Halloween Activities in Dallas-Fort Worth

Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Autumn Events

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark/Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart.

Those are the first lines to Michael Jackson's hit "Thriller." I still think it's the greatest Halloween song ever.

Dallas/Fort Worth residents love Halloween. From Haunted Houses and pumpkin patches to spooky decorations and costumes -- we certainly know how to party and have an eerily good time.
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    Let's celebrate the end of triple-digit weather by putting our favorite vegetables on display in our yards: regular pumpkins, gourds and those ginormous fancy pumpkins too. It's fun to take the family to a pumpkin patch and pick your own. Many locations have special events, food and make great backdrops for photos.

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    To say DFW has some of the creepiest haunted houses in the state is a compliment in this case. Come experience terror, horror and gore and feel good about it because some haunted houses donate the proceeds to charity.

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    Six Flags Over Texas Fright Fest

    The park offers the same great coasters and attractions, but during October you can enjoy the added festive flare. There is something for everyone but beware, some haunted attractions may not be suitable for small children. There are some great shows and activities that the entire family will enjoy.

    From the website: "The park is family-friendly by day, but we turn up the terror at dusk! Fright Fest at night is not recommended for children under 13 or anyone who scares easily."

    When: September 24 to October 31, 2016.

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    You don't want to show up at a party wearing a t-shirt that proclaims "This is my Halloween costume." The Dallas-Fort Worth area has lots of great costume shops. Some are open year round for your non-holiday costume needs.

     

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    ••• ©Autumn at the Arboretum. ©Angela Patterson

    Visit the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum which features some awesome pumpkin houses. It runs through November 23, 2016. Dress up the kids in their Halloween costumes or festive t-shirts and use the 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash as a backdrop for the perfect fall photos.

    From the website: "Experience why Orbitz Travel named Autumn at the Arboretum as the number one place to go in the fall. The Imaginative Pumpkin houses with over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with 150,000 beautiful fall blooming plants and the most outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden in the world. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn. This year’s event will highlight the “Art of the Pumpkin."

    When: September 17 through November 23, 2016

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    Trails and Treats at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

    It's time for Trails and Treats at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Enjoy an evening of fun and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that make their home there.

    There will be indoor animal presentations, face painting, crafts, games and short hikes on the trails in search of treats. Admission and all activities are free.

    From their website: "Join us for our 6th year of providing the community with a fun and educational evening at the Nature Center. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and participate in the many activities such as face-painting, games, hike a trail for treats and other activities.This is a totally FREE event."

    When: Thursday - October 27, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Where: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76135 817-392-7410