By Azure Arther, NewsCastic
The culmination of October is finally here: Halloween.
Fortunately for us, the spooktacular holiday falls on Monday which means we get a full weekend of Halloween tricks and treats. And at this point, we know all too well about the downtown parties and the pumpkin patches. Haunted houses? Done. Corn mazes? Check.
Regardless of your Halloween weekend plans, here’s a few more ideas to tempt you, including a number of family friendly events:
All Weekend: Spooky Animals
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HALLOWEEN NIGHTS IS ALMOST HERE: The most family-friendly, spooky place for little ghouls and goblins is at the Dallas Zoo! Our gates will creak open after-hours for #HalloweenNights, presented by Texas Instruments. Enjoy treat stations, bounce houses, face painting, activities, magic shows and more! Dress up the kids and bring them by from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27-30 for a thrilling time! Find more details at dallaszoo.com/halloweennights.
Stuff your little ones in their costumes, pack them up in the car, and head over to the Dallas Zoo for Halloween Nights. This yearly, family-friendly event is perfect for a safe, fun Halloween that takes the stress out of where to go and what to do with your children on Halloween night. From face-painting to bounce houses, treat stations to animals, there is something for everyone at the zoo.
When: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28-30.
All Weekend: Shiver Through a Play
What are the ingredients for a chilling Halloween? Most would immediately say ghosts, witches, and death. If that’s the case, Macbeth has everything we need — and House Party Theatre apparently knows that. Set in the Amphitheater at Encore Park, a production of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays will be performed for four nights, giving you ample opportunity to boil some trouble, scrub imaginary spots, and flinch away from ghosts.
When: 8 pm October 28-29 and 10:30 p.m. October 30.
Friday & Saturday: Tango Through the Night
Prefer to add a little class to your Halloween weekend? The Buenos Aires tango company, Estampas Porte?as Tango present Deseos… — stories of longing and desire told through Argentine tango and music. Tickets can be purchased here.
When: 8 pm October 28 and 29.
Saturday & Sunday: The Circus of Horror
Centered inside Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, Dan’s Silverleaf has three showings of Cirque du Horror this weekend. The idea is simple: Go to the festival on Saturday expecting to experience some true All Hallow’s Eve fun, enjoy some coffin races and family activities, and catch a viewing of Cirque at one of the two viewing times. Thankfully, Dan understands that sometimes people don’t like people so if you aren’t in for the festival, another viewing is on Sunday.
When: 4:30 and 9 pm October 29; 5 pm October 30.
Sunday: Hair-Standing Music
Every good Halloween needs a soundtrack, and the Plano Symphony Orchestra is all about a chilling experience. On Sunday, you can take your costumed little ones to experience some culture with the Spooky Symphony at the Eismann Center. Music such as the theme from Jaws or Psycho, along with more modern tunes such as Harry Potter will be performed. Although your kiddos may not have seen most of the movies being played, they will appreciate the tingle in their spine. The pre-show efforts include a costume contest, instrument petting zoo, and more, making this a fun-filled afternoon for the family.
When: 2:15 p.m. October 30.