October is drawing to a close, which means it’s time to pack up the Jack-O-Lanterns, skeletons, and sugar skulls for another year. But for all you lovers of the spookiest time of the year, there’s still time to sneak some more scary fun before we say “au revoir” to October.
Here are a few spirited events you and the kids won’t want to miss.
Wouldn’t you know it? The one the day this week that’s a cold rainy washout and it happens on Halloween. Drat, that weatherman! Time for plan B! Check out these events that don’t require an umbrella.
Dress your little cowpokes up and mosey down to Fort Worth’s Stockyards Station this evening for Treat Street. There will be costume contests, pumpkin decorating, games, and trick or treating at the shops inside the Stockyards Station mall.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is also offering inside fun at their Ick or Treat event. Little ghouls and goblins can prowl around the museum and try hands-on ooey-gooey, icky-sticky, creepy crawly activities throughout the museum. The event happens on Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first part of the day is geared towards little monsters 8 and under with a costume parade at 11:30 a.m., From 1:30 to 5 p.m. everyone can take part in Halloween-themed events like exploding pumpkins and sending ghost messages. Don’t forget to wear your spooky (not scary) costume!
Halloween may be soggy, but there’s perfect weather in the forecast for the weekend, and it comes just in time for these two Dia de los Muertos events.
Send the spooky season out with a bang at Denison’s annual Dia de Muertos celebration this Saturday. The event, hosted by the Denison Arts Council, features street vendors, Aztec dancers, a free screening of Disney’s “Coco” at the Rialto Theater, a Catrin & Catrina contest, and a Selena tribute performance by Cristina Amaro. And of course, don’t miss the giant puppet parade.
Artes de la Rosa’s annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in Fort Worth’s Northside neighborhood also honors those who have passed. The family-friendly event features live folkloric/opera/mariachi music, ballet folklorico, dance, arts & crafts, theatrical performances and, of course, pan de muerto! The highlight of the evening is the drum procession from Marine Park to the Rose Marine Theater Plaza. The celebration starts Friday evening with an art exhibition and screening of Disney’s “Coco” and continues with the festival on Saturday night from 5 to 10 p.m.
Do the kids love wands, owls, and magic? Then jump on the family broom and head to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth this weekend for A Festival of Mischief. You and your little wizards can seek a magical wand, enjoy butterscotch beer, go on a magical creature scavenger hunt, and do a little wand dueling. Later, play a round of magical games on brooms, and participate in the costume contest. The fun happens Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Another magical event of a different kind is AURORA, a biennial public art show focused on the art of light, video and sound. In this fifth addition of the event, downtown Dallas and Dallas City Hall become canvases as the city is transformed into one of the nation’s largest outdoor exhibitions. Besides the fantastic light show, you can also catch a number of unique performances from dance groups and performance artists. My favorite is from DGDG and Magnus Siguardarson featuring inflatable killer whales and a sea of foam. AURORA is free and happens this Saturday night.
This last event doesn’t fall into the category of spooky, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the open house at Latte Da Dairy this Sunday. This peek inside the dairy, which is home to Nubian and Lamancha dairy goats, is extra special because it only happens twice a year. You and your “kids” can meet the goats called the ‘dairy divas,’ see how goat cheese is made, and best of all — pet baby goats! They’ll also be holding a mini-market where you can buy locally produced items like jam, free-range eggs, local honey, and of course, goat cheese. And because goats produce more than just milk, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase Nanny Berry organic compost for just $5 a barrel. Just make sure the container you bring has a TIGHT lid.