Mari's Moments

October 18, 2012

Friday Freebies: Free family friendly Halloween haunts

Here are family-friendly activities that won't be frightening for your pocketbook.

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Here are 5 free haunts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area:

1. HalloweenFest: Bedford offers kids a chance to make slime, get their faces painted, play in bounce houses and take part in carnival games.
Good to know: Trick or treat at candy stations and concessions will be available.
Recommended ages: 12 and younger
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 27
Where: Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge, Bedford
Info: 817-952-2323,
Cost: ALMOST FREE! (Cost is a canned good per person or a donation to the Tarrant County Food Bank)

2. Día de los Muertos Festival: The Latino Cultural Center's daylong celebration will include craft workshops a special presentations by Alegre Ballet Folklórico, Aztec dancers, and music on the plaza.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, October 27
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204
Info: 214-671-0045,
Cost: FREE!

3.  Spooky Kooky Keller Kastle: The event geared toward ages 11 and younger includes carnival games, candy and prizes.
Good to know: Entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m.
Recommended ages: 11 and younger
When: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 28
Where: Johnson Road Park, 660 Johnson Road, Keller, Texas 76248
Info: 817-743-4050,
Cost: FREE!

4.Treat Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards: Join Stockyards Station and Radio Disney for a safe, family-friendly Halloween Party in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards! Children can trick-or-treat at Stockyards Station shops, take a free hayride, decorate pumpkins and compete for prizes.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 31
Where: Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, 130 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
Info: 817-625-9715,
Cost: FREE!

5. Scare on the Square: Dress in your costume and go shop-to-shop to pick up your treats. Along with gathering goodies during the safe and fun trick-or-treating event, participants can enjoy interactive activities. Don't forget to enter the “Be Green on Halloween” costume contest where you're encouraged to make your own costume by using items that are already in your house. To enter the contest, just stop by the city's Office of Environmental Stewardship table during Scare on the Square to sign up. Prizes will be awarded to winners. There's also a Pumpkin Patch, located on the grounds of the McKinney Performing Art Center.
Good to know: New this year are hidden cut-out ghosts waiting to be found throughout Historic Downtown McKinney. Also, Historic Downtown McKinney is closed off for trick-or-treaters to cross the street safely. Parking can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Event will go on rain or shine.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 31
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney
Info: 972-547-2660,
Cost: FREE!


1. Pumpkins on the Prairie: Enjoy the cooler temperatures of Fall and head to this fun pumpkin patch. Your children can play in the bounce house, run through the hay maze and play games in a Kid's Patch. Don't miss the Pumpkin Launching and face painting on weekends!
Good to know: Pumpkin launching requires purchase of a pumpkin. All proceeds from pumpkin sales will benefit Grace Avenue Missions, Ministries and Assistance. Dogs are not allowed in the patch area unless carried or in a wagon.
Recommended ages: All
When: Open through 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 31. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (or sunset), Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.(or sunset) Saturday and Sunday; NOTE: The pumpkin patch will open at 9 a.m. on Sundays, however, activities do not begin until noon.
Where: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco, Texas, 75034
Info: 972-335-2882,
Cost: Parking, admission and games are FREE!

2. Rockwall Pumpkin Patch: About 125,000 pounds of pumpkins will be available for the pickin' and this patch stocks the traditional orange pumpkins as well as novelty pumpkins and gourds. Daily activities for the kids include a special photo area, Story Time Theatre near Oscar the Scarecrow, a hay maze and pumpkin carving. On Saturdays, there's Pumpkin Patch Playtime, which includes storytime, craft projects, face painting and special entertainment.
Good to know: Pumpkins are delivered from New Mexico and California where ideal conditions produce large colorful pumpkins. Tuesday is Senior Day. Seniors (ages 55 or better) get 10% off purchases.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Through Saturday, October 27.
Where: 1201 Ridge Road, Rockwall, TX 75087
Cost: FREE!

3. The Pumpkin Patch: First Christian Church Arlington with Rush Creek Christian Church of Arlington puts on this patch to raise funds for their youth groups. Pumpkins already gathered from a field range from 50 cents to $30, and stations around the patch offer fun photo opportunities. A fall festival is scheduled for Oct. 27.
Good to know: Cash or check only.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to dusk, daily. Through Wednesday, October 31.
Where: 910 S. Collins St. Arlington (1.5 miles south of Cowboys Stadium)
Info: 817-277-2634,
Cost: FREE!

4. Pumpkin Village: Free activities for the kids include hay rides, petting zoo, hay pyramid, bounce house and bounce slide. Other activities have fees.
Good to know: Pumpkins prices range from $.50 to $20.00 per pumpkin with all profits going to charity. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m. to dusk, daily. Through Wednesday, October 31.
Where: Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch, 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, Texas 75028
Info: 214-498-8300,
Cost: Parking and admission are FREE!

5. The Pumpkin Patch at First Christian Church of Granbury: This patch includes a free pumpkin painting station (with purchase of a pumpkin), lawn games and a photo booth (bring your own camera). On October 27, the church is having a free family Fall Festival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. bounce houses and trick-or-treating in the church parking lot.
Good to know: Due to problems with their supplier, pumpkins arrived late this year to the patch so they'd appreciate your business. All proceeds benefit youth mission trips. 
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to dusk, Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to dusk, Saturday and Sunday. Through Wednesday, October 31
Where: 2109 W. Highway 377, Granbury, TX 76048
Info: 817-573-5431,
Cost: FREE!


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