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Fall festivities for the whole family

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Halloween is on its way, and with it family festivals galore. 

Some are perfect for fun afternoons — hayrides, trunk-or-treating and lots of photos. Some are spooky and sinister. But one thing's for sure: It would be a pretty demanding schedule to try to hit them all. 

So check out our roundup of family Halloween events and get those costumes ready. (Don't forget the camera.)

The Parker House Haunted Attraction

7 p.m. nightly through Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 8550 W. University Dr. $25 per person, $40 for fast passes. Cash only at the ticket booth. 

This Halloween experienceincludes three attractions: The Parker's Mortuary, the Parker Plantation and Ratliff's Sanitarium. There is a lot of gore and jump scares, so the attraction isn't suitable for the faint of heart or young children. 

Halloween Harvest at Denia Recreation Center

6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the recreation center, 1001 Parvin St. 940-349-8285.

Children of all ages can enjoy free carnival games, a bounce house, DJ music, a hayride, $1 rock climbing and a family costume contest.

Costumes welcome. To enter the costume contest, register at the door at 7 p.m. Prizes are for best baby, best toddler, best youth, best family and overall. Inexpensive concessions are available. Canned food donations accepted at the door.

Trunk-or-Treat at the Denton County Historical Park

5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the the county's historical park, 317 W. Mulberry St.  940-349- 2850.

Ready for candy, goblins and things that go boo in the night? Denton has plenty of fall events to keep the whole family entertained.
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Ready for candy, goblins and things that go boo in the night? Denton has plenty of fall events to keep the whole family entertained. Halloween Jack o Lantern pail with pile of candy over white
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The Denton County Office of History and Culture and The Bridge Church team up again to host the annual Denton Trunk-or-Treat. 

Families and visitors can take part in free carnival games, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, costume contest, giveaways and a lot of candy. 

Food Trucks: Pineapple Grill Texas & Flaming Grill Barbecue.

Balloon animals by Gregg Ka-zam.

For more information, visit

Halloween Carnival at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the MLK Center, 1300 Wilson. 940-349-8575

This free family event features carnival games, goodie bags, face painting, bounce houses, inexpensive snacks and a costume contest. 

Costume judging starts at 10:30 a.m., with awards at 11:30 a.m. for best baby, best youth and a best adult. Bring a camera to shoot photos of the haunted courtyard. 

Haunted House at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the recreation center, 1300 Wilson. 

This year's haunted house theme is "haunted circus," so be prepared for creepy clowns. $3 per person, $2 for each additional trip through the haunted house. 

Denton's Day of the Dead Festival

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at East Hickory and Industrial Streets in downtown Denton. Most events and activities are free. 

This downtown festival is a free, multicultural family celebration honoring the markers of fall in the American Southwest: Halloween, the harvest and Dia de los Muertos. 

A racer goes down Hickory Street during the coffin races at the Day of the Dead Festival, Saturday, October 29, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRCDRC
A racer goes down Hickory Street during the coffin races at the Day of the Dead Festival, Saturday, October 29, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC
  • Children's pumpkin patch runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Halloween, fall and Dia de los Muertos-themed carnival games, puppet shows and a bounce house. Supercuts Hair Salon will be doing temporary hair dying and spooky styles for kids, and Sprinkbok Acemdemy will host an arts and crafts booth. Free. 
  • A children's haunted house will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Free. 
  • Annual coffin races will run noon to 4 p.m., with about 70 race teams zipping down East Hickory Street. Free. 
  • Live music on the main stage throughout the day. Free. 
  • Costume contest for all ages starts at 6 p.m. at the main stage. Three categories — Day of the Dead-themed; General (age 13 and older) and children (ages 12 and younger). Costumed groups can compete. Register for the contest.  First place winners will be grand marshals of the Twilight Lantern & Costume Parade. Free. 
  • Twilight Lantern & Costume Parade line-up is at 6 p.m. at Austin and East Hickory streets. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Register a float or a vehicle. Costumed walkers don't have to register. The route is available here. Free. 
  • Cirque du Horror, an original Denton Halloween Musical by festival founder and director David J. Pierce. Under a fictional circus tent, the show features musical sketches and ghoulish fun for all ages. Shows are at 4:30 and 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. All three shows are at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. Tickets cost $15-$25 for adults, $7 for children. Seating and standing room available. 

Nightmare on Fry Street

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28  on Fry Street 

The block party features $5,000 in prizes and a costume contest. For adults. Admission is free. 

Haunted Bridge & Bonfire at Goatman Bridge

5 to 10 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1307 Sycamore Bend Road. $10 per person. Reservations required. 

A dinner, bonfire and high-tech ghost hunt with Dave Randall. Participants visit the haunted Goatman's Bridge. Ghost hunt includes a thermal scope.  Participants should bring a blanket, camp chairs and flashlights. 

Trunk or Treat and Movie Night at the cowboy church

6 to 8:30 p.m.  on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Ridin' for the Brand Cowboy Church, 5926 FM 455 West. Free. 

This annual truck or treat and movie night is for children of all ages. Hot dogs will be served at 6 p.m. and the truck or treat promises lots of  candy. The evening includes a screening of  Where the Red Fern Grows

The Pumpkin Patch at Trinity United Methodist Church

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays throughout October at the church, 633 Hobson Lane. 940-566-2291.

Pumpkins are sold according to size, and a pumpkin labyrinth is added to this year's activities.

Spooky Market at the Denton Community Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St. 

The Denton Community Market celebrates Halloween on Saturday. The Spooky Market includes a spooky market scavenger hunt for children, zombie veggie coloring pages, photo booths, trick-or-treating at vendor booths, vendor booth decorating contest and an online pet costume contest and live pet costume contest. 

Trunk or Treat at Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church

6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the church, 623 Ector St. Free with a donation of canned food. 

The neighborhood church's event features bounces houses, decorated trunks full of candy, carnival games and concessions. Canned food will be donated to Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and Denton Community Food Bank.  

The Dark Path in Denton 

Claire Railsback and Preston Brower react as a monster jumps out at them at the Dark Path Haunt, Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRCDRC
Claire Railsback and Preston Brower react as a monster jumps out at them at the Dark Path Haunt, Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday through Oct. 28. The path starts in the woods across the street from the GameOn, 2686 Old Alton Road. 

This haunted trail takes Denton residents into the woods, where they start near the fabled Goatman's Bridge. Tourists get a single lantern and choose their path, which takes them through spots where nefarious deeds have happened. 

The trail is $20 per person and $30 for a fast pass. Active duty military and first responders plus one patron receive $5 off general admission ticket price with valid identification. Groups of 10 or more patrons get $5 off. Discounts cannot be combined. 

Samhain: Into the Cave of the Morrigan

7 to 10 p.m.  on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans leads a ritual observing the ancient rite of Samhain. This  formal religious service marks the night when the veil between this world and the next is the thinnest. The sacred ritual explores the ancient wisdoms of Rathcroghan and its dweller, the Morrigan. Children who can participate respectfully are welcome. Childcare is available, and participants are invited to bring a dish to share at a potluck following the service.

Nightmare on Elm Street 

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Juice Lab, 508 S. Elm St. Admission is free. Contest requires a fee. 940-218-6461. 

The smoothie and juice bar will be busy all day with all ages fun. The event includes an arts and craft table for the kids to decorate locally grown pumpkins and gourds, a costume contest for kids and adults, raffles for gift cards and merchandise from the business in the Denton Plaza. Chiropractic, Jack's Tavern, Fat Shack and Casa Galaviz.

A Black Magic Shot Challenge costs $20 to enter. Features six of the hottest super shots to ever be whipped up by Juice Lab's mad scientist. Live music accompanies the festival. 

Fall festival at Argyle United Methodist Church

4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Argyle United Methodist Church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive. 940-464-1333.

The church hosts a free family event with games and trunk-or-treating. For more information, visit the church's website.

New Life Church Fall Festival

5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the church, 1350 Milam Road E in Sanger. Free. 940-458-3310. 

The church event includes food, games, bounce houses, hayrides, a costume contest, live music and door prizes. 

Dan's Haunted House in Lake Dallas

8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the final date on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 501 E. Swisher Road in Lake Dallas. 972-821-9154. $20 per person

Dan's Haunted House is a full-feature outdoor, walk-through professional haunted attraction. The haunted house features creepy, Japanese-inspired sets and professional actors. This year's theme is "Mokasatsu: Unkle Kreep's Atomic Shadows."

Rocky Horror Picture Show

8 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Killer's Tacos, 414 Bryan St. Free.

Do the time warp again with the movie musical we love because the opening scenes of the movie include a roadside billboard that says "Welcome to Denton." Maybe buy some tacos and beer while you're watching?

Denton Does Halloween with Brave Combo

8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Backyard on Bell, 410 N. Bell Ave. $5. 

Backyard on Bell turns into Graveyard on Bell for Halloween. Real Rad Records presents an evening of music by Puddin Taine, Fab Deuce, the reported final show of the Wee Beasties and headliners Brave Combo. With a face painting and photo booth. 

Trunk-or-Treat at First United Methodist Church of Krum

6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. 940-205-4080. Admission is free. Some activities include fees. 

The church's annual Trunk-or-Treat, presented by the church's Children's Day Out will be held on Halloween.

The free program starts just as the Safe Spook winds down. The church will have a bounce house, games, and a parking lot with trunks of candy and prizes for the families who come by.

Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for $3 each. The bounce house costs $1.

Proceeds will be donated to children's ministries at the church.

'Share the Harvest' family event in Denton

6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the church, 201 S. Locust St. 940-382-5478.

First United Methodist Church of Denton will host its annual "Share the Harvest" free family event, which includes a "trunk-or-treat," a snack supper, carnival games and a hayride.

The event takes place in the church parking lot and in the east wing of the church. Children are invited to come in costume.

Safe Spook in downtown Krum

4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in downtown Krum

The city sponsors a town trick-or-treating event, with children going from business to business and offices in downtown Krum. Families are welcome to come in their costumes, getting candy and treats at the participating businesses.

Business all along East and West McCart Street will participate. The event is sponsored by local business owners, the city, and the Krum Economic Development Committee.

Ghost of 'Old Man Evers' on the Square

5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Law Office of David S. Bouschor II (the historic Evers Farmhouse), 217 E. Oak St. Free.

It's an annual tradition for the ghost of Old Man Evers to be a friendly haunt at the historic Evers farmhouse on Oak Street — now a law office. The friendly ghost will pass out candy to trick-or-treaters during Trick-or-Treat the Square. What to expect: green lights glowing through fog coming from the house.

Trick or Treat the Square

5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 on the downtown Denton Square. Free.

This family event includes candy, lots of photos and well wishing from downtown Denton's businesses. Get the kids in their costumes, find a place to park, and trick-or-treat around the Square. Additional treats for adults aren't far away (grab a drink or an ice cream).

In the Area

Oktoberfest in Muenster

10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Heritage Park, 301 N Ash St. in Muenster. $5. 

The weekend celebration of German culture and food includes the Wurst Race 5K and half-marathon, keg tapping at noon on Saturday, wiener dog races at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Traditional German Dancers will perform throughout the event. German food and beer vendors will sell German fare. 

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Tuesday, Oct. 31 on a small urban farm, 5100 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound. 817-430-4536.

Twins Drew and Jacob Creane, 12, from Justin choose the largest pumpkin they can find at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. 10242014xBRIEFING
Twins Drew and Jacob Creane, 12, from Justin choose the largest pumpkin they can find at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. 10242014xBRIEFING

The pumpkin patch includes a playground, bounce houses, hay bale mazes, concessions, hayrides and pumpkin picking. Parking costs $5 per car on weekdays, $10 per car on weekends. Reservations required for groups and parties. 

The Ghosts of Southlake Past

6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 in historic Lonesome Dove Cemetery, 2380 Lonesome Dove Road. Free for members of Southlake Historical Society, $12 for adults, $8 for ages 3 to 17.

This living history tour includes Southlake residents dressed in period clothes telling stories about some of the people laid to rest there — from a World War I doughboy (you read that right) to a Civil War veteran.

Autumn at the Arboretum

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 22 at the arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. 214-515-6615.

See 4,500 chrysanthemums — along with 150,000 stunning, fall-blooming plants. This year, Autumn at the Arboretum focuses on elements from the classic book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Pumpkin Village's theme is "Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!" and features more than 90,000 pumpkins, as well as hay bales and cornstalks. Pumpkin Village also is home to the outstanding Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden.

Regular daytime admission is $15 per adult, $12 for seniors age 65 and older, $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for children age 2 and younger. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Parking purchased on-site is $15; parking purchased online in advance is $8.

Underwater Pumpkin Carve-off at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium

11:30 a.m. on Oct.  21, 25, 28 and 31 at the aquarium, located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway  Admission is free to $21. 877-819-7677. 

It's hard enough carving Halloween pumpkins on dry land, let alone submerged in a 160,000-gallon ocean tank surrounded by sharks, rays, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. Watch as animals get in on the action as divers compete in underwater pumpkin carve-offs.

Ick or Treat at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the museum, 1600 Gendy St. in Fort Worth. $10 for adults, $8 for ages 2 to 18, $9 for member adults, $7 for junior members. 

An evening of ooey-gooey, icky-sticky, creepy crawly Halloween night at the museum. Includes: slime experiment; dead or alive touch boxes; "boo-tiful" arts and crafts and the spooky science of candy. 

Screams Halloween Park

7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28 at Screams Halloween Park, 2511 FM 66 Waxahachie. $30 per person. $15 for a fast pass. 

The sprawling Halloween park features five haunted houses. No costumes, masks or pets are allowed in the park. When you've had enough frights, there are games, food and drink, pubs and shops. A single ticket gains admission to all five houses. 

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