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This is Halloween [in Dallas]

October: It’s our favorite month of the year. The weather starts to slightly cool down here in Texas. All things Pumpkin make their appearance. We can pull out the jeans. And then there’s Halloween. Skeletons and skulls and candy, oh my!

What better way to spend this spooky month than in one of the biggest towns in Texas? The best part of living in a big city is all of the activities that it provides. Smart City has compiled a list of all the fun things to do this month so that your limited spare time will be used for finding your perfect costume.

Halloween at the Heard

October 18, 6pm-10pm

$15 for adults, $10 for children

It’s not too far of a drive to trick-or-treat with the dinosaurs! Take a stroll through the Haunted Forest, where you might encounter a ghost or two! Kids can participate in a costume contest and enjoy Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. You can even get your picture taken in your costume!

Autumn at the Arboretum

September 20-November 26

$15 for adults, $10 for children

Imagine a world filled with 65,000 colorful pumpkins. Guess what? That world exists! Enjoy the pumpkin patch and a hay bale maze and the Tom Thumb pumpkin patch. The weekend before Halloween, come dressed in your costume and spend the day trick-or-treating. Have a three-course harvest tea party at lunch or a traditional German feast celebrating Oktoberfest.

Hocus Pocus

October 29, 7pm


“Come little children, I’ll take thee away.” So what if we can quote Hocus Pocus from beginning to end? There’s a young Thora Birch, pre-Now and Then, a talking cat, a virgin who lit the black flame candle and the greatest singing scene in all movie history. Relive this wonderful Halloween movie at The Alamo Drafthouse.

2014 Dallas Block Party

October 25, 7pm-2am

Free, bring money for beer, food and fun

150,000 people will be celebrating Halloween this year at the biggest block party Texas has to offer. And they will all be dressed in costumes ranging from adorable (we’re looking at you, little Tinkerbell) to creative to scary. The entire Cedar Springs Strip will be shut down for this festive occasion so make sure you car pool. There will be a costume promenade with commentary from the tranulous Edna Jean Robinson, a live DJ and beer booths. Everywhere. Make sure you come in your most creative costume.

Day of the Dead Celebration

October 29, 6:30pm


¡Feliz Dia de los Muertos! It’s the day that the Mexican culture remembers and respects the dead. Celebrate at the Oak Lawn Public Library with festivities (that we hope will be announced soon because it’s one of our favorite aspects of this time of year).