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What To Do This Halloween in Dallas-Fort Worth

Haunted houses, murder mystery dinners, bar crawls, and festivals are only a few of the spooky activities you can join in on this Halloween.
You know how it goes: Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to hide from my parents. iStock / Rawpixel

Spooky season has arrived. It’s past time to grab your costume and dress up for a frightful bash, a boozy brunch, or trick or treating with the little ones. This October, you can find a spine-chilling North Texas event for everyone in the family.

Everyone deserves a scare, so let us be your guide. Here are 15 events happening this October that are sure to be a frightening delight for all.

All treats, no tricks

Dallas Zombie Bar Crawl

Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28.

2823 Main St.

Roam the streets of Deep Ellum in your creepiest costume and stop at 10 participating bars and clubs in the Dallas Zombie Bar Crawl. The event will include sips like blood bag watermelon sangria and spooky juice shooters. Plus, food will be offered at select locations. Click here to get tickets.

Witches Brew Train Grapevine

Friday, October 27

Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District | 705 S. Main St., Grapevine

All aboard the Witches Brew Train to test out a selection of beer from Texas Craft Brews. One ticket gets you two beers, a range of small bites, a souvenir mug, and some eerie on-board entertainment. You must be at least 21 to attend. To secure your seat on the train, visit the link.

ZaZa Boozy Halloween Brunch

Sunday, October 29

Hotel Zaza | 2332 Leonard St. 

The popular Uptown hotel offers a spooky brunch buffet this season. The afternoon event will also feature drinks and a live DJ to accompany your meal. Costumes are encouraged. And for the Dallas Cowboys fans interested in attending, do not fear: the event will be showing the game. To reserve your spot, click here.

‘I Love the 80s to Death’ Murder-Mystery Dinner

Tuesday, October 31

Bourbon and Banter | 1914 Commerce St. 

Looking to channel your inner smooth operator and reach for your neons hiding in the back of your closet? Want to solve a crime this Halloween? The ‘I Love the ‘80s to Death’ murder mystery dinner makes you the lead investigator, all while enjoying a three course meal. The event will be serving up a smoked salmon mousse canapé, roasted chicken with spaghetti squash, and wine-poached pears for dessert. To book your seats, click here.

Eerie entertainment

It Came From Texas Film Festival

Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29

The Plaza Theatre | 521 W State St., Garland

In celebration of spooky season, the city of Garland’s Cultural Arts Commission is hosting a Texas horror film festival. Expect Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Don’t Look In The Basement, as well as short films created by aspiring filmmakers and an interactive movie, The Mocky Horror Picture Show. To see the full lineup and get your tickets, click here.

Dallas Halloween Vendor Market

Saturday, October 28

ArtPark Trinity Groves | 331 Singleton Blvd. 

Add a little bit of fright to your weekend shopping trip at the Halloween Vendor Market. With over 30 vendors, shop around with the whole family. (Yes, even the pup.) Local businesses will be selling jewelry, handmade items, and more. The market will also feature spooky cocktails, lawn games, and a spot to get permanent jewelry. To find out more about the event, click here.

American Horror Story Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28

Federales Deep Ellum | 2820 Commerce St.

Gather your friends and head to the American Horror Story Halloween Party to dance the night away this weekend. Your tickets will include a drink package, draft beer, and a buffet. Don’t forget to dress on theme! Click here to get your tickets.

Down the Rabbit Hole Halloween Bash

Saturday, October 28

Sweet Tooth Hotel | 1511 Elm St. 

Sweet Tooth Hotel this Halloween transforms into an Alice in Wonderland themed party with art, live music, and cocktails. Costumes are encouraged, and with a ticket, you will have access to the Dreamland exhibit, Calirosa Cocktail Lounge, and a few spooky surprises. To learn more about the event and get your tickets, click here.

Dead Will Live! Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28

Texas Live! | 1650 E Randol Mill Rd., Arlington

If you invested more than you expected to on your elaborate costume, or spent two hours on that skull makeup to complete the look, a costume contest at Texas Live! is for you. Winners receive a cash prize, and the event features a live DJ, photo ops, spooky cocktails, and more. To compete for best costume and dance the night away this Halloween, click the link.

Spooky Saturday at Old City Park

Saturday, October 28

Old City Park | 1515 S Harwood Ave.

You’re likely too old to trick or treat. Miss it? Head to Spooky Saturday for a chance to relive your Halloween glory days. The adults-only event features trick or treating, tarot card readings, a live DJ, and a costume contest. To find out more about the event and secure your tickets, click here.

Spooky fun for the whole family

Halloweekend at the Dallas Arboretum

Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29

The Dallas Arboretum | 8525 Garland Rd.

Gather your little ones and head to the ‘Halloweekend’ celebration to show off their costumes and strut down the eerie orange carpet. The festivities will include trick or treating throughout the garden, Halloween riddles, a petting zoo, and live music. To join in on the fun, click here.

Trick or Treat on Downtown Streets

Tuesday, October 31

Main Street Garden Park | 1902 Main St.

Head downtown for an evening of trick or treating at local businesses. The event also includes a market, spooky arts and crafts, and live entertainment. If you forget your pillow case or bucket, don’t fret. The event will be passing out buckets for all the kiddos. To find out more, click here.

Halloween Family Day

Saturday, October 28

Texas Discovery Gardens | 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Halloween Family day offers an afternoon of kid-friendly fun. You can hop in line for face painting, paint and decorate pumpkins, participate in a critter encounter, trick or treat in the garden, or learn more about bats and spiders at the Nature Learning Center. Don’t forget your goodie bag on the way out! Learn more about the event here.

Halloween Family Extravaganza

Saturday, October 28

Sammons Park | 2403 Flora St. 

The Dallas Police Department and AT&T Performing Arts Center are joining forces to host a spooky scavenger hunt for the whole family. Grab your map and follow the clues to different booths and stands at the event and gather your treats along the way. Live music is an added plus. To find out more, click here.

And finally, no Halloween is complete without paying a visit to a haunted house. Click here to read our guide on the haunted houses in Dallas-Fort Worth that are worth a visit.


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