Pumpkin patch

Families explore the pumpkin patch at Trinity United Methodist Church last year.

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Pumpkin Patch at Trinity United Methodist Church Shop or take photos at the church's annual pumpkin patch, open noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays throughout October. Pumpkins are priced by size. Proceeds benefit music, youth and children's ministries at the church, 633 Hobson Lane. 

Spooky Story Time at the Denton Public Library. Wear costumes and take in "spooktacular" stories and a trick-or-treating parade. 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at South Branch Library, 3228 Tesley Lane; 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.; 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

THURSDAY, OCT. 17

Howl-O-Ween at the Animal Shelter 6 to 9 p.m.  at the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center, 3717 N. Elm St. First Howl-O-Ween includes a trunk-or-treat  and doggie costume contest. Animals will be available for adoption. All ages. Free admission. 

Park After Dark 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St. Travel through the Bayless-Selby House Museum to hear accounts of witnesses, town gossips and volunteers who have experienced unusual instances inside the house. This year marks the 100th anniversary of S.A. Bayless' death. Tours every 15 minutes, plus fortunetellers, a photo booth, popcorn, slideshow and mood music composed by Joe Pinson. Free, but cash donations are accepted. 

SATURDAY, OCT. 19

Lakeview Ranch Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeview Ranch Clubhouse, 700 Lakeview Blvd. Vendors sell holiday decor for fall, Halloween and Christmas, bakery items and more. 

Halloween Carnival & Haunted House 10 a.m. to noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Halloween carnival for the whole family includes candy, bounce house and carnival games. Plus a costume contest at 11 a.m. Register for the costume contest when you arrive. Free.

Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show 10 a.m. Oct. 19-20 at Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd. in Fort Worth. Features the F-22 Raptor Demo team and the F-16 Viper Demo in the morning, followed by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at noon. $30-$105. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2mTscu2

Corinth's Pumpkin Palooza 10 a.m. at Corinth Community Park, 3800 Corinth Parkway. All-ages event includes pumpkin patch and photo ops, petting zoo, Classic Car Top 20, pumpkin painting and face painting, live music, and animals available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog will be available for photos from 2 to 6 p.m. Free admission. 

Empty Bowls Luncheon 2019 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St. This mission of Christ the Servant Church started in 2000. For a $20 ticket, patrons can select a handmade or hand-painted pottery bowl and a meal of soup and bread. Proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread and the Denton Community Food Center. Each ticket sold provides 10 meals to people in the community. Ticket holders must pick up their bowls by 1 p.m., when unclaimed bowls will be sold to the public. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/3238WJO

Ghost Rally This spooky scavenger hunt will have multiple start times between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Scavenger hunt, which is based on a fictional crime investigation, starts at Rivera Elementary School, 701 Newton St. Each team will have up to three hours to complete the scavenger hunt. The team that completes the hunt with the shortest total mileage traveled wins a haunted prize. $25 per person or $60 per vehicle. Register and reserve tickets online at www.ghostrallytx.com.

The Purge Haunted House 6 to 9 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Enter at your own risk in this haunted house that taps some to survive, others to meet their demise. $3 per person for first time through, $2 for each return trip. 

Park After Dark 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St. Travel through the Bayless-Selby House Museum to hear accounts of witnesses, town gossips and volunteers who have experienced unusual instances inside the house. This year marks the 100th anniversary of S.A. Bayless' death. Tours every 15 minutes, plus fortunetellers, a photo booth, popcorn, slideshow and mood music composed by Joe Pinson. Free, but cash donations are accepted. 

Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center's Barn Dance 7 p.m. at Jim-a-Dee Ranch, 9316 Waide Road, west of Sanger. Fundraiser includes wine, beer, chili and s'mores. $10 for adults, $5 for those under 16. $15 at the door. For reservations, http://bit.ly/2IACxCB

SUNDAY, OCT. 20

Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show 10 a.m. Oct. 19-20 at Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd. in Fort Worth. Features the F-22 Raptor Demo team and the F-16 Viper Demo in the morning, followed by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at noon. $30-$105. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2mTscu2

FRIDAY, OCT. 25

Trunk-or-Treat 6 to 8 p.m. at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 623 Ector St. Kids get candy from vehicle trunks in the church parking lot, enjoy carnival games, bounce houses and concessions. Donations of canned food will be given to Our Daily Bread. Free. 

Denton County Democratic Party Spooktacular Fundraiser 7 to 10 p.m. at Hedrick House, 1407 Creekview Drive in Lewisville. Costume contests for adults and children, trick-or-treat event and crafts for kids, music, 2020 candidate meet-and-greet, light refreshments and a food truck. Suggested donation of $25, or $40 for couples. Children under 12 get in free. For tickets, visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/halloween2019. Funds support get-out-the-vote activities for 2020.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26

St. Barnabas Fall Bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1200 N. Elm St. Features handcrafted items, knit and crochet items, jewelry, homemade baked goods, frozen casseroles, hot turkey drumsticks and barbecue brisket. Eleven vendors will be on the grounds. Proceeds fund church outreach projects in Denton.

HopperWeen 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hopper Ranch, 5502 U.S. Highway 377 in Aubrey. A Halloween barrel race complete with costumes and "HopperWeen Hotties" dancing. Barrel racing, buckles, trophies, medals, goodie bags and candy. Call 972-743-1686. 

Denton's Day of the Dead Festival 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Industrial and East Hickory streets. Free family festival celebrates the markers of fall in the American Southwest — the harvest, Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Features a pumpkin patch with carnival games for kids (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), coffin races (1 to 4 p.m.), vendors, a community altar, live music and performances on an outdoor stage (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), costume contest (6 p.m.) and the Twilight Lantern and Costume Parade (7 p.m.). This year inaugurates the Flight of Souls, live monarch butterfly release (12:30 p.m.) to honor the dead. The Greater Denton Arts Council will host a free crafting workshop for families (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory Street). Cirque du Horror, an original Halloween musical for the whole family, will be performed at Dan's Silverleaf (tickets required). www.dentondayofthedeadfestival.com.

“Bats!" Noon to 1 p.m. at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins Road. Texas Master Naturalist Scott Kiester leads a class on the habitats and characteristics of bats, plus bat safety and ways to support these local pollinators. Free. To register, visit https://conta.cc/2B3zgrb.

Zoo Boo 6 to 8 p.m. at Frank Buck Zoo, 1000 W. California St. Join the staff and animals for a Halloween event. Includes bounce house, games, activities, prizes and treats. Wear your costumes. $7 for ages 1 and older. Tickets will be available at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26. http://bit.ly/2p7LJr6.

SUNDAY, OCT. 27

Geeky Halloween 7 to 10 p.m. at Denton County Brewing Co., 200 E. McKinney St. Geek Peeps hosts a costume contest for folks who love horror, book, movie and cosplay fans. Geek Peeps is a 21-and-up group, but this event is family-friendly. Prizes will be given in costume categories for kids and ages 21 and up. $5 to enter the costume contest, which raises funds for Friends With Benefits Denton.

THURSDAY, OCT. 31

Denton Halloween Festival 6 to 11:59 p.m. at the North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. Denton Pride Foundation hosts a spooky, fun night including a drag show, costume contest, costume cat walk, music, food, vendors, raffle and dancing. Admission is free. http://bit.ly/2lP1jXo.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOV. 2-3

Nel Dornan Byrd's annual studio tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3800 Elm Bottom Circle in Aubrey. See old and new watercolor paintings. Artists are welcome to bring supplies to paint at Byrd's home patio or property. Free. 

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