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Art&Seek Jr: Autumn Happenings For You And Your Little Pumpkins 15

Time’s ticking down. Only two more weeks until the H Day.

If you’re a parent you know that Halloween is really big stuff in Kidland, and depending on the child, it’s consistently ranked #2 or #3 of the most important kid holidays of the year. If you’re a kid with a Halloween birthday, Halloween is a solid #2, with Christmas as its only competition.

Also, like Christmas, there are kaboodles of activities going on this time of year. And not just Halloween events, either. During the fall season the calendar here at Art&Seek is just BURSTING with things to do. Lucky for you we’ve made it easy for you. Here are just a few events to help you and your little ghouls celebrate fall and the most BOOtiful time of the year.

Dallas Arts District/Crow Museum of Asian Art

Start your weekend this Friday night with a good old fashion fall block party in the Dallas Arts District.  The festivities include food truck fare, local brews, family-friendly games, pop-up and featured performances by local and national artists, a photo booth, and a community mural. The party coincides with ‘Til Midnight at Nasher, Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art and the reopening of the Crow Museum of Asian Art, so there will be plenty worth staying up late for.

Photo: PumpkinFest/City of Mesquite

Jump on your broom and head to Mesquite for the 18th annual PumpkinFest on Saturday. Little ghouls can enjoy a haunted house,  carnival games, bounce houses, petting zoo, community stage performances. and new this year is a Medieval Lancer show and a Falconry bird show. Don’t miss the dog costume contest at 2:45 p.m. and the children’s costume contest at 5 p.m. Also, heads up! To allow for space for more performances and activities PumpkinFest is at Valley Creek Park this year.

Photo: Oak Cliff Cultural Center

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center is hosting a series of free workshops to honor the dearly departed. The Workshop de los Muertos  is for all ages and explores crafts associated with the Dia De Los Muertos altars. This Saturday participants will learn how to make a Paper Mache Sugar Skulls using paper, glue, beads, and other items from Dallas artist Eva Azul. On October 27, kids can paint and decorate calacas  (skeletons). The creations can be taken home or given to the center for display at their community altar.

Photo: Steampunk November

Have yourself a merry little Steampunk Halloween this Saturday at the Children’s Center at the downtown Dallas Public Library. The Monster Mash with a Steampunk twist event celebrates our favorite scary monsters from classic literature with games and activities. Kids can visit Frankenstein’s Lab, see scenes from Poe stories in the haunted dungeon, or have their fortunes read by the Mysterious Madame Maria. Also, there will be Tall Tales with the Cast of Steampunk November and an eerie reading of Washington Irving’s classic Halloween tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Photo: City of Dallas

After you’ve finished tapping on the chamber door at the library, fly across the street to City Hall Plaza for Pumpkins on the Plaza. This pumpkin-polooza  includes a costume contest, pumpkin patch, hayrides, face painting, story time, interactive games, music, entertainment, food trucks and oodles of floating pumpkins in the fountain at City Hall. After the sun goes down, stick around and get your groove on, at a Glow Party, a dance party on the Plaza complete with glow sticks from 7 – 8 p.m.

If you’re looking for even more seasonal happenings check out our Halloween/Fall Festival Theme. And for a complete list of Pumpkin Patches in our neck of the woods look here.