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Halloween Activities in DFW

Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Autumn Events

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It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark/Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart.

Those are the first lines to Michael Jackson's hit "Thriller." I still think it's the greatest Halloween song ever.

Dallas/Fort Worth residents love Halloween. From Haunted Houses and pumpkin patches to spooky decorations and costumes -- we certainly know how to party and have an eerily good time.

1. DFW Pumpkin Patches

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Let's celebrate the end of triple-digit weather by putting our favorite vegetables on display in our yards: regular pumpkins, gourds and those ginormous fancy pumpkins too. It's fun to take the family to a pumpkin patch and pick your own. Many locations have special events, food and make great backdrops for photos.

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2. DFW's Biggest and Best Haunted Houses

To say DFW has some of the creepiest haunted houses in the state is a compliment in this case. Come experience terror, horror and gore and feel good about it because some haunted houses donate the proceeds to charity.

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3. Six Flags Over Texas Fright Fest

The park offers the same great coasters and attractions, but during October you can enjoy the added festive flare. There is something for everyone but beware, some haunted attractions may not be suitable for small children. There are some great shows and activities that the entire family will enjoy.

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4. Halloween Costume Shops

You don't want to show up at a party wearing a t-shirt that proclaims "This is my Halloween costume." DFW has lots of great costume shops. Some are open year round for your non-holiday costume needs.

5. Autumn at the Arboretum

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Visit the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum which features some awesome pumpkin houses. It runs through November 21, 2012. Dress up the kids in their Halloween costumes or festive t-shirts and use the 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash as a backdrop for the perfect fall photos.

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6. Trails and Treats at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

It's time for Trails and Treats at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Enjoy an evening of fun and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that make their home there.

There will be indoor animal presentations, face painting, crafts, games and short hikes on the trails in search of treats. Admission and all activities are free.

When: Thursday - October 27, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76135 817-392-7410

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