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What to Do This Halloween in Dallas-Fort Worth

From haunted houses to costumed bar crawls and family-friendly festivals, this October is packed with events across North Texas. Here are your best choices.
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Halloween partiers on Oak Lawn in 2017. Bret Redman

For anyone who loves the spooky season, Halloween is pretty much the equivalent of Christmas. From getting a good scare at haunted houses, Halloween-themed parties, or maybe just handing out candy with the family, October has a little bit of everything for everyone.

To help guide you on your spooky quest, here is a list of 15 different activities worth checking out this Halloween season.

A Quick Guide to the Region’s Haunted Houses

Dark Hour Haunted House, Plano, Texas

701 Taylor Dr., Plano, TX 75074

Dark Hour is one of the scariest haunted houses in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. Located in Plano, Dark Hour has near movie-quality attractions that will give you a good scare from close or afar. In 2022 Dark Hour added more terrifying scenes, creatures, horrors, and nightmares that are sure to elevate your heart rate. For more information, click here.

Reindeer Manor Halloween Park, Red Oak

410 Houston School Rd., Red Oak, TX, 75154

Reindeer Manor Halloween Park is one of the oldest Halloween parks in Texas. Now in its 49th year, what makes Reindeer Manor so intriguing is that it has four different haunted houses in the park: Reindeer Manor, 13th Street Morgue, Dungeon of Doom, and The Bunker. Each offers patrons a different style of scare. It also helps that the Halloween park is allegedly actually haunted, according to co-owner Alex Lohmann. For more information on Reindeer Manor Halloween Park, click here.

Haunted Shadows Lake Trail, The Colony

7801 Main St, The Colony, TX 75056

The Haunted Shadows Lake Trail is a self-guided haunted walk through the woods. The trail is a little over a mile long, so it takes the average group between 40 and 50 minutes to complete. On the walk, the trail will take you from the woods to the waterside while also providing “unseen horrors.” If you dare to take this walk, check for more information here.

Creekside Manor, Midlothian

2411 Plainview Rd., Midlothian, TX, 76065

If you want a good fright and to give to a good cause, visit Creekside Manor for the “12 Nights of Terror.” With each ticket purchase, the proceeds go to Manna House, which is a non-profit organization that works to give families in need food and financial assistance. For more information, click here.

J & F House of Terror, Garland

205 Cedar Sage Dr, Garland, TX 75040

J & F House of Terror is a haunted maze that will take you up to 45 minutes to get through. Along the way, you are promised to be so scared that you will l “scream for your mama.” For more information, click here.

Spooky Drinks and Assorted Fun

Halloween Bar Crawl, Dallas

Check-in Venue: Reno’s Chop Shop Saloon 210 N Crowdus St Dallas, TX 75226

Gather some friends and head down to Reno’s Chop Shop on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. to start a six-hour bar crawl at a host of various venues throughout Uptown and Deep Ellum. There will be specialty foods and drinks, a $1,000 Halloween costume contest, a scavenger hunt, and a $10 promo card to use at various venues. If interested, more information regarding tickets is available here.

Dallas Happy Hour Halloweekend Pub Crawl

505 N Good Latimer Expy, Dallas, TX 75226

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., grab your best costume and be an early bird to the Halloween celebration with the Dallas Happy Hour Halloweekend Pub Crawl. There will be various prizes, up to 50 percent off drinks, 20 percent off select food items, and a costume contest. For ticket prices and participating bars, more information is available here.

Dallas Halloweekend Hangover Pub Crawl

505 N Good Latimer Expy, Dallas, TX 75226

On both Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., continue the fun with Dallas Halloweekend Hangover Pub Crawl. There will be 50 percent off drinks and 20 percent off food at participating locations. Make sure to bring your best costume for a contest along with various prizes. For ticket prices and participating bars, more information is available here.

Dallas Zombie Crawl

Harlowe MXM 2823 Main St Dallas, TX 75226

Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, expect free welcome shots and drink discount vouchers at the Dallas Zombie Crawl in Deep Ellum. One all-access pass will get you into 10-plus bars and nightclubs. Check-in is any time from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the event runs until closing time. For more information, click here.

House of Spirits: Volkov Manor – A Haunted Cocktail Soirée, Dallas, Texas

4607 Ross Ave, 75204

A House of Spirits: Volkov Manor is an immersive “theatrical cocktail soirée, where adults do Halloween in a haunted mansion.” Patrons can enjoy craft cocktails, macabre magic, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, and secret games. They will also be able to free-roam a mysterious haunted mansion. If interested, ticket information is available here.

Family Fun Nights

Halloween in the Park, Garland

Seville Square 1301 NW Hwy Garland, TX 75041

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 29, enjoy this family-centered Halloween in the Park festival. There will be free candy, mini-games, crafts, prizes, music, and more. More information is available about the family festival here.

Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza, Dallas

TBP Athletic Complex: 2524 W Ledbetter Dr, Dallas, TX 75233

Dallas Youth Sports will host a Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 30. Five hundred free meals will be provided along with music, games, special activities, and other activities for children. To participate, you must bring candy to distribute at the event. For more information, visit here.

Halloween in the Park, Farmers Branch

2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX, 75234

On Saturday, Oct. 29., from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Farmers Branch Historical Park transforms into a Halloween spectacle full of family activities and candy. Activities include Haunted Hedge, Booville, Cash Midway Games, bounce houses, stage entertainment, a petting zoo, photo buttons, and glow items. Halloween in the Park requests that patrons bring canned food for their canned food drive. For more information, click here.

Family Fun Art. Halloween Skeleton, Plano

1713 Preston Rd, #B Plano, TX 75093

Family Fun Art will take place on Oct. 22, with ages 5-and-up permitted. Patrons will get to paint a Halloween skeleton. For pricing and ticket information, click here.

Klyde Warren Park’s Trick-or-Treating in the Park, Dallas

2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201

Hosted by Klyde Warren Park’s Corporate Council, Trick-or-Treating in the Park is a completely free trick-or-treating party for the family. There will be costume contests, candy collecting, comedy, and a nighttime showing of Hocus Pocus. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.


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