What to Do This WeekendBy Elizabeth Smith
Can your kids hardly wait to don their costumes? Let them break out their spooky and cutesy alter-egos early by venturing out to these top picks for pre-pre-Halloween weekend fun in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Comic Heroes at Dallas Fan Days, Irving
Friday–Sunday, Oct. 20–22, open times vary
Dress up in your Halloween costumes or superhero gear to be a contender in the kids’ costume contest at this three-day expo, and line up to meet a celebrity, including two teen actors from Stranger Things and Matilda star Mara Wilson.
Kid-Friendly Steinfest, Plano
Friday, Oct. 20, 5–11pm
Saturday, Oct. 21, 10am–10pm
True, Steinfest is named for the German beer tradition, but rest assured, the Downtown Plano Association festival offers safe, family-friendly fun, including a Kiddie Play Patch with face painting and outdoor games and a Wiener Dog Fashion Show that’s open to all breeds.
New Journey to Space Exhibit, Dallas
Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 19–21, 10am–5pm
Sunday, Oct. 22, 11am–5pm
Find out what life is like for astronauts aboard the International Space Station when the Perot Museum debuts its newest special exhibit featuring two massive rotating labs that simulate near zero gravity. Journey to Space opens to museum members on Thursday and to the public on Saturday.
Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving
Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30pm
If your littles obsess over collecting the miniature, grocery store-themed characters, don’t miss the real-life Shopkins and their friends, the Shoppies, tonight in an original musical at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Come an hour early to check out all the tiny toys at the merch tables.
Late Night – Cult Classics, Dallas
Friday, Oct. 20, 6pm–midnight
The Dallas Museum of Art embraces the weird and obscure during this tribute to the cult classics of art, movies and music. See a live demo of horror movie special effects makeup, get free palm readings and claim your seats in Horchow Auditorium for a quote-along screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985, rated PG).
Kids Who Care’s Earth and Soul, Fort Worth
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30pm
The plight of the earth’s environment has deeply affected the students and instructors of Kids Who Care Musical Theatre. Reserve your seats for this inspiring musical that explores recycling, honeybees and making a positive change.
A Farmers Market Food Day for Kids, Coppell
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8am–noon
In the name of teaching kids the importance of healthy food and farming, the weekly farmers market from 8am–noon adds extra food-related fun and activities including a cooking demo and garden activity.
Flea Style Market and Kids Lounge, Dallas
Saturday, Oct. 21, 9am–5pm
Beautify your home and wardrobe with one-of-a-kind finds at Flea Style, the curated pop-up shop of handmade and vintage lifestyle wares and kids items, all created by Texas artisans and small businesses. Browse the 200-plus booths inside Dallas Market Center, and don’t miss Flea Kids, a kids’ activity lounge with a tent maze, a library, art and games.
ArtROCKS! at NorthPark Center, Dallas
Saturday, Oct. 21, 1–4pm
Discover the most famous works by Roy Lichtenstein, the American artist whose comic book-inspired work helped define the pop art movement of the 1960s. Meet in the CenterPark Garden for art projects led by Dallas-based artists, plus stories, live music and photo ops in NorthPark’s inaugural pumpkin patch.
Friscovania Fashion Show and Festival
Saturday, Oct. 21, 4–9pm
Dress the kids in their costumes, makeup and masks for this massive Halloween festival surrounding Toyota Stadium, with trick-or-treating down a haunted carnival concourse, magic shows, and after dark, the Wicked Runway Show benefiting the nonprofit City House.
Haunt Jaunt Costumed Fun Run, Plano
Saturday, Oct. 21, 5:45pm
Halloween costumes that don’t rub, itch or restrict your movement will serve you well on this after-dark 5K and 1-mile family run through the park’s nature preserve, paved trails and streets.
Fang-Tacular Movie, Flower Mound
Saturday, Oct. 21, 6–9pm
Move family movie night from the living room to the outdoors when the town of Flower Mound hosts a Halloween screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 (starts at 7pm). Come prepared with your blankets, chairs, funds for food trucks and costumes.
ArtsGoggle Eclectic Arts and Music Fest, Fort Worth
Saturday, Oct. 21, noon–10pm
You’ll need your best walking shoes to see the 500-plus artists at the next ArtsGoggle. Or just bring your own bike (or rent B-Cycle bikes) to witness painters, photographers, sculptors, glassblowers and other creative types spanning 15 blocks through the eclectic Near Southside neighborhood.
Frontier Fun at Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth
Saturday, Oct. 21, 1–4pm
Discover the nearly lost art of flint knapping, rug hooking and more pioneer skills when several local organizations bring their talented volunteers to Log Cabin Village to inspire young history buffs.
A Musical Halloween with Harry Potter, Southlake
Sunday, Oct. 22, 5pm
Halloween is an especially significant holiday in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Experience the magic of Hogwarts inside the grand White's Chapel United Methodist Church when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents an instrument petting zoo and the most spirited songs from the film series.
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