What to do For Halloween when Staying in Dallas, TX

Spending part of the Halloween season in Uptown Dallas with luxury accommodations at Hotel Crescent Court? We’re glad to hear it! And we’ve got good news if you’re itching to celebrate this spooky stretch of the calendar in style: The Dallas area serves up myriad opportunities all across the spectrum, from family-friendly festivities to hair-raising haunted houses. Here’s a mere sampler of the frightfully fun stuff you can get into while enjoying our unbeatable hospitality here at Hotel Crescent Court!

Pumpkins on the Plaza (October 20: 4-8 PM)

Bring the kiddos down to City Hall Plaza for this free annual Halloween carnival, which delights its attendees with train rides, hayrides, costume contests (for both tykes and pets), a good old-fashioned pumpkin patch, and a laser light show to wrap things up with a bang.

Six Flags Fright Fest (through October 31)

Just try not to jump out of your socks during a freaky walk-through of Six Flags Over Texas’s annual Fright Fest, which emphasizes the ghoulish, the eerie, and the all-out terrifying aspects of the season. Such appealingly named “Haunted Attractions” as the Cadaver Hall Morgue, Piggy’s Blood Shed, and Cirkus Berzerkus await your full-throated screams, while Voodoo Swamp, Anarchy Unleashed, and other Scare Zones serve up more horror.

Underwater Pumpkin Carve-Off at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium (11:30 AM on October 17, 20, 24, 27, 31)

Watch some skillful scuba divers compete against one another in pumpkin-carving prowess while submerged in a 160,000-gallon tank cruised by sharks, rays, sea turtles, and other marine critters at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium.

Halloween Balls, Costume Parties, Bar Crawls

Haunted houses and pumpkin-carving aside, many grown-ups’ idea of a good time around All Hallow’s Eve has to do with partying it up in one form or another, and Dallas doesn’t disappoint in that department. There are too many Halloween bashes to list, but here are some options. The non-profit Dragons Ball Society is once again mustering money for local charities and wowing partygoers in one fell swoop at its 19th Annual Dragons Halloween Ball at Project Ai on October 20: This year’s edition, Electric Atlantis, will feature a dazzling array of Vegas-style entertainment, including acrobatic performers, body artists, DJs, light shows, and world-class costumery.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, meanwhile, you might want to join the revelers in the Hogwarts Bar Crawl (also on October 20), which sees you picking up your wristband and refillable mug at Playground Bar Uptown—mighty close to Hotel Crescent Court—and then taking advantage of drink specials (and some food specials) at participating watering holes, some of which will be running costume contests to boot.

There’ll also be the Haunted Castle Big Halloween Bash going down at the historic Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture (also just a hop, skip, and a jump from Hotel Crescent Court) on October 27, which proclaims itself the “sexiest costume and masquerade ball in the city.”

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