This little gal who graced Truck Yard's Halloween Costume Contest has more options to parade around this year. Bret Redman

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25 Things To Do For Halloween In Dallas

And the lakeside, haunted, magical places where you can do them.

Tricks and Treats

Bach and Broomsticks at Watters Creek At Montgomery Farms in Allen runs from noon to 9 pm 10/21 with hayrides, live jazz, facepainting, and no shortage of candy.

A free carnival in front of Dallas City Hall celebrates glow sticks, one of the cheapest yet most reliable secrets for memorable moments. It’s 10/21, from 4-8pm.

The friendliest of hair salons Dear Clark has a soiree 10/26 centered on cocktails and shopping, with jewelry and art by local makers on display.

Artes de la Rosa hosts the famous Dia de los Muertos Festival at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth from 5:30-10pm on 10/28. The event is free but proceeds from local wares, including t-shirts commemorating the event, go to support Artes Academy, Artes de la Rosa’s After School Arts Education Youth Program.

Peticolas Brewing honors the ghost of Alfred Brown Peticolas, great-great grandfather brewmaster, Michael Peticolas, with the brew named for him plus some ghost peppers at a party on Halloween night.

Composer Fabio Frizzi plays his score for The Beyond live with the film at Texas Theatre, as part of a celebration of his music on 10/27. Pinkish Black opens.

Night Walks

GrapeVine Springs Winery hosts ghost tours Thursday-Saturday through Halloween, with two time slots on The Night itself.

Make your rounds poolside to the sounds of DJ Nikolas James at Hotel ZaZa 10/27. 

Cedar Springs is the center of shiny plastic Halloween any night of the year, and the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party is the place to be accordingly, with a costume promenade featuring live commentary. 10/28, 7pm-2am.

 Spooks In The Seats

Haunted is the story of a man searching for answers thirty years after the murder of his parents. The show premieres 10/26 at the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater.

Less serious but equally Halloweenish (arguably the Halloweeniest) is The Rocky Horror Picture Show (that’s the musical, not the midnight…double feature…picture show…by RKO) which has nine shows through 10/28 at the Backdoor Theatre.

House Party Theatre’s original horror play Shadow Woman by Claire Carson chronicles the haunting of a young woman’s home by a supernatural force that only she can see. It’s at the lake-level space of Bath House Cultural Center. See Shadow Woman Thursday through Sunday, through 10/28.  Here’s an interview with the playwright.  

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet performs a new work based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a prelude to a screening of the film on 35mm at Texas Theatre Halloween night. $15 for the whole show. 

Also at Texas Theatre: Night of the Living Dead sees a new 4K restoration, and you can take it in through 10/22. 

Family-Friendly Frights

Another lakeside special at Bath House is Ghost Tales by the Dallas Storytelling Guild. The version for littles is free: 10/28, 2pm. 

The Teen Scene Players present Ghouls and Graveyards, purportedly safe for theatergoers ages 12 and up.

Leave the bobbing to actual sea creatures, who bob for pumpkins at Sea Life in Grapevine — or watch divers carve pumpkins underwater, at one of the outlet’s many events through 10/31. 

Boo With A View at Reunion Tower offers kids under 12 half-off admission to the GeO-Deck if they arrive in costume and brave the heights 10/26-31. Photo ops abound.

CoCoAndre Chocolatier invites kids to make candy skulls for Dia de los Metros in a class on 10/28. 

Costume Contests

Edgar Allen Poe’s Victorian Halloween With A Steampunk Twist brings a fortune teller, games, and more to J. Erik Jonnson Central Library from 10am-4pm on 10/21.

Howl-O-Ween puts dogs in costume and down the runway of your heart at Mutts Cantine Cantina. 10/21, 10am-2pm.

Win a $10 giftcard to Spinster Records if you come best-dressed to a BYOB party on 10/26 with DJ Katy Canuck, Nervöse System and others.

For the champagne set, Saints & Sinners offers two nights of seeing and being seen with parties 10/27-28. 

Bands pose as The Foo Fighters, Pixies and more at Division Brewing’s shindig in Arlington, where $50 goes to the winning getup.

Electric Cowboy Lewisville gets serious with a $1000 prize attached on 10/28.

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