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Have a Fang-Tastic Good Time at Grapevine’s Halloween-Themed Events

Have a fiendishly fabulous time during Halloween in Grapevine this October. From train rides and wine trails to scary stories and more, there’s something for Halloween trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

Spirited revelers are invited to don their best costumes for a ride aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. During this spook-tacular ride, enjoy two Texas craft brews served in a commemorative mug, deliciously freaky fare of savory bites and spirited entertainment. The Witches Brew Train is $39 per ticket and is open to those 21+ only. This train departs from the Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Start trick-or-treat early aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat trains on October 30. Enjoy a Halloween storybook reading, interactive games and a pre-packaged bag of treats. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! These excursions are one-hour long. Trains depart at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages will enjoy Bewitched by the Barn at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This family-friendly event features stories that become spookier as the night progresses. Guests may also enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Make sure to bring flashlights, chairs and blankets. Admission is $3 per person.

Participate in an All Hallows’ Masquerade at Settlement to City Museums (206 W. Hudgins St.) on Saturday, October 23. Learn Victorian Halloween traditions, make masks and enjoy tricks and treats from 10 a.m. to Noon. Visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre hosts classic Halloween-themed movies all month long. Enjoy dinner at a Grapevine restaurant before the show and receive a free small popcorn with a same-day receipt. Tickets are $6. The Palace Theatre is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine at 300 S. Main St. The upcoming movie schedule includes:

  • “Bride of Frankenstein,” Friday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. NR (1935)
  • “Beetlejuice,” Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1988)
  • “Dracula,” Saturday, October 9, 4 p.m. NR (1931)
  • “Young Frankenstein,” Saturday, October 9 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1974)
  • “Hocus Pocus,” Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rated PG (1993)

On Saturday, October 30, join Sound Bachs at the Palace Theatre as they play some of the best spooky classic rock songs by artists such as The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and more. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23 per person.

Little boos and ghouls will enjoy Halloween-themed cartoons and crafts each Tuesday in October at the Lancaster Theatre (300 S. Main St.). Watch Halloween classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Scooby Doo: Mummy Scares Best” and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.” Then craft your own ghost door hangers, Halloween picture magnets, pumpkin glasses and more. Cost is $6 per child.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio is firing up the furnace this fall for their Hand-Blown Help Create Pumpkin Workshops, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1 through October 30. Glass artisans will help you create a pumpkin from molten glass. Twist your color to create your own personalized design. Advance reservations are required, ages 12+. Visit www.vetroartglass.com for dates, times and details. 701 S. Main St.

Get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday, October 30 along the “Witch Way to the Wine” Hallo -Wine Trail, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). Three wine tastings and food pairings will be offered at each participating winery. This event takes place rain or shine. The trail runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is $50 per person; day of event tickets are $55 per person. Visit https://grapevinewinerytrail.com/ to learn more.

Each Friday and Saturday during October, learn about Grapevine’s paranormal past on the Grapevine Night Watchman Tour, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). A blend of hauntings and history, the tour features tales about Main Street, such as the infamous bank robbery of 1932 and a haunted winery tasting room. Beginning at Grape Vine Springs Winery, the walking tour lasts 90 minutes through Grapevine and concludes with a complimentary glass of wine upon returning to the winery. Group tours available. Visit https://www.grapevinespringswinery.com/ or call 817.329.1011 for days and times.

Meet a cast of wily characters and try to figure out whodunnit as the Texas Star Dinner Theater (816 S. Main St.) performs “Dead, Dead on the Range” on Saturday, October 30. The town is bustling with elections, cattle drives, promises of a railroad, and murder! Horace Grimsby, the wealthiest Cattle Baron in Texas, has been found dead and it’s up to Marshal Jim Courtright to bring the killer to justice. Did the Mayoral nominee Roger “Rooster” Montebank get involved in an election scandal? Could the lead reporter for the International Inquisitor, Barbara Wawas, have made her own headlines? Perhaps Buster Beggs, the gentle sheep herder, was bullied by the bull king one too many times. Or was his wife, Emma Grimsby, tired of marriage and looking to get rich quick? Tickets are $59.95 + tax per person. Visit https://www.texasstardinnertheater.com/ for tickets.

Have a BOO-tiful time all October long at LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center. Their Brick-or-Treat event invites you to build your own haunted house, create your own DOTS bracelet or take a photo with a 6-foot-tall Jack-O-Lantern. Venture through MINILAND to spot skeletons, monsters, trick-or-treaters and more! On weekends help Master Model Builder, Thad, build a Dracula Big Build ® . For more information, visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/DallasFW. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

For a frightfully good time, see divers carve pumpkins underwater at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium every Sunday and Wednesday in October, starting Sunday, October 10. Learn spooky fish facts at the aquarium’s several underwater Halloween adventures. VisitSeaLife.com/Grapevine for details. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

Gather your favorite ghouls and goblins and enjoy festive Halloween fun all weekend long at Grapevine’s many cafés, bistros and restaurants. Live music at various venues along Main Street will get you in the mood to shake, rattle and roll!

Stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort and enjoy family-friendly fun at their second annual Goblins & Giggles event that runs through October 31. Join in for Ghost Stories LIVE! where you become part of a spooky, interactive Texas ghost story. Participate in other events such as the Trick or Treat Expedition where you will experience a world of Halloween fun, Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunts with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Goblin & Giggles Art Studio and more. For details on events and reservations, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/offer/goblins-and-giggles-package/654/.

Great Wolf Lodge invites guests to a month of Halloween-themed fun with a variety of fab-BOO-lous events and treats to celebrate the spooky season. Enjoy a game like Howl-o-Ween Trivia or Boo Bingo. Create spooky creations with craft kits or flex and stretch during a Halloween-themed yoga class. Put on your costume for trick-or-treat adventures and the Monster Bash Dance Party. Visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/listing/great-wolf-lodge/8/ for more details.

DART Announces Labor Day Schedule

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate on the following schedule for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6:

  • DART bus, light rail and Dallas streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
  • The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
  • The Inland Port GoLink Zone will operate on a Sunday schedule (5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) on Monday, Sept. 6. There is no service in any of the other GoLink Zones.
  • DART’s administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed.
  • Customers with questions about schedules can contact DART’s Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • DART’s Paratransit Services will run a Saturday schedule and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. Customers may call Thursday, Sept. 2 to book their trips through Monday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 3, to book their trips through Tuesday, Sept. 7.
  • Customers can also schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/Paratransit.

DART route and schedule information can be found at www.DART.org.

Grapevine 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Information

SHUTTLE SERVICE ALERT

In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Grapevine Visitor Shuttles will not operate on Sunday, July 4. Service will resume on Monday, July 5.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th

Celebrate America’s birthday at the 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza complete with spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change, Parking or entry fees may apply.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas

— SUGGESTED VIEWING AREAS —

(Click on each location name for more information)

Boater/Trailer Parking at Boat Ramps is $10 per.

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Sunday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

We’ve got music to match the show! 

We have made it easy by giving you the option to stream the show here!

Follow the steps below to enjoy the show to the fullest! (Note: please check your data availability before beginning a stream or download. The Grapevine CVB is not responsible for cell phone charges for extra data use outside of your standard cellular plan.)

PLAY VIA SOUNDCLOUD

  • OPTION 1: If you don’t have the Soundcloud app installed, click on the black “Listen In Browser” button. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • OPTION 2: If you have the Soundcloud app, click on the orange “Play on Soundcloud” button. The app should automatically open. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • The Soundcloud app is free to download for in the Apple and Android stores. It is free to register for an account but is not required to activate the app.
  • If you have the app but have not registered an account, the song should still play. You may see a screen that says “create an account” while the song is playing. Click on the button, and then on the next screen click on “cancel” in the corner. This should display the standard playback controls.

Please note that some viewing areas have less cell phone signal than others. It is suggested you check how many bars of service you have and even practice starting the music to see how long it takes to begin playing in the case that buffer times are 30 seconds or longer due to lower cell service signal. We suggest hitting “play” at 9:29 p.m. and then pausing the track to be prepared to hit play once the first shell goes into the air so that the song has appropriate time to buffer.

When you see the first firework go into the air, hit play!

MUSIC FOR JULY 4, 2021 AT 9:30 P.M.

LINK TO MUSIC

For more information, click HERE.

DART: July 4, 2021 Holiday Schedule

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate on the following schedule in celebration of the July 4 holiday weekend:

Bus and light rail services will follow a Sunday schedule on Sunday, July 4, and Monday, July 5.

The Trinity Railway Express will operate a normal Saturday schedule, July 3, and will not operate on Monday, July 5. Schedules for the TRE can be found at www.trinityrailwayexpress.org.

The Inland Port GoLink Zone will operate on a Sunday schedule (5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5. There is no service in any of the other GoLink Zones.

DART’s Paratransit Services will run a Saturday schedule on Monday, July 5 and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. Customers may call Thursday, July 1, to book their trips through Monday, July 5, and Friday, July 2, to book their trips through Tuesday, July 6. Customers can also schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/Paratransit.

DART’s Customer Information Center will be open on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 214-979-1111 for trip-planning needs while the administrative offices and the Customer Care Center, which handles complaints, commendations, suggestions and Lost and Found, will be closed.

Route and schedule information for DART and the Dallas Streetcar is available at DART.org. TRE schedule information can be found at trinityrailwayexpress.org.

Information on special holiday destinations served by DART is available at www.DART.org/fireworks.

Grapevine’s 39th Annual July 4th Extravaganza Details

Photo: Grapevine CVB

Celebrate America’s birthday at Grapevine’s 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a free and festive 20-minute fireworks spectacular over Lake Grapevine.

Set to patriotic music, the show is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Suggested viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change. Parking or entry fees may apply.

  • Oak Grove Park
    o    Oak Grove Baseball Field ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Minnow Loop (Drop-off Only) 
    o    Trawick Pavilion ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Oak Grove Soccer Complex ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    McPherson Slough (No fee)
    o    Oak Grove Softball Complex (Boat traffic only)
  • Rockledge Park ($20 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Scott’s Landing Marina  (Private parking & cash only)
  • Silver Lake Park by Silver Lake Marina (Private parking & cash only)

VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Friday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

LAKE PARKS WITH LIMITED VIEWING:

  • Lakeview Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Meadowmere Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)

OTHER LOCATIONS:

  • Hotel Vin / Grapevine Main Parking Garage – 255 E. Dallas Rd. (Self Parking, 0-90 minutes is complimentary; 90+ minutes is $1 per hour; $24 per car, per day)

Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summertime for a list of official viewing locations and the accompanying music track. Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

Great Wolf Lodge guests threatened on Christmas

Shortly after 9:00pm on Friday, December 25, 2020, Grapevine Police were alerted to a report of a man inside Great Wolf Lodge who made threatening comments and claims of a firearm. The man was no longer in sight when officers arrived but a witness provided a description of the man. 

Within minutes of the initial report, several phone calls were made to 9-1-1 about a hotel guest being threatened or in danger. Additional officers were dispatched to the scene, including members of the Northeast Tarrant County SWAT Team, as well as officers from Bedford PD, Euless PD, Hurst PD, Irving PD and Southlake PD. Grapevine Fire medics also staged on the property as a precaution. 

Officers began searching the property and securing areas, while also trying to make contact with the witnesses. The threats were traced to the 8th floor of the hotel, so officers evacuated the floor and conducted a room-by-room search of the guest quarters. Guests from the 8th floor were moved to a secure area inside the resort, while guests on other floors were asked to stay in their rooms. 

Detectives interviewed the occupants of a room where one of the calls originated, and determined they were not in danger. No reports of injury were ever made, and no suspect was located. Officers cleared all areas of concern at approximately 2:00 a.m. Some officers remained on the property as an additional precaution. 

Grapevine Police appreciates all of the employees and guests who reported information, and encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it immediately.

Our ‘Non-Traditional’ Thanksgiving

2020 has delivered one of the most non-traditional Thanksgivings that I have ever experienced.

Please don’t think I am complaining; I am fully aware of how some folks didn’t get to celebrate at all for a multitude of reasons. Plus, this isn’t really a complaint per se. It just adds to the strangeness of this year.

If you’ve been following me (THANK YOU!), you will already know that two close family members have been in the hospital with COVID for about 2 weeks. It’s tough to be celebratory when you don’t know what the next few days/weeks will bring for their health. I think worst of all is that we are helpless to do anything that may assist them. We can’t visit; speaking to them on the phone is nearly impossible because of all the machines and texts are sparse.

So, going into the holidays has been just weird. I see commercials saying, “SALE! SPEND YOUR MONEY!” and sometimes it angers me. How dare someone throw a sales pitch at me when people are sick? But, back on Earth, I realize this type of advertisement is typical for this time of year and has been aired since Lord-knows-when.

Hubby and I didn’t feel like messing with a big dinner for just the two of us. We looked around on the Internet to see what food sources were open on Thanksgiving, and then settled on Chinese food. So, our celebration was chicken fried rice, salmon with veggies and binge watching Absentia.

I know many people have “non-traditional” dinners, with the “traditional” being turkey and sides and pumpkin pie, and I am not trying to judge anyone. It was just different for me.

Do you and your family eat “non-traditional” meals on Thanksgiving? I’d love to hear about the different family traditions around the country. If you so desire, leave your comments below.

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Photo: Courtesy Town of Little Elm

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Through Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-369-0874

www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/autumn-at-the-arboretum/

Storybook Ranch: Through Nov. 1; Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-sundown; 3701 South Custer Road, McKinney; 972-369-0874

;www.storybookranch.org

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CHS Theatre presents ‘Terrifying Texas Tales’ Halloween drive-in movie experience

The Coppell High School Cowboy Theatre Company will showcase the talent and creativity of students in “Terrifying Texas Tales: A Halloween Drive-In Movie Experience” on Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the parking lot of CHS9.

CHS Theatre students wrote and filmed their own short horror films, based on true Texas horror and paranormal stories.  These films will be streamed as drive-in movies over Halloween weekend.  Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, Saturday Oct. 31 and Sunday Nov. 1, in the parking lot of CHS9 located at 1301 Wrangler Circle Drive in Coppell.  Recommended audience age is middle school students and up. Tickets can be purchased for $15 per car at www.coppellhstheatre.com. Contactless concession purchases will be available on site. 


“This is a great opportunity to showcase the incredible talent and creativity of our theatre students,” said CHS Theatre Director Karen Ruth.  “Opportunities to perform before audiences in COVID-19 are limited, so we came up with an alternative venue to share scary stories that also offers our community an alternative safe Halloween experience.” 

Ruth added that there will be bonus, super-scary stories shared after a late intermission for those interested in truly terrifying tales.

Visit www.coppellhstheatre.com for details and to purchase tickets. 

38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

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NOTE: If attending the 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza in person, face masks are required and must be worn at all times. Parking permitted in designated lots only.

On Saturday, July 4, celebrate the red, white and blue at Grapevine’s 38th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. This is Grapevine’s biggest fireworks display to date, shooting the largest shells ever fired. This free 24-minute fireworks spectacular over Lake Grapevine begins at 9:30 p.m. and is set to patriotic music, The fireworks display is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday and this will be Grapevine’s biggest display to date!

Go to special soundtrack to accompany the show!

For more information about Grapevine’s Fourth of July activities, call 817-410-3185.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas

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  • Oak Grove Park
    o    Oak Grove Baseball Field ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Minnow Loop (Drop-off Only) 
    o    Trawick Pavilion ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Oak Grove Soccer Complex ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    McPherson Slough (No fee)
    o    Oak Grove Softball Complex (Boat traffic only)
  • Rockledge Park ($20 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Scott’s Landing Marina  (Private parking & cash only)
  • Silver Lake Park by Silver Lake Marina (Private parking & cash only)

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

Viewing Areas/Parking

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VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Friday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

LAKE PARKS WITH LIMITED VIEWING:

  • Lakeview Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Meadowmere Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)

OTHER LOCATIONS:

  • Hotel Vin / Grapevine Main Parking Garage – 255 E. Dallas Rd. (No fee)

Read more HERE.