Friday, October 31, 2014

Totally Texas -- Last minute treats, no tricks!

All dressed up for Halloween and nowhere to go? Try these last minute ideas for today or stretch the fun beyond All Hallow’s Eve for this weekend’s Day of the Dead.

October 31: Scare on the Square, at McKinney’s downtown square, West Virginia and North Kentucky streets. Hayrides, treats and of course, shopping around McKinney‘s historic courthouse square. From 4- 6 tonight, so there’s still time for neighborhood trick or treating. See

October 31: Treat Street, Stockyards Station Mall, 140 East Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth. Costume contests, pumpkin decorating, hayrides and trick-or-treating, 6-8 p.m. Free. See

October 31-November 1: Ghost Tales at the Bath House on White Rock Lake, courtesy of Dallas Storytellers Guild. Evening performances for adults and teens, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10. Spooky matinee tales for kids, 2-3 p.m. Saturday with free admission. The Bath House Cultural Arts Center is located at 521 East Lawther, on the shores of White Rock Lake in Dallas. (But access from Northcliff off Buckner Boulevard.) See for directions.

November 1: Don’t toss the Halloween costumes yet! Kids age 12 and younger get free admission to Reunion Tower -- if they’re in costumes. More trick or treating all day, balloon art, and more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And enjoy the view from the enclosed deck or the inside interactive exhibits. Directions and ticket information for accompanying adults at

Through November 15: Dia de los Muertos art exhibit at the Bath House. Take time during Ghost Tales intermission or later to the art exhibit. Free during Bath House hours, Tuesday through Saturday noon - 6 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on nights with theater performances. A work from earlier exhibits illustrates this post.

Through November 26: Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. The pumpkins don’t disappear just because Halloween comes and goes. The Pumpkin Village and Cinderella’s Coach don’t vanish until the day before Thanksgiving, still ready for photo opportunities. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.) See for tickets, discounts, and parking information.

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