Don’t let Halloween lose its magic for you or your family this year, even if it falls on a Monday. Throughout October, the Dallas area has many unique ways to celebrate Halloween, from trick-or-treating trails and themed bars to haunted houses and family-friendly festivals. Texas travel blogger My Curly Adventures encourages you to check out these 10 ways to celebrate Halloween in DFW!
Trick Pony Horror
This Deep Ellum pop-up bar has come to play this Halloween season. For a limited time, Trick Pony Horror will be adorned with wacky decorations and serve up seven spooky cocktails – like Children of the Corn and Maleficent’s Cauldron – to get you in the mood. Celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October (Wednesday through Sunday) at Trick Pony without worrying about bringing snacks and drinks or playing hostess.
Beetle Juice Halloween
7301 Windrose Ave., No. C200, Plano
If you’re looking to enter a Halloween costume contest this year, KĀI Restaurant & Lounge is hosting a Beetlejuice Halloween event with best costume prizes, VIP bottle service and a live DJ.
Dark hour haunted house
701 Taylor Drive, Plano
Following an expansion that means more room for immersive experiences and horrors, the Dark Hour Haunted House features a coven of 13 witches trying to get your blood pumping in this self-driven haunted house. Tickets are available until Halloween night and parking is free. Keep in mind that this attraction is recommended for children over 10 years old, so prepare to be spooked.
Zombie Safari at Cousins Paintball
8975 FM 740, Forney
Looking for something family friendly this Halloween? Take everyone on a hay ride like they’ve never been before. In this universe created by Cousins Painball, a new strain of Corona virus has taken over the whole city and turned everyone into zombies. Get on a bus, truck or trailer and arm yourself with a paint gun. That’s all that stands between you and these hungry zombies. The event also features fireworks, discounts and the option to either attend or just ride along. You can buy your tickets at the door, but buying online guarantees you a seat before they sell out.
Screams Halloween Theme Park
2511 FM 66, guard Achie
Equal parts fright and spooky fun on Friday and Saturday nights this October, Screams Halloween Theme Park features five uniquely themed haunted houses. Check out its newest addition, the Bootleggers Bayou House, walk-through experiences like Rottingwood Cemetery, and the brand new Cool Ghoul Boolevard. Also here: live music, karaoke, air and fire shows by the Hell Dolls, seven pubs with two new concepts, skill games such as ax throwing and paintball, tarot and palmistry reading, henna tattoos, vendors and plenty of food. Tickets are only available online, so grab them before it’s too late! Note that costumes, face paint, and masks are not allowed.
House of Spirits: a haunted cocktail soirée
4607 Ross Ave.
For a unique date idea or a fun night out with friends this Halloween, snag a ticket to a lavish yet spooky soirée at the House of Spirits. You are invited to dress up, sip themed cocktails and roam to see the wealth of interactive and mysterious performances, live magic and live music.
Monster Mash Bash at Grandscape
5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony
This free event features live stage entertainment, face painting, balloon artists and all the candy you could want at the Topo Chico Hard Seltzer Stage & Lawn at the Grandscape. This all takes place on October 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can also buy tickets on site for even more Halloween fun, like pumpkin decorations, train rides and the Blackout Halloween Maze (18+). Free parking will be available.
7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
Looking for the best spot for lots of sweet loot and photo opportunities for the whole family? Frights’n Lights Frisco has the largest trick-or-treat trail in Texas. At Dr Pepper Ballpark, you’ll encounter thousands of jack-o’-lanterns like you’ve never seen before, a giant Freddy Krueger hand, a mechanical pumpkin, a foam pit, a haunted hay maze, a packed bar, and activities like pumpkin painting, ax throwing, and more. It will be in town by October 31, and you can buy tickets online.
Boo on Ballard
100 N Ballard Ave, Wylie
Enjoy live music, trick or treating and carnival games at this free Halloween event in downtown Wylie on October 27th from 6pm to 8pm. At nearby Olde City Park (112 S. Ballard Ave.), Glow in the Park also runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and features kid-friendly activities like a foam cannon, live music and more.
Boo at the zoo
2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene
On October 15th, 22nd, 29th and 30th from 10am to 4pm, Abilene Zoo is committed to helping you and your family celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos in a big way this year to celebrate. A hay maze, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorations, animal encounters, food, piñatas, folk ballet performances, pumpkin catapults and more await you in six themed areas. Wear your costume and bring your trick-or-treating bag for all the free candy and treats that will be given out. Children under the age of 2 are free and tickets can be bought online.
Halloween Spooky Maze & Carnival
1501 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth
Hosted by the non-profit Fort Worth Odd Fellows, this free, sensor-friendly and accessible haunted maze takes you through the pages of a classic Victorian novel of fairies, ghosts and leprechauns. Come along on October 30th from 5pm to 9pm for some Halloween fun for the whole family.