While several long-standing October events have been canceled and some families are opting not to trick-or-treat this year, there are still opportunities to enjoy the fall and Halloween holiday across Dallas.
Green Meadows Petting Farm (Southwest Dallas)
Open on weekends (Thursday to Sunday) until Nov.1, Green Meadows is back this year with plenty of fall fun, including 150+ animals, pig races, hay rides and a pumpkin patch. Unfortunately, there's no cow milking this year due to COVID, but the other activities should keep the whole family busy for a few hours! Admission for those 2 years and older is $14, though if you visit their website you can access a general admission coupon. Plus, admission includes a free pumpkin and animal feed. Season passes are also available; learn more about the petting farm and this year's restrictions here.
St. James Pumpkin Patch (Lake Highlands)
Venture to Lake Highlands for the St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch, boasting thousands of pumpkins for purchase and photo opportunities all over the place. With limited capacity and mask-wearing encouraged, this is a safe way to snap seasonal family photos outdoors. St. James will open the patch every day through the end of October, benefiting the church's student ministries. A great cause and a picturesque backdrop is a win-win for attendees! Learn more here.
PUMPKINFEST at Prestoncrest (North Dallas)
Join the folks at Prestoncrest Church of Christ for a fun evening on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This totally free festival encourages costumes and plans to have games, inflatables, a cake walk, candy via a trunk-or-treat set-up, photo ops, free Chick-fil-A and more! Check out the safety precautions they're taking as well as additional information here.
Autumn at the Arboretum (East Dallas)
Not even a pandemic could stop this local tradition - the most breathtaking display of pumpkins and gourds in the area at the Dallas Arboretum. This year's theme is "The Art of the Pumpkin" and it does not disappoint. Presenting tens of thousands of florals and pumpkins, daily activities for families and dining options galore, you can't miss this event. Just make sure you sign up for a slot online before going - they fill up fast! Plus, hit up Family Fun Weekend on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, which includes pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo and live music. Read our full Autumn at the Arboretum review here.
Drive Boo (Victory Park)
Every weekend until Halloween, pop over to the American Airlines Centers for a contact-less drive-thru haunted house fit for kids and adults alike. Tickets must be pre-purchased (per car), and you'll receive a 30-minute time slot to travel through the AAC's Silver parking garage. On each floor of the garage will be Halloween thrills, characters and more! Buy tickets here.
Art, Trick, or Treat (Fair Park)
Thanks to the Wright Art Twins Gallery, families will be able to get cultured by viewing the art and "trick or treating" on Halloween night. You have to wear a mask and RSVP for the event, but it would be a nice change-up if there's no trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood this year! Register here.
Candyland Drive Thru Experience (South Oak Cliff)
Concord Church is hosting a festive event in its parking lot from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Simply get dressed up and drive through the board game-themed experience for candy, prizes and other festivities! More information is here.
Halloween Chocolate Tour (North Dallas/Various locations)
Who needs candy when you can sample all of Dallas' most delectable chocolate and pastry treats in one afternoon? Dallas by Chocolate Tours is offering a Halloween chocolate tour on Oct. 31, open to all ages. While a bit pricey, it's bound to make unforgettable memories, plus you can wear a costume and play chocolate trivia on the motorcoach for the chance to win chocolate prizes. It's BYOB and includes a mask and hand sanitizer. Sign up here.
Halloween Spooks Virtual (Park Cities/Love Field)
Perhaps you're not comfortable among crowds at this time, so Pinot's Palette Park Cities has the right offering for you. All you have to do is register for the painting class happening on Halloween afternoon, where you'll learn how to paint your own spooky ghost, spider and more from the comfort of your home. The course is virtual; you just need to pick up your supplies ahead of time. Sign up the whole fam or you and your date here!