7 Family-Friendly Fall Activities in DFW

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by Tim O’Hare

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Autumn at the Arboretum — If you’re looking for the perfect spot for fall photos of the kids, this is it. Autumn at the Arboretum is a favorite Dallas tradition and features Imaginative Pumpkin houses with more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The pumpkins alone are a site to see, but don’t forget the 150,000 beautiful fall blooming plants and the Children’s Adventure Garden.

Pumpkin Village is open daily through Nov. 28, 9 am to 5 pm. For details, click here.

Yesterland Farm — The trip to Canton is worth it with a stop to Yesterland Farm for some old-fashioned fun on the farm with a new twist. The Fall Festival at Yesterdland Farm features more than 30 attractions including a 3-acre corn maze, family-friendly after dark activities, wagon rides, apple cannons, campfires, swamp zombies, pony rides, pig races, zoo, super slide, vintage amusement park rides and more.

Open weekends through Nov. 13. For details, click here.

Pumpkins on the Plaza / Glow Party — Hosted by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Pumpkins on the Plaza is a free, family-friendly Halloween carnival and glow party on the plaza of Dallas City Hall. Enjoy a costume contest, pumpkin patch, hayrides, face painting and more. Once the sun goes down, get your groove on with a dance party complete with glow sticks. Food trucks will be available on site.

Oct. 22 from 4 to 8 pm. For details, click here.

Boo on Ballard — Take the kids trick or treating in historic Downtown Wylie and pick up tons of candy and goodies. This free event also features a costume contest for children and pets, vendor booths and activities in the park next to downtown.

Oct. 27, 6 to 8 pm. For details, click here.

Boo at the Zoo — For some family-friendly fun, take the kids to the Fort Worth Zoo annual Halloween celebration with entertainment and treat stations throughout the Zoo. In addition to trick-or-treating, enjoy a live animal stage show at the Outdoor Learning Center, a kids’ craft zone, carnival games, musical entertainment and more.

Oct. 28, 10 am to 5 pm. Free with zoo admission. For details, click here.

Trinity River Wind Festival — One of the most unique festivals in the southwest, Trinity River Wind Festival is a day of high flying outdoor adventure and fun sponsored by the City of Dallas and the Trinity Commons Foundation. This outdoor extravaganza features team kite flyers, public kite flying, kite making, kid’s fun zone, mini train rides, street artists and more.

Oct. 29 from 11am to 5pm. For details, click here.

Fort Worth Parade of Lights — Get into the Christmas spirit as you watch hundreds of illuminated floats and half-a-million lights make their way through the streets of Downtown Fort Worth during the 34th annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. The parade, themed “The Melodies of Christmas,” also features performances, local community groups, clowns and more.

Nov. 20, 6 pm. Parade route starts at Belknap and Throckmortion. For details, click here.