Forest of Fear at Loyd Park, Grand Prairie

Forest of Fear


For 2 weekends each October, the park celebrates Halloween with campers decorating their campsites, dressing up and passing out candy to an endless line of trick-or-treaters, both on the park’s haunted hayride and in their own cars.

Visitors can either come for the day to trick-or-treat, or overnight camp and decorate their campsite. We’ve done both…and love it! Here’s some of my best tips…

If you are just coming for the evening:

You can choose to either drive your own car, which allows you to drive at your own pace, and stop more often to collect candy, or ride the park’s Haunted Hayride. The line for the Haunted Hayride gets very long, so arrive early. Another option is to drive your own car or truck, and pull your own hayride. We’ve done this many times, and it’s our favorite!

Admission to the park includes the Haunted Hayride.

The campers definitely get scarier later in the evening, so go early with young children. Campsites also tend to run out of candy fairly quickly, so go early. Once the candy is gone, they really just want to scare you!

If you are planning to camp:

Make your reservations EARLY, usually by May. I’ve lucked into cancellations in the past, so it’s always worth a try.

Campers are required to decorate, and some campsites really go all out.

Bring plenty of candy, you won’t believe how busy it is!

Things to do in Grand Prairie

Lone Star Park makes horse racing fun for all ages, even if you just like to go watch the horses!  Click HERE to read more.

Grand Prairie Air Hogs is a fun, minor league team with great daily promotions, a playground, swimming pool and lots of fun for the family!  Click HERE to read more.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax is an interesting and fun place to visit, but beware the Horror Chamber!  Click HERE for more information.

Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake offers cabin, RV and tent camping, fishing, boat ramp, kayak rentals, a paddling trail, a hiking and equestrian trail and a mountain bike trail.  Click HEREfor more information.

Lynn Creek Park is a day-use only lake park with picnic tables, boat ramp, swim beach and more.  Click HERE to read more.

The Oasis Restaurant is lake-front dining on Joe Pool Lake, with a patio and live music on the weekends.  My kids love feeding the huge carp that hang out there!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Lynn Creek Marina rents boats and jet skis, and has a covered fishing pier, right by Lynn Creek Park.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Prairie Lights lights up Lynn Creek Park each Christmas with millions of twinkling lights!  Click HERE to read more!

The National Pow-Wow Championship at Traders Village takes place each September.  Click HERE for more information.


Loyd Park

3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(972) 237-4120

Click HERE to visit their website.


Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun!



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