From gigantic haunted houses to pumpkin patches and spooky decorations and 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 Texas' mild fall weather 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. 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 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 haunted houses each holiday season. There are even a few out in the Texas countryside, which adds a spooky setting for any Halloween night. Be sure to check out Screams in Waxahachie and the Texas Scaregrounds in Kennedale for an extra special fright.
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 Fright Fest 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.
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. In Dallas, you can check out Costume World and local Spirit Halloween and Party City stores throughout the area, which will usually have wide selections with reasonable prices.
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 in their Halloween outfits and snap a few pictures in front of the 90,000 pumpkins on-site. The event runs from late September until October 31.
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.