With November on the horizon and Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan all your fall family activities in Dallas. From corn mazes to stargazing, there are tons of ideas here to your family out and exploring this fall. Which activity will be your favorite?

1. Pick the perfect gourd at one of these local pumpkin patches.

2. While you are there, run through a corn maze and see how fast you can make it out! 

3. Then snag one of these pumpkin carving templates and go to town!

4. Bake up some pumpkin treats to get your house smelling like fall.

photo: Gabby Cullen

5. Plan a fall family road trip to nearby Fredericksburg. From hiking to local history and even a kid-friendly winery or two, there's plenty of adventure to be had in Hill Country. 

6. Up your family movie night game with a projector that is totally kid friendly

7. Plan a movie night and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

8. Cook up a ghoulishly good dinner to add a spooky flair to your dinner table. 

9. Build a bonfire and make s'mores. While you can do this anytime, there's something about those chilly nights that really make this special. Amp up your s'mores game with these unique takes on the classic treat.

10. Plan out a day of fall science experiments

11. Tea parties are always fun. But, an apple cider tea party? That screams fall all over.

photo: iStock

12. All aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad! This train offers special rides in the fall season

13. Build a fort outside. The weather is still nice enough for long outdoor afternoons. Take advantage and help your kids get set up with their own pad

14. Watch the birds fly south for the winter. Look up to see those V-shaped groups of feathered friends heading for warmer pastures.

photo: iStock

15. When the days cool down a bit, it's the perfect time to head out on a family hike

16. Shop your local farmer’s market. Glossy red apples, stew-worthy root veggies and a cornucopia of squashes are waiting for you at your local farmer’s market in autumn. Get yours before the markets go on hiatus for the winter.

17. Make a pillow fort and read Halloween books. Our favorites can be found here.

photo: Dallas Arboretum

18. It's a crime to miss the fall season at the Dallas Arboretum. Autumn is arguably the best season there with autumnal flowers, gourds and pumpkins all over the place. 

19. Find constellations in the night sky. Fall’s shorter days and longer nights mean kids don’t have to stay up too late to find dazzling patterns overhead. Here's our step-by-step guide to stargazing with kids.

—Kate Loweth


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