Plan your October events with festivals, concerts, parties and more surrounding and inspired by the scary season of Halloween.
OCT. 30-31 EVENTS
Highland Park School Orchestras' Halloween "Hauntcert"
7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30
NorthPark Center in the NorthCourt
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
Don't miss Highland Park High School's Highland Strings under the direction of Peggy Tucker and Highland Park Middle School Orchestra under the direction of Ted Grille and Rebecca Seiver at their annual Halloween Concert in NorthCourt. The 7PM "Hauntcert" will feature spooky live music performed by orchestra students in their favorite costumes.
UNT Boo Bash
6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30
1155 Union Circle #310710
Denton, TX 76203
The 6th annual Boo Bash – a children's Halloween event open to faculty, staff and the Denton community, will fill the University Union with goblins and spooks Oct. 30. Boo Bash is a free community service event sponsored by the Union Program Council and student organizations. Participants may enjoy a safe, kid-friendly environment as an alternative to trick or treating. Activities include booths with activities for children such as face painting, bean bag toss and musical chairs.
2012 Scare on the Square
4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31
McKinney Historic Downtown Square
111 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069
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.
6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31
Fort Worth Stockyards
130 East Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76164
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.
Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31
Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie
1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
A concert that will end all Halloween concerts. Featuring both Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson on one stage in a spine tingling concert that you will remember for a lifetime. Rob Zombie unleashes his first ever live album Oct. 23 called “Zombie-Live.” Zombie is hoping to raise the dead with this special Halloween concert to have a rocking good time.
Granbury Ghosts & Legends Tour
7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., every Friday and Saturday
Spend a spooky evening with ghost stories and legends of historic Granbury, located southwest of Fort Worth. There are two tours on each night, weather permitting. Tickets are $10 per person and $7 for children 12 years of age and under. For reservations, contact 817-559-0849.
The Last Mile Cemetery Tour
10:45 p.m., every Saturday
Ride the city trolley down to Granbury's historic cemetery for a one hour guided walking tour. See the grave of Jesse James, Gen. Granbury and the founding mothers and fathers of Granbury. Cost is $10 per person. Call 817-559-0849 or email GranburyGhosts@gmail.com for reservations or more information.
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Fall Block Party: One Arts Plaza
12 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14
One Arts Plaza in Dallas
1722 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201
One Arts Plaza will host its 3rd annual Fall Block Party with live music and specialty food and drink demonstrations from foodie favorites Tei-An, The Greek, Café Des Artistes, Fedora and Jorge’s. Activities like face painting and a variety of food and drink samples from local favorites including Kruffles Dallas and Pop Star Popsicles. Paws In The City, DFW Rescue Me and Greyhound Adoption League of Texas will be on-site and dog owners can bring their canine friends out for the dog Halloween costume contest!
Irving Fall Carnival
6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19
Northwest Park Recreation Center
2800 Cheyenne St.
Irving, TX 75062
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 10 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.
5th Annual Rock the Red Door Totally 80s Halloween Bash
8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25
House of Blues Dallas
2200 N. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Dust off your lycra leggings or parachute pants and prepare to relive the 80s. Party to the max in support of Cancer Support Community North Texas with its Young Leadership Board and other young professionals at the 5th Annual Rock the Red Door Halloween Bash at the House of Blues. The party will be hosted by Gossip Girls Chace Crawford, groovy music by The Spazmatics, will have righteous food and drinks, a totally rad fortune teller, photo booths and super fresh raffle and silent auction items.
Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo
5 p.m., Oct. 25-28
650 South R L Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203
The gates of the Dallas Zoo creep open for a special evening celebration that will get the ghouls and boys “howling” with laughter. The Zoo closes at 4 p.m. and reopens at 5 p.m. Dress the kids in costumes for this not-so-scary event. Meet Zoohilda and her wacky sisters; die laughing at the Monster Mash show; offer a nectar brew to the lorikeets; 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.
Amber Does Dallas Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26
1825 Abrams Rd.
Dallas, TX 75214
Experience the immortal cult classic phenomena as presented by Amber Does Dallas: DFW's Premier Shadowcast. Enjoy a drink at the Arcade Bar or take it into the historic Lakewood Theater as you enjoy the finest in live entertainment. Tickets are $11.
Ghost Tales at the Bath House
7 p.m., Oct. 26-27
Dallas Bath House
521 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
The Dallas Storytelling Guild returns to the White Rock Lake Bath House for two evenings of ghoulish Halloween Ghost Stories on Oct. 26 and 27. Not for the faint-of-heart or pre-teens. Admission is $10 at the door.
Oak Lawn Halloween 2012
7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn
3900 Cedar Springs Rd.
Dallas, TX 75219
A costume frenzy will take to the streets again this year at the annual Halloween Block Party, located in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton in Dallas' gay scene. Costume contests, dancing and special events at area bars and clubs will be in full swing at this year's celebration.
Amber Does Dallas Presents: Halloween Science Fiction Double Feature: Rocky Horror Picture Show & Repo! The Genetic Opera!
9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
1825 Abrams Rd.
Dallas, TX 75214
Come for a night at The Opera and stay for The Picture Show as Amber Does Dallas: DFW's Premier Shadowcast presents a true Science Fiction Double Feature of both The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's two great shows for one low price! Tickets are $13.
Boo at the Zoo
12 p.m., Oct. 19-21 and 26-28
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Twenty-one 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!
7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
Big Bear Creek Greenbelt in Keller
405 Rufe Snow Drive
Keller, TX 76248
As night falls on Keller, the trails are sure to become haunted. Groups will head down the haunted Bear Creek Park Greenbelt from The Keller Pointe to encounter a variety of Scare Stations along the way. After wards groups will be brought back to the parking area on hayrides.
Halloween at the Heard
6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
Kids will have the chance to trick-or-treat along the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit trail featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs, participate in a costume contest and see a family-friendly movie, at the Heard outdoor amphitheater. Plan ahead - tickets sell out quickly each year!
Murder and Mayhem: True Crimes of Collin County
7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26
Heritage Farmstead Museum
1900 W 15th St.
Plano, TX 75075
Visit the historic Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano for a night of true crime tales about outlaws, murders, massacres, and much more. A guide will lead your group by lantern light from station to station as professional storytellers relay the darker the side of Collin County's history. The evening ends with the reenactment of a murder trial featuring the museum's own scandalous patriarch Hunter Farrell.
Halloween Haunt Jaunt – 5k Run, 1 Mile Family Run, and Concert
6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
Go for an evening run at the Haunt Jaunt 5K & 1 Mile Family Run at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, followed by a concert in the Amphitheater featuring George Anderson & Signature Band. Costumes are encouraged for the run but make sure if you are wearing something heavy to bring plenty of water so you and your costume do not melt on the trails!
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