I love the Fall – pumpkin patches and corn mazes; apple orchards and hayrides. These celebrations are the hallmark of autumn. There are certainly plenty of ways to experience these pastimes in the DFW area, but one of my favorite things about living in Dallas is the unique events and experiences that are right outside our neighborhoods.
Halloween is a perfect example – there are so many unique ways to celebrate Halloween. I thought I’d share just a few Dallas Halloween celebrations for families that are a little off the beaten path.
Star Wars Day at the Frontiers of Flight Museum
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Frontiers of Flight Museum – 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX, United States, 75209
Spend the day with your favorite Star Wars Characters from local costuming organizations and your favorite droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and walk the red carpet to win prizes. You can also enter the Star Wars Universe in the SPOC planetarium, blast-a-Stormtrooper with the 501st Legion, test your Jedi knowledge in Star Wars trivia, and construct and fly your own paper starship.
Underwater Pumpkin Carve-Off at Sea Life Grapevine
Oct. 18, 21, 25, 28 and 31
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium – 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051
Wear your costumes to trick-or-treat alongside sharks, crocodiles and other creepy crawly creatures. You can also watch trained divers compete to carve the best jack-o-lantern…UNDERWATER! You can even see sea turtles bob for pumpkins in the ocean tank at Dinosaur Dive and see the marine life tanks decorated for Halloween.
Edgar Allan Poe Victorian Halloween at the Dallas Public Library
October 21, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 2nd floor – 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Spend the day celebrating a Victorian Halloween Steampunk style, featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe and other tales of assorted Victorian monsters. Enjoy Halloween games, visit Frankenstein’s Lab for mad scientist experiments, and see scenes from Poe stories in the haunted dungeon. You can even have your fortune read by the Mysterious Madame Maria and visit the Perilous Panels to learn about Poe, the Victorian Era, and Steampunk. Don’t forget to take a walk through the maze and dress up for the Costume Contest!
Halloween at the National Videogame Museum
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The National Videogame Museum – 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034
Enjoy trick-or-treating and a cosplay contest at the museum’s Halloween party. Anyone in costume will get half off admission to the museum. Kids and their parents can win prizes for entering the cosplay contest.
Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Every Saturday and Sunday starting October 21 through 29 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth – 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051
Grab your favorite costume and enjoy some brick-tacular activities. Help build a haunted house town with a Master Model Builder, enter a pumpkin counting contest or a scavenger hunt for a chance to win an annual pass, and compete in a costume contest!
What did I miss? Do you have any family friendly, unique ways to celebrate Halloween in DFW? Share them in the comments below so we can all have a howling good time!