Trick or Treat

Wow!  Can you believe Halloween is only 3 days away?   If you are looking for family friendly activities this weekend for all ages there are quite a few to choose from.  Check out local parks, recreation centers and churches too.  Below are a few in the DFW area that might be fun and are family friendly.

If you haven’t gotten a costume for the kiddos yet don’t fret.  Check out local retailers, Halloween shops and don’t forget about the local resale shop or friends with children (hand me downs).




 Fall Block Party: One Arts Plaza
12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2011 at One Arts Plaza in Dallas
One Arts Plaza will host its 2nd annual Fall Block Party with live music and specialty food and drink demonstrations from foodie favorites Tei-An, The Commissary, Screen Door, Fedora and Jorge’s. Activities like face painting and a variety of food and drink samples from local favorites including Ben E. Keith beer and John McClung Hasty Bake Grills. SPCA of Texas will be on-site and dog owners can bring their canine friends out for the dog Halloween costume contest!


Boo at the Zoo
12 to 5 p.m. October 21-23 and 28-30, 2011 at the Fort Worth Zoo.  Twenty years and counting, the annual Halloween celebration at the zoo is back by popular demand! The day-time hours allow the Boo at the Zoo attendees to see the rest of the zoo as well. You can expect Halloween-themed activities and animal exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. This is a Fort Worth favorite that you don’t want to miss!


Treat Street
6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Join Stockyards Station and RADIO DISNEY for a safe, family-friendly Halloween Party in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards that’s free and fun! Trick-or-treat at the Stockyard Station shops and join in on the hayrides, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and more.


2011 Scare on the Square
4 to 6 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011 at the McKinney Historic Downtown Square
On Halloween evening, enjoy the sights of hundreds of ghosts and goblins young and old in Historic Downtown McKinney. This annual event has grown to hundreds of trick or treaters enjoying treats and interactive activities to celebrate a safe, secure family fun Halloween event. Historic Downtown McKinney is closed off for trick or treaters to cross the streets safely, going shop to shop for goodies.


Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

The gates of the Dallas Zoo creep open for a special evening celebration that will get the ghouls and boys “howling” with laughter. Thursday, October 27 – 29, 2011 from 5 – 8p.m. Dress the kids in costumes for this not-so-scary event. Meet Zoohilda and her wacky sisters; travel to the neighborhood of storybook characters; catch the stage show on Cat Green; find serpents, newts, and toads in the reptile building; and trick-or-treat around ZooNorth and the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. End the night with a backward spin on the Haunted Carousel.

$10 per person age 3 and older (includes six candy coupons per person, additional coupons available for purchase; discount of $2 per person for DZS members.


Irving Fall Carnival
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011 at Northwest Park Recreation Center
This annual fall carnival features games, prizes and loads of fun for everyone. In addition, there will be a Halloween costume contest for kids ages 11 and younger. Admission to the carnival is free, but tickets are needed to play games and purchase food. Tickets will be on sale during the event for $0.25 each or five for $1. Open to the entire family.


The Dallas Arboretum Annual Pumpkin Patch

From September 17 – November 23, the Dallas Arboretum transforms into a beautiful fall wonderland. The grounds will be filled with 150,000 blooming fall flowers and foliage plantings plus more than 50,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. Be sure to check out Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village, The Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, Hay Bale Maze, The Great Pumpkin Search and Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt.

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