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Top 11 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Oct. 29-Nov. 1

4 years ago

By Anna Tabet

It’s Halloween weekend and there’s certainly no shortage of events to get you in the spooky spirit! Whether you’re watching chilling theatrical and musical performances, competing in a costume contest or enjoying carnival games from the comfort of your car, you will have a gourd time. Don’t forget to support the Baylor Bears by watching their game against TCU on ESPN2.

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1. Get ready to cheer on the Bears as Baylor Football faces off against their long-time rivals TCU on Halloween day. Tune-in to watch the hopefully not-so-scary game on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. For details, visit the website here.
2. We’re certainly shivering with anticipation for this year’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast! On Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at The Raleigh at the Hippodrome, you can watch this classically bizarre movie while also enjoying Waco Civic Theatre’s cast perform along to the scenes in the movie. Proceeds from the event benefit nonprofit theater and children’s theater programs in McLennan County. To purchase tickets, visit the website here.

3. The fight against breast cancer continues in Waco with the Komen Waco Virtual More Than Pink Walk. The event will kick off virtually at 9 a.m., allowing people to share their stories and support. While the walk may look a bit different without coming together physically, the ability to honor survivors, fighters and thrivers will persist with a walk down the Pathway of Hope and by celebrating top fundraisers. To register, visit this link.

4. Local vendors will be showcased at the Make It In Waco Pop-Up Shop Saturday from 12-7 p.m. Cultivate 7twelve will be holding three separate vendors’ products from Moon Mountain Macrame, Rhiannon Rosenbaum and We Luv Waco. If you prefer to shop online, you can shop these exact vendors and products from the comfort of your home at this link.

5. If your child loves spooky novels, then Fabled Bookshop & Cafe might be having the perfect Halloween event for you and your family. J.H. Reynolds will be at Fabled on Saturday at 10 a.m. to sign his newest novel in his Monsterstreet series, “Camp Of No Return.” This will be an outdoor event and masks are required. To fully get into the Halloween spirit, children are encouraged to wear costumes for a contest that will occur at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the page here.
6. Join Grassroots Community Development for their 16th Annual Charity Golf Scramble. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. with check-in and lunch at Twin Rivers Golf Club, and players will tee-off at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $100 in advance and $110 at the door for lunch, green fee, cart, and range balls. For more information, call Mike Stone at 254/235-7358 ext. 206.
7. Have you been unable to get the song “Un Poco Loco” out of your head since first watching the Disney movie “Coco” in 2017? Then this event is for you. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to virtually meet Diana Lopez, the Latina author behind the novel that inspired the Disney/Pixar award-winning film “Coco”, through Mayborn Museum Virtual Author Talk: Loco for Coco. Registration for the event occurring on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. is required. To register, visit this link.
8. Make sure to support local young musicians and actors by tuning in to watch two virtual performances by Midway High School’s Orchestra and Theatre Department. “Nosferatu,” a silent film with a score performed by Midway High School Orchestras, and “The Haunted Theatre,” an old-time radio play performed by Midway High School’s Theatre and Orchestra, will both be available through Halloween. Visit these links for the performances, Nosferatu or The Haunted Theatre.
9. Halloween isn’t just for kids! Head on over to Barnett’s Public House on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a Booze and Bones Halloween Party. They will have specialty Halloween cocktails and spooky drink specials. Make sure to show up dressed to impress because the best individual and couples costumes will receive a prize. For more information, visit this Facebook page.

10. In need of some Fall meal, clothing, and accessory essentials? Well the Waco Downtown Farmers Market has got all you could need and more! Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. visit the many vendors in front of the McLennan County Courthouse and the ALICO building. Find details on the website here.
11. Who said you can’t enjoy a carnival from your car? Woodway Elementary PTA is hosting a Drive-Thru Harvest Carnival Friday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. You can participate in games, win prizes and even a costume contest — all from the safety of your own vehicle. For more information, visit this page.

Don’t forget to check out our Halloween blog, Trick or Treating in the Time of COVID, for more fun ideas this #wacoweekend!

Live Music

Alamo Basement, Buzzard Billy’s, 8:00 p.m.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $20 online, $30 at the door
Johnny Joe Ramos, Backyard Saloon, 10 p.m.