6 Things to Do in DFW for Halloween

Jack-o'-lanterns bring out the Halloween spirit
Jack-o'-lanterns bring out the Halloween spirit | © Kasey Johnson / Flickr
Photo of Alex Temblador
27 October 2018

With Halloween creeping up, Dallas-Fort Worth offers some haunting thrills. Whether you’re interested in the goosebumps that arise from one of the largest haunted houses in the US, love to hear spooky ghost stories with wine in hand, or want to spend Halloween evening with the kids, here are some of our favorite activities.

Visit the biggest and scariest haunted houses

“Everything is bigger in Texas” is a popular local saying, and that’s exactly the case when it comes to their haunted houses. The Cutting Edge Haunted House, which was awarded two Guinness Book world records for Largest Haunted Attraction and Largest Walk-Through Haunted House in 2015, is one unmissable Halloween highlight. Set in a 100-year-old meat-packing plant, this haunted mansion offers multiple frightening themes. There is also Dark Hour, a 47,000-square foot haunted house that incorporates high-tech special effects and professional actors into their productions. And, if you’re feeling a bit charitable this Halloween, go for Hangman’s House of Horror, which donates some of the proceeds to local non-profits and charities.

Take a ghost tour with wine

This Halloween season, learn more about the haunted history of Dallas-Fort Worth with a glass of wine during a Grapevine Night Watchman Ghost Tour in Downtown Grapevine. Hosted by the Grape Vine Springs Winery, the tours run from Thursday through Saturday nights and include a 90-minute walking tour that explains some spooky sightings in wine bars and banks in the historic downtown area. For those who prefer to go on their own ghost hunt, the Adolphus Hotel and La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown infamously stand as two of the most haunted hotels in the area. Flag Pole Hill Park and White Rock Lake are also two nighttime attractions with haunted histories.

Be chased around rollercoasters by zombies

Fright Fest is a beloved Halloween tradition in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and it shouldn’t be missed. Set in the Six Flags Over Texas theme park, Fright Fest is a month-long Halloween event that offers 20 attractions involving zombie chases or fright-inducing mazes. These are all interspersed with heart-racing rollercoasters alive with the Halloween spirit. Strength in numbers is certainly the way to go at this attraction.

Catch a Halloween-themed flick

This Halloween, check out Halloween-themed or scary screenings at various theaters around town. Texas Theater, the infamous theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, is hosting screenings of Evil Dead 2, Zombie, and the original Halloween. Both Inwood Theater and Alamo Drafthouse will showcase the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a classic that offers viewers a chance to interact with their favorite Halloween film. Alamo Drafthouse will also have a few other scary movie parties for films like The Shining and the Night of the Demons.

Dress up and party the night away

Dance like a mummy or rock your best outfit at one of the many costume balls and parties throughout the city. Some spooktacular events, like the Haunted W Dallas Rooftop Party or the Halloween Bash at Hotel ZaZa, require guests to buy tickets beforehand. Other Halloween parties are more laid-back and will occur in popular nightlife bars in Uptown and Deep Ellum on Halloween day. And, if an official party isn’t what you’re looking for, you won’t be the only one in costume bar hopping through the favorite nightlife areas of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Trick or treat with the kids

Trick or treating with kids in Dallas can be a memorable experience thanks to a multitude of unique Halloween kid-friendly events throughout the city. For a traditional trick or treating experience, head to Swiss Avenue – a neighborhood full of historic mansions that go all out in their Halloween decorations, with giant spiders climbing up homes and witches communing in circles on the front lawn. Plus, they offer the best candy around. Don’t forget to check out Boo at the Zoo, a fun Halloween event at the zoo, or the Halloween-themed weekend full of crafts, pumpkin carving, and trick or treating at the Dallas Arboretum.

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