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Family-Friendly Halloween Movie Screenings in DFW

Spooky screening near you—and many of them are free

The countdown to Halloween is on, and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than with a Halloween movie screening? Sure, you can always watch a Halloween movie at home, but taking your kids to a local screening is a special experience. Plus, a lot of the venues featured in this list also offer other Halloween activities before the movies, like costume contests, trunk or treating and crafts.

So browse this list of Halloween movies in Dallas-Fort Worth (listed below in order by date), choose which one you’re going to take your kids to, and then plan your other Halloween family fun (like visiting a local pumpkin patch, carving pumpkins, or learning about Día de los Muertos).

Classic Cartoons & Crafts
Where: Lancaster Theatre at Palace Arts Center, Grapevine
When: Tuesdays October 18 and 25, 10am
The details: Bring the little ones to enjoy classic cartoons, crafts, popcorn, and a drink. On October 18, your little ones will watch Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (1985; 25 minutes) and Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special (1978; 30 minutes), then make monster vision glasses and goofy pumpkins. On October 25, come to see It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown(1966; 25 minutes) and Toy Story of Terror (2013; 22 minutes), then make monster vision glasses and thumbprint pumpkins. More info

Flashback Flicks
Where: North Branch Library, Denton
When: Wednesday, October 19, 12:30–2:30pm
The details: Drop off your tweens and teens to enjoy a screening of Hocus Pocus, just in time for Halloween. FREE. Learn more

Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus
Where: Pleasant Grove Branch Library, Dallas
When: Wednesday, October 19, 4:30–6:30pm
The details: Join the library for a screening of the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus. Plus, free popcorn will be available for all attendees. FREE. Learn more

Drive Back in Time
Where: Coyote Drive-In Theater and Canteen, Fort Worth
When: Thursdays October 20 and 27, see website for show times
The details: Head to Coyote Drive-In for a super-nostalgic evening of movie magic. On October 20, enjoy Beetlejuice (just don’t say the name of the movie three times!) and come back on October 27 for a screening of Little Shop of Horrors. Buy tickets

(Slightly) Spooky Teen Night
Where: Lewisville Public Library, Lewisville
When: Friday, October 21, 6:30–9pm
The details: Teens ages 13-18 can spend an evening at the library building their own Frankentoys (a creature made out of parts of other deconstructed toys) and watching Hocus Pocus. FREE. Register here

‘Til Midnight at the Nasher
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
When: Friday, October 21, 6pm–midnight
The details: Your older kids (you know, the ones that can stay up late into the night) will love this night out with you. Starting at 6pm, you can purchase a bite to eat and drinks from Wolfgang Puck Catering, then enjoy live music starting at 6:30pm. End the evening with a screening of Cruella (2021) at 9:30pm. Activities will be held indoors in case of inclement weather. FREE. See the full schedule

Discover Downtown Dallas Movie Night: Cruella
Where: Main Street Garden Park, Dallas
When: Friday, October 21, 7:15pm
The details: Bring the older kiddos for an outdoor screening of Cruella in the park. FREE. Register here

Outdoor Movie Series at Samuell Farm
Where: Samuell Farm (East), Mesquite
When: Friday, October 21, 7pm
The details: Nothing beats watching a movie on the large screen under the stars. Bring your camp chairs, blankets, a cooler full of snacks and drinks, and enjoy a screening of Hocus Pocus. Plus, the concession stand—fully stocked with all of your movie snacking favorites—will be open starting at 6:30pm. Buy tickets

Movies on Main
Where: Heritage Park, Irving
When: Fridays October 21 and 28, 7pm
The details: Irving Parks and Recreation is hosting two Halloween movie nights in Heritage Park: Cruella on October 21 and Hocus Pocus on October 28. FREE. More info

Trunk or Treat Drive-In Movie
Where: Bethany Lakes Park, Allen
When: Saturday, October 22, 6:30–9:30pm
The details: Decorate your vehicle and bring your favorite candy to pass out at this special Trunk or Treat event. Once your kids collect their candy to enjoy during the movie, enjoy a screening of Halloweentown from the comfort of your vehicle. Chick-Fil-A will provide food, and guests are encouraged to bring their already carved jack-o’-lanterns for a pumpkin carving contest. Register here

Five Days of Fright Halloween Movie Week
Where: Erik Jonsson Central Library, Dallas
When: Tuesday, October 25 – Saturday, October 29, see website for full schedule
The details: The library is celebrating the spooky season with a lineup of Halloween movie screenings. The schedule is subject to change, but as of now the library will be showing two movies per day (note: double check the ratings of the movies before bringing your kids).
October 25: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R) at 1pm and Monster House (PG) at 3:30pm.
October 26: District 9 (R) at 1pm and Venom (PG-13) at 3:30pm
October 27: Happy Death Day (PG-13) at 1pm and Happy Death Day 2U (PG-13) at 3pm
October 28: Zombieland (R) at 1pm and Goosebumps(PG) at 3pm
October 29: Zombieland Double Tap (R) at 1pm and Hocus Pocus (PG) at 3pm
FREE. More info

Beetlejuice Movie Party
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Denton
When: Tuesday, October 25, 7:30pm
The details: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Bee…okay, we won’t say it a third time. But head to Alamo Drafthouse with your kids for a movie party featuring this Tim Burton classic. What’s a movie party? It’s an immersive experience with interactive props, themed drinks, fun, and more (a la Rocky Horror screenings). Buy tickets

Movie in the Park
Where: Griggs Park, Dallas
When: Tuesday, October 25, 7–9:30pm
The details: Join Uptown Dallas Inc. for a Halloween edition of Movie in the Park featuring the Tim Burton classic, Beetlejuice. FREE. More info

Movies on the Lawn: Coco
Where: AT&T Discovery District, Dallas
When: Wednesday, October 26, 6pm
The details: Watch a screening of Coco on the 104-foot outdoor media wall. The movie explores the traditions of Día de los Muertos, and the kids can warm up with Mexican hot chocolate while Mom and Dad enjoy margaritas. RSVP here

Hall-O-Ween Movie Series: The Addams Family
Where: Legacy Hall, Plano
When: Wednesday, October 26, 7:30pm
The details: Gather your family to see our favorite Halloween family in a free screening of The Addams Family in the Box Garden. While the screening is free for anyone to attend, there is an optional Pumpkin Package for $65, which includes a $20 Hall Pass for dinner or drinks, a Halloween candy bag, and 2 Spooky Drink Tickets. Register here

Family Halloween Movie Night
Where: White Rock Hills Branch Library, Dallas
When: Thursday, October 27, 4:45–7pm
The details: Head to the library’s auditorium for a screening of Casper. Bring snacks, blankets, and floor cushions for the ultimate movie-watching experience. The movie will start promptly at 5pm, and activity packets will be available for kids and adults to prevent boredom. FREE. Register here

Throwback Thursday Movie
Where: Plaza Theatre, Garland
When: Thursday, October 27, 7–10pm
The details: Catch a screening of the 80s classic Beetlejuice. FREE. More info

Family Afternoon Movie: Goosebumps
Where: Arcadia Park Branch Library, Dallas
When: Friday, October 28, 3:30–5:30pm
The details: Bring your family for a screening of Goosebumps, the movie version of the kids’ favorite book series. But get there early: The first 50 attendees will get free snacks and drinks. FREE. Learn more

Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus
Where: Quakertown Park, Denton
When: Friday, October 28, 6–9pm
The details: Get ready for some spooktacular fun with this movie screening. Activities start at 6pm, with pumpkin painting, inflatables, yard games, and food trucks. A costume contest will begin at 6:30pm, and Hocus Pocus will start at 7pm. FREE. More info

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie in Concert
Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
When: Friday, October 28, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 29, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 3pm
The details: Sure, it’s not a Halloween movie per se, but with witches and wizards and mythical creatures galore, we can’t help but think of the spooky holiday. So bring your kids to this special screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus play the score live. Get tickets

Klyde Warren Park’s Trick-or-Treating in the Park
Where: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
When: Saturday, October 29, 5–9pm
The details: Come for trick-or-treating and stay for a movie. Whether you have a family costume or it’s just the kids dressing up this year, come decked out in your Halloween best, collect candy, and watch a screening of Hocus Pocus at 7pm. FREE. More info

Ghost Town
Where: Historic Downtown Carrollton, Carrollton
When: Saturday, October 29, 4–7pm
The details: Join the city of Carrollton for its annual Ghost Town, where your family can help hunt ghosts on the square, enjoy candy, make a Halloween craft, and get mini pumpkins. End the evening with a screening of the classic Halloween movie, Casper (1995) at sunset. FREE. Learn more

Music & Movies at Fairview Town Center
Where: The Park at Fairview Town Center, Fairview
When: Saturday, October 29, 6pm
The details: Bring the kiddos and a blanket for a double feature of two classic Halloween movies: The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Dress up as your favorite Addams family character for a chance to win a prize. There will be free popcorn and Halloween treats for the little ones, but you can make a night of it by getting takeout from one of the FTC eateries. Plus, the first 150 kids under 12 to come to the screening will get a Halloween goodie bag. FREE. More details

Movie Sing-Along: Coco
Where: Vickery Park Branch Library, Dallas
When: Tuesday, November 1, 3–5:30pm
The details: Celebrate Día de los Muertos by watching and singing along to Coco. FREE. Learn more

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