Halloween at the Heard this Friday & Saturday

I knew I was bound to miss something on my post listing Halloween activities in and around McKinney and the one I missed is a doozy. 

Halloween at the Heard will be this Friday and Saturday (October 22nd and 23rd) from 6 to 10 pm.  The Heard will close temporarily between 3 and 6 to prepare for the evening’s activities which will include showing Walt Disney/Pixar’s G-Rated animated movie Monsters, Inc (Rated G) in the museum’s outdoor amphitheatre stage, treat or treating along the Heard’s Laughlin Loop (populated by animatronic dinosaurs) and a costume contest for kids 12 and under. Free mini flashlights and trick or treat bags will be provided while supplies last.

 
Monsters, Inc.
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  • Monster's Inc.
Monsters, Inc. is the largest scare factory in the monster world and the top kid Scarer is James P. Sullivan, a huge intimidating monster with blue (more…)
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G, 1 hr. 32 min.

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman

Released: Nov 2, 2001

DVD: Sep 17, 2002

Pizza, corn dogs, popcorn, soda, chips and water will be available at a concession booth and complimentary photos will be available at the Mitsubishi booth.  Radio station 94.9 KLTY will be live on-site from 6 to 8 pm.

Tickets are only sold on-line and the Saturday event sells out every year so hurry over to the Heard’s website if this sounds appealing to you: http://www.heardmuseum.org/attractions/exhibits/halloween.asp. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids.  Their Facebook said that there are still  few tickets left for each night as of Wednesday morning.

I just happened to go out and check out the animatronic dinosaurs weekend before last.  It really is a great little stroll and the dinosaurs are very photogenic. I’d been meaning to share some of my snapshots.

Dinosaur on The Heard's Laughlin Loop

Dinosaur on The Heard's Laughlin Loop

The dinosaurs are animatronic so they do move and make sounds but their range of motion is pretty limited and their sounds are not, shall we say, as menacing as they look.  I’m pretty sure one of the sounds was actually from a cow (just a guess on my part).

The most disturbing “dinosaur vignette” is the this one pictured below.

Dinosaur on the Laughlin Loop

Dinosaur on the Laughlin Loop

I’m an adult, so I preferred the more fierce dinosaurs (obviously) but there are more benign looking dinosaurs along the trail. 

For instance, there’s this little guy.  Isn’t he cute?

Non-Fierce Dinosaur on Laughlin Loop

Non-Fierce Dinosaur on Laughlin Loop

But I like the one’s with teeth.  This one even spits.

Spitting Dinosaur on the Heard's Laughlin Loop

Spitting Dinosaur on the Heard's Laughlin Loop

I’m not sure were this one caught a fish. You can’t see the fish really well in this picture.  Just its fin is sticking out on this side.

Dinosaur on The Heard's Laughlin Loop

Dinosaur on The Heard's Laughlin Loop

Of course, the coup de grace is the Rex.

Dinosaur on The Heard's Laughlin Loop

Dinosaur on The Heard's Laughlin Loop

The dinosaurs will be out at the Heard until the end of January but they will make a great spooky backdrop for trick or treaters this weekend.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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