Get Spooky in Downtown Denton

We're quickly approaching one of Denton's spookiest days of the year: Denton's Day of the Dead Festival! A full-day spectacle full of spooky creatures, parades, salsa contests and more. Learn more about the history festival and get your schedule together so you can maximize your DOD experience! 

two women painted like sugar skulls posing in front of vendor booths

© Ed Steele Photography. Don't forget about the face paint and decorations! 

Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival is a free, family-friendly event held outside on E. Hickory and Industrial Street. Spirits will be high as we celebrate the fall season, paying homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. You’ll enjoy it right down to your bones.

Take your kids trunk-or-treating, peruse the pumpkin patch, enjoy games and activities for all ages, knock ‘em dead in the salsa cook-off, dance alongside street performers, and pick up a souvenir at the vendor booths, featuring local art, crafts, and food. Cheer on your favorite team during the famous coffin races, and stick around for our lantern-lit twilight parade. But whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to see Denton’s very own Halloween musical, Cirque du Horror.


a coffin car driving past a woman with her back turned to the camera, who is waving a flag

© Ed Steele Photography Don't miss the Coffin Races! 

The Day of the Dead festival has been around now since Fall of 2011, with the Coffin Races beginning in 2012.  It’s grown steadily since & despite heat, cold, or rain, has always pulled a large audience.

The coffin races have ballooned from a dozen, or so cars the first year, to over 70 entries for this year.  Entries have come from as far away as Kansas & Tennessee, but most are from right in & around Denton.


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Cover Image: © Ed Steele Photography 

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