Despite the fact that we’re still having high temperatures in the 80’s, late fall is here, and that means it’s fall festival time. I hear the weather will even start cooperating with us later in the week. I’ve never seen more organizations offering fall festivals than we have this year. So whether you’re looking for a smaller neighborhood thing, or the biggest one North Texas has to offer, here are some suggestions for things to get out and do with the kiddos. Click on the headline of each event for more info from the official website.
1) Pumpkins on the Plaza – For those near the downtown area, head to City Hall Plaza on October 22nd from 4-8pm for a free event featuring a costume contest, hayrides, and lots of other games, activities, and entertainment. Once it gets dark, there will be a glow party for the last hour with glow sticks and dancing.
If you don’t live in Dallas, it may be worth checking with your own city to see if they have an official event going on.
2) Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo – This starts on October 27th and runs through October 30th, so you have four chances to attend. From 5-8pm, for a $10 admission fee, the zoo will transition into a family-friendly spooky venue with candy stations, an animal show, bounce houses, a magic show, and other attractions. For all you Pokemon players out there, we hear there will be some lures activated as well.
3) Fall Festival at Dr. Pepper Ballpark – Their season is over, but that’s not stopping the Frisco RoughRiders from keeping the family-friendly fun going. On October 29th from 11-1, head out to the ballpark for catch on the field, tractor rides, a costume contest, and pumpkin painting. The entry is free and they will have $1 concessions available.
4) Local churches – Driving around in my neighborhood, it seems that every church I pass has a banner for a fall themed event. We’ve taken my son to one of them each year and it’s a great way to get out and have some fun locally for free. These are usually lower-key events with smaller turnouts, so it won’t seem overwhelming to your younger kids. Some schools offer events as well.
5) Lastly, the granddaddy of them all, the Dallas Arboretum. This ongoing display is up to 90,000 pumpkins, and is known as the premier event for the season in Dallas. That reputation is very well backed up, to the point that I’ve seen people hire professional photographers to take family photos. If you’ve never been, it’s worth a go. If you go on a weekend, try to plan to get there right when it opens. It will be easier to park and it only gets more crowded as the day goes on. Also, this event runs through November 23rd, so you don’t have to worry if you can’t get there in October.