If you’re looking for a few spooktacularly fun things to do for Halloween in Arlington, you’re in the right place, ghouls. Presented for consideration for your haunted agenda:
One: Fall Fun from Arlington Parks & Recreation
A scary good time is brewing for all ages at this fun-filled lineup of fall events, brought to you courtesy of the hard-working goblins at the Arlington Parks & Recreation Department:
Spooky Swamp: Oct. 21
Monster Smash Tennis: Oct. 22
Tiny Tots Halloween Party: Oct. 26
Fright and Fun Halloween Party: Oct. 28
Two: Visit an Arlington Pumpkin Patch
Nothing ushers in glorious fall quite like a pumpkin patch expedition:
Trinity United Methodist Church: Featuring a hay maze and plenty of great photo opps.
St. John The Apostle: Besides the pumpkin patch, there’s also a Family Fun Day on Oct. 23 and a Trunk or Treat on Oct. 29.
First Christian Church/Rush Creek Christian Church: An enormous collection of more than 5,000 pumpkins, story time, games and more.
Most Arlington pumpkin patches open through Oct. 31. See websites for details.
Three: Six Flags Fright Fest
They’re baaaaaack. If it’s October, that means fall fun by day and chilling frights by night at Six Flags Over Texas. New additions at this year’s Fright Fest include the creepy Black Widow Walk, a super-scary Blackout Maze, and the amazing virtual reality ride, Rage of the Gargoyles. Be afraid, be very afraid —and definitely don’t miss it. Through Oct. 31 until 10 p.m. or later. Find out more.
Four: “Blithe Spirit” at Theatre Arlington
This charming Noel Coward comedy presents the other-worldly dilemma of fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, recently re-married, who just can’t seem to shake the lovely ghost of his first wife. Running weekends through Nov. 6, beginning Oct. 21. Get your tickets.
Five: Explore Haunted Arlington
There’s absolutely nothing as scarily satisfying as the delicious shiver down your spine that accompanies a really good ghost story—especially when it happened in your own back yard. Fill up the gas tank, pack a thermos and check out some of the spookiest destinations in Arlington and beyond—if you dare. [Link to Haunted DFW blog]
Six: Ripley’s Tricks & Treats
Where can you peruse the Enchanted Mirror Maze, check out the Impossible LaseRace, visit the Palace of Wax, or take in the thrills and chills in the Moving Theater, all in one location? Nowhere else but the freakiest museum on the planet, of course—Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Kids in costumes get half-price Saturdays and Sundays in October. Find out more.
Seven: The Goblin Market at Cosmic Crow Collective
This magical market in Downtown Arlington only appears once a year, so you won’t want to miss the chance to shop for mysterious trinkets and quirky treasures at one of the most delightful boutiques in town, Cosmic Crow Collective. Oct. 22 from 7-11 p.m. Find out more.
Eight: Spooky flicks at Movie Tavern
Catch dinner and a chiller—or laugh yourself silly—all month at the Movie Tavern Green Oaks. Halloween options include “Boo! A Madea Halloween”, “The Girl On The Train”, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”, and “Ouija”. See website for details and advance ticket purchases.
Nine: Parents Night Out at River Legacy
Drop your little ghouls off at River Legacy Park for an evening of night nature hiking, mystery movie watching, and all kinds of kid-friendly Halloween fun. Oct. 28 from 5-9:30 p.m. Find out more.
Ten: Boo Bash
Set your broomstick for the Mansfield Activities Center, where you and your family can enjoy a hay ride, carnival games, a s’mores extravaganza, fall crafts and all kinds of old-fashioned Halloween fun. Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Find out more.
Eleven: The Haunted Hallway at Traders Village
Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready to do the Monster Mash as Traders Village presents the annual Haunted Hallway, a giant spooktacular for kids and families that features a little somethin’ for everyone —and it’s free! Oct. 30 until dusk. Find out more.
Twelve: Trick or Tours at Globe Life Park in Arlington
For the kids: "Activities, games, stories, tricks and treats at every stop plus a fun time in the kid's zone after select tours! Adults get the full tour experience while ensuring a safe, fun halloween experience for the little ones!" Pre-purchase isn't required, but recommended. Wear costumes" Adults also get their own tour for $20 per person: "What lurks under the ballpark after dark? What goes bump in the night? Find out on a special nighttime tour of the ballpark! Come see what might "pop" up when the ballpark is dark! Suggested for older kids and adults." More info, times and pricing can be found here.