How to Do Halloween in Dallas

Your go-to guide for all the scary good events happening where and when in Dallas this Halloween.

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

If you have kids and you're looking for somewhere to do some trick-or-treating, look no further than the heart of Dallas at Trick-or-Treat on Downtown Streets. Starting 4:30 p.m. on Halloween day, the Downtown businesses will be open to pass out handfuls of candy to eager trick-or-treaters. Before you take to the streets, arrive early at Main Street Garden for a spooky story time and stick around at the Omni Dallas Hotel afterward for a free screening of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.

Dallas Arts District
Visit the Perot Museum on Oct. 27 – 28 for a Spooktacular Weekend packed full of Halloween worthy activities, like decorating pumpkins, exploding jack-o'-laterns, brewing potions and much more. Museum members will also have a chance to take an exclusive flashlight tour of the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit. Separate admission to the special exhibit is required.

You'll have two opportunities to don your finest costume while looking out above the city at Altitude, on the W Dallas Victory's rooftop space. The hotel will host Halloween Costume Ball on Oct. 27 and Halloween Night Masquerade on Oct. 31, where you will be able to dress in a stylish guise, sip on drinks and dance late into the evening to sounds spun by top Dallas DJs. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

If you're looking to get your groove on Halloween night, head over to Klyde Warren Park for the Decks in the Park Halloween Bash. Some of the best local and national DJ talent will spin everything from electronic, soul, pop and more while you party the night away at one of the largest Halloween events in the city. Entry is FREE with RSVP.

West End
Show off your craziest and most spooktacular costumes at Dallas Big Halloween Bash on Oct. 27. The event will be held fittingly in the historic Old Red Museum and will feature hot music by renowned DJs, as well as a costume contest for a chance to win prizes. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Deep Ellum
Grab your scrunchies and combat boots and travel back in time this Halloween at the Throwback 90s Halloween Party at 2513 Deep Ellum. Bounce with your crew to all your favorite tunes from back in the day, and don't forget to enter for a chance to win cash prizes with your flyest 90s getup.

Oak Lawn
Dallas' very own gayborhood will be returning with their big annual Halloween Block Party to celebrate the thrills and chills of the holiday. The street party is FREE and open to people of all ages where costumed individuals can party and strut down a catwalk. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, as well as beer for those 21 and up. Stick around for another round of drinks at the Roundup Saloon (all decked out for Halloween) and performances at the Rose Room.

Bishop Arts District
Enjoy all things pumpkin at the Oak Cliff PumpkinFest in the Bishop Arts District on Oct. 28. There will be live music, a costume contest, face painting and other fun fall activities for the whole family. You can also give back to the community along with local businesses by participating in a food drive. Each partaking business will have grocery bags with meal menus to pick up, where you will then go to the closest grocery store to fill up your bags and bring back for a coupon booklet in return.

Spend Halloween night at a screening of the 1977 Italian horror film Suspiria restored in 4K at the Texas Theatre. Just before the movie starts you'll be treated to a live performance inspired by the film by the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.

South Dallas
Celebrate Halloween on the wild side at Halloweekend on Oct. 27 – 28 at the Dallas Zoo. The two-day family-fun event includes a picturesque pumpkin patch, a spider-themed hay maze, trick-or-treating, a chance to visit some real-life creepy crawlies and several other activities. Parents can also pop by the beer garden to enjoy some craft brews. Zoo admission is required unless you are a member.

East Dallas
The Dallas Arboretum is putting on a Halloween week (Oct. 27 – 31) full of daily family-friendly activities, like a Halloween-themed crafting station and a Spooky Maze Scavenger Hunt. Don't forget to stop by Oct. 27 or 28 and take your little ones out for some exciting trick-or-treating in the Children's Adventure Garden Halloween maze. Tickets to this event are $10 per person and $8 for members.


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