Monday, October 21, 2013
Best bets in DFW for Halloween 2013
Halloween '13 is your lucky number.
Halloween's on the horizon, but it's never too early to begin planning your mischievous malarkey. With more than 370 events already jam-packed into the Pegasus News Halloween events database, there's a guaranteed hit event for Dallasites of all kinds. We've culled a few of the finest and organized them here by target audience for blood-curdling convenience. Be sure to add your faves in the comments below.
13, as in "2013," looks like a lucky number this year.
Boo-zy barnburners: The 21+ set can find plenty of chilling thrills at Fort Worth's freshman hop-house, Martin House Brewing Company, which will be hosting a "Halloween Boo-ery Tour" on October 26. The tour features selections from five up-and-coming guest breweries, as well as a special small-batch of Halloween-inspired beer from Martin House. The adult trick-or-treating also includes live music by The Shady Rest Band, extended tour hours (noon to 5 p.m.), and a costume contest where winners receive prizes like cases of beer, Martin House gear and/or a handful of free brewery tours.
North of Cowtown, The Ginger Man Dallas will also party on October 26, with a free shindig featuring bluegrass from The Box Car Bandits, a costume contest, and a selection of pumpkin beers, starting at 8 p.m. Speaking of pumpkin beer, The Holy Grail Pub will host an entire Pumpkin Week from October 21-25, tapping a different beer each night at 6 p.m. and offering Fried Turkey Breast sandwiches and Pumpkin Cheesecake for pairing.
Family festivities: If it's lighter fare for the little ones you need, Tucker Hill's Pumpkinville returns with hay rides, pumpkin carving, face painting, bake sales and more easy-on-the-spooky activities. In Plano, W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library hosts its Halloween Boo-Ha-Ha! with "not-so-scary stories," a puppet show and the "Gross-Me-Out Exploratorium," and the Turtle Creek Association hosts its annual "Pumpkins in the Park" celebration with face painting, balloon artists and decorated pumpkins galore on October 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Creepy culture: Thespians and musicians dress up year-round, so it stands to reason that Halloween holds a strong pull for the arts community. If live theatre is your style, check out Bitten at Richland College, The Amazing Acro-Cats at Stage West, or Frankenstein 1930 at the Sherman Community Players Main Stage.
More into classic cinema? The Magnolia offers several screenings of Rosemary's Baby, and the Angelika celebrates its annual film series, Hitchcocktober, again with the master of suspense's most menacing masterpieces such as Dial M for Murder in 3-D, and Psycho.
Horrific houses: Each year more ghastly real estate pops up in DFW, and 2013 is no exception. From Thrillvania -- which was featured on the Travel Channel's America's Scariest Haunted Attractions -- to a zombie apocalypse replete with water guns and water grenades at Mischief Manor, there's a scare for most every predilection. Want voodoo seances, necrophiliac dolls or blood lusty clowns? Check out our full list here.
Pernicious parties: For those more country than country club, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill will host Hellbillies Masquerade Ball on October 26. Best costumes win cash prizes (up to $500), concert tickets and gift bag giveaways.
The Lizard Lounge throws a twist with its Dead Celebrity Ball asking guests to dress as, well, you get it. Expect Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean and Jim Morrison to return to the building -- or maybe even a less obvious icon (can we get a Spiro Agnew up in here?). Expect everything from live music by The Razorblade Dolls and Tri County Terror to industrial, death rock, and 80s retro blasting throughout. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Chilling comedy: Better to laugh than to scream, Dallas Comedy House will feature its Improvised Horror Movie, a live made-up-on-the-spot experience satirizing your favorite horror movie tropes. The "movie" takes place each Thursday through Halloween at 8 p.m.
Baleful barks: If your kids happen to have a tail and a full fur coat, they'll likely fit in at any costume contest, unless of course they happen to be the canine variety, in which case the pooches are welcome at a few mutt-friendly events. Bark N' The Dark features costume contests from adults, kids, and dogs, at Barking Hound Village. Odyssey Pets hosts Woof-O-Ween 2013 with a doggy costume contest, raffles, giveaways, goodie bags and more on October 26.
Alarming amusements: When it comes down to it, trust the tried and true. Six Flags Over Texas' annual Fright Fest is in full swing, combining the roller coasters and attractions you love with haunted houses, theme shows and "scare zones." Since you're in the neighborhood, check out Nightmare at the Wax Museum, with a special haunted house and mirror maze attraction.
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