Is Covid-19 too scared to venture into the Forest of Fear? Grand Prairie hopes that with a few changes to this annual event, now in it’s 27th year, they can still offer visitors and campers a chance to get out of the house and enjoy Halloween, drive through style!
For 2 weekends each October, the park celebrates Halloween with campers decorating their campsites, and scaring those who dare to drive by looking at their decorations, many of which have really gone all out!
This year, the event takes place on October 16-17, and October 23-24, from 6-9pm. Admission is $15 per car.
My Mommy Tip: Go early with young children, as it gets more frightening the later it gets! In fact, it’s fun to just drive by the campsites during the day and see the decorations without lights and man-made fog! Your admission is good all day, so you can come back after dark.
Scary in it’s own right, Covid-19 has brought about some changes to this family tradition, but the Forest of Fear still promises to be for everyone!
There’s no hayrides this year! In an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, there’s no hayrides. Everyone must drive in their own car.
No candy. The forest animals will be the ones really sad over this, because I think there was more candy left on the ground than being passed out! Again, this is a measure to reduce one-on-one contact, but I’m sure this just gives those campers more time to decorate and scare you!
Speaking of scaring you, no longer can the campers come up to your car! They’ll still jump out and perform on the side of the road, but no more chainsaws in your car window. Awww…… I’ll miss that…
While you should prepare for about 3 hours to drive through the entire park, the campsites are made up of smaller loops, so you can really just drive through a portion if the kids get tired or you forgot to fill up before you came, but go ahead and fill up before you come.
My Mommy Tip: Each camping loop has a restroom, but go ahead and be prepared with toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer.
If you want to camp and scare next year:
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 they really go all out! Most campers book on Wednesday or Thursday through Sunday, to give them plenty of time to have everything ready for the weekend!
Things to do in Grand Prairie
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!
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.
3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Click HERE to visit their website.
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