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Heard Trail October Blog at TGF

14 September . 2023

9 Halloween events to enjoy near The Grove Frisco

The first-ever Halloween at PGA Frisco leads our list of 9 scary events you can enjoy this month in our hometown of Frisco and our surrounding Four Corners cities of Allen, McKinney and Plano.

We’ll be having our own resident Halloween events here at The Grove Frisco, but you can never have too much frightful fun.

Halloween at PGA Frisco, Oct. 6-31

This is the first Halloween at PGA Frisco, our city’s mega new attraction, and there are several family friendly activities lined up for golfers and non-golfers alike. The Spooky Movie Series features free outdoor movies every Friday evening in October. On Oct. 27, there’s a 21+ Halloween “Boos” Crawl with 10 haunting cocktails such as Bride of Frankenstein Whiskey Cocktail and Day of the Dead Margarita. For the kiddos, the Halloween Par-Tee on Oct. 28 will have a 9-hole pumpkin putting patch, trick-or-treating from decorated golf carts, carnival games with tee-rrific prizes and much more. 

Halloween at the Heard, Oct. 14

Halloween at the Heard features trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! outdoor exhibit. This trail is haunted by a 46-foot T-Rex and 10 new animatronic dinosaurs. Enjoy a creepy evening of fun activities, including a movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage.  It’s all for a good cause, raising funds for Collin County’s premier natural science museum and wildlife sanctuary.  If you can’t come to this one-night event, Dinosaurs Live! continues through Feb. 19, 2024.

Frisco Pumpkin Dunk, Oct. 21

The Frisco Athletic Center’s indoor pool becomes a floating pumpkin patch for the annual Pumpkin Dunk on the morning of Sat., Oct. 21. Swim, select your pumpkin, then use the art supplies to decorate it before taking it home. Admission includes one pumpkin per person, pumpkin decorating supplies, swimming, face painting and candy.

Halloween in Allen, Oct. 21-28

Halloween has a pair of family friendly activities for the haunting season, including a Trunk Or Treat Drive-In movie (Super Mario Bros.) on Oct. 21. Decorate your vehicle and bring your favorite candy to share. On Oct. 28, the annual Halloween Skate at the Allen Community Ice Rink features themed activities and a costume contest with prizes. Everyone wearing a Halloween costume will receive a free skate rental. 

Halloween in McKinney, Oct. 21-2

McKinney has four fun Halloween events for every member of the family, starting with the Trick or Treat Trail at Town Lake Park on Oct. 21, featuring carnival rides, live music and a costume contest for people and pets. On Oct. 22, the Pumpkin Dunk at Apex Centre is a floating pumpkin patch in an indoor swimming pool. On Oct. 27, the Trick or Treat March invites preschoolers to roam the Senior Rec Center in costume to receive candy from members. Closing out the festivities on Oct. 28, the Halloween Haunt at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library is a not-so-scary daytime celebration.

Trick or Treat the Frisco Square, Oct. 28

One of Frisco's favorite free Halloween events, Trick or Treat the Square returns for an afternoon of family friendly  carnival games, inflatables, horse wagon rides, spooky treats, and more at Frisco Square in downtown Frisco. Costumes are encouraged.

Heritage Halloween, Oct. 28

Heritage Halloween at the Frisco Heritage Center has treats and activities including goodie bags, a scavenger hunt, crafts and games, ghost stories, and a fortune teller. In keeping with the old-timey theme of this celebration at Frisco’s official historical park and museum, a tintype photographer will be on hand to create timeless mementos. If you miss this event, the Frisco Heritage Center is open year ‘round with free admission, and more events are coming up for the holidays.

Rest In Plano (R.I.P.), Oct 28

Step through the gargoyle gates and be transported to eerie experiences for the annual

Rest In Plano Fest along Downtown Plano’s 15th Street. Dress up in your best costume for spectacularly spooky photo ops, creepy characters, thrilling performances, and live music on the McCall Plaza stage. Favorite fall-festival foods will be available for purchase. New this year, there’ll be a giant blackout maze at Haggard Park.

Screamin’ Green Hauntoween, through Oct. 31

Plano’s Crayola Experience presents Screamin’ Green Hauntoween, with 25 hands-on attractions including Farmer Mac’s Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin painting kits, a themed scavenger hunt, spook-tastic crafts, and character photo-ops. At the Trading Post, you can get a glitter tattoo to add some extra sparkle to your Halloween costume. Special activities include trick-or-treating on weekends and Toddler Tuesdays all month long.

Halloween at the Heard photo by Kathy Carter, courtesy of Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary; Frisco Pumpkin Dunk photo courtesy of Play Frisco.