From Halloween all the way through the kickoff to the holidays, late autumn offers an abundance of kid-friendly fun in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We found all the best fall activities and rounded them up in our guide to fall family fun.
Browse our list for the best corn and hay mazes, hayrides, kid-friendly haunted houses (yes, they do exist!), and more things to do this season with your family. There’s still time for pumpkin picking, fall festivals to enjoy, and a myriad of family events all season long featured in our calendar.
10 Corn and Hay Mazes in Dallas-Fort Worth
These destinations feature much more than winding trails through cornstalks. You’ll find enough fun to make a whole afternoon—or more—out of the adventure, like hayrides, petting zoos and activities that evolve with the season.
Where: 1232 East Fork Drive, Rockwall
Hours: Through October 30: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-6pm. Admission by reservation only; see website for details.
Cost: $10; free for children under 2.
The details: In addition to a pumpkin patch, the farm offers a hay maze, hayrides, and a Spookley the Square Pumpkin story trail. The petting zoo features llamas, sheep, a donkey, and pigs. During weekdays, admission includes a small pumpkin; on weekends, it includes a hot dog.
Where: 1926 Milam Road East, Sanger
Hours: Through October 30: Friday, 2-7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-7pm
Cost: $10; $8 children ages 3-11; free for children under 2. Buy tickets online.
The details: Enjoy three bounce houses, a hay maze, a playground, a soft play area just for toddlers, lawn and table games, and more. Plus, visit with mini cows and mini goats, and enjoy face painting, balloon art, and magicians on Saturdays.
Where: 601 Harvey Lane, Denison
Hours: Through October 30: Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm
Cost: $15 Pumpkin Tour; $10 The Ride Along Tour
The details: Elves Farm has a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy—all of which are included in the price of admission. These activities include a maze, sack races, hayrides, hay jump, GaGa Ball, a human Foosball court, a Dress the Scarecrow station, and a farm zoo with horses, chickens, goats, pigs, and rabbits. The Pumpkin Tour includes all activities and one pumpkin from the patch, while the Ride Along Tour includes activities only. Other activities, which cost an added fee, include a pumpkin slingshot, corn cannon, and duck races.
Where: 5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound
Hours: Through October 31: Daily, 9am-12pm, 12:30-3:30pm, and 4-7pm
Cost: Monday-Friday, $10; Saturday-Sunday, $20. Price is per car. You can make reservations online.
The details: In addition to picking pumpkins, kids can make their way through the hay bale maze, go on hayrides, enjoy the Pumpkin Patch Train, and play on the playground. There are also plenty of photo ops with seasonal characters, including Charlie Brown, the Flintstone gang, a scarecrow, and Dora, Diego, and Boots. All activities are included in the price of admission. The Patch may close due to inclement weather, so check its Facebook pagebefore heading out.
Where: 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine
Hours: Through October 31: Wednesday-Thursday, 3-8pm; Friday, 3-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 1-8pm. Check Facebook for call for specific hours on Halloween.
Cost: Wednesday-Thursday: 3-5pm: free; after 5pm: $10; $5 children ages 4-11; free for seniors, veterans, and children under 3. Friday-Sunday: $15; $10 children ages 4-11; $5 seniors and veterans; free for children under 3. Hayrides: $5 during the day; $3 after dark (cash only).
The details: This farm has a 2-acre corn maze full of twists, turns, and dead ends. And if your family is up for a challenge, bring a flashlight and conquer the maze after dark. The farm also offers hayrides, with those heading out before dark stopping so guests can feed the cows and donkeys. Note: The farm may close due to inclement weather. Check Facebook for updates before heading out.
Where: 4199 Highway 67, Stephenville
Hours: Through November 5: Friday, 4-9:30pm; Saturday, 10:30am-9:30pm; Sunday, 1:30-7:30pm. Closed November 4. Closes at 6pm on November 5
Cost: $17; free for children under 2. Tickets must be purchased online.
The details: Lone Star Family Farm is definitely more of a day trip destination for your family, but it’s absolutely worth the drive. Each year, the farm features a new corn maze theme, which determines the shape and paths, and this year’s theme is “Welcome to Texas.” In addition to the 8-acre corn maze, the farm also has a half-acre Mini Kiddie Corn Maze, a hay bale maze, cow train, corn cannon, giant slides, pedal tractors, hayrides, games, a pumpkin patch, and pig races. Plus, your kids can meet goats, cows, pigs, and chickens. Note: Some activities have an additional fee.
Where: 15102 TX-289, Gunter
Hours: Through November 23: Daily, 8am-8pm
Cost: $12 Monday-Friday; $15 Saturday-Sunday; free for children under 2.
The details: Visit this farm during the week and you’ll enjoy a hay maze, hayride, roping pen, a petting barn (admission includes one cup of feed for the animals), and one small pumpkin from the patch. During weekends, you’ll get all that, plus a ride on the farm train. At the petting farm, kids can meet more than 50 goats, cows, and even some longhorn cattle.
Where: 10841 Custer Road, Frisco (for GPS, use 3701 South Custer Road, McKinney and go across the street)
Hours: Through October 30: Daily, 10am-sundown
Cost: $15 children ages 2-7; $10 children ages 8-12; $5 ages 13 and older; free for children under 2.
The details: Activities vary depending on the age of your child. Children ages 2-7 can enjoy a petting zoo, hay maze, bounce houses, games, and pony rides. Ages 8-12 can enjoy everything except pony rides, and older guests can enjoy the petting zoo and games. All proceeds support River Ranch Educational Charities’ programs for low-income and at-risk youth, individuals with special needs, and other marginalized communities.
Where: 1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian
Hours: Through October 30: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 1-6pm
Cost: $15 ages 3 and up; $12 senior ages 55 and older, veterans and first responders with ID; free for children under 2.
The details: Visit this more than 25-acre farm for a full day of unlimited family fun. Admission includes the corn maze, hay hill slides, a giant jumping pad, hayrides, swings, seesaws, cornhole, pumpkin bowling, and more. Plus, kids can visit the children’s barnyard, which has chicks and chickens, goats, alpacas, and longhorn calves. Note: Inclement weather can cause delays or closings at the farm. Check Facebook or the website for updates before heading out.
Where: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton
Hours: Through October: Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm; Spooktacular Nights, Friday-Saturday, dark to 10pm. Through November 6: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
Cost: $29.95-$49.95 online ($5 more if purchased at the gate). Free for children under 2.
The details: In addition to a corn maze with paths that twist and turn, you’ll find farm animals, duck races, a playground, a wagon train ride, gemstone mining, pony rides, and amusement rides (like swings, a carousel, Ferris wheel, and river rapids). Plus, Spooktacular Nights offers Zombie Paintball, a funhouse, and a Creepy Corn Maze (best for older kids, teens, and adults). Kids can also trick-or-treat on the farm October 28-30 (kids will be given scavenger hunt clues that lead to checkpoints around the farm).
7 Hayrides in Dallas-Fort Worth
Where: 3709 County Road 617, Alvarado
Hours: Through November 6: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Gates close at 4pm
Cost: $15; $7 seniors ages 60 and older; free for children under 2 and police and active military with ID.
The details: Country Critters has activities for the whole family. Enjoy a hayride, go for a barrel-train ride, get some air on the jump pillow, play on the playground, make your way through the wooden maze, and play some games. Pony rides are available on weekends, and each paying child gets to pick a pie-sized pumpkin from the patch to decorate. Note: The farm may close due to inclement weather, so call ahead to ensure it’s open before heading out.
Where: 1004 West Bethesda Road, Cleburne
Hours: October 28-30: Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. November 4-5: Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm
Cost: $29.95; free for children under 2. Book tickets online.
The details: The more than 30 attractions for the family include hayrides, a Ferris wheel, slides, pedal karts, roller coasters, tractor train rides, face painting, farm animals, swings, a treehouse fort and jumping pillows.
Where: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco
Hours: Through October 31: Monday-Friday, 1-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10:30am-7pm. Closes at 5pm on October 31.
Cost: There is no entry fee. Food and pumpkin prices vary.
The details: Activities here include hayrides (when a driver is available and weather conditions permit), a bounce house, a play area, and face painting on Saturdays, 11am-3pm, and Sundays, 2-4pm.
Where: 3400 County Road 206, Alvarado
Hours: Saturday, November 26, 5pm until close (typically about 10pm)
Cost: $7 per person
The details: Join Sunset Hill for Olde Tyme Christmas & Hayride for live music, a campfire, a bounce house, walks among the Christmas trees, and a farm zoo. The main event of the night is the Shepherd’s View Hayride, which travels across the farm’s 17 acres past scenes that tell the story of Jesus, from his birth to his resurrection. Hayrides begin at 5:30pm and run every 35 minutes throughout the evening.
Where: 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth
Hours: November 22–23, December 20–21, and December 27–28, 10am and 1pm
Cost: $16; $10 members; book tickets online (under “Activities” search for Bison Feeding Hayride)
The details: Join the nature center staff on a hayride to learn about the center and help feed the bison. Along the way, you’ll learn about the center, how the staff works to preserve the ecosystems found here, and about the historical structures, plants, and animals that can be observed from the hayride.
Where: 3900 Upper Denton Road, Weatherford
Hours: November 26 until the farm is out of trees: Saturday, 9am-4pm; Sunday, 1-4pm
Cost: Free admission; prices vary per tree
The details: Come to cut your own Christmas tree, and say for the holiday fun. After you’ve selected the perfect tree for your home, hop on the tractor-pulled hayride, shop at the artisan holiday market, and enjoy hot chocolate and homemade holiday cookies.
Where: 3221 Country Road 2508, Caddo Mills
Hours: TBA; check website for updates closer to the Christmas tree season
Cost: Free admission; prices of trees varies
The details: Come to KaJin to choose your perfect Christmas tree—whether it’s a pre-cut or one you cut yourself—and enjoy all the farm has to offer. Take a hayride, visit the mini horse, play cabbage ball, shop in the market, enjoy lunch, and let the kids take a ride on the mini train.
4 Kid-Friendly Haunted Houses in Dallas-Fort Worth
Where: Riders Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
Hours: Through October 31: Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday-Monday, 6-10pm; Friday, 6-11pm; Saturday, 5-11pm
Cost: $21.99; $18.99 for children ages 3-11; plus fees. Free for children under 2.
The details: Bridging the gap between pumpkin patches and the scares of haunted houses, this jack-o’-lantern event is full of spooktacular photo ops. Encounter thousands of shining, intricately carved jack-o-lanterns and a creepy cast of iconic, spine-chilling stars brought to life by a ghoulish gallery of giant-sized lanterns and lights. Plus, enjoy a haunted host of games, The Headless Horseman’s Haunted Hay Maze, thematic rides, creepy crafts, and more.
Where: Blue Sky Sports Center, 7801 Main, The Colony
Hours: Through October 31: Friday-Saturday, 7:30pm-midnight; Sunday and Halloween, 7:30-10pm
Cost: $25 per person
The details: This outdoor haunted trail in the woods is about 1 mile long and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. While being in the woods at night can be a little spooky (even for adults), Haunted Shadows will tailor the experience to a PG version at the request of a parent. When requested at admittance, children in the group will be given a lightsaber to carry at the front of their group. The trail’s actors are trained to quickly adapt their spooky assignments (removing any intense scares) for any group that has a visible lightsaber.
Where: 2177 Kiowa Street, Little Elm
Hours: Through October 31: Friday-Sunday and Halloween, 6:30-10pm
Cost: $20 per person
The details: This unique, immersive haunted house experience will customize and tone down the scares for younger guests, making it a family-friendly option. It’s a lights-on haunt with 85 different props and animatronics arranged in spooky scenes.
Where: WashGuys, 4677 Preston Road, Frisco; 17931 Preston Road, Dallas; and 5000 TX-121, Lewisville
Hours: Frisco: Friday, October 28, 7pm-midnight. Dallas: Saturday, October 29, 7pm-midnight. Lewisville: Sunday, October 30, 7pm-midnight
Cost: $29 per car, includes an Elite wash. Register here.
The details: Get your car squeaky clean while enjoying some haunts at this haunted car wash. Featuring monsters, creatures, zombies, and fun, this haunted car wash is a socially distanced alternative to walk-through haunted houses. Attendees can enjoy candy, giveaways, and a live DJ, plus a costume contest with a $200 cash prize.
10 More Things to Do This Fall with Your Kids
1. Attend a fall festival
We did all the research for you, so check out our roundup of fall festivals happening all season long. Whether you’re looking for something spooktacular for Halloween, a harvest festival, or you want to get a head start on the end-of-the-year holidays, you’ll find something fun for your family. Think: Boo at the Zoo, Autumn at the Arboretum, Frights’n Lights, Japanese Garden Fall Festival, and Holiday at the Arboretum.
2. Carve jack-o’-lanterns with your kids.
Nothing says fall and spooky season quite like carving and decorating pumpkins with your kids. But before you get started, check out our expert tips for carving jack-o’-lanterns with kids of all ages.
3. Learn about Día de los Muertos with your kids.
The holiday is an important one in Mexican and Latin American cultures, but it’s so much more than sugar skulls (calaveras) and marigolds. Day of the Dead—celebrated Nov. 1–2—is a two-day holiday for families to come together to celebrate, pray for, and honor loved ones who have died. Check out our guide to learn more about Día de los Muertos and find family events in the area.
4. Make some fall crafts to decorate your home.
There’s just something about fall that makes us want to craft, so bust out the glitter, scissors, glue, markers, and more and get crafty with your kiddos. Need a little inspiration? Here are some fun, easy fall crafts for kids we found:
- Make pinecone bird feeders to hang in your trees.
- These fall tree luminaries will add some ambient lighting to your mantle.
- Turn an apple into a stamp.
- Make some leaf-shaped suncatchers for your windows.
- Collect some fallen leaves and use them to make leaf print paintings.
- Whip up a batch of pumpkin spice playdough and let your kid’s imagination soar.
- Bring a little science to your fall fun and make ghost rockets using a few simple ingredients.
5. Take in the beautiful fall foliage in our area.
We love the gorgeous colors of fall—rust, yellow, bright orange, soft browns. And those changing colors also mean crunchy leaves will soon be underfoot. So take advantage of the fall foliage when it’s still on the branches and check out our top spots to view the fall colors in Dallas-Fort Worth. Another way to go leaf peeping while getting active with your kids? Go for a hike. You’ll be immersed in the colors, and if you’re hiking a trail with a peak or overlook, the views will be spectacular.
6. Watch a late-season bat emergence.
This is one thing that should be on every family bucket list. Texas is home to some of the largest bat colonies in the world and you can see their impressive nighttime emergence through late October and at late as mid-November before the bats migrate south for the winter. Check out our roundup for the best places to see the bats. Just keep in mind: Most of the locations are a day or even overnight trip for your family, so a little planning is needed.
7. Rake your leaves.
Okay, okay, hear us out! We know this might sound more like a chore, but get your kids involved. Promise them that if they help rake the leaves into piles, they can have a blast when you’re done by jumping in the piles and watching the leaves fly in the air.
8. Honor Native American cultures.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and your family can honor indigenous tribes by visiting several cultural centers and historical sites in our area. Learn about Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma at its new cultural center in Clara, Oklahoma; view artifacts dating back to 15,000 B.C. on display in Big Bear Native American Museum in Cleburne, and view Native American art at the Dallas Museum of Art, among other activities.
9. Prepare for your Thanksgiving feast.
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so take some time earlier in the month to plan your feast. But don’t let all the cooking fall on your shoulders. Get the kids involved and let them help you make a dish or two. Let them chop veggies if they’re old enough to handle a knife or smash the potatoes. Younger kids can add ingredients to the bowl, and older kids can try to master an easy dish all on their own. Of course, you can have your child pitch in on your traditional dishes, but here are some easy Thanksgiving recipes kids can help make:
- Corn pudding
- Easiest-ever pumpkin pie
- Easy classic cranberry sauce
- Garlic mashed cauliflower
- Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
10. Wander the glowing trails at Lightscape.
After the sun goes down, explore the walking trails at Fort Worth Botanic Garden as they’re lit up with more than one million holiday lights. Set along a 1-mile trail in the garden, Lightscape will feature artistic installations that come to life with color, imagination, and sound.
Walk under suspended strands and tunnels of light, see a fire garden and undulating waves of bluebonnets, listen to singing trees, and observe treetop sculptures and artistic installations, all while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail. The outdoor exhibit runs November 18–January 8, 2023: Tickets are $28 for adults; $18 for children; free for children under 3.
Top photo courtesy of Elizabeth Hoots