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Fort Worth Date Night: Frogs that go bump in the night (FW Business Press)

BY MIKE BLOOMBERG
October 28, 2009

Do you really need suggestions for something to do this weekend? Seriously? It’s Halloween. I’m sure you’ve got your costume already laid out and your weekend planned. There is the annual Halloween party or, perhaps, you are headed to one of the area’s great haunted houses. Or, maybe your idea of fun is to stay in and pass out candy. Whatever you decide, it will be the right choice with all that is offered up for this festive weekend.

But, maybe none of the above tickle your fancy. Fort Worth happens to be hosting another big celebration this weekend. It is TCU’s Homecoming weekend. Since the Horned Frog’s football team is currently ranked #6 in the country, you know they are going to do it up big. Football mixed with Halloween…it doesn’t get much better than that!

Festivities start Friday night, October 30, with a Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. According to TCU’s website, “Enjoy the parade as it travels down Stadium Drive. Then join other Frog fans at the pep rally in the University Campus Commons area where FrogFest activities area taking place.”

FrogFest begins at 6pm. This is a perfect Date Night to bring along the little ones, if you have some. There will be plenty of activities for them. Some of these include: bounce houses, pumpkin patches and carnival games. However, you don’t need offspring as the big kids will enjoy running into old friends, jamming to a live band and sipping on some purple margaritas.

On Saturday, October 31, from 1-3 p.m., with reservations, you can enjoy what they are calling “one of the biggest tailgates in Texas.” While soaking up the Saturday afternoon pre-game activities, TCU’s website claims you will “enjoy a tex-mex buffet, featuring fajitas from Uncle Julio‚Äôs, a festive fall atmosphere and a cash bar featuring purple margaritas to get you in the mood to cheer on the Horned Frogs as they make the UNLV Rebels yell!”

Then, at 3 p.m., watch the kickoff of the TCU vs UNLV game. So, in less than 24 hours, you can be witness to a parade, a band, one of the top-ranked football teams in the country and still have time to celebrate Halloween in your own style on Saturday night. Hopefully, it will be in a fashion that is reminiscent of your youth. Where you rush home after a night of knocking on doors with a large bag or container. This, so eloquently summed up by author,Steve Almond, when he wrote, “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”

TCU’s official website is: www.tcu.edu

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