such as a 40-foot-long dragon, a gargantuan guitar and a ghostly pirate ship. This event is more family-friendly than frightful. Food trucks will be on-site selling drinks, dinner and dessert.
Through Oct. 31, Wednesdays through Mondays from 6 to 11 p.m., at Howell Farms, 4016 W. Division St., Arlington. $18-$23, $14-16 for ages 4-12, free for 3 and younger. $10 per car for parking. pumpkinnights.com.
Grapevine is getting into the Halloween spirit. The city’s parks and recreation department is hosting PumpkinFest for the first time, on Fridays through Sundays, beginning Oct. 15. The event, held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., is at Meadowmere Park and will feature a pumpkin patch, the singing pumpkin Booman Group, a hiking trail, maze, concessions and photo ops. The cost is $20 per car, $40 per bus.
Oct. 15-31, Fridays-Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine. $20-$40. gograpevine.com/event/pumpkinfest.