Family Friendly Halloween Activities in the DFW

As the temperatures finally begin to dip, it is it the perfect time to get out and experience all the family-friendly Halloween events happening around town.  Grab your little ghost and goblin and head out on an adventure that is suitable for the whole family.  While some Halloween activities are geared more for the PG-13 crowd, we have specifically created a list of that the whole family can enjoy!

Trick-or-treat through the Stockyards

For all the little cowboys and cowgirls this is the perfect family-friendly event.  Taking place on October 31st from 6-8pm in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, this party is safe and open to the public.  The best part is it is also completely free!  Dress in your Halloween best and boot scoot your way down for costume contests, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and trick-or-treating at Stockyards Station shops.

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Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

From October 27-30 kids can wear their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat in the wildest setting imaginable – the zoo! In this after-hours event, kid can collect candy at themed stations located around the zoo and catch special themed animal shows at the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater.  Other special activities include bounce houses, face painting, and magic shows.  The zoo opens at 5pm and admission is $10 for those 3 and older.

Boo at the Ft. Worth Zoo

Free with admission to the zoo, kids can participate in this Halloween themed event from 10am-5pm October 28-20.  Upon admission, participants will be given treat coupons to be redeemed at treat stations throughout the park.  In addition to treats, guests can take part in themed entertainment throughout the day in different areas of the zoo.  Finally, the pumpkin patch is open to the public for entries of decorated pumpkins.  Enjoy walking through the patch to view the work of community members and artists.

McKinney’s Scare on the Square

On Monday, October 31 head to historic downtown McKinney for the annual Scare on the Square costume contest and trick-or-treating.  The local shops surrounding the square will open their doors for trick-or-treaters and live music will be performed in the square.  In addition, there is a costume contest for all ages and pets! The party starts at 4pm and is guaranteed as a safe, family-friendly way to spend Halloween night.

Trick-or-treating at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is hosting a full weekend of Halloween family fun.  Taking place throughout the grounds children can participate in demonstrations that feature science demonstrations and presentations on nature’s superheroes.  For those that crave a little more adventure, night-time trick-or-treating in the in the Children’s Adventure Garden will take place on from 6-9pm on October 28-30.  Bring your flashlight and costume for this not-so-spooky garden tour.

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine is celebrating Halloween all month long.   Pack your costume in addition to your swimsuit and googles because the hotel is hosting a trick-or-treating trail that will allow kids to wind through the property picking up treats.   Finish the night with a Monster Bash Dance Party where everyone is encouraged to dress up and dance to the most spook-tacular music.

Denton Halloween Carnival

The City of Denton is hosting a community-wide family free event where you can enjoy carnival games, goodie bags, face painting, and bounce houses.  Come dressed in your best costume for the contest beginning at 10:30am.  There are categories for all members of the family so make sure everyone comes dressed up!

The Dallas/ Ft. Worth metroplex is full of family friendly Halloween activities that offer more than just their fair share of treats.  Bring the whole family to enjoy all the cities have to offer and get in the Halloween spirit!


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