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Shelby Foster

Happy Halloween! To mark the spookiest day of the year, let’s take a look at how NorthPark Center celebrated Halloween in the late 90s and early 00s.


In 1997 and 1998, impressive pumpkin carving took place at the skilled hand of Bill Young in SouthCourt, located on Level One between Neiman Marcus and what is now Dillard’s. Crowds gathered to observe the artist as he carved whimsical faces into giant pumpkins.



Also around that time, the Dallas Puppet Theater performed special Halloween shows at NorthPark.



Pumpkin Daze was a festival for young children that took place over two weeks in October for several years. Shoppers enjoyed train rides on the Pumpkin Daze Express, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating and entertainment. One notable aspect of the event was the beneficiary – Vogel Alcove, which is one of our 50 Years of Giving organizations. You can learn more about their gift here

In October 1999, Sara Karloff visited NorthPark for “The Mummy” VHS release (remember those?). Her father, horror actor Boris Karloff, played the part of the Mummy in the original 1932 film.

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