Halloween is the perfect opportunity to get out and about and have some fun. But you don't have to limit yourself to just the actual day of Halloween, which conveniently falls on a Saturday this year, as there are multiple events happening throughout the week leading up to All Hallows' Eve.
Below are some of the best options for Halloween-related events in the Dallas area for both kids and adults.
Dismember the Alamo
Nothing says Halloween like horror movies, and Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson will feed that appetite with this horror movie marathon. It'll show four classic horror movies back-to-back-to-back-to-back, with the lineup kept secret until just before showtime. This being the Alamo, there are sure to be other surprises, along with prizes for the best costumes. (Movie marathon starts at 1 pm)
Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party
This free event in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road gets Halloween week started right with a costume promenade, music, food, beer, and other refreshments, as well as a live DJ and featured Rose Room performances. (7 pm-2 am)
Dragon's Halloween Ball
We're not exactly sure what to expect at this event at the Bomb Factory, but with the come-hither motto of "entertain and arouse all your senses" and an invitation to be body painted or black taped, it's clear that this party will be for adults only. The performers will be a variety of aerial artists, so the action won't be contained to just the ground (7 pm-2 am)
Crayon Club presents Truck or Treat
An annual fundraiser by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children's Crayon Club, this event is a way to give back while having a good time. The event includes pumpkin decorating, lawn games, and live music from Larson & the Law, along with an opportunity to learn how to help the hospital the other 364 days of the year.
Dead White Zombies presents DP92
The latest production from experimental theater company Dead White Zombies is the type of out-there premise that fits right in with the Halloween season. Starting October 29 and running through November 22 at The Icehouse in West Dallas, DP92 is an immersion performance set in "a benign experimental institution existing on the margins of consciousness and civilization." (Performances at 8 and 10 pm, depending on date)
Mayor's Monster Mash
Downtown workers itching to cut loose the day before Halloween can head down to this annual event at City Hall Plaza. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will oversee the proceedings, which will include a costume contest with categories like most creative, best last-minute, best homemade, and best group/couple. (1-3 pm)
Lowest Greenville Family Trick or Treat
There's no rule that says you have to trick or treat at night. Restaurants and shops along Lowest Greenville will be giving away candy, snacks, and other goodies. That includes Greenville Avenue Pizza Company, where kids can stock up on free candy and even get a free pizza topped with Nutella, candy corn, marshmallows, M&Ms, and bits of Heath Bar. (Starts at 11 am)
Alaween Halloween Carnival
Alamo Drafthouse really knows how to do Halloween right, as it will also put on this free event. It will include a bounce house, face painting, costume contest, a dance party with DJ, trick or treating in the theaters, classic Halloween TV specials on the big screens, and special Halloween drinks — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — at the attached Glass Half Full bar. (4-6 pm)
PrismCo presents Persephone
This production, opening on Halloween at 500 Singleton Blvd. in West Dallas, uses modern dance and shadow work to tell the story of Persephone being taken from her mother, Demeter, to Hades in the underworld. To keep with the theme, PrismCo and House Party Theatre will throw a special Halloween after party following the opening performance, complete with live bands, a costume contest, and a special performance by House Party Theatre themselves. (Performance at 8 pm; production runs through November 15).
Come in Your Costume
This party at the Green Elephant is for anyone who wants to be dazzled and dance at the same time, as it will be a multimedia experience with performances from five different bands. Although the event seems to be aimed at adults, considering it's cheaper for those over 21 than under, they say they'll welcome both kids and dogs. Costumes are encouraged by not required. (Show starts at 8 pm)
W Dallas Heads Will Roll Fête
The W will go back to the 18th century for its annual party, inviting guests to "channel the ghost of Marie Antoinette." You can dress in your best period costume or whatever else you feel like and enjoy a late-night party at Altitude, 33 floors above the city streets. (10 pm-2 am)
Hotel Zaza Halloween
A few blocks away is another late-night party where guests go to see and be seen. Hotel Zaza will offer live entertainment, great food, drink specials, and more at this unique event. Anyone staying at the hotel can get in for free. (Starts at 10 pm)