It’s October again!!!  This month, it’s going to be more exciting, thrilling and fun in Collin County.  Halloween in CoCo is always memorable.  There are a lot of activities and fun events to do for kids and for the whole family!  The weather is getting cooler so get out of your homes and join the fun.  The Fejeran Group has put together a list of some creative, fun, and thrilling things to do in Collin County during the Halloween month.

 

Halloween Events 2015 in Collin County

 

Things to do in Allen, TX This Halloween

BACH & BROOMSTICKS at Waters Creek

Spend your day on October 24, 2015 at Watters Creek. Activities will start on 12:00 PM and ends by 10:00 PM.  There will be a lot of activities and entertainment for the family.  At exactly 12:00 PM, enjoy a day filled with a Halloween pumpkin craft, face painting, and balloon art.  Then by 2:00 PM, attend the Duck Race.  After that, enjoy Children’s musical entertainer, Joe McDermott accompanied by The Allen Philharmonic Ensemble.

Concerts by the Creek starts at 7:00 PM presenting Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats.  Other events include the Pet Adoption event, Pink Pumpkin Sale, and free hayrides!

Halloween Skate

October 31 is going to be a big day at Allen Event Center.  For 3 hours, from 11:45 to 1:45, they will be opening the Allen Community Ice Rink to all ages to get in the spirit of Halloween.  Dress up in costume to get free skate rental.  There will be candies, raffles and so much more!  All on-ice participants must wear skates. Skate rental are $3.

Creekwood Fall Festival

Creekwood Fall Festival 2015 will be on the 17th of October.  It will be held at the Creekwood United Methodist Church, located at 261 Country Club Road, Allen, Texas 75002.  There will be a petting zoo, bounce house, basketball shootout, carnival games, face painting, children’s craft table, hayride, popcorn, cotton candy, hot-dogs, and so much more!  Invite your friends!  It is all free – No registration or entrance fee will be collected!  You can buy your pumpkin in the pumpkin patch at the corner of Stacy Road and Country Club.  Look for the big red barn.

Things to do in Frisco, TX This Halloween

Pumpkins On The Prairie

2015 is the 12th year of Pumpkins on the Prairie in Frisco, TX. It’s full of fun and festivities for families and friends.  There will be more pumpkins this year than ever!  So expect more families and more friends to join this yearly Halloween specials.

 

t’s going to be a month full of fun things to do.  Activities include Pumpkin Patch, Holiday Bazaar, Family Movie Night, Themed Tattoos, face painting, and a lot of games.  A lot of attractions for your family are the hay maze, hay rides, bounce house, kids’ patch and photo-ops.  All activities are FREE!

Pumpkin Launching – you wouldn’t wanna miss this cool special activity on the weekends.  Experience the Great Pumpkin Launcher.  This is a popular and on demand activity where you can launch a pumpkin with the catapult.

Halloween Bash

Join the Annual Halloween Bash at Adventure Kids Playcare Frisco.  Kids 12 years old and under will have a blast for the Halloween.  They will enjoy games, crafts, and tasty Halloween snacks!  There will be a costume contest and so encourage your children to come dressed up!  Winners will receive a fun prize!  It will surely be a Spooktacular night!  Save the date.  Activities start at 6:00 PM on the 30th of October.

Trick-or-Treat at Frisco Fire Safety Town

Frisco Fire Department Safety Town will once again open their doors for Trick-or-Treating on October 23rd. Toddlers to kids in 5th-grade can visit the village shops in Safety Town, where Safety Town residents will pass out treats.  This free event is popular, so come early.  Parking is very limited on-site but shuttles are available from the Frisco Athletic Center, or you can park at the adjacent Wal-Mart.  It’s worth the wait, and the kids will have fun checking out each other’s costumes while waiting their turn.  Trick-or-treating will start at 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  It’s FREE!

 

Things to do in McKinney, TX This Halloween

Tuckerhill Hill Pumpkinville

One of McKinney’s most popular fall celebrations – Tucker Hill Pumpkinville…Your Patch-to-Porch Destination is set for October 18-31, 2015.  That’s gonna be 2 weeks of fun!  Activities include:

  • Tractor-Pulled Hay Ride – Enjoy the view of the community’s Fall and Halloween decor during Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM and on Sundays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Don’t wait until the last minute because this FREE fun ride is going to close on October 31 at 2:00 PM.
  • DJ Led Games, Activities & Music – Join the games, music, and other activities during Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM and on Sundays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  This has the same schedule with the Tractor-Pulled Hay Ride but you can still enjoy both by trying the other the next day or the next weekend.  DJ Led Music and Games will have costume contest on October 31 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Don’t miss it!
  • Spoons Food Truck – From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on October 24, 2015 (Saturday).
  • Pumpkin Painting – Buy a pumpkin and paint it with the help of artists from Painting With a Twist. this FREE painting activity will be on October 18 from 1:00 PM to 4:00PM.
  • All Things Pumpkin – Watch and learn on the Bake-off competition on October 24 at 3:30 PM. Wait after the judging so you can have a free taste of them.
  • Pumpkin Carving – Buy your pumpkin and have it carved or have a design drawn on it for you to carve at home.  Or carve it with a professional carver for free.
  • Photo Vignettes
  • Petting Zoo – On October 18, experience petting different kinds of animals such as mini horses, Zebu cow, donkey, pygmy, dwarf goats, painted desert sheep, potbelly pigs, chickens and rabbits.
  • Face Painting – It’s free so why not have the whole family get a face painting and then have your family Halloween photo?  This will be on October 25 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
  • Dog Costume Parade – Take your furry family member with you to watch the parade on October 25 at 3:30 PM.
  • Halloween Costume – On the 31st, this is the activity everyone is waiting for.  Dress up and get a special treat!

Tucker Hill Pumpkinville 2015 is hosted by Southern Land Company and will have McKinney Christian Academy as the non-profit partner which will benefit from the pumpkin sale proceeds.  The Pumpkin Patch will be nestled in the grassy area near Tucker Hill’s front entrances off of Highway 380 and will be surrounded by vintage farm equipment on loan from the Collin County Farmstead Museum.

Everyone is welcome to have their birthday parties or any celebration during pumpkin patch hours.  No reservation is needed.  Just bring your own picnic tables or blankets.

Halloween At The Heard

Halloween at the Heard is Collin County’s premiere family-friendly Halloween event.  The event features a safe environment to experience the fun and adventure of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live – Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs trail.  The event starts at 6:00 PM on October 17th at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

The night will be full of fun Halloween activities for every one.  There will be  presentation of a family-friendly movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage. Have your kids ages 12 and below participate in the costume contest.  Guests can also have a photo taken in their costumes.

 

For a more thrilling adventure, grown ups can take the trail detour through the Haunted Forest and Ghost Town where they may encounter a ghost or creature of the night.

For your own comfort, bring insect repellant, flashlights, water-resistant blankets, stadium seats to use during the movie, picnic dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.  Concessions will be available for purchase.

Don’t miss out! Tickets are already available starting October 1st.  It is recommended to buy your tickets early.  It costs $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. It’s free for kids 2 years old and below.

 

Scare on the Square

McKinney’s Scare on the Square is an annual event that has grown to hundreds of trick-or-treaters enjoying hayrides, treats and a safe, secure, family-fun Halloween event.  This year’s Scare on the Square will be held on the 30th of October from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Historic Downtown Square in McKinney.

Bring your little trick-or-treaters and join the fun.  Historic Downtown will be closed for this event so it is safe to cross the street and visit the shops for goodies.

Things to do in Melissa, TX This Halloween

Story Time

Story Time is back this October in Melissa!  This is activity is held every Fridays from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  Join the weekly story time and fun events designed for lap babies to Pre-K.

The big Halloween event will be on the last Friday of October, the 30th.  Mark your calendars and get your costumes ready.  Have a spooktacular time at the Melissa City Hall at 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon! The Melissa Public Library and City of Melissa staff are planning another great event where the little ones can trick or treat and go from area to area at their own pace enjoying games, prizes, and fun!  The library has your treat bags waiting so don’t miss out!

Things to do in Plano, TX This Halloween

Haunt Jaunt

The Haunt Jaunt Night 5K Walk And 1 Mile Fun Run is on October 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.  This event is a night-time Halloween-themed race hosted by the City of Plano.  Surely, your family will have safe, fun, and innovative way to enjoy your Halloween holiday.

The 5K will take you through the nature preserve along the paved park trails and streets, combining the convenience of a smooth running surface and the beauty of the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.  The 1-Mile Fun Run will keep you off the street and in the park for a family-friendly experience.  For each child registered for the 1-Mile Fun Run, one free adult entry in the 1-Mile Fun Run will be granted as well.

By joining this event, you are also helping others.  The proceeds from this event will benefit Plano’s Adapted Recreation programs which offer recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs.

History Comes Alive

Other Halloween activities in Plano, TX that will be held at the Heritage Farmstead Museum includes History Comes Alive on the 23rd of October (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM) where guests dress as their favorite character from history – real or fictional.  Enjoy a judged costume contest, historic English Country and Victorian dancing, silent movies, macabre storytelling, coffin photo booth, a Victorian Funeral Parlor, complete with embalming room, and even solve a 19th century crime scene.

Trick or Treat at the Farmstead is on the 30th of October from 10:30 AM ’till noon.

Activities include trick or treating, chicken feeding, tractor rides, a craft, and so much more!  Open to ages 1-9.

All Souls Remembrance Run

Come and enjoy a safe and fun Halloween at St. Mark Catholic School on the 31st of October!  The All Souls Remembrance Run includes a 1K Fun Run and a 5K chip-timed run.  Strollers are welcome, so please bring the little ones to participate and have a different Halloween this year!  Prizes are awarded to top finisher.  This is an all day event starting at 7:00 AM then ends by 10:00 PM.  After the fun run, enjoy the Fall Festival, which includes delicious food, games, vendors, raffle with cash prizes and door prizes, book sale, craft show, obstacle course, inflatables, Trunk or Treating, and live entertainment on two stages!

 

Preparing for Halloween

It’s now the beginning of October and things like pumpkins, costume, horror houses, and trick-or-treats become the most talked about topic at home and even for the whole community.  Now, how are you doing with your Halloween preparation?  Decorated pumpkins, fascinating costumes, flashy masks, hoard of candies are just some of the things being prepared to get that feeling of spookiness in the air.

The Fejeran Group has listed tips on your preparation for the Halloween.

Costumes And Make-Up

Are you still looking to find a costume this Halloween?  You might be thinking of some unique ideas on how to dress up on Halloween.  You can be a superhero, a witch or a wizard, a cartoon character, some weird scary creature, or you can try cosplay and look like one of the famous fictional character.

How would you want to look like this year’s Halloween?  Halloween costumes can be anything from creepy and spooky to funky and enchanting. Young boys usually go for costumes based on their favorite fictional characters like Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Carribean, Harry Potter,  anime characters, video game characters and superheroes like Ironman, Thor, Superman, Batman, Spiderman or Captain America.  While girls go with outfits like those of Disney princess such as Sofia the First, Cinderella, Rapunzel and even other magical creatures like fairies, mermaids, elves, and witches.

Grown ups mostly go for scarier costumes based on gothic and horror themes such as vampires, voodoo dolls, mummies, skeletons, ghosts, zombies, etc.

Whichever you want to look this Halloween, here are some stores in Collin County where you can buy your costumes and accessories.

Cosplay N Charm is located at 400 N Greenville Ave Ste 20A  in Richardson, TX.  This address is in the 75081 zip code area.  They can be reached by phone at (214) 556-9962.  They also do online store services.

Frisco Party Station is located at 3333 Preston Road Suite 1200 in Frisco, TX. This address is in the 75034 zip code area. They can be reached by phone at (972) 668-1961.  They offer costumes and costume accessories for people of all ages.  They are open all year round.

Spirit Halloween Store  is located at 8700 Preston Rd in Plano, TX.  This address is in the 75024 zip code area. They can be reached by phone at (972) 750-6600.  They offer good selection and special Halloween costumes.

Party City of Plano East is located at 3308 N Central Expy Ste A in Plano, TX.  This address is in the 75074 zip code area.   They can be reached by phone at (972) 509-2200.  They have a wide variety of costumes, costume accessories and other party needs for any theme or occasion.

Dallas Vintage Shop is located at 1855 N. Central Expressway in Plano, Tx.  This address is in the 75075 zip code area.  They can be reached by phone at (972) 422-7256.  They are open from Mondays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Okay, before you go hunting those fun ideas for your costumes, here are some Halloween costume tips:

  • Make sure your costume and its accessories are fire-retardant.  Avoid wearing something that can easily catch fire.  You wouldn’t want your Halloween party to become a real horror.
  • Avoid wearing or using anything that contain lead.   make ups, masks, and other costume accessories may contain lead.  Lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage to young children.
  • Experts recommend wearing make up instead of masks and hair-coloring products instead of wigs for safety purposes.
  • Kids’ outfits should be made with light colored materials to make them more visible.
  • Do not bring or use anything that can harm others.  For swords, knives and other accessories, they should be made from rubber or any flexible materials.
  • Attach your child’s name, address and your telephone number with  area code to his/her clothes in case your child gets lost or separated from you.
  • Also, avoid costume ideas such as Sexy Children’s Character, and anything Political.

Halloween Preparations

The fall season focuses on the Halloween events, parties and preparation.  October 31, the big day is fast approaching.  It’s time to start preparing for the party and trick-or-treaters.

Decorate the outside of your home so it will look more appealing this Halloween.  Add pumpkins to your steps, the gate or the entire entrance for to add more Halloween feel at home.  There are varieties of colors and sizes.  Don’t stick to just one color and one size.  Bring out your creative side in using pumpkins as decoration so it’s not the typical regular pumpkins decoration in the house.  Carve those pumpkins.  Don’t let those pumpkins just stand in there as it is.  That’s not attractive at all.

A little gardening can add glamor to your Halloween decoration.  Create a simple landscape with plants, flowers, and pumpkins on the frontage.  To buy plants, flowers, gardening/landscaping accessories, and landscaping tips, you can visit the following in Collin County:

  • Puckett’s Nursery & Landscape (972-727-1145) – 811 E Main St., Allen, TX 75002
  • Shades of Green (972-335-9095) – 7401 Coit Rd., Frisco, TX 75035
  • North Texas Palms & Pottery (972-679-6501) – 4202 W University Dr., McKinney, TX 75071
  • Colmenero Mexican Imports (469-733-6496) – 1205 S McDonald St., McKinney, TX 75069
  • Monty’s Bananas (972-971-5122) – Located in Frisco, Texas

Put something Halloween in your door or gate like a scarecrow or a decorative raven to add more effect.

Inside the house, for your treats, fill glass jars with yellow, orange, black, and white candies to match the Halloween colors.  For some cheap and cool decorations this Halloween, you can check the list of the stores we’ve listed above, under the Costume and Make-Ups section. The same stores also offer Halloween decorations.

Here are other tips in preparation for Halloween 2015:

  • Clear the yard.  Take off ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip your visitors and trick-or-treaters.
  • Add more lights around the house, driveways or gates to avoid accidents from hard-to-see objects.
  • Do not use a live candle for your jack-o-lantern instead use a plug-in or battery-operated one.
  • Secure your pets indoors, or arrange for them to stay somewhere else. Some pets become frightened and others may become territorial or even aggressive towards trick-or-treaters.
  • Check that the path and stairs to your front door are well illuminated and clear of obstacles. While it’s tempting to create a dark and spooky home theme, poor lighting can be a major safety hazard.
  • Consider healthier treat options like low-fat crackers, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls or raisins; or non-food treats such as (unsharpened) pencils, stickers or coins.
  • Follow community guidelines for trick-or-treating hours. If it’s dark outside, provide your child with a flashlight or glow stick to help them see steps and other obstructions.

We hope you we’ve helped you on all the information you need for the upcoming Halloween in Collin County.  The Fejeran Group wishes you a safe and happy Halloween with your family and friends.  When you’re ready to buy a home or sell a home in North Dallas, give us a call at 972-948-0715.