If you’re looking for Halloween things to do in Arlington, ghouls, you’ve come to the right place. In no particular order, here are nine boo-tiful options for scary good fall fun.
One: Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas
Arlington’s spookiest of destinations offers thrills by day and frights by night, including scream-worthy special attractions like the Cadaver Hall Morgue, Blackout and Circus Berzerkus. Fright Fest is open weekends (and a few bonus weekdays) through Halloween night. Check the Six Flags website for times, ticket information, special offers and more—if you dare. [Tip: Visitor traffic for late-October Fright Fest dates can be heavy, so it’s recommended that you arrive at the park as early as possible to get the most out of your visit.]
Two: Back-to-Back Boo Bashing
Tiny ghosts and goblins can say Boo times two this year, since both Traders Village and the City of Mansfield are hosting costume-friendly Boo Bashes that feature everything from carnival games to costume contests to apple bobbing and more. City of Mansfield Boo Bash: Fri., Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Traders Village Boo Bash: Sun., Oct. 29 (gates open at 8 a.m.).
Three: Field of Screams/Trick or Tours
The annual ghostly goings-on at Globe Life Park continue once again with Trick or Tours (Fri. and Sat., Oct. 28 and 29), where families can enjoy trick-or-treating, daytime ballpark tours, and fun and games in the Kid’s Zone; and at Field of Screams (Fri., Oct. 28 through Halloween) which offers a special Halloween-edition night tour of the ballpark for goblins 14 and older. Get tour times and pricing.
Four: Downtown Arlington
Ghostly gatherings in Downtown Arlington include plenty of creepy cocktails, howlingly-good live music and Halloween parties at Hooligan’s Pub and Milo’s Bar (Sat., Oct. 28), as well as two spooky shindigs at Division Brewing (Fri. and Sat., Oct. 27-28). See websites and social media for details.
Five: Arlington Parks & Recreation
The hard-working goblins of Arlington Parks & Recreation are hosting three parties for kids and grown-up goblins: the Spooky Swamp at Hugh Smith Recreation Center, featuring swimming and other Halloween activities (Fri., Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.); Hugh’s Haunted Family Night, where kids can “Trunk or Treat” and visit Hugh’s Haunted House (also on Fri. Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at Hugh Smith.); and the Monster Smash, where tennis-loving ghouls can enjoy Halloween-themed refreshments and mixed-doubles tennis matches at the Arlington Tennis Center (Sat., Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.).
Six: Halloween-Themed Day Trips
Arlington’s central location makes it a great starting point for launching spooky and fall-flavored day trips. In two hours or less, you can reach devilish destinations and events like Boo at the Zoo, Autumn At the Arboretum, Pumpkin Patch Train Rides, Ghost Tales at the Bath House, and the Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk. Just be sure to head back to Arlington before the clock strikes twelve…
Seven: Halloween In The Park
Celebrate Halloween in nostalgic small town style at the Town of Pantego’s Halloween In The Park festival, where you and the kids can join in on some pumpkin-carving and costume contests (including a costume contest for four-legged furry kids), photo booth fun, arts and crafts and more. Sat., Oct. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park.
And lastly, a terrifying tip: Get yourself in the Halloween spirit by reading a few of Dallas-Fort Worth’s spookiest stories, including a few that relate to haunted hot spots right here in Arlington…