Where did the time go??? It’s almost Halloween and there are tons of things to do:
Third Annual Ghouls on The Lawn – This event, being held in the McKinney community of Tucker Hill (not downtown), will be on Sunday, October 24th, from 5 to 9 and is free to the public. The McKinney Performing Arts Center, the McKinney Repertory Theatre, Word of Mouth Productions and Main Street Magic & Fun Company will all be on hand to make the event really special. (This event is the buzz of my office and you can bet it will be well-attended).
The McKinney Repertory Theatre will be staging a full-scale re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Will someone please take a video camera?? The press release’s language on this is perfect: “… troupe members [will be] dressed in authentic costume, grooving in sync on the haunted streets of Tucker Hill.” (Authentic costumes = clothes from real zombies?? jk) Word of Mouth Productions will create a monster movie set perfect for Halloween pictures of the family with cast members from the production.
Main Street Magic & Fun Company will provide magicians to wander the Haunted Graveyard, entertaining the crowds. If you haven’t been in their store, they have the most wonderful, elaborate costumes. They’re not just for Halloween. They’re in three-piece suits (and I think I’ve seen a top hat) even in the summer.
Tucker Hill has had a community-wide Halloween Home Decorating Contest, providing a perfect setting for trick-or-treaters. Additional activities (besides the trick-or-treating) will include marshmallow toasting & ghost stories, the Boo-tanical Gardens, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, the Monster Mash and an inflatable maze. For more information, see the City’s News Release or the Tucker Hill Community web site.
Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk – On October 23rd and 30th, Chestnut Square and the Texas Paranormal Advanced Research Team (TXPART) partner up once again to provide storytellers throughout the downtown square and in Chestnut square, relating our haunted history. The tour is self-guided, meaning that you, as a patron, go from storyteller to storyteller at your own pace and in your preferred order. There are 10 great locations. For more information, see the Chestnut Square web site and the Texas Paranormal Advanced Research Team’s web site.
2010 Scare on The Square – Friday, October 29th from 4 to 6, the downtown square will be closed to auto traffic to make way for costumed kiddies to go from shop to shop to gather candy. For more information, see the McKinney Main Street web site.
Second Annual Howl-a-ween Costume Contest & Parade – Summer’s Farmer’s Market will go out with a bang on October 30th with the second annual Howl-a-ween Costume Contest and Parade. This will be the last day of the 2010 summer’s Farmer’s Market at Chestnut Square. The winter Farmer’s Market will start up after that, meeting once a month when it is not too cold. I didn’t see a lot of details on their website so you might want to check their Facebook page for more information.
Rocky Horror Picture Show – One night only at the MPAC, Rocky Horror will show in the Courtroom Theatre on Friday, October 29th at 10pm. Tickets are only $7! For more information, see the MPAC website.
Classic movie double feature Laurel & Hardy Habeas Corpus followed by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde will play in the Courtroom Theatre on Saturday, October 30th at 7:30pm. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde is the original silent version starring John Barrymore and the film will accentuated by MPAC’s rare Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ Tickets are 13.50 in advance, 16.50 at the door. For more information, see the MPAC website. (Weird tidbit, Stevenson’s wife burned the original draft of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde because she thought it too gothic. I’m not sure what that means but I sure would have loved to read that version.)
There will be a costume contest at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Halloween, Sunday, October 31st. The doors will open at 5:30 and it looks like there are two acts set to perform, Of Threads at 6pm, Young Poland at 7pm and Ode to Trees at 8pm. I’m really not sure what this is. Could be music, could be poetry … all I’m sure of is that there is a costume contest. For more information, see the McKinney Performing Arts Center’s web site or try their Facebook Fan page (where I’ve posted a question asking for details).
Update (10/25) The Halloween performance at MPAC on Halloween is going to be a “Battle of the Bands” type event and there are three bands, not two like I said above.
That’s quite a bit going on for the next two weeks.
I’d also like to throw a shout out too for the Storybook Ranch’s Halloween-themed activities. The Storybook Ranch is on Custer Road, nowhere near downtown. However, it has recently re-opened and sounds like such a treasure that I’m hoping to help spread the word so that all of McKinney (and the rest of the world too) can embrace it and see it thrive. Open the entire month of October, they have a pumpkin patch full of activities for the kids and a haunted house that sounds like it may be geared for both kids and adults (judging from the ticket cost). The pumpkin patch is $10 per child (parents are free) and you get a mini-pumpkin, a pony ride, a hay maze, admission to a petting zoo and a 25 minute hay ride through their replica western town. How cool is that?? Check out their web site for more info and pictures of the western town.
They have a separate web site for their haunted house, Phantom’s Ghost Ranch. I haven’t been to the Phantoms Haunted House yet. Tickets are $24 a person. Coupons are available on their web site to take $2 off. I’d like to see this succeed too. Similarly priced Halloween theme parks have done well in North Central Texas (see Thrillvania in Terrell and Screams in Waxahachie) and it would be great for McKinney to be home to one too.
So that’s all the Halloween news I have at the moment.
Ya’ll have fun and stay safe.
Random bit of fun …
Until next time,