Zombies and ghouls kept things interesting Six Flags Fright Fest in Arlington, TX on Sunday October 1, 2017. Old and young haunted house goers came out to participate in the fun.

Zombies and ghouls kept things interesting Six Flags Fright Fest in Arlington, TX on Sunday October 1, 2017. Old and young haunted house goers came out to participate in the fun.

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Need weekend plans? We have you covered!

Boo!

With Halloween on the way, the season for spooks and thrills is in full force. And how better to celebrate than by visiting a haunted house? 

Cutting Edge Haunted House 2017

North Texas is home to numerous haunted houses, but one of the most popular is Cutting Edge in Fort Worth. It's located in a 100-year-old building that was formerly a meat packing plant, so there's already some inherent scare there. Patrons traverse multiple floors and multiple themed rooms, making it one of the longer experiences at an estimated 55 minutes to make your way through the whole thing. Tickets cost $32.99 per person plus parking.

If you're looking for something more family-friendly, try Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas. The whole amusement park will be decorated and its employees are in costume. In addition to the regular rides, there will also be Halloween-themed attractions, such as a spooky maze. Fright Fest gets into full swing once the sun goes down. Tickets cost $76.99 at the door, but you can get them a little cheaper online.

The last haunted house I'll mention is Thrillvania. This one is in Terrell, so a little bit of a drive, but this attraction is said to be worth it. It's been featured on the Travel Channel for how spooky it is. Thrillvania includes a haunted trail that ends at the Verdun Manor, which was conceived by former Disney Imagineers. And according to legend, the mansion was previously home to werewolf and his wife who did creepy experiments on animals and people. Thrillvania costs $32.99 per person.

For some light reading

For those not feeling in the holiday mood, author Dan Brown is coming to town on Friday for his first speaking appearance in Dallas. He'll be at the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium at SMU to discuss his best-selling books, like The Da Vinci Code and Inferno. He also has a new novel called Origin, which came out Oct. 3. Tickets to his lecture start at $25.

Are you ready for some football?

Why one of the best events at the State Fair is classic football -- and it's not Texas-OU

It's going to be another fun-filled weekend at Fair Park. In addition to the usual State Fair of Texas activities, the State Fair Classic football game between Prairie View A&M and Grambling State happens Saturday. The game is known for its halftime performances that feature some of the most energetic marching bands and dance teams in college football. Tickets to the game start at $28, and that includes to entry to the State Fair.

Prepare to indulge

Cafe Momentum Pitmasters Picnic

Hope you're hungry because there are two noteworthy food festivals this weekend. The first is the Pitmasters Picnic on Sunday, which is dedicated to barbecue. This is a sampling event, so for the $65 ticket price, patrons get to walk around Granada Theater and eat as much meat as they like from establishments like Franklin Barbecue, Lockhart Smokehouse and more. Proceeds from this event benefit Cafe Momentum.

The other festival is Tacolandia, which hits on another Texas dietary staple. More than 35 local taco shops will be set up in the Dallas Farmers Market for an afternoon of sampling. That takes place Saturday and tickets start at $35 to attend.

Turn up the tunes

Texas reporter attempts to see 120 concerts in 3 days at Austin City Limits: Can he do it? 

Lastly, if you're looking for live music, this weekend is Austin City Limits, but you don't have to travel to the capitol to see some of the bands. 

Indie-pop trio Joseph plays at Trees on Sunday, psych-rock band The Black Angels perform with Car Seat Headrest at House of Blues on Monday, and Willie Nelson's son Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real perform at House of Blues on Tuesday. You'll want to check the individual show listings for prices.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on 570AM KLIF.

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