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Halloween to do List: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The ghouls and gurus of mayhem are out this holiday season, besmocked in their Halloween costumes, frightening masks and bunny outfits.

Pumpkin Village, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas, TX

October 31 marks a special transition in the year, one that quickly gathers into the onset of the holiday season. But before stuffing our faces with turkey or scoring major Christmas deals come Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we all love to dress up as our favorite fantasy characters and worlds, shove sweet treats down our throats and grab the night by the gourd in search for mischief and wild times.

One such place that offers its patrons more just the right amount of Halloween spirit is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Located in the heart of the Dallas metroplex, just 10 miles outside of downtown Dallas, the Dallas arboretum offers its patrons a particularly magical display of pumpkins, gourds, squash and hay in ‘The Adventures of Neverland,” a uniquely crafted fall festival for everyone in the family to enjoy.

This well-crafted Halloween display at the Dallas Arboretum runs during the fall season beginning September until November each year, with its Pumpkin Village housing more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. With an impressive array of pumpkins surrounding the majority of the park, visitors are ensconced by orange during their entire duration of their stay.

To make magic merrier, the little ones can enjoy trick-or-treating right on the gardens’ premises.

Once finished in fairyland, patrons can stroll along the 60-acre park and enjoy some of the most romantic blooms to hit the United States.

***PRO TIP: To get the best Halloween experience, go to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden when it’s raining – the rain brings out the color of the bloom and the arboretum will be virtually untouched. You’ll get the park all to yourself — just make sure to bring your rain boots!

During Halloween we often forget this time to be a moment for family.

And sometimes, in the midst of the trident trickery, we forget to absorb the merriment of Halloween and its autumn ways. Whether tracing back to the traditional holiday known as Dia de los Muertos (‘Day of the Dead’) — a thousand-year-old Mexican tradition that honors loved ones who have passed — or the Roman origin of All Saints Day, Halloween has long been associated with good faith and family.

So even if you cant make it the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, make sure you squeeze in a visit to a pumpkin patch somewhere into your Hallows-eve agenda.

Pumpkin Village, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas, TX

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