Fall events to get you into the spooky spirit

As someone who considers fall to be one of the best seasons, I’m always on the lookout for places to go this time of year to enjoy the season to its fullest. Here is a list of some upcoming events to mark on your calendar.

Autumn at the Arboretum 

This is the 17th year the Dallas Arboretum has done “Autumn at the Arboretum,” made up of over 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. This year’s theme is “A Fall Fairy Tale” and features Cinderella’s Carriage, houses that make up a pumpkin village and displays of other fairy tales like Jack & The Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and more. The Arboretum has a variety of activities this fall such as crafts, markets, contests and a variety of fall-themed areas that are perfect for getting photos to capture the moment. Tickets for “Autumn at the Arboretum” range from $12 to $20 and can be bought until Oct. 31. 

Pumpkin Nights

“Pumpkin Nights” was founded in 2016 and is available to visit until Oct. 30 at Howell Family Farms. The festival is full of multiple pumpkin-themed ‘lands’ to venture, consisting of over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins. “Pumpkin Nights” even includes real fire dancers, live pumpkin carving, fall games and a variety of foods. The festival is perfect for enjoying live entertainment and luminous fall displays once the sun sets. “Pumpkin Nights” occurs from 6 to 11 p.m. and ticket prices vary.

Frisco’s Frights’ n Lights

At “Frights’ n Lights,” you have the opportunity to visit a trail of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns, each with intricately carved designs of superheroes, cartoon characters, princesses and more. “Frights’ n Lights” is full of an array of lanterns and lights that depict iconic horror characters, some even life-sized. Along with the decorations adding to the autumn atmosphere, this event is full of themed crafts and rides, a haunted house, axe throwing and a variety of games. “Frights’ n Lights” is available to attend until Oct. 31, and ticket prices vary.

Dark Hour Haunted House

The “Dark Hour Haunted House” always returns for fall, but this year, the haunted house has been expanded to include more horrifying creatures and scenes. The experience follows 13 witches — cleverly named “The Thirteen” — as they combine their dark powers to create an evil that transcends the usual. In order to cast the Dark Hour Spell, The Thirteen are in need of the screams and fear of others. The “Dark Hour Haunted House” is open a selective number of nights with varying times throughout October.

Carrollton Ghost Town

Taking place in Downtown Historic Carrollton on Oct. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m., “Ghost Town” consists of a costume contest at 6:30 p.m., ghost hunt, crafts, carnival games and a Halloween movie at sunset. Ghost Town is free and great if you want an event that maintains the classic whimsical Halloween tone. Once the sun has set, “Ghost Town” will be featuring the 1995 film “Casper.”

There’s an immense number of events going on to celebrate fall and all that comes with it. These are just a few of them, and I truly can’t wait to check them out and make fall even more memorable, eventful and enjoyable.