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Other Halloween Activities

12.09.2018 (12:38 pm) – Filed under: Listings,Other Halloween Activities

This is a listing of pumpkin patches, festivals, and other Halloween related activities that aren’t haunted attractions, in the DFW area.

Boo at the Zoo runs from October 26-28  at the Fort Worth Zoo. It’s a daytime event, free with zoo admission or membership. It’s basically a carnival at the zoo. Boo at the Zoo has the same hours as the zoo. Check the zoo’s site for hours, prices, and directions.

Halloweekend at the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas Zoo has a Halloween festival on the final weekend of October, the 27th and 28th, from 9am-4pm. It features trick or treat stations, mazes, a bounce house, face painting, snakes, toads, and newts, plus craft beer for adults. It’s free with a zoo ticket, or zoo membership.

Dallas Arboretum has Autumn at the Arboretum through November 21. They have a spectacular Pumpkin Village, with more than 90,000 pumpkins. They are open from 9am until 5pm. Parking is difficult to find in the area, due to it’s location by White Rock Lake, so your only option is usually to park in their paid lot at their front entrance, or in their new parking garage, two blocks north. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children 2-12, children under 2 are admitted for free. Parking is $15, but you can buy your parking online for $9. Parking can be bought here  The street address for the Arboretum is 8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas 75218.

 

Pumpkin Patches-DFW

Royal Lane Baptist Church pumpkin patch-Opens by October 5. This church has a large selection of large, medium, and small pumpkins, plus various sizes of gourds. The pumpkin patch is nicely decorated, and has hay on the ground.  The patch is just west of Hillcrest on westbound Royal Lane, in North Dallas.

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch Open now through Halloween, 9am-7pm. They have pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, and refreshments. There are activities for children, and local vendors provide food for purchase. Parking is $5, activities are free, purchases are optional.

Halls Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine. Open daily through Halloween. Hayrides are available Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $5 during the day, $3 after dark. Cash only. Corn maze-$5. Everything at Hall’s is cash only. 3pm-8pm Monday-Thursday. 3pm-10pm Friday. 10am-10pm Saturday. 1pm-8pm Sunday.

Preston Trail Farms in Gunter has a pumpkin patch, open from 8am-8pm daily through Halloween. They also have a cafe and allow dogs on a leash. Gunter is north of Frisco, on Preston Road.

 

Ghost Tours- This site has a full list of Ghost Tours in DFW and elsewhere in Texas.

 

Costume Parties and other Halloween events DFW

Nearly every bar and club in Texas has some sort of Halloween party. The Dallas Morning News Guide Live and Dallas Observer have lists of the various parties. The parties below are the larger costume parties in the area. Other Halloween activities, including events for kids and pets, have been including in this section.

Dragons Ball is the largest costume party in DFW. It has a new theme each year. It’s on October 20th, from 9pm-4am.

Thursday, October 25

Spookedelic Robot Halloween Party  at Palamino, Thursday, October 25, at 6pm

YAP Halloween Party Thursday, October 25 at Vidorra, starting at 6pm.

Friday, October 26

Free Play Arlington Halloween Party Friday, October 26, from 6pm-2am

Nightmare on Henderson Halloween Block Party-At High Fives, on Thursday, October 25 beginning at 8pm

Eclipse Halloween Party at Southfork, Friday, October 26 at 7pm

Halloween 2018 Murder Mystery at Maggiano’s in Northpark, Friday, October 26 at 7pm

Boos and Booze Halloween Bash at Stirr, Friday, October 26 at 10:30pm

Hotel ZaZa Halloween Party-Friday, October 26, starting at 10pm.

Halloween Family Night at Oak Highlands Brewery on Friday,October 26, from 5pm-9pm

Pumpkins, Pinot, and Pooches at the Heritage Farmstead Museum on Friday, October 26 from 6pm-9pm

The GrapeYard at Oak Grove Ballfield Complex on Friday, October 26, from 6pm-11pm

Dallas Storytellers Guild Ghost Tales at the Bath House Cultural Center, Friday October 26 at 7pm, Saturday, October 27 at 2pm and 7pm.

Saturday, October 27

Halloween Costume Contest and Pumpkin Smash, plus dog adoptions at the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville. All day event, with the SPCA, features a costume contest for dogs at 3pm, and for people at 9pm, dog adoptions from 2pm-5pm, drink specials, and pumpkin throwing.

Howl-O-Ween Bash at noon on Saturday, October 27, at Chef Point Cafe

Pumpkin Patch at the Farm on Saturday, October 27 from 10am-5pm

Weekend Long Halloween Party at the Statler. A party each night, October 26-28, beginning at 9pm.

Halloween at Free Play Richardson Saturday, October 27, from 11am-1am

Friscovania on Saturday, October 27, from 3pm-8pm

Halloween Party Bus Edition Saturday, October 27 starting at 9pm

Paranormal Activity at the Palace on Saturday, October 27 from 7pm-midnight

Harwood Halloween Party Saturday, October 27 starting at 9pm

Cedar Springs Block Party-This takes up the entire block with bars and clubs on Cedar Springs. The block is closed off to traffic for the night. It’s known for elaborate costumes, but is costume optional. The block party is open to everyone, but the area is mostly gay. It’s on Saturday, October 27th. Arrive very early (before 6pm) to get parking. You can have dinner on the block before the party, or start drinking early. You don’t want to arrive late because parking will be a nightmare.

Dallas Halloween Bar Crawl in Uptown, Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum, on October 27.

Trick or Treat Train on Saturday, October 27, at 2pm

Witches Brew Train on Saturday, October 27, from 6:30pm-9pm

Halloween Party at the National Videogame Museum Saturday, October 27 from 10am-8pm

Trunk or Treat in Frisco on Saturday, October 27, from 10am-2pm

Halloween Bar Crawl in Uptown, Saturday, October 27.

Deep Ellum Bar Crawl on Saturday, October 27, starting at 7pm

Halloween in the Cedars BOOze Crawl Saturday, October 27 at the Vetted Well (Alamo Drafthouse) starting at 7pm

Halloween on Henderson on Saturday, October 27, starting at 8pm

The Freak Show at Don’t Tell Supper Club on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 9pm

W Haunted Halloween Rooftop Party-On the roof of the W hotel on October 27, 9pm-2am.

Thriller Halloween Party at House of Blues, on Saturday October 27th starting at 10pm

Haunted Castle Halloween Bash in the Old Red Courthouse in Downtown Dallas on Saturday, October 27 10pm-2am.

Gatsby’s Masquerade Halloween Ball  at 9pm on Saturday, October 27 in the Stoneleigh Penthouse

The Walking Dead Trivia Night at Pocket Sandwich Theater on Saturday, October 27, at 11pm

Sunday, October 28

Oak Cliff Pumpkinfest on Sunday, October 28, from 4pm-8pm

Halloween Safe-tacular for Kids and Pets on the Ron Kirk Bridge, Sunday, October 28 from 4pm-7pm

The Church Halloween parties-The Church (in the Lizard Lounge) has an annual Halloween party and costume contest. This year it has two, a zombie party on Sunday, October 28th, and the main party and costume contest on Halloween.

Halloween at Free Play Denton Sunday, October 28, from noon-11pm

Halloween Cookie Decorating Party Sunday, October 28, starting at 2pm

Family Halloween Party Sunday, October 28, starting at 2pm

Monday, October 29

National Theater Live:Frankenstein at the Northpark AMC at 7pm

Tuesday, October 30

Rocktober Halloween Bash Featuring Le Freak Tuesday, October 30, starting at 5pm

Singapore Slingers Halloween Special Tuesday, October 30, starting at 7:30pm at Pocket Sandwich Theater

Halloween

Black Champagne Halloween Buffet at Catfish Plantation. Seatings at 5pm and 7pm.

Ick or Treat on Halloween from 10am to 5pm

Trick or Treat in Downtown Dallas starting at 4:30pm. Trick or Treating goes on until 7pm, a showing of Hocus Pocus is available, starting at 7:30pm.

Boo Bash Trick or Treating in Firewheel Center, from 5pm-7pm

Treat Street in the Ft Worth Stockyards, from 5pm-7pm

Decks in the Park Halloween Party Halloween, from 5pm-10pm

The Haunting of Whiskey Ranch: Murder Mystery Dinner from 6:30pm-9pm

Psycho screening at the Allen Public Library at 7pm

Halloween Party at Sundown at the Granada, starting at 7pm

Halloween Night Painting on Halloween, starting at 7pm

Circo Halloween:Walk of Fame costume party, from 7pm-10pm

People’s Halloween Party in Mockingbird Station on Halloween, starting at 8pm

Halloween Swing 2018 at Sons of Hermann Hall on Halloween from 8pm-midnight

Halloween Boat Party on Halloween, at Eagle Point Marina on Lewisville Lake, at 9pm

Halloween With Dada Live and Elephante at 8pm on Halloween.

 

Costume Shops DFW

Incognito Costume World-Dallas, on Inwood, close to the Galleria.

Norcostco Dallas, on Wycliff, south of I-35, in the Design District.

Dallas Vintage Costume Shop-Plano, off of 75, just north of Collin Creek Mall.

Rose Costumes-Denton, off of I-35 (northbound side) at 288.

Dallas Costume Shoppe-in east Dallas, on Main. Old shop, never open later than 5:30.

Magic Etc. In Ft Worth, on Forest Park Blvd, just north of I-30, west of downtown Ft Worth.

 

A New Season and New Attractions for Screams

12.09.2018 (1:30 am) – Filed under: Haunt News,Screams

All attractions at Screams will be new for 2018! From the Screams press office:

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (September 10, 2018) Screams® is all new and completely transformed for 2018! Think you know Screams®, then think again! The 23rd season of Screams®will begin on Friday, September 28, 2018 with all five of its haunted houses completely redesigned and enhanced for the 2018 season along with scores of haunting new characters added to provide the scariest Screams® experience ever!

Screams® 2018 will be much more shocking and terrifying than in years’ past with frights hitting you the minute you enter the park and not stopping throughout the night! Screams®is NOT recommended for children under 16.

“Our new Creative Director, Ray Don Mitchell, has brought 15+ years of Fright and Haunted House experience to Screams® to help take Screams® up to the next level of creative frights and downright terror in each of our 5 haunted houses” says Coy Sevier, Screams® General Manager. “In addition, we have a whole new corps of roaming actors that will help set the atmosphere of heightened fear from the moment people enter our event. You don’t want to miss a minute of Screams® 2018!” 

As part of the Screams® 2018 transformation, each of the 5 haunted houses have been completely redesigned and have new names/themes. You will experience:  Cursed…The Witches of TerraMythica Castle, PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos MazeCaptain Babarossa’s Blood HarbourHotel D’feers and the Zombie Wasteland…Apocalypse.

The new menacing Strigoi (meaning evil souls) characters include: Snuffs & Cuffs (horrible roaming clown couple), “The Count of Bloodworth” (the Screams®vampire), Hayward & Lanterna (living …or not so living…scarecrows), Captain Barbarossa & his Mate, Hansel, sister witches Haga, Baga & Smew (casting spells on all those they encounter) and el Cucuy (the Boogeyman).

Additionally Screams® offers a whole lot more for an entire night of Halloween fun such as live entertainment, Scary-Oke, Psychic Readings, Palm Readings, face painting, henna tattoos, and games of skill. Screams® shops will feature wares like jewelry, medicine bags, glo products, feather extensions, hats & crowns, infused oils, wax hands, wax roses, and of course Screams® souvenirs.

There is food and drink at the food court and the full-service restaurant & bar along with adult beverages at the pubs for those 21 and older. New foods for the 2018 season include onion petals and Bomb Pop ice cups. Featured seasonal & craft beers will include Deep Ellum IPA, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Deep Ellum Local Legend, Spaten Oktoberfest, Bishop Crackberry Cider, Billy Jenkins Wild Acre, Spaten Lager, Bishop Apple Pineapple Cider, Franconia Chicken Dance, Founders Dirty Bastard, Ace Pear Cider, Bishop The OG Cider, Left Hand Milk Stout, Ziegenbock, and Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale.   The Spider’s Web pub will also feature lime & cherry Jello shots (in a syringe shot glass)!

The entertainment line-up for Screams® 2018 will include Screams® radio partners taking over the Screams® stage bringing their own brand of entertainment with the KSCS Scary-Oke Battle on September 29th, ALT 103.7’s Halloween Trivia Contest on October 13th and Jack-FM Dance-Off Party on October 20th.  Complete DJ will take the Screams® stage the rest of the season spinning music and creating a festive atmosphere.

Screams® Halloween Theme Park is 5 Haunted Houses and a Whole Lot More that runs every Friday and Saturday night September 28 through October 27, 2018 7:30 pm – 1:30 am.Screams® single admission price is $35 at the gate and includes all 5 haunted houses, live entertainment and Scary-Oke. Plus, visitors may go through the haunted houses as many times as they like (as the crowds will allow).

Discount tickets can be purchased in advance on-line at ScreamsPark.com. Starting on September 22, 2018 visitors can also get discount coupons at North Texas MetroPCS stores and at Waxahachie Nissan. Waxahachie Nissan is also offering two free tickets with a test drive at Waxahachie Nissan while supplies last.  To cut the wait times in half, visitors can purchase a Fast Pass for $20 in advance or during their visit at the gate or at the Fast Pass kiosk.   Screams® is a top 10 pick for Halloween Spooktacular Fun by TopFor.com and rated as the best Haunted Theme Park – ‘A 10 out of 10’ by Texas Haunts.

Screams® is located just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas and Fort Worth off I-35E at exit 399A on the Scarborough Faire® site. From Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.  Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan.  Screams® is sponsored by Dr Pepper and MetroPCS.

For more information visit ScreamsPark.com, ScreamsPark on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram. The Screams hashtag is:  #ScreamsPark.

Openings and Closings for 2018

12.09.2018 (1:20 am) – Filed under: Haunt News,Haunted House Openings and Closings 2018

New Haunted Attraction

Halls Of Horror-Lewisville, in Music City Mall (Formerly Vista Ridge Mall). Opens Saturday, September 15 at 4pm, and will be open until 1am. The 15th is also the reopening of Music City Mall, with a festival and stage acts inside the mall.

 

Closed Haunted Attractions

Nightmare on the Bayou

Dark Path Haunt

Texas Scaregrounds, though they could return in 2019

Frightmares at Whatz-Up

Jefferson Fright Train

Texas Maze of Terror

13th Ward

Rotting Flesh Factory appears to be closed for 2018, may return in 2019.