Things To Do Around DFW: October 28-31

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Things to do around DFW this weekend!
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This jam-packed, 100-minute concert celebrates Lyric Stage’s 28 years of developing & preserving the musical by featuring 100 years of music from 28 of Broadway’s most beloved shows, all live and on stage at the 100-year-old Majestic Theatre! THE BEST OF BROADWAY boasts performances by local favorites Keron Jackson, Amy Stevenson, Feleceia Benton Wilson, Mary Gilbreath-Grim, Markus Lloyd, Catherine Carpenter-Cox, Christopher J. Deaton, and rising artists Sadat Hossain and Jéssica Webba. The 17-piece orchestra will be led by Bruce Greer, who will also serve as the production’s Music Director, Pianist, and Orchestrator. The evening will also preview music from RAGTIME, FORUM, and CABARET!
Where: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas
When: Friday October 29 at 7:30p.m.; Saturday, October 30 at 2:30p and 7:30p and Sunday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35
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Billy Bob’s: Lee Brice (Friday) / Roger Creager (Saturday)
Where: Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth
When: Friday Oct 29, Saturday Oct 30

Cost: $16-$75

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Boo at the Fort Worth Zoo
No tricks here, Boo at the Zoo is back! Enjoy treat stations, themed entertainment, animal shows and more. This festive daytime event is free with zoo admission or membership and packed with fun for the whole family. Trick-or-treat at treat stations located throughout the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Treat stations require a treat coupon. One coupon gets you four pieces of pre-mixed candy. Zoo guests and members receive six Boo at the Zoo treat coupons per admission ticket/Zoo membership. Treat coupons may be redeemed at any treat station
Where: 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth
When: Friday October 29 - Sunday October 31
Cost: Free (with admission)
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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster
Drawing from dozens of interviews, including with Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Roger Corman, Ron Perlman, Sara Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich, Christopher Plummer, Stefanie Powers, Lee Grant, Sir Christopher Frayling, and Kevin Brownlow, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster takes us to the heart of the man, with a gripping, intimate portrait of Karloff and the genre he helped define.
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth
When: Friday October 29 at 4, 6 & 8; Saturday October 30 at 5; Sunday October 31 at 12, 2 & 4
Cost: $7 - $10
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CASA Superhero Run
Join CASA of Tarrant County for its 8th Annual Superhero Run/Walk! This family-friendly 5K run and 1-mile Fun Run starting at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington will attract heroic people in masks, capes, and original costumes, all joining together to support abused and neglected children in foster care.
Participants get: a free T-shirt and goody bag. There's: a Puppy Power Pavilion for Canine Superheroes, KaPow! Kid Zone with inflatables, games and family-friendly activities costume contests, local food trucks, and much more!
Where: Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington
When: Saturday, Oct 30 at 8:00 a.m.
Cost: Varies
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¡Celebramos!: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites guests to ¡Celebramos! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage through Nov. 7, including artistic performances and exhibitions, dining and shopping opportunities, movie showings and Day of the Dead commemorations. Guests will enjoy a presentation of Mexican culture through art, native plants, and garden design throughout the entire campus.
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth
When: Fridays-Sundays through November 7
Cost: Varies
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Clint Eastwood - A Cinematic Legacy
WarnerMedia presents this exhibition of props and costumes from 50 years of filmmaking at Warner Bros., along with memorabilia from Clint Eastwood's personal collection. Items include the Gran Torino car from the 2008 film "Gran Torino," boxing gloves from 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," Bradley Cooper's costume from 2014's "American Sniper," the saxophone from 1988's "Bird," Clint Eastwood's director's chair, and much more. The free exhibition runs through November 29.

Where: AT&T Discovery District, 208 S. Akard St., Dallas
When: Daily through November 28
Cost: Free
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Cutting Edge Haunted House
Cutting Edge has been voted one of the Best Haunted Houses in America and Winner of Guinness World Record for the World's Longest Walk through Horror House.  Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically dubbed as "Hell's Half Acre," the Cutting Edge Haunted House is built upon a foundation of fear. The meat packing equipment from the Old West is still in use, but now it is a two-story human processing area. You must grab your timed ticket ahead of time.

Where: 1701 E. Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth
When: Select dates through October 31
Cost: $45-$60
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Dia de los Muertos at Legacy Hall
They’re celebrating Dia de los Muertos all day long with family-friendly activities in the afternoon followed by a live performance by Los Skarnales. Los Skarnales’ high energy performance brings sounds from ska, reggae, and cumbia.

Mariachi Rosas Divinas, DFW’s First and Only All Female Mariachi, will have you on your feet for the entire performance!

This FREE event kicks off in the afternoon with sugar skull face painting from 1 PM -5 PM and a screening of Coco for the kiddos. Then, sit back and enjoy an authentic dance performance by Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.

Where: Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano
When: Sunday, October 31 from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
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DSO: Dia de los Muertos Concert
A vibrant Day of the Dead concert and celebration featuring traditional Latin American music and culture, dazzling guest artists, colorful festivities and fun-filled events for the whole family.

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas
When: Sunday, October 31 at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 - $80
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DSO: The Concert Truck
Back by popular demand, the DSO and The Concert Truck are presenting collaborative community concerts across the city, featuring musicians of the DSO and other arts organizations. The pop-up concerts are held outdoors where audiences and performers are able to maintain a safe distance while enjoying live performances. Performances are free and last 45 to 60 minutes.
This weekend’s performances are:
Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. - at Medical City - 7777 Forest Ln, Dallas
Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. - at the Dallas Zoo - 650 S R.L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas
Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. - at Central Market in Plano - 320 Coit Rd, Plano
Sunday, October 31 at Noon - at Central Market - 5750 E Lovers Ln, Dallas

Cost: Free

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Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum
Autumn at the Arboretum highlights the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village (which is brand NEW this year). Get that warm, fall-feeling as you walk amongst 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The Dallas Arboretum’s popular festival features one of “the Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” by Country Living Magazine.   This year, the space is transformed into Bugtopia! The arboretum’s display will come alive with larger-than-life insect topiaries, fascinatingly bugged-out pumpkin houses, and, of course, a maze for younger visitors.

Where: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas
When: September 18 - October 31
Cost: $10 - $15
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Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano

Take a journey into the unknown as you explore the grounds of Coven Manor. A coven of witches has held control over this landscape since the late 1800’s. Various witches rise to power within the Coven and each one brings with her a slew of new nightmares. Can you survive an encounter with the Coven?
Where: Dark Hour Haunted House, 701 Taylor Dr., Plano
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31
Cost: $27-$47 +
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Eerie Irving
Looking for the things that go bump in the night? Come out to Eerie Irving where the Irving Parks and Recreation Department invited the city’s ghouls, ghosts and not-so-scary monsters to thrill, shock and entertain!
This year's event is costume-friendly and will feature a walk-thru with a series of enclosed and open-air haunted scenes, including a meat factory, graveyard and ancient Egypt-themed room. For the younger ghouls and goblins, there will be free activities such as carnival games, rides, an escape room, pumpkin photos ops and more. A variety of food will be onsite for purchase. Stick around for a pumpkin giveaway at the end of the night, or win a mini pumpkin at select carnival games.

Where: Trinity View Park, 2221 E State Hwy 356, Dallas

When: Saturday, October 30 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Frights and Lights in Frisco
They say it's "the nations #1 Family-Fun Fall Fest, filling the gap between basic pumpkin patches and blood and gore haunted houses." At Frights’n Lights you’ll explore an adventure trail lined with thousands of shining jack-o'-lanterns, intricately carved in the shape of your favorite superheroes, princesses and cartoon characters, plus legends of fantasy, music and sport. It's a great place to take social media pics. Add to that a haunted host of games, Halloween-themed rides, creepy crafts, a pumpkin patch with over 5000 pumpkins and frightening food and drink options.

Where: Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trl., Frisco

When: Sept 30 - November 6

Cost: $15-$20 (online)...$20-$25 (at the box office)

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George W. Bush Presidential Center: Out of Many, One
While permanent exhibits at the George W. Bush Presidential Center (like the Oval Office, etc) are closed due to COVID right now... an exhibit called, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants" is available. The exhibit includes 43 portraits painted by George W. Bush, statistics about immigration and policy recommendations. Out of Many, One includes paintings of celebrities like Dirk Nowitzki, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright and lesser known immigrants who may know the former president personally. Included with the paintings are stories about how each person adjusted to life in America.

Where: 2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas

When: Now through January 3, 2022

Cost: $15 - $21 / Free for military (current) / $10 for retired military

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Goblins and Giggles

The Gaylord Texan presents a two month long celebration of fall and Halloween. Several activities daily for kids, including: The Goblins & Giggles Art Studio, the Trick or Treat Expedition, a Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt, the Monster Mash Bash, Ghost Stories, and Escape Rooms and Cookie Decorating.
Where: Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trl., Grapevine
When: Now through October 31
Cost: Varies
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Hangman’s House of Horrors

Hangman's House of Horrors features three different attractions: their main, and featured attraction (Hangman's) is their largest, longest running, and most popular. This 45 minute walk through will have you wondering if these legends are folklore or legit!
The Beauty of Horror - Make memories not nightmares with their ALL NEW, horror based, interactive art exhibit. You and your friends and family can take interactive photos and selfies in a series of professionally prepared sets.
OUTBREAK! - Zombies abound from the dark corners and  hidden chasms of this smaller yet equally intense attraction.
Where: Hangman's House of Horrors, 4400 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth
When: Through October 31
Cost: $49 (Parking is $10)
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Heard Natural Science Museum: Dinosaurs Live!

Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 15th annual Dinosaurs Live! Let your imagination run wild with this life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. This year, the exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig.
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney
When: Now through February 21
Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for kids/seniors, Free for 2 & under
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The Mutts locations in Dallas and Fort Worth will be hosting a Halloween event just for the pups. 11 AM – jogging with dressed-up dogs around the area.
12 PM – Brunch and fun!
1 PM –  Pup costume contest with celebrity dog judges - and great prizes!

Where: 2889 CITYPLACE W BLVD, Dallas
& 5317 Clearfork Main St., Fort Worth

When: Saturday October 30 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cost: FREE with membership or day pass admission

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Immersive Van Gogh

The highly-anticipated Immersive Van Gogh experience opens this weekend. It’s 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.

You will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.

Where: Lighthouse Dallas, 507 S. Harwood St., Dallas

When: Daily through October 31

Cost: $30 - $100

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J&F House of Terror

The Haunted House Maze is back for the 2021 season. The haunted maze is recommended for those 14 and older. Patrons under 14 can come with a parent or guardian. You must purchase tickets online. Temperatures will be taken, and masks must be worn.

Where: Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland (East of Barnes & Noble and Dillards)

When: Fridays and Saturdays through October 31

Cost: $20 +

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JQA at State West Theatre

Catch the region premier of this play. John Quincy Adams lived his life backwards: brilliant diplomat in his youth, fervent congressman as a man, ineffectual president in his prime. This unique and timely play imagines a kaleidoscope of confrontations between JQA and some of his key contemporaries. At once provocative and patriotic, this power play challenges the way we think of our country and shines a curious spotlight on the American experiment as it continues to evolve.

Where: State West Theatre, 821/823 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth

When: Thursdays - Sundays through October 31

Cost: $20-$45

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition

It's an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony

When: Now through January 2

Cost: $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years)

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Kindness Duck at Trinity Park in Fort Worth
Come to Fort Worth to see the World's Largest Rubber Duck (6 STORIES TALL!) this Saturday. It's the Big #KindnessDuck Party. They'll have a vendor alley with over 100 boutique vendors, tasty treats at world-class food trucks, and activities aiming to spread kindness in as many ways and to as many people as possible!
Where: Trinity Park, 2401 University Dr., Fort Worth
When: Saturday October 30
Cost: Free admission
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Monsters & Murals: A Halloween Chalk Art Festival
Join Crockett Row at West 7th for a day “chalk” full of fun! This all-day chalk extravaganza will give attendees the chance to see a street mural completed by professional artists, participate in an amateur competition, kick back to live music and provide a spot for children to express their creativity.
Where: Crockett Row, 816 Foch St., Fort Worth
When: Sunday October 31
Cost: Free admission
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Moxley Manor Haunted House
Moxley Manor Haunted House returns this fall, bringing you three haunted houses for one price. In addition to Moxley Manor, they bring you the mind blowing 3D Haunted House Big Top Terror and Reagan's Revenge. Voted one of DFW’s Scariest Haunted Houses in 2018 & must see Haunted House of 2019.
Where: 510 Harwood Rd., Bedford
When: Now - October 31
Cost: $30-$35
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The Parker House
There are two attractions at this Denton park. The first is the Haunted Walkthrough at The Parker House, where you'll be completely engulfed in the murderous mayhem in which Mary Parker subjected her victims. Walk though her living quarters, combined with her torturous chambers. You will experience the graveyard, where unsuspecting guests found their final resting place. As you enter into the woods, and journey though all who lurk there, you may be approached by some unsavory characters. The second is "Outbreak" - an interactive ride around the property where your mission is to defeat the zombies and save the world from all the chaos created by mans failed attempts at finding a cure for the OUTBREAK virus.
Where: The Parker House, 8550 W. University Dr., Denton
When: Select nights through October 31
Cost: $20+
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Penn & Teller

Edgy, provocative and hilarious, Penn & Teller have been captivating live audiences since 1975 when their show originally opened. This show will be a culmination of years of on-stage experience mixed with innovative and creative twists to be enjoyed by long-time patrons and new fans alike. Winners of an Emmy, Obie, and Writer’s Guild Award, The Los Angeles Times proclaimed Penn & Teller the “…the single best show in Vegas.”
Where: Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave., Dallas
When: Friday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 and up
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Pumpkin Nights at Howell Family Farms

Explore fantastical lands, built using over 3,000 hand-carved real (and synthetic) pumpkins. There’s magic around every corner, including a 40-foot long dragon, a ghostly pirate ship, and an undersea wonderland. It’s a family-friendly event that also includes the Pumpkin Village, the main festival area, with food and beverages, photo-ops, The Spirit of Pumpkins fire show and more.
Where: Howell Farms, 4016 W. Division, Arlington
When: Now - October 31, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. nightly
Cost: $23 for adults (13+), $16 for kids (4-12), Free for 3 and under
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Rainbow Vomit presents: Sanctuary

The immersive art exhibit, Rainbow Vomit, has reopened its doors for public and private tours on a newly imagined experience titled “Sanctuary.” This creative refuge will transport guests to a new realm of visual splendor and relaxation that combines many mediums of art into a fun and moving artistic experience. This gallery is great for all ages.

Where: Rainbow Vomit, 3609 Parry Ave, Dallas

When: Daily through December 19

Cost: $17 - $40

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Six Flags Over Texas: Fright Fest
Dare to enter the Halloween event of the season, featuring family-friendly attractions during the day...and thrills once the sun goes down. Haunted attractions, scare zones, and live shows all return this year.

Where: 2201 East Road to Six Flags, Arlington

When: Select nights now through October 31

Cost: $29 and up

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Screams Halloween Theme Park in Waxahachie
Screams’ totally immersive Halloween experience includes 5 haunted houses and a whole lot more! Each haunted house has a different theme – with two new ones for the 2021 season: the all New Klownz in 3D and the Times Up Maze. Plus you don’t want to miss the Rottingwood Cemetery, Stage Entertainment, Scary-Oke and games of skill for an entire night of Halloween fun! Screams is designed for ages 16+ and is not recommended for young children.

Where: 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie

When: October 1 - October 30 on Friday and Saturday nights

Cost: $42 (cheaper online)

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Sweettooth Hotel: Rewind
Rewind showcases a curation of local and national artists with purposefully different backgrounds and voices. Each artist has been given a dedicated space to create their own unique art installation. For fans of previous Sweet Tooth Hotel exhibits, they're rebooting a couple of our favorite installations including Joy Ride and Surprise Room. You'll also discover the magic of Rainbow Cave - a brand new creation from the Sweet Tooth Hotel team.
You'll discover a full blown vintage video store full of VHS tapes and a few hidden spaces for you to discover. Each Super Sweet ticket grants you entry to Rewind and a limited edition Sweet Tooth Hotel merch pack featuring an enamel pin, sticker and a locally made mini Wildberry Pop Tart from The Butter Fairy.

Where: Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr., Allen

When: Daily through Jan 30

Cost: $15 for Kids, $20 for Adults, $35 for “Super Sweet” package

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The Stockyards Championship Rodeo
Grab your boots and Cowboy hat! This rodeo is back! The live and kicking rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. (’s “Free Kid Friday” an adult ticket and get a kid’s ticket free!) It's in the Cowtown Coliseum. Rodeo organizers say you can feel safe as you watch the live rodeo action because they are enforcing social distancing and everyone has to wear a facial covering. Giddy up!

Where: Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $27, Children: $15

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The Supreme Leader at Dallas Theater Center
It's the World Premiere of this comedic play written by Don X. Nguyen and directed by Kevin Moriarty
While in boarding school in Switzerland, Kim Jong-Un learns he’s next in line following his older brother’s career-ending trip to Tokyo Disneyland. But he must prove himself. Under the watchful eye of his minder, he sets his paintbrush aside to spy on his pretty American friend Sophie.
Will “Oony” get the girl? Will he make his father proud? Set in the snow globe world of stinky cheese and mountain climbing, this coming-of-age comedy imagines Kim Jong-Un’s final throes of youth before his fateful return to North Korea.

Where: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas

When: Through November 21

Cost: $15 - $60 ($15 for a digital link)

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Trick 'r Treat Trains
Come celebrate Halloween and practice your trick ‘r treating skills with a trip back in time on board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat Trains! Make sure your little ones wear their favorite costume! The Trick ‘R Treat Train experience includes:
A prepackaged bag of treats; A Halloween storybook reading & A fun interactive game.
Note: These do not travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards

Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 707 S. Main St., Grapevine

When: Saturday October 30, Train Departure: 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Cost: $16

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Towers of Tomorrow at the Perot Museum
Featuring 20 iconic skyscrapers from across the globe, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks makes it Texas debut Sept. 24 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The LEGO sculptures – from the world’s tallest building to the Empire State Building – were constructed over 2,000 hours with more than half a million LEGO® bricks by Ryan McNaught, one of only 21 LEGO certified professionals in the world. All ages can get creative as they build upon a growing LEGO installation using thousands of the popular colored bricks.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N Field, Dallas

When: Now through April 24, 2022

Cost: $28 for adult (less for members, kids, seniors)

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Wings Over Dallas
Wings Over Dallas Airshow is present by the Commemorative Air Force. You’ll see dozens of World War II-era planes and vehicles…both in aerial demonstrations…and up close on the ground.

Where: Dallas Executive Airport, 5303 Challenger Dr., Dallas

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Cost: Free - $20 (And up for Prime View admission)

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