11th Annual Halloween at the Heard


6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Family Fun Night Fundraiser Supporting The Heard’s Mission to Bring Nature & People Together

Experience Collin County’s premier family-friendly Halloween event at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Halloween at the Heard features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live! Live-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail. Families will enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard's outdoor amphitheater stage.

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About the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Proceeds from this event benefit Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, a private 501(c)3 organization. The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard.  Miss Heard was 80 years old when she saw the need to preserve a place where future generations could experience nature. Today, the Heard’s mission of bringing nature and people together is carried out through education, particularly of young people, which emphasizes an appreciation of nature and its conservation. Click here to learn more.

Ticketing Information

Halloween at the Heard tickets are required for entry to this event (for all attendees). 

Ticketing Dates

  • Heard Museum Members-Only Presale: September 19-28 (click here for more info)
  • Tickets available to the public, while supplies last: September 29

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $15 for adults
  • Children ages 3-12: $10 
  • Children ages 2 and under: free
Heard Museum Members-Only Presale

As a special Heard Museum Member* benefit, a Heard Museum members-only presale for Halloween at the Heard tickets will be offered from September 19-29 (up to the first 700 tickets). Over the last few years, this event has sold out several days before the event. This presale provides Heard Museum members with first access to tickets to this popular event. Tickets purchased by members during the presale will also be discounted $1 per ticket! This offer will only be available by email. If you are a Heard Museum Member and do not regularly receive our emails, please be sure to contact us. If you're not a Heard Museum Member, join now (be sure to provide your email address) to receive your exclusive invitation!



Cadillac Pizza Pub

Moviehouse & Eatery McKinney

Nothing Bundt Cakes McKinney

The museum will close early at 3 p.m. to the public on October 21st to prepare for Halloween at the Heard. The museum will not reopen until the special event begins at 6 p.m.

To help you plan for this event, here is a summary of the tentative event schedule, tips, answers to FAQs, and more.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please note that the museum will be closed from 3-6 p.m. on October 21 to all outside persons in order to allow us time to prepare for Halloween at the Heard.
  • Halloween at the Heard usually sells out before the event
    • If the event sells out, we will not be able to sell any additional tickets at the door.
    • Special Halloween at the Heard tickets are required for all guests, including Heard Museum Members.
    • This includes persons that arrive with current Halloween at the Heard ticket holders.
    • General admission passes and any reciprocal general admission agreements are not valid for this after-hours special fundraising event.;
    • Sorry, because this is a limited engagement fundraising event, there are no refunds.
  • Bring a printed copy of your tickets. Not doing so will greatly slow your entry.
  • If you did not receive your confirmation email with tickets, please check your spam and junk folders in your email. Then, please contact sjennings@heardmuseum.org
  • You may wish to bring cash in case you would like to purchase tasty treats or other items from vendors.
  • Many activities are outdoors. Dress appropriately. Bring a flashlight and wear bug spray!
  • Please bring a water-resistant blanket and/or stadium chairs for amphitheater or grassy seating areas. Depending on the weather prior to the event, waterproof seating may be preferred.
  • Help us keep our sanctuary clean and pick up your trash. Recycle water bottles, cans and other recyclable items in the blue bins or inside the museum.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and organizations. Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information.

Tentative Schedule


  • Onsite parking is limited; however, a complimentary shuttle will be provided.
    • Check to see if parking is available in the main lot before proceeding to shuttle service.
    • Please allow extra time in case you need to ride the shuttle.
    • Shuttle service begins at 6 p.m. and will continue throughout the event until 10 p.m.
  • Doors open for the event at 6:00 p.m.
  • Concessions will be available for purchase. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic and non-alcoholic beverages!
  • Jogging strollers only; no umbrella strollers, wheelchairs or walkers.
  • Help us keep our sanctuary clean and pick up your trash. Recycle water bottles, cans and other recyclable items in the blue bins or inside the museum.

6-7 p.m.

  • Enjoy Round 1 of Dinosaur Trail of Treats
    • Jogging strollers recommended; no wheelchairs or walkers.;
    • Please enter the Dinosaur Trail of Treats to the right of the amphitheater.
    • Before or after the movie, stop at each of 10 animatronic dinosaurs.
    • The trick-or-treat trail closes during movie and then reopens after movie. Please respect our volunteers and do not attempt to enter the trail during the movie.
  • Take a photo in your costume with the photo op T-Rex.
  • Explore the museum. You might even have a chance to meet a Heard Animal Ambassador.
  • Visit our "Ghost Town."
  • Play games and participate in activities.
  • Find a spot to enjoy the outdoor movie.
    • Guests are welcome to sit in the grassy area at the top of the amphitheater.
    • Please use seating space only for seating and move toward the center of the amphitheater so that all guests may have a seat.
  • Enjoy concessions and tasty treats.


Please note that, for safety reasons, the Dinosaur Trail of Treats, Haunted Trail, and Ghost Town are closed from 7-9 p.m. Please respect our volunteers and do not attempt to enter these areas during this time.


7-9 p.m.

  • Kids 12 & under can participate in the costume contest on the Amphitheater Stage
    • Contest held in front of the movie screen in the amphitheater.
    • Costume Contest Rules
      • Contest will be divided into 4 groups:
        • 4 Years and Under
        • Ages 5-8
        • Ages 9-12
        • Homemade Costumes (open to Ages 12 and Under)
      • All that choose to enter will be called down by category, and invited to stand in a line across the front of the stage.
      • Our judges will then walk the line, decide on winners, and award prizes.
      • Each winner will receive a bundlet tower courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes - McKinney and more.
    • Parents, please inform your children in advance of the contest rules and help ease any disappointment your children may feel if they are not chosen as a contest winner. Our judges make every attempt to be as fair as possible. Thank you!
  • Then, watch a family-friendly movie in the outdoor amphitheater.
  • Enjoy concessions and tasty treats.
  • Little ones will enjoy exploring the museum at this time. Be sure to check out the exhibits! The indoor exhibits will close at the end of the movie.


After the movie or approximately 9:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

  • Enjoy Round 2 on the Dinosaur Trail of Treats. Take your flashlights!
  • Visit our "Ghost Town."
  • Brave souls can take a trail detour through our “Haunted Forest.”
    • The trail is located about halfway through the Dinosaur Trail of Treats.
    • Geared toward older elementary-age children.
  • Continue to enjoy concessions.
  • The last shuttle will run at 10 p.m.
Help us keep our nature preserve clean and pick up your trash. Recycle water bottles, cans and other recyclable items in the blue bins or inside the museum.
*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement (click here for guidelines) that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.

Basic Heard Guidelines

For more information on Heard Attendance Tips and Visitor Guidelines, click here