12 Killer Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Dallas

Halloween costumes are always top-notch at the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party, taking place this Saturday.
Halloween costumes are always top-notch at the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party, taking place this Saturday. Melissa Hennings

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year, which really lengthens the celebration. Let’s be honest: Any holiday when you aren’t expected to go gift hunting, get to dress up in costume and eat large quantities of candy ... that’s a pretty good holiday. Here are a dozen spooky events going on in DFW. Some are family friendly; others will make you scream.

Stranger Things Halloween Bash
Quixotic World
2824 Main St.
9 p.m. Friday
21 and up
Stranger Things is a pop-culture staple, and everyone is anticipating season two, which will be released Halloween night. Quixotic decided to bring the Stranger Things experience to life with a party that will include a midnight showing of the first episode on its projector. There will also be a VR arcade, a waffle bar, Dungeons & Dragons games, '80s tunes and Stranger Things-themed drinks. If you want to make it a free night, arrive in the best costume and win $200.

Double Wide Halloween Bash
3510 Commerce St.
9 p.m. Saturday
$10 cover
21 and up
If you are looking for a crowded party full of homemade costumes and spot-on cover bands, then Double Wide is the place to be. Every year, it extends the party into their parking lot because it’s so big. DJ Gabriel Mendoza will be spinning in the main bar, which will be decorated with body parts and bloody rags. This year, the musical lineup is Different Strokes (which covers the Strokes covering Iggy Pop), the Rich Girls performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller" and King George singing George Straight. Dressing up pays off, literally. There is a $500 cash prize for best Halloween costume. There will also be a photo booth and — if you forget to eat — sliders from Easy Slider.

Evil Circus Halloween
Don’t Tell Supper Club
2026 Commerce St.
6:30 p.m. Saturday
$10 (after 11, women get in free)
We can expect to see a lot of It-inspired clowns this Halloween. Don’t Tell Supper Club is great at combining the dining and entertainment experiences into something unforgettable. It'll turn the bar into a circus playground with performers, and you can always expect top-notch cocktails from DTSC's mixologists. If you haven’t been before, it’s truly a sensory overload. Don’t forget to dress up for the occasion: There will be a costume contest with a $1,000 certificate to Don’t Tell Supper Club. Make reservations by calling 214-432-8282 or emailing [email protected]

Dark Hour Haunted House
701 Taylor Drive, Plano
7 p.m. to midnight Friday through Tuesday
Dark Hour Haunted House is one of the top 10 haunted house experiences in the country. The place is one big horror story with mazes. First, you will have to escape the Manor House, then find your way through the foggy cemetery, and last, you'll navigate out of the voodoo swamp. If that's not scary enough, as you run, you'll hear screams in the distance from others being caught by actors wearing pig heads and zombie makeup. If your friends and family aren’t on board because they are too scared, just remind them that the actors aren't allowed to touch them. There's a reason the house's motto is “Scream Loud, Scream Often." We don't recommend this one for youngsters.

The Gorehounds
Three Links
2704 Elm St.
9 p.m. Saturday
18 and up
Once upon a time, the Cramps toured through Texas and played at asylums, and Lux and Poison Ivy were the king and queen of rockabilly. The Gorehounds channel this era and remind people what it felt like to see the Cramps live. Wear your fishnets to this show at Three Links on Saturday. There will be a costume contest for best single and couples costumes, with three prizes for each ranging from cash to a bar gift card. All-girl punk band Lizzie Boredom and vampy Nosferat II will open. Take an Uber to Deep Ellum and drink your heart out.

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