THIS WEEKEND IN DFW: HALLOWEEN AT THE ZOO, FESTIVALS + FOOTBALL
Arlington | October 26
Fright Fest at Six Flags is definitely scary, but you might be wondering how the park is able to pull off this spooky event. Behind-the-Screams gives you a behind-the-scenes look to satisfy that craving. This event begins in the David Blackburn Southern Palace at noon, where you will view a 20 minute presentation on how the park changes during the Halloween time. You will also get to see the head makeup artist transform park workers into ghouls and goblins, and trust us, it’s insane! Event passes must be purchased before Oct. 26 online and will not be available at the gate.
COST – Behind-the-Screams only passes are $25. Full Six Flags passes begin at $93.
Grand Prairie | October 25
Spending your Friday night at the horse races is always a blast. It’s even more fun when Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie plays host to a legendary Halloween character: The Headless Horseman! Come take in this ghastly sight between horse races in a family friendly, varied environment. This is a great opportunity to get a picture of something that is sure to make your friends do a double-take as they scroll through social media. It’s not every day you see a jockey without a head!
COST – Tickets start at $3.
Irving | October 26
Good vs. evil is a tried-and-true theme in every superhero movie, so bring out your best costumes that personify that! Whether you consider yourself a hero or villain, you are sure to enjoy live music from Fleetwood Mac tribute Little Lies ft. Danni & Kris while taking some great pictures in the Halloween photo booth. Walk around the haunted Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory wearing your best Joker or Captain America costume, and win cold hard cash prizes for having the best look.
COST – Admission is FREE.
Courtesy: Flea Style
Dallas | October 25-26
Enhance your unique style at the 10th anniversary of Flea Style’s Dallas show. Take a look at the wares of 150 vendors selling handmade and vintage clothing, decor, lighting, and absolutely anything else you can think of! You are sure to find something that fits your needs at this event. There will also be terrific photo ops from Sweet Tooth Hotel that are sure to stand out in any feed, as well as Lesli Marshall’s famous art van, which you will get to paint. This is also a good time to start searching for Christmas gifts, before the November rush begins. Get that shopping done early!
COST — Tickets for VIP night on Oct. 25 are $25. General admission on Oct. 26 is $5, and children 12 and under get in free!
Courtesy: City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth | October 25-27
Take a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo for a weekend full of family-friendly Halloween festivities! You don’t get to wear your costumes to the zoo very often, so take advantage of this opportunity and dress to impress for the animals. Additionally, you can take a stroll through the zoo’s pumpkin patch, with pumpkins carved by the visitors themselves! Boo at the Zoo is a signature Fort Worth Halloween event, but if animals aren’t your thing, there’s another Halloween weekend event in the city further down the page!
COST — Admission is included with zoo ticket. Zoo tickets start at $16 for adults and $12 for children ages 3-12.
Denton | October 26
Even though this festival celebrates the popular holiday Dia de los Muertos, you will never see the city of Denton more alive! If you want to see unique, creative group activities, this is the place to be. From coffin races to a twilight lantern parade, this event is filled with fantastic photo-ops and eye candy that won’t be too sweet. Speaking of food, this festival also has a fantastic salsa cook-off! Is there anything they don’t have?
COST — Admission is FREE.
Fort Worth | October 26
If you don’t feel at home at the zoo, head out to Amon G. Carter Stadium to see the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Texas Longhorns! This rivalry pits two Big 12 opponents who have quite the history. This is the 90th meeting between the two teams, and TCU looks to continue their recent dominance of the rivalry. Last year, Texas managed to pull off the upset on the Horned Frogs, who were ranked #17 in the country. Sure, you might not be able to wear your Halloween costume to the game, but you can just tell people you’re saving it for the actual Halloween day.
COST — Tickets start at $69.
Courtesy: Dallas Zoo
Dallas | October 26-27
If you’re looking for even more trick-or-treating and family fun, Halloweekend at the Dallas Zoo is for you! Wear your costumes to the zoo and go trick-or-treating at over a dozen treat stations. Adults can enjoy a craft beer at the zoo’s beer garden, and kids can get their face painted in spectacular Halloween fashion. And while you’re there, you can check out the zoo’s brand new baby hippo!
COST — Admission is included with zoo ticket. Zoo tickets start at $17 for adults and $14 for children ages 3-11.
Grapevine | October 26
The 11th Annual HalloWine Trail is an experience unlike any other in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This wine tour takes you through some of the finest wineries in Grapevine. You can move at your own pace, taking as long as you want at each winery to enjoy each unique flavor (responsibly). Each stop on your self-guided tour also includes a unique food pairing. But if this event doesn’t sound like your cup of tea (or glass of wine?), you can take your family to Trick ‘r Treat Trains, a Halloween celebration with the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
COST — Tickets start at $50 and include a complimentary wine glass.
Frisco | October 26
Frisco turns into the Old West on the Saturday before Halloween at Toyota Stadium. You can participate in a variety of carnival and backyard games, including giant corn hole and mini-golf. This event also includes a costume contest with $500 in prizes for every category, so make sure to put your best foot forward on the soccer pitch. Enjoy live music from Austin Allsup, as well as a chilling, haunted fashion show sure to give you goosebumps.
COST — Admission is FREE.