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Friday Freebies: Halloween Haunts

Lots of treats in this week's list of free things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth including Halloween haunts, pet adoption events and Day of the Dead celebrations.



Check out my blog every Friday for my recommendations of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to this blog or send your submissions at least two weeks before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies."



Here are my picks this week:



Halloween Haunts (alphabetical by city)



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BEDFORD

HalloweenFest: Activities include face painting, bounce houses, carnival games and arts and crafts.

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 30

Where: Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge, Bedford

Info: 817-952-2323, http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/festivals/halloween.htm

Cost: ALMOST FREE! (Cost is a canned good per person or a donation to the Tarrant County Food Bank)



FORT WORTH


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! Activities include hayrides, a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes.
Good to know: You can also trick-or-treat at Stockyards Station shops! 

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 31

Where: Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, 130 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164

Info: 817-625-9715, http://www.stockyardsstation.com/

Cost: FREE!



GRAPEVINE

Halloween on Main: More than 10,000 trick-or-treaters are expected to attend this annual event that includes trick-or-treating up and down Main Street, carnival games, bounce houses, giant slides, crafts, music and more.Tons of candy, prizes and free kettle corn for all ghosts and goblins. You can also register for the costume contest, which is open to all ages (adults too), in front of the Gazebo by 8 p.m.  The top three costumes in each division will win a prize.

Good to know: Main Street will be blocked from Northwest Highway to the Train Depot area.

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, October 29

Where: Main Street, Grapevine

Info: http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/

Cost: FREE!



HURST

Boo Books: The annual Halloween story time will feature slightly scary and funny stories, some mildly spooky activities and an afternoon of Halloween fun. Costumes are encouraged.

Recommended ages: All 

When: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, October 29

Where: Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, Hurst

Info: http://www.ci.hurst.tx.us/lib/index.htm

Cost: FREE!



KELLER

Keller Public Safety Fall Festival: Activities will include a bounce house, inflatable slide, goody bags, face painting and spin art to a DJ and silent auction (proceeds benefit Keller school district Special Olympics).

Good to know: The U.S. Secret Service, DEA, Texas DPS along with one of the DPS helicopters, DPS Airport Public Safety Mobile Command Units, Northeast Tarrant Bomb Squad, Northeast Tarrant Regional SWAT, Keller CERT, Keller Volunteers in Police Service, Keller K-9, U.S. ICE, and more will be available to share their expertise in public safety.

Recommended ages: All

When:  3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 30

Where: Keller Lions Club parking lot, 532 Keller Parkway, Keller

Info: 817-743-4533, sbradburn@cityofkeller.com

Cost: FREE!



MCKINNEY


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.

Good to know: Historic Downtown McKinney is closed off for trick-or-treaters to cross the street safely. Parking can be found throughout the historic downtown area.

Recommended ages: All

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, October 29

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

Info: 972-547-2660, http://www.downtownmckinney.com/

Cost: FREE!



NORTH RICHLAND HILLS


Halloween Fun at the North Richland Hills Library: Dress up your kids in their costumes and trick-or-treat at each library department. Kids can also make their own Halloween mask and complete the library scavenger hunt for a prize.

Good to know: Stay for a family friendly movie in the Community Room at 2 p.m. Free popcorn!

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30; movie begins at 2 p.m.

Where: North Richland Hills Library, 9015 Grand Ave., North Richland Hills

Info: 817-427-6814, http://www.nrhtx.com/special_events.aspx

Cost: FREE!



Hoot n' Howl: Bring your little ghosts and goblins out for a safe alternative to trick or treating. Activities include live entertainment, free carnival games, bounce houses, hayrides, storytelling and a costume contest.

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, October 30

Where:  Green Valley Park, 7701 Smithfield Road, North Richland Hills

Info: 817-427-6600, http://www.nrhtx.com/special_events.aspx

Cost: FREE!



PLEASANT GROVE

GroveFest: Dress yourself and your pooch and come on down to this annual event that includes carnival games, rides, bounce houses, food, prizes, music, entertainment,  rock climbing, graffiti art competition, skateboarding, pie-throwing contests, a Teens Only zone, and arts and crafts.

Good to know: There's a costume parade and contest for kids and their pets.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 30 (Costume Parade and Contest will begin at 5 p.m.)

Where: Lake June Transit Center and the adjacent greenbelt at Lake June Road and Gillette Street (near Lake June & Hwy 175), Pleasant Grove

Info: http://www.mygrovefest.com/

Cost: FREE! Admission and most activities are free.



Pick a pumpkin patch -- last weekend!



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Pumpkin Village: Free activities for the kids include hay rides, petting zoo, hay pyramid, bounce house and bounce slide.

Good to know: Pumpkins prices range from $.50 to $20.00 per pumpkin. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Recommended ages: All

When:  9 a.m. to dusk, daily. Through October 31.

Where: Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch, 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, Texas 75028

Info: 214-498-8300, http://www.flowermoundpumpkinvillage.com/

Cost: FREE



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.

Good to know: Pick out and purchase a pumpkin. All proceeds will benefit Grace Avenue Missions, Ministries and Assistance

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. Through October 30.

Where: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco,Texas, 75034

Info: 972-335-2882, http://www.pumpkinsontheprairie.org/

Cost: Parking, admission and games are FREE!



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.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Through October 30.

Where: 1201 Ridge Road, Rockwall, TX 75087

Info: http://www.rockwallpumpkinpatch.com/

Cost: FREE!



Día de los Muertos



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Vivan los Muertos!: The Latino Cultural Center's Day of the Dead celebration has expanded to include activities throughout the day: the collective exhibition Me das tu calaverita returns (digitized!); two special performances of the comedy Rosita's Day of the Dead; children's storytelling; Aztec dancers, mariachi music and hands-on arts and crafts for the entire family.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, October 30

Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204

Info: 214-671-0045

Cost: FREE!



Adopt a pet



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Paws in the Park: Join the Euless Animal Shelter for a fun event that will include a dog costume contest, agility demonstrations, canine massage demonstrations and adoptions for dogs that need good homes.

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30

Where: Villages of Bear Creek Park Pavilion, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway, Euless

Info: http://www.eulesstx.gov/news/PawsInThePark.htm

Cost: FREE!



Pet Adopt-a-Thon: Are you looking for a family pet? Find a cat or dog to love and participate in activities that include a bounce house, balloon animal artist, face painting and vendors. There will also be a demonstration by a service dog. And did I mention the free hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and popcorn! 

Good to know: The Animal Control Department will also be collecting pet food for Meals on Wheels, which provides food assistance for both Seniors in need and their animals.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30

Where: 1809 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021

Info: 817-952-2323, http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/festivals/halloween.htm

Cost: FREE!

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