Fall is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in the Plano area, whether it involves checking out a family-friendly festival, getting out into nature or simply enjoying a beverage on a local patio. Here are some events and ideas for how to get out of the house this fall.
Sept. 20-Nov. 2
Dark Hour Haunted House
Dark Hour’s Halloween season follows the warpath of the Vampire Witch. Visitors can make their way through the Transylvanian cemetery, the vampire roost and the crypt city. Times and ticket costs vary. Pricing begins at $25.
701 Taylor Drive, Plano
Oktoberfeast at Legacy Hall
The second annual festival will have live German music, beer steins, brewery tours, outdoor games and a Sunday Family Day with activities and competitions.
7800 Windrose Ave., Plano
Free. Outdoors. Kid-Friendly. Food/drink for sale.
Every Thursday evening in October, The Angelika Film Center will show a Hitchcock film at 7 p.m. The selected films include “Dial M for Murder,” “North by Northwest,” “The Birds,” “The Lady Vanishes” and “Psycho.” $10.50 (per showing).
7205 Bishop Road, Ste. E6, Plano
Food/drink for sale.
Apparition Expedition: A Stroll Through Plano’s Paranormal Past
This 1.5-mile expedition through downtown historic Plano will introduce hikers to ghostly and mysterious parts of Plano’s past. The $20 tour will begin at the McCall Plaza at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. both nights. There will be additional wagon cemetery tours for $20 and 10-minute readings from Dallas psychics for $10 for a portion of each evening.
998 E. 15th St., Plano
Outdoors. Food/drink for sale.
Haunted Family Camp Out
The Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve will host an evening of outdoor games, nature walks, storytelling and s’mores as part of this overnight event. A limited number of tents are available for rent. The event will also have a tent decorating contest, pumpkin painting, and “tent-or-treat” from 2 p.m. Oct. 12 to 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Dinner and a light breakfast are included. $15 per person; children under 2 are free.
5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano
Pins for Paws Boo-lathon
Proceeds from this bowling event will go toward the Animal Rescue Crusaders of Texas. Tickets include two hours of bowling, shoe rentals and desserts and an entry into door prizes. There will also be a silent auction, raffle prizes and creative costume prizes. The event begins with check-in at 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $25 per bowler; $20 for kids 10 and under.
2521 Avenue K, Plano
Kid-friendly. Food/drink for sale.
Boo Bash 2019
The Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center will host an indoor trick-or-treat night with carnival games and costumes. 4:30-8 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food item to donate to a local food bank.
5801 W. Parker Road, Plano
This Oktoberfest-style event will include beer, German-inspired cuisine, live music, an artist village of craftsmen and makers, keg bowling, kids’ activities and a VIP beer garden. Free. Fri.: 5-11 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
998 E.15th St., Plano
Worth the trip: The Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk
Heritage Village at Chestnut Square will offer two nights of paranormal presentations. On the first night, visitors can take a trolley tour of McKinney or be guided through three to four historical buildings and shown paranormal evidence. On the second night, the event will include costumed storytellers, building tours and live-action performances as well as a paranormal presentation and other activities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tour times vary. Tickets begin at $10 per guest.
315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney
5 pumpkin patches to check out
Grace Avenue Methodist Church
Pumpkins on the Prairie
Open Sept. 28-Oct. 31
Mon.-Fri.: 1-7 p.m.
Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun. (activities begin): 12 p.m.
3521 Main St., Frisco
Autumn at the Arboretum
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Open Sept. 21-Oct. 31
Sun.-Mon.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
Christ United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Open Sept. 29-Oct. 31
Every day: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
3101 Coit Road, Plano
Charity Fundraiser Pumpkin Patch
Open Sept. 28-Oct. 31
Sun.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-sundown
Sat.: 9 a.m.-sundown
3701 S. Custer Road, McKinney
Creekwood United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
Open Oct. 1-31
Every day: 9 a.m.-dusk
261 Country Club, Allen