Ways to Keep Busy During October

Jemiah Stacker

Fall has arrived, bringing tricks, treats and pumpkin spice lattes. Besides traditional Halloween festivities, fall offers more than just costumes and scary movies. So to welcome this spooky season, here’s a list of activities to enjoy this autumn. 


Hall’s Pumpkin Farm

At the beginning of October, Hall’s Pumpkin Farm celebrates the coming harvest by inviting families down to enjoy hay rides before and after dark, a corn maze you’ll get “lost” in and pumpkin patch featuring gourds of varying shapes and sizes. It is located just west of DFW Airport in Grapevine and is open from Wednesday to Sunday through Halloween. General admission tickets range from free to $15 on the weekends. 


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Enjoy nature at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Reimagining classic tales, with this year’s theme, “A Fall Fairy Tale,” including the return of Cinderella’s carriage and 100,000 pumpkins. Besides this grand pumpkin festival, Dallas Arboretum offers live music for afternoon entertainment, tours, tastings and cooking demonstrations. Admission is $20 and the activities end on Oct. 31. 


Cutting Edge Haunted House

This 200,000 square feet haunted house in downtown Fort Worth is a dark, thrilling attraction located within an abandoned meat packing factory where monsters come to life in chilling detail. It was noted as “The World’s Largest Haunted House” by Guinness World Records four times. Wander through this frighteningly realistic haunted house for a terrifying time. Reserved arrival timed tickets are $45 with a wait of 30-45 minutes.