Looking for Halloween Activities

Updated on August 30, 2010
A.W. asks from Flower Mound, TX
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I am looking for Halloween/carnival type events for my children. My company used to have a festival where the kids could dress up and trick-or-treat at the office-it was wonderful and safe, but they don't do it any more. I was wondering if anyone knows of something similar?


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Our church is doing one in Frisco on the Sunday evening before Halloween. Above is the link for details. We will have games, food. bounce houses, etc. Price is $5 per person ($25 max) and includes everything.

Also Grapvine Mills mall does a big thing on Halloween night from what I have heard.



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Here is from the calendar on the yahoo group I run for free... just for peopl elike you that are always looking for things to do.

1-29: The Pumpkin Express (Argyle) 9-6 daily, $5 admission (includes train ride around patch) Pumpkin patch, bounce house, snacks, gourds and indian corn as well.

1- 31: Autumn at the Arboretum (Dallas) With 100,000 fall-blooming flowers including salvia, coleus, ornamental grasses and thousands of richly colored chrysanthemums, you won't want to miss Autumn at the Arboretum. Perennial favorites like the pumpkin patch and Kimberly-Clark's Mommy & Me Mondays are joined by exciting new activities including ArtScape, Rock Garden Concert Series and the Great Pumpkin Festival. Mark your calendar and plan to visit during the Arboretum's most colorful season.

5-25: Green Meadows Petting Farm (Grand Prairie) Lynn Creek Park provides an ideal country learning environment for people of all ages to interact with farm animals. An up-close and personal experience with over 200 animals, tractor-drawn hay rides, pumpkin patch and pony rides for children. Admission fee. Call 800-799-1166. Gates open 9:30 am M-F and 10 am Sat-Sun. Arrive by 12:30 M-F or 2pm Sat-Sun (the last visitor is admitted to the farm at this time but you may stay as long as you like. Discount tickets are available if purchased in advance or you may purchase at the gate. Green Meadows Farm in Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake, 5700 Lake Ridge Pkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

20: Timber Tales – Preschool Storytime (Fort Worth) 10:00—11:00 a.m. Featured story: Anansi the Spider: a Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott. Bring your 3-5 year old to the Village for an exciting step back into the world of 1800s Texas! Little "Villagers" can don bonnets, aprons, and vests as they gather 'round to hear stories of days gone by. $3 fee includes a preschool story, fun activities, and a craft. Please call ###-###-#### to make your reservation (required). The Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, TX is located just south of I-30 at University Drive on 2 1/2 acres of wooded land in Forest Park.

20: Harvest Stew (Keller) Cool weather is rolling in and it is time for a hot bowl of Harvest Stew! The 19th Annual Harvest Stew event will be at the Keller Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a can of veggies to contribute to the stew pot. As the stew simmers, take a ride on the hay ride, watch the butterfly release, play games and visit with your neighbors. Everything is free and all leftover cans of vegetables will be donated to the Community Storehouse.

20-21: Frisco Storytelling Festival (Frisco) Frisco Commons Park, Listeners will be spellbound by fables from ancient cultures, retellings of Native American legends, hilarious chronicles of childhood misadventures, and much more. Featuring award-winning storytellers, this truly entertaining and unique festival will offer two days and nights of family fun. In addition to concerts, puppet shows, folk arts and crafts, and more stories ever told in one setting, the grand finale concert will leave you laughing all the way home.

21: Haunted Trail Fest (Colleyville) 7- 9 pm Colleyville Nature Center (Millcreek and Millwood Drive) Enjoy games, arts and crafts, and entertainment until it is your turn to venture into the woods to experience the haunted trail. Participate in the costume and pumpkin decorating contests while library staff tell some “Not So Scary Stories.” There is $2 admission to the haunted trail.

21: Butterfly Flutterby (Grapevine) 10am-2pm. Calling all kids - come to Grapevine to celebrate the migration of the Monarch Butterfly from Canada to Mexico. Grapevine is on their path! This fun-for-the-whole-family event includes releases of butterflies and a Gossamer Parade. New this year, join the fun at the Historic Cotton Belt Rairoad District 701 South Main Street, you'll enjoy butterfly exhibits, gardening seminars and all sorts of interactive butterfly arts and crafts and entertainment. The Parade will line up at 9:30 AM at Liberty Park (corner of East Wall and Main Street) and proceed down Main Street to the Cotton Belt Railroad District.

21: Maize Days (Fort Worth) The Log Cabin Village presents Maize Days from 1:00—4:00 p.m. Ears (of corn, that is) will be flying as the Village is alive with activities highlighting corn’s important role in 19th century Texas life and culture. Visitors can grind corn in a molcajete, smell delicious corn delicacies cooking in the Parker Cabin, learn about a “shucking bee,” and see corn processed in the Grist Mill. Make a corn husk doll before you head home! No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $3 craft fee. The Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, TX is located just south of I-30 at University Drive on 2 1/2 acres of wooded land in Forest Park.

21-22: St. Andrew’s UMC Fall Festival (Arlington) EVEN BIGGER THAN LAST YEAR!!! Arts and Crafts Fair, Health Fair, Blood Drive, Large Silent Auction, Over 75 different Vendors, 2 stages of Entertainment, Classic, Antique and Muscle Auto Show (Saturday), Motorcycle Toy Run, benefiting the St. Andrew's Food Pantry(Sunday), Kids games, Hay & Train rides, Inflatable Bounce Houses and obstacle courses, LOTS of Food, Community Services, and much more! Free admission. 2045 Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Saturday 9-9, Sunday 9-6

25: Grapevine Farmer’s Market (Grapevine) October is harvest season and fruits and vegetables remain plentiful. Open from 1pm to sellout. Located behind the Gazeebo on Main Street in Liberty Park Plaza.

25-30: Boo at the Zoo (Fort Worth) 6-8:30 pm nightly. Lions, tigers and bears – oh Zoo! Witches and fairies and princesses – oh Boo! Candy and creatures and costumes – oh Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a not-too-scary event filled with activities for even the youngest goblins—live stage shows, carnival games, trick-or-treating stations and lots more! African Savannah, Thundering Plains, and Texas Wild!* will all be open during Boo at the Zoo. Avoid the lines! Advance tickets will be available starting October 4, 2006. Tickets are $10 for adults, seniors and children (3 and up), $4 for children 2 and under, and may be purchased 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. To purchase, call 817/759-7373 or visit the Zoo’s ticket booth.
25-31: GREAT PUMPKINS FESTIVAL (Dallas) A pumpkin topiary and the pumpkin patch return amid new pumpkin festivities including a pumpkin-shaped house made of pumpkins! This festival pays tribute to fall's most celebrated plant. Great pumpkins festivities include daytime and evening activities in the gardens and provide a safe, unique Halloween destination for families. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218, Open daily: 9am - 5pm, $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $5 for children (ages 3-12), Free for children ages 2 and under and members of the Arboretum

28: Batty at the Ballpark (Arlington) Legends of the Game Baseball Museum and Learning Center will host Batty at the Ballpark on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Bring your family to the Museum for a day of Halloween festivities! Batty at the Ballpark includes: mask making, pumpkin decorating, demonstrations by Louisville Slugger, face painting, balloon artist, crafts, spooky stories, baseball-related games, and more! Participants will receive a ticket redeemable for a free ballpark tour with every Batty at the Ballpark ticket purchased. Children in costume will be entered in a drawing to win a Texas Rangers autographed baseball. Cost is $6.00 for ages 3 and up. For more information call ###-###-#### or email [email protected]____.com.

28: Pumpkin Splash (Keller) This Halloween season our pumpkin patch will make a huge splash! Yes – pumpkins will float! Come take a swim and get your jack-o-lantern, just right for the pickin’. 6-9 pm $8 passholders, $12 for non, Keller Pointe, preregistration is required

28: Meet The Pokey Little Puppy (Watauga) Brystone Children’s Books, 6101 Watauga Road, ###-###-####, What a treat to meet one of the sweetest dogs in picture books! Join Brystone for a story, a craft, and meet The Poky Little Puppy.
No reservations required. Don't forget your camera.

28: Haunted Trails (Keller) 7-11pm Bear Creek Greenbelt Walks will be led down the haunted trail of the Bear Creek Park Greenbelt starting from the south parking lot of The Keller Pointe. Groups will be brought back to the parking area on hayrides. Cash prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the best Scare Stations! $3 for adults, $2 for under 12, not recommended for those under 8

28: 6th Annual Elvis Run (Dallas) On October 28, 2006, the UCP Elvis Run will be held at Reverchon Park (Maple and Turtle Creek) in Dallas. The event will include a 5K run and one mile walk and wheelchair roll along with the greatest hits from Elvis playing throughout the course. Pets are also welcome to join in the fun. Participants and cheering fans are encouraged to honor Elvis by dressing like him or in the style of the 50’s. available. This event helps support United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas. For more information, visit us online at www.ucpdallas.org We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization which needs your support.

28-29: Halloween Scream Trains (Grapevine) Put on your best Halloween costume and ride the spooky tracks. Fun for the whole family these days with creepy music, costume contests, with prizes, and free candy for the kids.

28-29: Fall Festival in the Japanese Gardens (Fort Worth) Feast your eyes on the spectacular fall color of the Japanese Garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, Bonsai, Ikebana, and tea ceremonies. 28th times: 10a-5p, 29th times: 11a-5p. Admission: Adults $4.00, Children (4-12yrs.) $2.00, under 4 free. 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard

29: Spooky Kooky Keller Castle (Keller) Before the little goblins go trick or treating, join us for a howling good time! There will be plenty of carnival games and candy for the kids, but beware - the playground will be just a little spooky! Activities are free and are for children age 11 and under. 2-5pm, Johnson Road Park

31: Boo Books (Hurst) Come to the Hurst Public Library for Treat yourself to a special story time where slightly scary and funny stories are the order of the afternoon. Add to that some mildly spooky activities to get you in a trick-or-treat mood! Costumes are optional but encouraged. 4-5 PM, 901 Precinct Line Rd.

31: Halloween Happenings (Hurst) Calling all ghouls and goblins ages 12 and under. Hurst Parks and Recreation invites you to wear your best costume and attend the Halloween Happenings at North East Mall from 6-8 pm. Prizes, treats, games – free event. For more information call ###-###-####

31: Halloween on Main Street (Grapevine) All little ghouls and goblins (grown ones too) are invited to celebrate by trick-or-treating at the downtown merchants. Children can participate in a variety of games. Candy prizes, kettle corn. Wear costumes for a costume contest (open to all ages). Free event, open to the public. For more info call ###-###-####

Hoot 'n Howl (North Richland Hills)
Join us for a "ghoulishly" good time at our annual Hoot n' Howl Halloween event. You and your family are sure to find fun in one of our many activities including live entertainment, bounce houses, game booths, and a "spooktacular" haunted hay ride. Kids can wear their best costume for a chance to win in our costume contest.



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Do they have anything like this for little kids under 4 near Mckinney, TX?

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