October is a magical month. Between Halloween, cooler weather and the endless local festivals and parties, you may need to sleep until December by the end of the month. To help remind you of the October is best enjoyed in Dallas, we’ve compiled this bucket list of absolute must-do activities taking place around Dallas this October.
Texas State Fair
The games, the shows, and the food — the Texas State Fair is the most essential of October events. It’s almost a rite of passage for young Texans, as Big Tex always garners a small of crowd kids gawking at his sheer size and deep Texan drawl. The State Fair is most certainly family-friendly, with incredible shows and educational exhibits — not to mention the opportunity to pet just about any kind of livestock you can get your hands on.
And of course, no State Fair trip is complete without sampling the finer (fried) things in life. Corn dogs and fried Oreos are a staple, sure, but the best thing about our very own State Fair is the short list of different delicious offerings that show up each year. For 2016, the most anticipated dishes include fried jello, cookie fries and a deep-fried bacon burger dog slider on a stick (whew).
Every October, I-35 becomes a sea of burnt orange and crimson. Texas fans drive north from Austin, while OU fans drive south from Norman, OK. for their annual showdown in Dallas. While the flags fly loud and proud on each side, spectators are treated to one of the most historic rivalries in college football. This year, the game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Cotton Bowl. And no matter what side you sit on, there’s really only one rule to follow: get there early.
Pumpkin Patch at the Arboretum
Head to this event even if you’re eager to spend a fun, family-friendly afternoon at one of the most gorgeous spots in DFW. The Arboretum is a 66-acre spread of incredible gardens off White Rock Lake in Dallas. Their seasonal Pumpkin Grove consists of a massive display of pumpkin, gourds, hay and cornstalks arranged to reflect the natural changes of fall. It will also offer a hay bale maze, a pumpkin scavenger hunt and many more activities for families of all sizes and ages.
If you’re a horror fan, Dallas is the place to be during Halloween season. From a fun, frightful adventure through a funhouse to an all-out trip of bone-chilling terror, the haunted houses in DFW run the gamut in terms of intensity. If you’re looking for a new twist on typical Halloween haunts, check out Zombie Safari Dallas, where participants are taken around in military vehicles and get to take down zombies with mounted paintball guns. Kinda makes that carnival hall of mirrors seem a little silly, huh?