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25 Things To Do in Dallas This Halloween

The only thing to be afraid of is missing out.

Costume Contests

Celebrate Halloween on Henderson Avenue this year within the spooky walls of the old Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar. The party on Saturday, October 27 will have specialty cocktails from Smithy Dallas, a costume contest, photo ops, live music, actors, and surprises! Tickets are $15.

Dallas Cotillion Club and Dervish Club are hosting Boos & Booze Halloween Bash on the rooftop of Stirr in Deep Ellum. There will be an open bar and a costume contest. Tickets are $75 and benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter.

It’s another Haunted Halloween at Flea Harvey’s. Lee Harvey’s and Full City Rooster Coffee Roasting Studio will be hosting a flea market and Halloween party all day (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) on Saturday, October 27. Dress as your favorite villain and enter the scary costume contest – there will also be special effects makeup artist on site to lend a hand. No tickets required.

Double Wide hosts its biggest bash of the year on Saturday, October 27. There will be live music in the parking lot, a DJ and dancing in the bar, food from Easy Slider, and a costume contest with a $500 prize. Tickets are $10.

Southern restaurant Ida Claire in Addison is having Halloween drink specials, a costume contest ($500 and $250 American Express gift cards for 1st and 2nd place), palm readings, and live music by Kirk Thurmond on Saturday, October 27 from 8 – 11 p.m.

Family-Friendly Frights

The Texas Theatre is hosting special showings of Beetlejuice during Halloween weekend in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Boo at the Zoo is coming to the Fort Worth Zoo October 26 – 28. The family-friendly daytime event (free with admission to the zoo) includes treat stations, carnival games, animal shows, and more.

The Dallas Storytelling Guild is hosting Spooky Tales for Kids at the Bath House Cultural Center on Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. The event is free.

Downtown Denton’s annual Day of the Dead Festival returns on Saturday, October 27. The free, family-friendly event includes a pumpkin patch, haunted house, coffin races, and a lantern-lit twilight parade.

Halloween extravaganza Friscovania takes over Toyota Stadium on October 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. The event includes a children’s carnival, VR experiences, live music, games, trick or treating, a runway show, a costume contest, and more. Tickets are $15.

Legacy Hall is hosting Halloween Family Fun Day in the Lexus Box Garden on Sunday, October 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. There will be a kids costume contest and a family contest, crafts and treats. The food hall is also hosting indoor trick-or-treating at its stalls on October 31 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Kids in the Cliff storytelling circle has a spooky Halloween edition on Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. at Wild Detectives. The first few stories of the day are the least scary and perfect for little boos and ghouls.

Anxious parents will appreciate the City of Dallas’ Halloween Safe-tacular and pet costume contest on Sunday, October 28 from 6-7 p.m. The winner of the contest will be the cover model for Bull luv able Paws’ 2019 calendar.

Chill Thrills

Hari Mari is hosting Halloween goat yoga at its Deep Ellum headquarters on Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. In case you’re wondering, the goats will be in costume. Tickets are $17.

Monthly bike ride Dallas Critical Mass is back with a Halloween edition on Friday, October 26. Dress up and roll out to Dallas Farmers Market for a six-and-a-half mile ride through downtown, Bishop Arts, and Oak Cliff, ending at Oak Cliff Brewing Co. The ride starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Latino Cultural Center’s annual Día de los Muertos Festival is on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The galleries will feature a Day of the Dead exhibit, and there will be face painting, sugar skulls, lotería crafts, and more. The event is free.

The Dallas Storytelling Guild presents the 15th annual Ghost Tales at The Bath House at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Tickets are available at the door for $10. 

The Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet will perform a chilling Suspira-inspired piece at the Texas Theatre on Halloween night at 8 p.m., followed by a showing of the campy ‘70s thriller at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $16, and costumes are encouraged.

Psychedelic Robot is hosting a Spookedelic Robot Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The art installation is turning into a haunted house for the night, with live performances by Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, new work by The Color Condition, prizes, lite bites, and refreshments. Tickets are $75.


Theory, the Uptown club where Drake recently looked kinda sad, is throwing a free halloween bash on Friday, October 26 with DJs D-Train and Pete Mash.

Hotel Zaza is hosting its annual Halloween Bash in the hotel’s ballroom and pool patio on October 26. This year’s theme, Ghost White Night, will bring Hollywood icons back from the grave. There will be light bites and Halloween drink specials. Tickets are $75.

Ghostland Observatory will perform at the House of Blues Halloween party on October 26, along with supporting act Gibbz. Tickets are $35.

Nakid Magazine and Prime, the people behind SXSW’s Nakid House, are teaming up for a Halloween party at The Nines in Deep Ellum on Friday, October 26. The Haunt, a Halloween ball, will feature Jason Faries of Neon Indian and other special guests. Tickets are $10.

The Stoneleigh is teaming up with Dallas Nightlife to throw Gatsby’s Masquerade Ball at The Haunted Penthouse. Flapper-era costumes are encouraged. Tickets start at $20.

The W Dallas is hosting a masquerade ball on Halloween night at its rooftop bar Altitude. There will be DJs, dancing, and party favors. Tickets start at $38.

We tricked you: There are actually 26 things on this list! Cedar Springs Road will turn into one giant costume contest for the annual Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party on Saturday, October 27. The 3900 block of Cedar Springs will be fenced off for the party, which will have live music and drag queens from the Rose Room. Admission is free; vendors will offer food and drink for purchase.


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