Best Alternatives to Trick-Or-Treating in Your Neighborhood in DFW

October 19, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo by Geoff Petrulis - KTVT-TV

Photo by Geoff Petrulis – KTVT-TV

Dallas-Fort Worth families have a lot of fun Halloween options in addition to neighborhood trick-or-treating. Pumpkin patches, hay rides, corn mazes and fall festivals abound in Dallas-Fort Worth. Dress those kiddos up for a great night out without the walk from stranger’s house to stranger’s house asking for candy. 

Autumn at the Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6500
dallasarboretum.org

Price: $15 for adults/$12 for senior citizens/$9 for kids ages 3 to 12/free for kids younger than 3
Hours: Sept. 21 to Nov. 21 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m; select nights open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Autumn at the Arboretum is a fun annual tradition that includes the Pumpkin Village with four houses decorated with pumpkins, gourds and squash. It includes themes from Cinderella such as Cinderella’s Ballroom and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother’s tiny house. There is also a Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dr. Pompo’s Nose house. For the kids, there will also be a pumpkin patch, The Great Pumpkin search scavenger hunt and a hay-bale maze. There is a special family fun weekend Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 that includes a magician, petting zoo and face painting. During that weekend, kids may trick-or-treat throughout the garden at each of the Small Houses of Great Artists.

Halloween Nights
Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E)
Dallas, TX 75203
(469) 554-7500
www.dallaszoo.com

Price: $10 per person age 3 and older, includes six candy coupons per person, additional coupons available for purchase
Hours: Oct. 25 to 28 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Dallas Zoo hosts Halloween Nights for kids to celebrate the season with their favorite furry friends. The zoo will close at 4 p.m. on these select dates and will reopen at 5 p.m. for this special, not-so-scary event for the kids. Get the kids dressed in costumes, catch a special stage show, check out critters and creatures in the reptile house, and trick-or-treat around ZooNorth and the Lacerte Family  Children’s zoo. Kids may also take a magical backward ride on the haunted carousel.

Related: Halloween Safety Tips

Boo at the Zoo and the Spooky Sleepover
Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Pkwy.
Fort Worth, TX 76110
(817) 759-7200
fortworthzoo.org

Price: $12 for adults/$9 for kids ages 3 to 12/free for toddlers 2 and younger/$40 per person for the Spooky Sleepover
Hours: Boo at the Zoo Oct. 19 to 21 and October 26 to 28 – noon to 5 p.m;
The Spooky Sleepover Oct. 26 – 6:30 p.m. to 10 a.m.

The Fort Worth Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo is a family friendly Halloween celebration that runs from noon to 5 p.m. on two weekends in October. Now in its third year, The Spooky Sleepover allows participants to explore the zoo after dark on a guided scavenger hunt and enjoy a pizza dinner at the zoo’s education center. Participants will create Halloween crafts and enjoy fun activities. This special event is for kids ages 6 to 12 and their parents or guardians.Related: What’s Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

Owens Spring Creek Farm
1401 E. Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
(972) 235-0191 or (972) 235-0192
www.bobevans.com/ourfarms/springcreekfarm/default.aspx

Price: $6 weekdays/$7 weekends
Hours: Sept. 29 to Nov. 4 weekdays –  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; Sunday – noon to 6 p.m.

This annual event celebrates the harvest season and is open to schools and the general public. Pick out your own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, play in the bales of hay, make crafts at the craft stations and enjoy a petting zoo. There is also a hayride around the farm for a not-so-spooky way to celebrate the season.

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm
3420 Hall Johnson Road
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 991-1052
www.hallspumpkinfarm.net/

Price: free/$5 maze/$2 Saturday and Sunday hayride
Hours: Sept. 28 to Oct. 31 Monday to Thursday – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday – 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm is an annual family favorite. Kids may select their favorite pumpkin from the wide variety in the huge pumpkin patch. There is also a two-acre corn maze, as well as a hayride. See goats, sheep, chickens and rabbits on this fun farm. On the hayride you’ll get to see cows and donkeys as well. Pumpkins, hay bales, kid’s playground equipment and wagons make this a great photo opportunity with the kids.

Flower Mound Pumpkin Ranch
Double Oak Ranch

5100 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
(817) 430-4536Price: free/$5 parking

Hours: Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This popular DFW-area pumpkin patch is also a family favorite with hundreds of pumpkins, corn stalks and hay bales. Another great photo opportunity for your autumn photos, it also offers face painting, hayrides, mazes and bounce houses. Local vendors provide food for purchase. There’s playground equipment and a pumpkin patch train to ride.

Check out the Guide to the Best Pumpkin Patches in DFW

Halloween at the Heard
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX
(972) 562-5566
heardmuseum.org

Price: $15 for adults/$10 for kids ages 3 to 12/free for toddlers 2 and younger
Hours: Oct. 20 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Take a stroll through the haunted forest (not recommended for younger guests) and trick or treat along the Dinosaurs Live! Trail with nine animatronic dinosaurs. The Lorax will play on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. There will also be a costume contest and concession stands open to keep everyone fed and entertained all night long.

Trick or Treat Fun on the Family Farm
Heritage Farmstead Museum

1900 W.15th St.
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 881-0140
heritagefarmstead.org

Price: $10 per couple (parent/child)/$5 for each additional adult/$3 for each additional child
Hours: Oct. 26 – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Plano’s Heritage Farmstead Museum is all about fun and families this Halloween with its very own trick-or-treat event. It also includes a historical journey back in time to the late 19th and 20th century. The Heritage Farmstead Museum is a living history site representing the time period of the Texas Blackland Prairie region on an authentically restored Farrell-Wilson Farmstead. Participation in the Halloween event requires prior registration.

Heather Buen is a social media and communications consultant as well as a mother of three that has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over ten years. She covers all things family and has experience as both a writer and single mom. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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