On October 15, from 6-10 p.m., trick-or-treat with dinosaurs at the Heard Museum! Visitors from across North Texas will flock to the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary for this very special, safe and family-friendly Halloween adventure featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs.  It’s the one and only Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail.

There will be some other fun activities as well, including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage and a costume contest for all kids ages 12 and under and have a photo taken in your costume. If you want, take an eerie detour after the movie through the “Haunted Forest” and “Ghost Town” where they may encounter a ghost or creature of the night (not recommended for younger children).

The Heard recommends that guests bring insect repellent, flashlights, water-resistant blankets and/or stadium seats for use during the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. Guests may also bring their own picnic dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets will be available to the public beginning September 30. Tickets for this annual event sold out over a week before the event last year, so purchase yours before they’re gone!

Halloween at the Heard is sponsored in part by NBC5 and ClifKiD. Proceeds from this event benefit Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, a private 501(c)3 organization.

Halloween at the Heard

When: October 15 | 6-10 p.m

Where: 1 Nature Pl., McKinney, TX 75069

Tickets: Tickets become available on September 30


  • $15: adults
  • $10: children ages 3-12
  • Free: children ages 2 and under

More: See heardmuseum.org for more details.