Halloween Festivals in Forney, Texas

by Ian Farquharson

About 20 miles east of Dallas, Texas, Forney has become known as the "Antique Capital of Texas" because of the flourishing antique industry in the city. Residents and visitors to Forney can enjoy a variety of events throughout the year, and this includes Halloween celebrations. Organizations such as the Forney Parks and Recreation Department and local farms stage Halloween activities for kids and adults.

Trail of Treats

In the run-up to Halloween, the Forney Parks and Recreation Department (cityofforney.org) stages the Trail of Treats celebration. This evening event generally takes place in Forney Community Park and features Halloween-themed activities and games for children. Candy stations around the park enable kids to enjoy some trick-or-treat fun, and a costume contest lets them try to win some prizes. The event can also include entertainment from local radio stations.

Gentle Zoo

The Gentle Zoo (gentlezoo.com) in Forney sets up a pumpkin patch each year, which generally runs from late September until early November. The patch has pumpkins for sale in a variety of shapes and sizes, enabling visitors to find a suitable candidate for their Halloween carving activities. While at the zoo, visitors can also enjoy the other attractions, including carnival games, a train ride and the petting zoo.


The annual scare fest known as Thrillvania (thrillvania.com) takes place during October each year. Located in Terrell, around 13 miles to the east of Forney, this has six attractions for those looking to enjoy some Halloween scares. These include the Maze of Chaos, Dr. Lycan's Trail of Torment and Voodoo Bayou. As one of the largest Halloween attractions in the Forney area, it can prove a good choice for some ghostly fun.


Residents of Forney also can visit some of the Halloween festivals in Dallas, which is only 20 miles to the west. Toward the end of October the Dallas Zoo (dallaszoo.com) hosts Halloween Nights. Taking place in the evening, it enables kids to dress up in costume and enjoy a few Halloween surprises as they make their way around the zoo. The Dallas Scare Grounds (dallasscaregrounds.com) also hosts a festival during October. Visitors can enjoy the haunted attractions, as well as spend time on the festival grounds. Events staged can include Halloween costume contests and live music.

About the Author

Ian Farquharson has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. He has written for individual clients, as well as various online publications, and brings sports and travel expertise to eHow. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Dundee College of Technology.

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