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 cooled down 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, so the crowds at major attractions are more manageable than during the summer travel season.
Dallas-Fort Worth has a wealth of great pumpkin patches and visiting one has the added benefit of knowing that you are supporting a local farmer. Some are located on actual farms and most have activities that your kids will love: corn mazes, hay rides, trains, food, and petting zoos. Of course, you can pick out your own pumpkin from the patch and every pumpkin patch makes for the perfect backdrop for your fall family photos.
The Dallas Arboretum is home to one of the most beautiful fall floral festivals in the Southwest. Autumn at the Arboretum showcases thousands of flowers and its Pumpkin Village features pumpkin houses and displays made of 90,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds. The event begins in late September and lasts until Halloween.
The State Fair of Texas is a worthy tradition, best known for its food, football, the fun it provides for all ages, and, of course, the pig races. For the small price of admission, you can visit the petting zoo, see the Starlight Parade, and ride on ferris wheels, carousels, and the Texas Skyway. There's live music all day, every day by local, regional, and national acts on stages throughout the park.
Haunted houses mean zombies, ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. Cutting Edge is one of the best haunted houses in the area, but be warned, these attractions are not suitable for children or anyone who scares easily. Make sure to check out the houses in advance, especially if anyone in your party has a health condition that could be triggered by the haunted house's special effects or guaranteed frights.