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Seasonal, spooky activities to get you in the fall spirit


Bella Mora

As colors begin to change and leaves begin to fall, there are plenty of fall related activities going on in the DFW area. From haunted houses to nature trails, a wide variety of activities are offered.

Fiona Koshy, Editorial Page Editor

Living in Texas, the obvious signs of fall are a bit delayed.


This seasonal lag, however, in no way impacts the amount of fall related activities going on in the coming months. The DFW area has embraced this season, so if you are wanting to get in the spirit yourself, look no further.


Ranging from outdoorsy to scary, below is a list of five fall festivities that anyone can partake in.


Six Flags Fright Fest

Enjoy a good scare? Check out Six Flags Fright Fest. Apart from its normal rides, the park is decorated to be more spooky and features zombies, monsters and themed attractions. With scary music, scare zones and haunted houses throughout the park, Fright Fest is the place to be when it gets dark outside. Through Oct. 31, this scary extravaganza is the perfect way to celebrate all things haunted this fall season.


Autumn in the Arboretum

Autumn in the Arboretum is a seasonal event that takes place through Nov. 22. The Dallas Arboretum is filled with over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, making it the ideal place to take fall photos. Inspired by the popular book, this year’s theme is The Wonderful World of Oz, giving guests the chance to travel on a yellow brick road to places such as “Munchkinland” and “Emerald City.”


From historical tours of the site to pumpkin carving, all sorts of activities take place in the Arboretum throughout the entire week. Look at the calendar on the website before heading there to get an idea of what is scheduled on particular days.


Drive-in Movie

As the nights begin to grow longer and the temperature grows cooler, fall is the perfect time to head to a drive-in movie with a couple of friends. Grab a couple of snacks and blankets and you have got yourself a fun night. If you are looking to get even more festive, watch a scary movie. There are plenty of drive-in movie theatres in DFW, the closest being Coyote Drive-In in Lewisville.


Dallas Museum of Art Fall Exhibit – Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

New to the Dallas Museum of Art is Yayoi Kusama’s gallery, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins. As the title suggests, this gallery is ideal for pumpkin lovers. The gallery itself consists of many glowing pumpkins inside of an Infinity Mirror Room that is the only one of its kind in a collection in North America. Due to the room’s unique design, guests are said to feel completely apart of the gallery and bright yellow gourds around them.


Unless you are a member at the Dallas Museum of Art, tickets to see the gallery are $16. It is recommended that guests reserve online in advance.


Henrietta Creek Orchard

Apple picking is the ideal activity for those looking to enjoy the beautiful fall leaves and variety of colors that come with them. If you are looking to get outside and enjoy nature, head to Henrietta Creek Orchard. The orchard offers a variety of apples to pick throughout the coming months. The farm accommodates large groups and field trips. If interested, give them a call to book a visit.



As the temperature begins to cool, fall is the perfect excuse to partake in outdoor activities. Hiking allows you to enjoy the beauty that the season is known for while being active. There are plenty of places to hike in the DFW area, including Coppell Nature Park, North Shore Trail in Flower Mound and Sam Houston Trail Park in Irving.


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