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Halloween and Fall Events



5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — TWU’s “Boo at the U” at the Student Union, at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. Festival includes treats, train rides, carnival games and a haunted house. Admission is free and open to the community. Attendees are asked to bring one canned food item per person for the TWU Food Pantry. Call 940-898-3641.




10 a.m. — Spooky Story Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Kids ages 1-5 can wear costumes for spooky stories and a Halloween trick-or-treating parade. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

6 to 8:30 p.m. — Denton Green Mile presents a free community costume bike ride for all ages. Gather in costume on the Square at 110 W. Hickory St. for a one-mile ride. Pedestrians and wheelchair users are welcome to join. Free. An after-party with music will follow at the Love Shack, 115 E. Hickory St. Visit  or .

7 to 9 p.m. — Opera on Tap presents “Pirates, Fairies and Creepy Clowns,” a Halloween concert, at the Abbey Underground, 100 W. Walnut St. There will be a costume contest for attendees. Free. Visit .




9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Zombie Dash, a children’s walk for health sponsored by Seniors in Motion,, starting at First United Methodist Church’s side yard at the corner of Industrial and Sycamore streets. Costumes are welcome. Donations will be accepted for Denton Christian Preschool.

10 a.m. — Spooky Story Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Kids ages 1-5 can wear costumes for spooky stories and a Halloween trick-or-treating parade. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

10 a.m. to noon — Halloween Carnival at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Event includes carnival games, face painting, a bounce house, hot dogs and a costume contest. Kids will receive goodie bags, and families may have one free photo taken in the haunted graveyard ($2 for additional photos). The costume judging will begin at 11 a.m. Call 940- 349-8575.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Fall craft bazaar at Asbury Methodist Church, 117 Hercules Lane.

10 a.m. to dark — Ponder fall festival at Eddie Deussen Park, at Eddie Deussen Park, at the corner of FM156 and James Street. Sponsored by the town of Ponder and Betty Foster Public Library. Activities include face painting, apple bobbing, hay rides, a bounce house, a haunted hay maze, live music, contests and booths. Admission is one canned good or other nonperishable food item per person. Call 940-479-2683.

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. —Fall Festival at Children’s Lighthouse, 5025 Teasley Lane. Local families are welcome for food, drinks, games, prizes, music, arts and crafts and an obstacle course.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Selwyn Pumpkin Fest at Selwyn College Preparatory School, 3333 W. University Drive. Festival includes a car show, music, a health fair, a costume contest, children’s activities, craft booths, food vendors and more. A 5K run starts at 7 a.m., followed by the Pumpkin Chase Fun Run at 8 a.m. Admission is free. Tickets for activities and concessions cost 50 cents each. Call 940-382-6771, or visit  or .

10 a.m. — Spooktacular Play Day at the Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church arena, 5926 W. FM455 in Sanger. Four events and a special “costume class” will be held with prizes. On Saturday night, a Truck-or-Treat event will be held on the hill behind the church. Call 940-765-1324 or 940-765-1321.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Denton’s Day of the Dead festival along Industrial Street in downtown. Enjoy booths, children’s games, a costume parade, live music, and the all-ages Halloween musical Cirque du Horror at Dan’s Silverleaf 103 Industrial St. Admission to festival is free; coffin races and musical include fees. Visit

Noon to 4 p.m. — “Holyween” carnival in the gymnasium at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, 2301 N. Bonnie Brae St. Event includes food, games, bounce houses, haunted house and more. Kids’ costume contest begins at 2 p.m. Visit .

1 to 7 p.m. — Reata Rehabilitation Harvest Festival at 9204 T.N. Skiles Road in Ponder. Event includes trick-or-treating, hay rides, demo clinics, donkey rides, silent auction, costume contest and more. Fundraiser benefits the nonprofit, which helps special-needs patients through traditional and horse-assisted therapy. Visit .

2 p.m. — “Bat World” at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area, 3310 Collins Road. Informative and entertaining program about bats, followed by a hike. Free, but registration is required. Call 940-349-7275.

3 to 5 p.m. — Venture Fall Festival at Hawk Elementary School, 2300 Oakmont Drive, Corinth. Event includes visits by Corinth police and Lake Cities firefighters, bounce houses, train rides, a petting zoo, face painting and trunk-or-treat. E-mail .

4 to 7 p.m. — Monster Mash fall festival at the Krum Early Education Center, 1513 Sequoia Drive. Festival includes a bounce house, train rides, games, prizes, a giant hamster ball, a human maze and more. Call 940-482-2605.

5 p.m. — “Mall-O-Ween” at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Includes children’s costume parade for ages 12 and younger at 5 p.m.; trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m.; “pumpkin patch” photo opportunity; and Spooky Story Time at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 7 p.m.

6 p.m. — Pumpkin carving contests at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, at the Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch units. Enter one carved pumpkin per family. Free with regular park admission of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-686-2148 or 940-637-2636.

6 to 9 p.m. — Haunted House at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Admission costs $3 each, $2 for return visits. Call 940-349-8575.

6 to 9 p.m. — Special night tour of the “Death and Dying in the Victorian Era” exhibit at the Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St. Free. Call 940-349-2852.

7 p.m. — Trunk-or-Treat at Krum City Park, at FM1173 and Sixth Street.

7 to 9 p.m. — Dance and hay ride for Denton-area eighth-graders, presented by the Denton High School Theatre Booster Club at the school cafeteria, 1007 Fulton St. Admission is $5.

7 to 9:45 p.m. — “Scare on the Square” presented by the Tejas Storytelling Association on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square. Storytelling for children from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by scarier stories for adults at 8:30 p.m. Free. Visit .




7 p.m. — Spooky Story Time at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Kids ages 1-5 can wear costumes for spooky stories and a Halloween trick-or-treating parade. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit




11 a.m. — Spooky Story Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Kids ages 1-5 can wear costumes for spooky stories and a Halloween trick-or-treating parade. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit .

4 to 6 p.m. — “Safe Spook” sponsored by the Sanger Area Chamber of Commerce. Trick-or-treating for children on the Sanger square and at participating businesses. Call 940-458-7702.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Friendship Church Fall Festival at 3813 W. University Drive. Event includes games, bounce houses, face painting and candy. Free. Visit  or call 940-230-5131.

8 p.m. — UNT Concert Orchestra’s “Halloween Spooktacular,” featuring Tuzer Ballet dancers, in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $8-$10. Call 940-369-7802 or visit .



Denton Haunts Ghost Tour 90-minute walking tours of the downtown Square area, starting at the gravesite of John B. Denton on the Courthouse on the Square lawn. Tours at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Cost is $10. Not recommended for children younger than 10. E-mail  or visit .




Friday through Oct. 31 — NCTC presents Night of the Living Dead in the Outside Box Theater at NCTC’s First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts, on West California Street at Bonner Road in Gainesville. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday; and 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youths, free for NCTC students with ID. The 6 p.m. Saturday performance will be a Zombie Dinner performance; tickets are $15 and include a lecture by Kyle Bishop. For reservations, call 940-668-3355.

6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 — “Zombie Trick or Treat” presented by the NCTC Drama Department, in the lobby of the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville. Call 940-668-3355.