From gigantic haunted houses to pumpkin patches and spooky decorations, Dallas and Fort Worth love to celebrate Halloween. If you're visiting this October, there are plenty of holiday activities and events to enjoy. 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 Texas' mild fall weather while getting in the Halloween spirit.
In 2020, many events have been modified or canceled. Be sure to confirm the most up-to-date details with event organizers.
There's nothing like picking out a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o'-lantern to put your family in the Halloween spirit. In the Metroplex, not only can you grab a pumpkin at local grocery stores, but there are plenty of pumpkin patches in and around Dallas and Fort Worth where you can pick your own. You can go big by visiting the 66-acre garden of pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum or keep it simple at Yesterland Farm in Canton. Many locations even have special events or serve 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 award-winning haunted houses each holiday season. If you're looking for something truly terrifying, you have several options in the DFW area that are sure to leave you screaming. If you have access to a vehicle, some of the largest ones are just outside of the city in the Texas countryside, which adds a spooky setting for any Halloween night.
Although many haunted houses are closed in 2020, the Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth is open and hold's a world record for being the largest haunted house. Outside of the city in the town of Mineral Wells, Texas Scaregrounds puts on one of the most frightening haunted houses, designed inside the building of a real-life sanatorium.
Six Flags Over Texas Hallowfest
During the month of October, you can enjoy all the same great coasters and attractions at Six Flags with an added festive flair. While most haunted houses and attractions in DFW aren't appropriate for small children, if you go to Hallowfest during the day, the Halloween-themed shows and treat giveaways are perfect for younger family members. In the evenings, the goblins and ghouls come out to haunt the main pathways of the park, which is perfect tweens, teens, and adults who enjoy a good scare.
Hallowfest activities take place on weekends beginning September 26 and last until November 1, 2020. Advanced reservations are required to attend, as are face masks for all guests inside the park over 3 years old. Not all of the usual frightening activities will be available in 2020, such as indoor mazes or haunted houses, but that won't stop you from having a blood-curdling good time.
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 it in your luggage, there are plenty of shopping options around Dallas and Fort Worth to pick up a last-minute outfit.
Dallas-Fort Worth has lots of great costume shops, some of which are open year-round for non-holiday costume needs. In North Dallas, you can check out Costume World for one-of-a-kind garb and even rent an outfit if you don't want to purchase something. Closer to the city center is the vintage store Dolly Python, for those who prefer to create their own look from genuine period clothing.
Autumn at the Arboretum
Named one of America's best pumpkin festivals, Dallas Arboretum's annual Autumn at the Arboretum event is one of the most spectacular attractions DFW has to offer. With a whole village made out of pumpkin houses and many more creative gourd and squash displays, visitors are encouraged to dress in their Halloween outfits and snap a few pictures in front of the 90,000 pumpkins on-site.
Apart from the pumpkin village, Autumn at the Arboretum is filled with daily activities to keep kids and adults entertained. From fall-themed scavenger hunts to cooking demonstrations using seasonal produce, it's no wonder this is one of Dallas' most popular autumn events. It runs from September 19 to November 1, 2020, and advance tickets with a timed reservation are required before visiting.
Trails and Treats at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
On the last Saturday 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. This event features indoor animal presentations, face painting, crafts, games, and short hikes on the trails in search of treats. You'll also be encouraged to keep an eye of the Lake Worth Monster, a hairy goat-like man who locals first reported seeing in the area decades ago.