From gigantic haunted houses to pumpkin patches and spooky decorations to wild costume parties, Dallas and Fort Worth love to celebrate Halloween. If you're visiting this October, there are plenty of holiday activities and events to enjoy.
Whether you're traveling with your family, in town for a solo adventure, or visiting with a significant other, there are great things to see and do all around the DFW Metroplex all October that will bring a little fun to your Halloween.
As a bonus, the weather cools down in October (from the triple-digit highs of the summer) and many of these holiday events and activities take place outdoors, so you can spend the day enjoying the mild fall weather of Texas while getting in the Halloween spirit.
There's nothing like picking out a pumpkin to carve into a Jack-o-lantern to put your family in the Halloween spirit.
Fortunately, not only can you pick up a pumpkin at local grocery stores in the Metroplex, there are plenty of pumpkin patches in and around Dallas and Fort Worth where you can pick your own. Many locations even have special events or serve up some great food, and any pumpkin patch will make a great backdrop for your family's fall photo.
With multiple theater companies and universities in the area, it's no surprise that Dallas and Fort Worth are home to several haunted houses each holiday season, including a few out in the Texas countryside-which makes a spooky setting for any Halloween night. Be sure to check out Screams in Waxahachie, the Strangling Brothers Texas Haunted Circus in Irving, and the Texas Scaregrounds in Kennedale for an extra special fright.
While most haunted houses and attractions in DFW aren't appropriate for small children, if you go to Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas during the day, the Halloween-themed shows and treat giveaways are perfect for younger family members.
Six Flags Over Texas Fright Fest
Speaking of Fright Fest, during the month of October, you can enjoy all the same great coasters and attractions at Six Flags with an added festive flair. While daytime is still appropriate for youngsters, the goblins and ghouls come out to haunt the main pathways of the park in the evenings, which may not be good for children under 13 who scare easily.
Halloween Costume Shops
You don't want to show up at a party wearing a T-shirt that proclaims "This is my Halloween costume," but if you forgot to pack your favorite costume or didn't have room to fit your zebra onesie in your luggage, you can head to one of the costume shops in the area to find a new one.
Dallas-Fort Worth has lots of great costume shops, some of which are open year-round for non-holiday costuming needs. Costume World on Inwood Road in Dallas-and locations for Spirit Halloween and Party City throughout the area-usually have a wide selection at reasonable prices.
Named one of America's best pumpkin festivals and "One of the World's 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens" by Architectural Digest, Dallas Arboretum's annual Autumn at the Arboretum event is one of the most spectacular attractions DFW has to offer.
First, take a walk through the Pumpkin Village, which features some awesome houses made out of these festive gourds.
Autumn at the Arboretum runs from late September through late November each year, and in October, visitors are encouraged to dress their in their Halloween costumes or festive clothing to snap a few pictures in front of the 90,000 pumpkins on-site for the perfect fall photo.
On the last Thursday of October, you and your family can enjoy an evening of fun learning about some nocturnal animals that make their home at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Featuring indoor animal presentations, face painting, crafts, games, and short hikes on the trails in search of treats, this free event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to snap pictures of the fun.