There’s plenty of food and spooky stuff in store for this weekend. Not a bad combo, so long as your food itself isn’t spooky. Not a chance of that, though, with the awesome food scene of North Texas. Check out where DART can take you and your family:
Friday, Oct. 27
For an outdoor event that’s sorta scary but totally family-friendly, grab the little goblins and head to the Dallas Zoo, where the after-hours Halloween Nights is being presented by Texas Instruments. Dress your children in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat in the wildest setting around. There will be special events and activities throughout the zoo. And if you can’t make it tonight, no worries – the event continues through Sunday. Dallas Zoo Station is a few feet from the main gate.
The city of Carrollton is partnering with Carrollton Farmers Branch-ISD to host a free mini-pumpkin giveaway along with a screening of Hocus Pocus (PG) in downtown Carrollton. This free “Movie on the Square” event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with the mini-pumpkin giveaway and decoration station. The movie will begin at 8 p.m. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a fun fall evening. Coolers are permitted and bug spray is encouraged. Take the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Musician Robin Lore will be the entertainment at the final installment – this year – of the Farmers Branch Market. Peruse the fresh produce, artisan foods and artsy wares as you enjoy some thought-provoking folk music. The market takes place at the Grove @ Mustang Crossing, just steps from Farmers Branch Station. If you miss this one, it’s your last chance until April! (Actually, there will be a couple of special Holiday Markets to see you through; stay tuned.)
Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic and its comedic take on the horror movies of yore is perfect for Halloween weekend. It’s free at the Plaza Theater in Garland, a short walk from Downtown Garland Station. Concessions are nostalgically priced, too, at only $2 each.
Sunday, Oct. 29
The Third Annual Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship features live music, a Kids Zone, a silent auction, and – needless to say – lots and lots of food. Under the supervision of Dallas Kosher and the world-renowned Kansas City Barbeque Society, teams from around Texas and beyond will compete for top honors. The judging panel is a who’s-who of the local culinary scene. There will be vendors, cooking demonstrations and eating contests, as well. The event takes place at the Sunnyland Furniture Shopping Center (7879 Spring Valley Road), which is accessible via DART Bus Routes 451 and 463.