Fall-themed fun things to do in Rockwall County and beyond

Events are subject to change; Check their respective websites for info on social distancing measures.

Fall Festivities at Lakeside Florist

Photo by Julie Anne Wells.

WHAT: Fall Festival featuring special sale prices on a lovely selection of fresh fall flowers and live plants, raffle drawings and free snacks; Wine & Design where you can create your own arrangement inside a real pumpkin vase, along with a selection of local wines and gourmet snacks to enjoy while you work on your creation

WHEN: Fall Festival on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wine & Design on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lakeside Florist | 506 N Goliad, Rockwall, TX 75087

COST: Fall Festival is free to attend; Wine & Design tickets are $35 / person, $10 for the second person if couple wants to join class together; Call 972-771-4600 to reserve your seat


Haunted Mansion Cocktail Soiree

WHAT: Freely roam a spooky mansion while enjoying themed cocktails, macabre magic, sinister seances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games, giant Ouija boards and more! Ages 21+ only, with a valid ID; Time period fashion, costume or elegant dress highly encouraged

WHEN: Oct. 2 – Nov. 6

WHERE: Alexander Mansion | 4607 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

COST: Standard ticket – $55 (includes live entertainment, character interaction, experiential environments and 4 miniature cocktails; VIP ticket – $77 (includes live entertainment, character interaction, experiential environments, access to exclusive VIP lounge, VIP check-in line, 5 miniature cocktails, commemorative cocktail glass); Tickets: houseofspiritssoiree.com/dallas/


Boo on Ballard

WHAT: The streets of downtown Wylie will be transformed into a Halloween wonderland as local merchants pass out candy. Trick-or-treaters can also enjoy live music and carnival games. Dress in your spooky best and load up on treats!

WHEN: Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Ballard Avenue at Historic Downtown Wylie

COST: Free to attend

Pumpkin Nights

WHAT: Journey through several themed lands featuring giant sized pumpkin sculptures! Set out on a path that winds through tons of fascinating discoveries, including 10-foot-tall Jack-o-Lanterns, the world’s largest pumpkin guitar, a flying 40-foot handmade dragon, a life-size pumpkin pirate ship and much more.

WHEN: Every night through Oct. 31 from 6 – 11 p.m.; Closed Tuesdays

WHERE: Howell Farms | 4016 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76012

COST:  Weekend admission – Adult (13+) $23, Little (4-12) $16, 3 & under free; Weekday specials – Adult (13+) $18, Little (4-12) $14, 3 & under free; Group rates available; Tickets: pumpkinnights.com/dallas/


Autumn at the Arboretum: Bugtopia

WHAT: The 16th annual Autumn at the Arboretum, themed Bugtopia, features some absolutely bugged-out pumpkin houses and topiaries! Stroll through this massive exhibit which includes more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash.

WHEN: Through Oct. 31

WHERE: Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden | 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

COST: $12 – $17; Free for those with active membership; Tickets: www.dallasarboretum.org

Blase Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

WHAT: Blase Family Farm in Rockwall celebrates their 10th anniversary this fall season! Pick the pumpkin patch featuring pumpkins of all sizes; Enjoy a petting zoo with llamas, sheep, a mini horse and a donkey; Spookley the Square Pumpkin storyboard walkthrough; a hayride around the farm; and corn stalks and straw bales on sale for fall decorating.

WHEN: Through Oct. 31

WHERE: 1232 E Fork Dr, Rockwall, TX 75087

COST: $9 / person, free for ages 23 months & under; Reservations required via signup link at blasefamilyfarm.com/pumpkin-patch


Taste of Fall Market

WHAT: Enjoy a variety of vendors for some family fun and great shopping! Visit a local vendor, eat great food, listen to music, and play fun games!

WHEN: Thursday nights through Nov. 11

WHERE: 4011 Main St, Rowlett, TX 75088

COST: Free to attend


Scare on the Square

WHAT: Bring the kiddos for tons of fun trick-or-treating on Rockwall’s Historic Downtown Square!

WHEN: Oct. 23 from 2-5 p.m.

WHERE: Rockwall Historic Downtown Square | SH 205 and HWY 66, Rockwall, TX 75087

COST: Free to attend


Boo at the Zoo

WHAT: Marvel at a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins decorated by community members, enjoy fun shows like Professor Pop’s Bubble Show and Renfield the Bat Show, trick-or-treat stations full of candy throughout the zoo, and much more!

WHEN: Oct. 29-31 during zoo hours

WHERE: Fort Worth Zoo | 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76110

COST: Free with zoo admission or membership (Note – if you plan to use your admission ticket for Boo at the Zoo, do not purchase tickets until Oct. 1); Tickets: www.fortworthzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo

Addison After Dark – Halloween Horror

WHAT: Dress to horrify and enjoy lots of activities such as axe throwing, jumbo games, a fire art show, and an outdoor showing of the 2018 R-rated horror film, Halloween. Drinks, free In-N-Out Burger, themed music and a costume contest with great prizes!

WHEN: Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Addison Circle Park | 4970 Addison Cir, Addison, TX 75001

COST: Free to attend


Rockwall Ghost Walk

WHAT: Learn about some chilling stories from Rockwall’s history in this guided ghost tour through the Historic Downtown Square!

WHEN: Friday nights from 8-9 p.m. throughout October starting Oct. 8

WHERE: Rockwall Historic Downtown Square | SH 205 and HWY 66, Rockwall, TX 75087

COST: $12 / person; Tickets: www.tickettailor.com/events/bom


By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.

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