Whether you're lucky enough to live in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area or just planning a visit, there are some fantastic fall activities and events you won't want to miss. The temperatures have moderated a bit from the high summer heat, but it's still warm and sunny, and that's a win-win for getting out and about in DFW. The kids are back in school, and crowds at major attractions are more manageable than during the summer travel season. So come on down, y'all, and enjoy Dallas-Fort Worth in September and October.
Dallas-Fort Worth has a wealth of great pumpkin patches. Some are located on actual farms, and most have activities that your kids will love: corn mazes, hay rides, trains, food, and petting zoos. And, of course, you can pick out your own pumpkin from the patch. These pumpkin patches have one thing in common: They make the perfect backdrop for photos. A big side benefit: When you buy pumpkins at these patches, you are supporting a local farmer.
The Dallas Arboretum is home to one of the most beautiful fall floral festivals in the Southwest. Autumn at the Arboretum, from Sept. 22 to Nov. 21, 2018, showcases 4,500 mums and 150,000 other fall-blooming plants. Its Pumpkin Village features pumpkin houses and displays made of 90,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds, along with the Children's Adventure Garden.
Make the State Fair of Texas a tradition. It's food, it's football, and it's fun for all ages. And don't forget the pig races. For the small price of admission, you can enjoy lots of free things to do like visiting the Children's Medical Center Petting Zoo; the Starlight Parade; and rides on the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, the Dentzel Carousel, and Texas Skyway on the Midway. There's live music all day, every day by local, regional, and national acts on stages throughout the park. It's on from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21, 2018, at Fair Park.
Haunted houses mean zombies, ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. Be warned: Some are not recommended for children or anyone easily spooked or with health conditions. Check them out in advance. Some use strobe lights that could trigger seizures in some people.
DFW's Cutting Edge haunted house made the Top 13 List by HauntWorld.com a few years back. Rated at No. 6, it's one haunted attraction that you won't want to miss. Some haunted houses open in September so you can have a ghostly good time well before Halloween.