Not Your Average Pumpkins


It’s the time of year when pumpkin-filled porches are seen in every neighborhood anticipating the welcome of trick-or-treaters. Adorn your stoop with something different this Halloween and draw inspiration from these unique pumpkin decorating ideas.

 

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Unicorn Dreams

Using a few basic craft supplies (think acrylic paint, clay, a hot glue gun), customize any pumpkin into the dreamy-eyed face of a sweet mystical creature or your favorite  pet.

 

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Glitz & Glam

With a little glue or paint and a lot of glitter, have fun mixing designs and colors for pumpkins that sparkle.

 

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Autumnal Bouquet

The easiest pumpkin you’ll ever carve requires slicing off the top, clearing the insides, inserting flowers and you have a pretty pumpkin bouquet — it even makes for the perfect centerpiece well into November.

 

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Chalk It Up

With a coat or two of chalk paint, you can swap out Halloween messages and spooky silhouettes for days.

 

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Spray It Gold

A can of spray paint and a cardboard box are all you need to make simple, chic pumpkins in any color scheme — but isn’t everything prettier in gold?

 

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Melted Magic

Just as it sounds, melt wax (or crayons) in your favorite color combinations for a unique work of art. A bit trickier than the rest, but worth the extra effort.

 

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Constellation Creation

Get creative with paint designs by doodling your favorite constellations and add a ribbon or two for good measure.

 

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Gorgeous Gourds

Mix and match your favorite glitter and metallic paints for stylish, hand-crafted cuteness.

North Texas Halloween Weekend Roundup 2017


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Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these Halloween-themed events in North Texas. 

 
Day of the Dead Festival
 
Celebrate the fall season and pay homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween at a Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. This free, family-friendly event in Denton offers trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, games, local food and art, and activities for all ages including a salsa cook-off, street performers, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and offers events all day.
 
Glow Yoga Class
 
Put on your best ’80s and ’90s workout costume and head to this 45-minute, glow-inspired yoga class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Yoga Center and taking place at the legal Draft Beer Co., enjoy an afternoon of stretching and fun music, followed by a pint of beer. Admission is $15.

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

 
Head to the Dallas Zoo each night until Oct. 29 to enjoy a family friendly Halloween event in a “wild” setting. Children can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at stations situated throughout the zoo. You’ll also find bounce houses, games, frequent animal encounters, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Admission is $10 and includes six candy coupons; parking is $7.
 
Halloween Skate
 
Get into the spirit and head to the Allen Community Ice Rink on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a Halloween-themed skate event. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., skate your heart out and enjoy candy, raffles, and more. If you wear your Halloween costume, you receive a free skate rental, or you can pay a $5 entry fee plus $3 to rent skates. All donations will benefit the Allen Community Outreach Program.
 
Howl-O-Ween Pup Social & Doggie Costume Party
 
Let your pup strut his or her stuff during a mini parade and costume contest at the first-ever Howl-O-Ween Pup Social in Watauga. Head over to Chef Point Cafe and enjoy live music, local rescue organizations, and pet-focused local businesses. Your pooch can enjoy “doggie beer” and a selection off of the doggie menu, while you can enjoy a refreshing Halloween cocktail or draft beer. Admission is free.
 
Poe in the ‘Hood
 
Head to Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the highly anticipated return of Poe in the ‘Hood. This fun, scary literary event features the works of Edgar Allen Poe told by storytellers while guests enjoy food and drinks.
 
Six Flags Fright Fest
 
It’s the time of the year when zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Over Texas. Taking place until Oct. 31, enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the park during the day, and extra frightening events at night, including haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets range from $61.99 to $86.99.
 
Sticker Treating at the Dallas Arboretum
 
Enjoy a twist on traditional trick-or-treating with “sticker treating.” Wear costumes and discover the spooky side of nature while exploring the gardens and collecting stickers along the way. This event takes place all day Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
 
Stranger Things Halloween Bash
 
Deep Ellum’s Quixotic World Magical Event Space is hosting a Stranger Things-themed Halloween party tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This 21+ event features a photo booth, a gourmet waffle bar, a costume contest, and a midnight showing of the recently released season of popular television show, “Stranger Things.”
 
Trick or Treat the Square
 
Frisco Square will host its seventh-annual Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this family and pet-friendly event presents children under 12 the opportunity to wear their best costumes and trick or treat at popular restaurants, shops, and businesses in Frisco Square. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pooch parade/costume contest, and a dog adoption event. Admission is free.

Local Fall Etsy Finds


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There’s no shortage of talented artists and artisans in Dallas, and now, shopping local is easier than ever. Add some festive fall flair to your home this season with these Etsy products made by local sellers.
 
Item: Grateful Sign, $38
Seller: Our Signature Swag
 
This adorable sign is a perfect reminder to hang up in your home this holiday season. Place it above a door or on a wall, or prop it up on a shelf for a classy Thanksgiving (or year-round) sentiment.
 
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Item: White Calligraphy Pumpkin, $17-$20
Seller: Rachel Carl
 
These faux pumpkins with handwritten lettering are a chic and simple alternative to traditional gourds. Pick from sayings like “give thanks” or “hello fall,” or request your own phrase.
 
 
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Item: Thanksgiving Sign, 10×12 for $53, 16×16 for $63
Seller: Six Eleven Co.
 
Celebrate the season with this fun wooden Thanksgiving sign. It’s hand-built using quality wood, hand-painted with warm, orange lettering, and hand-distressed for a perfectly rustic look.
 
 
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Item: Pomegranate Cider Natural Soy Candle, 4 oz. for $11, 8 oz. for $15
Seller: The Tiny Collection
 
This small-batch soy candle blends the scent of warm spices with sweet pomegranate for a tantalizing fall home fragrance. It’s non-toxic and made from all-natural soy wax, a cotton wick, and essential oils.
 

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Item: Halloween Typography Print, prices vary depending on size
Seller: Letter B Studio
 
Add some humor to your Halloween décor with this fun print. Professionally printed on cardstock paper, this durable print can be ordered in 5×7, 8×10, or 11×13. If you’re located in Dallas, message the seller for free shipping!
 
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Item: Thankful Wood Slice Décor, $50
Seller: You Me Happily

Brighten up a tablescape or mantel with this lovely decorated wood slice. Painted with metallic gold modern calligraphy, it’s finished with a matte protective coating to ensure a spot in your home’s décor year after year.
 
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Item: Fall Farmhouse Throw Pillow, $25
Seller: Mugg + Co.

 
Whether your home’s décor is shabby chic, modern, or traditional, this charming printed pillow is a perfect addition to any cozy space. The faux-linen, zippered pillow cover is off-white and measures 18×18 inches. Pro tip: Pillow covers are a great decorating option for those tight on storage space; they fold up and can easily be stored until next year without taking up much room.
 
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Item: Spiced Pinecone & Pear Soy Candle, $20 for 8 oz.
Seller: Turquoise and Lake
 
This 100 percent soy candle smells of clean, crisp pinecone and fresh, juicy pear. Additional notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and sugared cinnamon make this warming scent perfect for fall. The small-batch candle is poured into a mason jar and features a chemical-free WoodWick that will create a slight, soothing crackling sound.
 
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Item: Fall/Autumn Dog Collar, $13.95 to $17.95 (depending on size)
Seller: Coley’s Collars
 
Customize a festive collar for your pooch on Coley’s Collars Etsy shop. Pick your choice of pattern, size, collar width, and buckle color for a one-of-a-kind collar for your furry friend.
 
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Item: Fall Wreath, $95
Seller: Tricia’s Treasures 11
 
Celebrate fall with this beautiful monogrammed grapevine wreath. Each one is handmade with care, so no two are exactly alike.
 
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Item: Velvet Pumpkins with Natural Stems, $50
Seller: Wood Drift Designs
 
Matching your existing décor with the colors of fall can sometimes be tricky. This Etsy seller has the solution to that, with these trendy fabric pumpkins. Available in a variety of colors, the handmade pumpkins have rice at the bottom to keep them upright and beautiful on any table or shelf.

 
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8 Pumpkin Patches to Visit in North Texas


dallas pumpkin patchesThe (somewhat) cooler weather assures us that fall has finally begun. And, with it, many iconic traditions follow.

 

Whether baking pumpkin pie or spicing up seasonal décor, these North Texas spots offer many outstanding options for your great pumpkin search.

 

Country Critters Farm Pumpkin Patch

South of Mansfield, the Country Critters Farm features bounce houses, pony and hay rides, and duck races. Children can also enjoy cookies and apple juice during storytime. Then, choose a pie-size pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it to your liking.

 

Dallas Arboretum

The arboretum’s 11th annual fall festival features the 1-acre, nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, which features more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Navigate to the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch to purchase and take home a pumpkin of your choice now through Nov. 23.

 

Dallas Farmers Market

Visit the Dallas Famers Market now through Oct. 31 and do double duty with shopping and pumpkin picking. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase.

 

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Travel to the Double Oak Ranch in Flower Mound and find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. Visit flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com for more information.

 

Halls Pumpkin Patch

Take a trip to Grapevine and experience a 2-acre corn maze, hayrides, farm animals and, of course, pumpkins – fresh off the vine. Daily through Oct. 31. For more information, visit hallspumpkinfarm.net.

 

Preston Trail Farms

Formerly known as the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm, the family owned Preston Trail Farms offers feed, hardware, food, and gifts at its new location in Gunter. Pick pumpkins off the vine or peruse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. Don’t forget to visit the farm animals!

 

Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch

Owned and operated by the nonprofit River Ranch Educational Charities, Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch features a historic western town, made up of authentic late-19th-century buildings. Children can also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and hay maze. Don’t forget to collect your mini pumpkin on your way out!

 

Tucker Hill Pumpkinville

The fifth annual pumpkin extravaganza in McKinney features vintage farm equipment (courtesy of the Collin County Farm Museum), fall and Halloween décor, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, activities, and games. Pumpkins vary in price. For more information, visit tuckerhilltx.com.

Photos courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

 

DFW Weekend Round Up – Halloween 2015


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From trick-or-treating to pumpkin patches, fall is in the air and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This Halloween weekend, Dallas has no shortage of hair-raising fun to get into.

 

Thursday, October 29

Pumpkinville: Located in McKinney’s Tucker Hill community, this event features food trucks and concession stands, hay mazes, pumpkin decorating and more fall activities to enjoy. FREE. 10 a.m. Every day – October 31.

 

​​Come-As-You-Are Wine Dinner: Travel over to lower Greenville and visit the Grape for a taste of fine wines. Chef de cuisine Sarah Snow will create a three-course bistro menu to compliment the hand-selected wines of the evening. $52/person. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214-828-1981.

 

Decks in the Park Halloween Bash: Bring your costumes to the last Decks in the Park of the season! With ghoulish beats and tasty treats, this event promises an unforgettable and spooky evening. FREE. 6 p.m.

 

Craft Beer Tasting: Join the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden for pre-concert tasting with Martin House Brewing Company. Tasting includes four samples of hand-crafted brews, a brewery tasting glass and a full beer to enjoy at the end of the tasting. Light bites will also be provided. Admission to Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band) concert included. $50/adult; $45/member. 6:15 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, October 30

Scare on the Square: The shops in downtown McKinney and McKinney Main Street invite you to come out and enjoy the sights of hundreds of ghosts and goblins, young and old, in the historic downtown area. Enjoy interactive activities, costume contests and a ghost hunt! FREE. 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 31

Spooky Pooch Festival: Visit Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas for a canine-centric Halloween festival. There will be a contest for best dog costume, a kids zone, vendors, food and drink, plus more! $13/person. For tickets, click here.

 

Trick or Treat the Square: Rain or shine, Frisco Square will host their fifth annual halloween event featuring face paintings, a petting zoo, wagon rides, and a costume contest. FREE. 1 p.m.

 

Treat Street: Head over to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards for costume contests, pumpkin decorating, games, hayrides, and trick-or-treating at Stockyards Station shops. FREE. 6 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 1

Music on the Southwest Porch: Grab a seat on the Southwest Porch at Klyde Warren Park and enjoy the soulful country tunes of Grace Tyler and Haley Rynn. FREE. 2 p.m.

 

Light the Night Walk: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will host a fundraising campaign, consisting of community participants who walk with an illuminated lantern to bring awareness and raise funds for treatments and cures. The North cities and Dallas walk have joined forces and will be held at Trinity Groves in West Dallas. To register, click here. 5 p.m.

5 Unique Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin


The cooler weather assures us that fall has finally begun, and with it comes lots of decorating.

 

Pumpkins are tasty (especially in pie), but they’re also perfect for spicing up seasonal décor. Following are five ways to go beyond the orange, and add stylish and fun touches to your home.

 

1. Twine Pumpkins

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2. Chalkboard Pumpkins

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3. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

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4. Typography Pumpkins

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5. Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement

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The Best of Halloween 2014


The countdown is officially on for Halloween! Whether you’re getting dressed up, decked out, or just waiting for adorable trick-or-treaters, there’s something for everyone to get excited about this year.

 

We’re rounding up all of the hottest trends in costumes, home decor, recipes, DIY’s, and more on our Pinterest board so that you can have the best Halloween yet! Click here to see it all.

The Best of Halloween 2014