The kids are back in school (or studying virtually), pumpkin spice is back on the menu, and the Dallas Cowboys are back on Sundays – it’s fall in Frisco! To help you kick off the season, we’ve once again rounded up the best fall-themed activities that Frisco has to offer.
Things look a little different this year, as many of your seasonal traditions have either canceled or moved to a virtual format.
Nevertheless, whether you’re looking for pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating events, or fun runs, there’s still something for everyone. Grab your PSL and your coziest sweater, and start planning your fall season! And if you’re feeling frazzled about the State Fair of Texas being canceled, read: Where to Find Food with Fair Flair in Frisco
Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we recommend confirming the status of the following events before heading out to attend:
Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches
Shades of Green Garden Center Pumpkin Painting
September 18 – October 31
Many seasonal activities are canceled this year, including the annual Fall Festival at Shades of Green. Still, they’d like to provide families a chance to have an Autumn experience while adhering to safety guidelines. Not only is the event FREE, but pumpkins and supplies will be supplies. Ages 10 and under, Fridays and Saturdays: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm.
Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
September 26 – November 25, 2020, Preston Trail Farms
This North Texas tradition offers visitors fall fun and a taste of country life. Kids will be delighted by rows of pumpkins growing right on the vine, hay bales to climb on, and a petting farm with more than 50 lively animals. Other attractions include a hayride, farm train, and a 6 ft high hay maze.
Frisco Fresh Market Family Funtober Fest
Enjoy exploring the fresh produce and local vendors at Frisco Fresh Market, plus a great variety of fall activities for kids. The event will feature fun treats, kid-friendly inflatables, games, interactive classes, and more!
Petting Zoo Fun at FFM
Sunday, October 18, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Play with mini goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, a mini cow, a mini donkey, a mini horse, and a piggy, among many other animals! Entry is $5 a person/child entering the enclosure. CASH ONLY – you’ll pay just before entering.
Pumpkins on the Prairie
October 17 – October 31
Pumpkins on the Prairie has been a beloved tradition in the Frisco area for over 15 years. Each year neighbors come from miles around to share in the joy that a day outside in the fall weather brings to people of all ages! Families come for pictures, to find that perfect pumpkin, and just to be together.
First Frisco UMC Pumpkin Patch
October 1 – October 31, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
An annual tradition, the First Frisco United Methodist Church pumpkin patch helps to fund youth mission trips. Find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes!
The Art of the Pumpkin
September 19 – November 1
While Frisco has a lot to enjoy, those new to the area should know that Autumn at the Arboretum is one of Dallas’ Favorite Fall Traditions! “The Art of the Pumpkin” features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds, and squash.
Trick or Treating | Costume Events
Trunk or Treat at the Frisco Rail Yard – UPDATE: This event has been CANCELED.
October 11, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
It’s fall and the Frisco Rail Yard wants to celebrate with a family fun TRUNK or TREAT! Enjoy food trucks, games, trick or treating, live music, local vendors, costume contest, and more!
My Gym’s 12th Annual Halloween Party
October 16 and October 23
Calling all little monsters! My Gym is hosting socially-distanced Halloween-themed games, songs, dances, puppet shows, My Gym activities, and so much more. With reduced capacity restrictions spaces are more limited than before (and sell out every year!), so reserve a space TODAY! (Please make sure that all costumes are safe for climbing equipment, running, jumping, costume parades, and all the other fun!)
Trick or Treat at Fire Safety Town
October 23, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Come in costume for this Frisco favorite. Children 5th grade and under can enjoy exploring the fire truck, the safety house, and of course trick or treating in the little village. This popular event draws big crowds so be prepared for off-site parking and a wait in line. Be sure to check the website for the current status of this event closer to the date – it might be canceled.
FRAKESenstein Manor IV
October 30, 7:00 pm, Industrial Cigar Co.
Join Industrial Cigar Co. for the 4th annual ICC Halloween Costume Party. Costume contest, food, and plenty-o-drink. It’s a Frakes-enstein event (in honor of the Owners, the Frakes family!) Open to the public, but tickets are required and space is limited.
Boo Bash Halloween Celebration
October 30, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Ninja Nation
BOO BASH! Ninja Nation is going to have a crazy fun party. Wear your costume (no face paint please and wear tennis shoes). Come do some Ninja and play fun games for prizes and candy.
October 31, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Join UT Southwestern Medical Center for a morning of spine-tingling fun. Guests of all ages can tour our labs and learn about glowing brain cells and worms, practice some haunted science at home and observe some skeleton yoga! Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume for our virtual Halloween parade!
Premier Martial Arts’ Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
October 31, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Enjoy a fun free event in the parking lot of IM=X Pilates (5353 Independence Pkwy Suite 400, Frisco, TX 75035). Families can drive through the parking lot and visit several fun stations owned by local businesses – they’ll have CANDY for you! Visit them all to be entered in a raffle for a grand prize!
Trick or Treat with The Rail District
October 31, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Make your way to Frisco’s Rail District on Halloween afternoon. Many of the downtown merchants will have TREATS for our little visitors!
Spooky Science at Sci-Tech
October 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trick or treat at Sci-Tech on Halloween anytime from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm. They’ll have Spooky Scary Science hands-on activities, WOW Combustion Fire shows (just don’t tell Frankenstein’s monster!), a costume parade, and a contest with non-candy prizes!
Inaugural NTPA Trunk-or-Treat
October 31, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Shops at Willow Bend, Parking Deck D, Roof Level
Come out for the Inaugural North Texas Performing Arts Trunk-or-Treat! Enjoy our Halloween festivities in a socially-distanced, safe way by joining the drive-through Trunk-or-Treat! This trick-or-treating-meets-carnival extravaganza will provide fun for the whole family with entertainment, candy, carnival games, and more! (Individual and Group Costume Contests, too!)
October 31, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A come-and-go, socially distant Halloween event at the Frisco Heritage Village and Museum! Ghost stories on the Crozier House Porch, goodie bags for the kids, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” playing in the Heritage Museum Theater, and more. Register in advance.
Halloween at FFM
October 31, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Frisco Fresh Market
Stock up on great Halloween Goodies and have a SPOOKY GOOD TIME! They’ll have two separate COSTUME CONTESTS throughout the day! One for children and one for your FUR babies!
Mad Science FREE Halloween Show
October 31, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Frisco Fresh Market
Enjoy a FREE Mad Science Halloween STEM show with free Science toys for all the kiddos (while supplies last) and an exciting 30 minute show! One lucky family will win a birthday party package!
Community and Family Events
Cinema Drive-In at The Star Presents Shudder
The Star in Frisco. October 29 – October 31. Lots open at 6:00 pm, shows begin at 7:00 pm.
Starting October 29 and running for three consecutive nights, Shudder will produce an immersive experience that combines three Halloween feature films with live-action elements and performers to create a horror-film-meets-haunted-house-style attraction.
Spooky Fun at Countdown 2 Escape
“It was a dark and stormy night…” Grab your family, friends, or colleagues, put your phones down and see if you you BEAT THE CLOCK at one of C2E’s creative adventure escape rooms. Try the newest room, “Tension” or the eery “What Happened in Ravenwoods?” Countdown 2 Escape provides suspense, intensity, and just enough nail-biting to get North Texans into the Halloween spirit!
Rail District Outdoor Market
Enjoy fall weather (fingers crossed) at the Rail District’s open-air marketplace, where local merchants bring their goods and services to the curbs! Businesses range from a variety of salons, gift shops, boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, arts, music and entertainment, and so much more.
Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day
Virtual event, September 26, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come see what life was like for the cowboys along the Shawnee Trail. The free, day-long event offers something for everyone, including food trucks, live entertainment, beer and wine garden, costume photos, kids crafts and games, armadillo races, and more!
Frisco Arts Walk and Run
Virtual event, September 1 – October 3
You can run/walk/treadmill/bike across 5K and support the ARTS! This year’s Frisco Arts Walk and Run is completely virtual, culminating with an online Finisher’s Fest celebration on October 3rd, from 9 am – 3 pm.
fearlessHope Boo Ball “Sight for All”
October 30, 7:00 pm
Though we are unable to gather together in person this year for our gala, our caring fearlessHope community is needed now more than ever! Tickets include admission to the fearlessHOPE Boo Ball “Sight for All” and one entry into the costume contest (an upgraded ticket includes a “Boo Box” of surprises! Consider “boo-ing” someone you love with a Boo Box!
21st Annual FEF Gary Burns 5K and Fun Run
Virtual event, October 17 – October 31
This great Frisco tradition is back with a family-friendly 5k and Fun Run. You guessed it, it’s Halloween themed!
Presented by Frisco Education Foundation, get ready to hop, skip or jump your way to the finish line anytime between October 17-31. There will be some tricks and treats along the way!
Run for Refresh
A local nonprofit that provides hygiene products to children in need in our community, Refresh Frisco has a virtual 5K coming up! Cost to participate is only $15 and includes a free t-shirt. More details and registration link can be found on the Refresh Frisco website.
Radiance! A Holiday Light Special
November 11 – January 3, Dr Pepper Ballpark
Gather the family and sip a cup of hot chocolate as you marvel at two million lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics from the safety and comfort of your car!
Cookies and Castles
December 12, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Scottish Rite for Children, Frisco campus.
The premier Dallas holiday gingerbread decorating event has made its way up to Frisco! The 2020 Cookies and Castles event will be a drive-through and pick up event so you can take the fun home to enjoy with family and friends. Registration Deadline: November 20.
North Texas Turkey Trot
Run first! Eat later. Earn your Thanksgiving feast while supporting a great cause at the annual North Texas Turkey Trot, benefitting the Miracle League of Frisco, a sports organization for special needs children. The 2020 virtual Turkey Trot consists of a 5K, 10K, 1-mile or whatever distance you would like. They will ship the participant shirt, running buff, and bib right to you.