The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Trick or Treating in the Time of COVID

3 years ago

By Anna Tabet

COVID-19 has left many families feeling uncertain about whether or not Halloween activities will be occurring this year. Well, fret no longer! We have compiled a list of local trick or treating events occurring near or on Halloween that are sure to provide your family with a much needed night of spooky fun and possibly a little too much candy. We hope this helps you have a fang-tastic Halloween!

1. Hewitt Community Church is hosting a Drive-In Trunk or Treat that will abide by social distancing procedures Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The children’s pastor will be ready to greet every child in a costume with a bag full of candy. Although visitors will not be able to leave their car, there will still be decorated trunks around the premises to help visitors get in the spooky mood.
2. The feeling of trick or treating door-to-door can be achieved with Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat! The church parking lot will be full with drive-thru stations of volunteers ready to provide you and your family with candy, toys, and other treats from a safe distance. On Halloween from 4:30-6:30 p.m., make sure to show up in your best costume, with an equally fashionable mask, to enjoy the event.

3. The only thing better than dressing up for Halloween is the prospect of winning free cupcakes! Head over to CakeAmor on Halloween between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to enter their costume contest for the chance to win a dozen free cupcakes. Even if you don’t win, you’ll still leave with candy and other sweet treats!
4. Station at Cottonwood Creek Apartments is extending an invitation to the Waco community to join them for their Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. The event will be following CDC guidelines in an attempt to ensure safety while also making Waco residents feel a sense of normalcy during such a fun holiday! An RSVP is necessary to attend the event. Visit this link for more information.
5. Don’t be a lazy bones! Head over to the Great Hewitt Chamber’s Curbside Halloween Bash Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. for a night full of trick or treating, costumes, and so much more. The event held at Castleman Creek Elementary will also be accepting canned goods for Hewitt First United Methodist Church’s Hallelujah Food Pantry.
6. Do you like skating and have a costume you’ve been dying to wear somewhere? Then Skate World Waco might be the perfect destination for your Halloween. Saturday from 1-5 p.m., visitors that show up in costumes will be admitted for free! In addition to skating, there will be a candy scramble, costume contest and Halloween games to keep you and your family entertained.
7. Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art is putting a Halloween twist on their current exhibits! Visitors aged 14 and under will be able to receive a bag of candy and a Halloween craft at the reception desk Oct. 27-30 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

8. Scavenger hunts can be spooky too! Join Cameron Park Zoo for their interactive Spook-Tacular Scavenger Hunt on Halloween at 9 a.m. Each team that completes the scavenger hunt will receive a bag of candy. $10 per team for non-members and $5 per team for members. Visit their website for more information.
9. The first Heart of Texas Trunk or Treat event takes place at 8081 Robinson Industrial Park on Halloween day from 4-6 p.m. A $10 entry fee per family buys guests games for the whole family, food and plenty more!
10. Who doesn’t love the thrill of a raffle? With the purchase of a $2 ticket on the days leading up to Halloween, you will be entered to win a basket full of goodies for World Cup Cafe’s Halloween Raffle. If you visit World Cup Cafe on Halloween, with the purchase of an item, you will get an entry into the raffle. Deadline for the raffle is Halloween day at 2 p.m. Purchases for the raffle tickets can be made in-store or online.
11. Halloween can be the perfect time for a family craft! Join Urban REAP Oct. 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make a planter for you and your family to enjoy. Urban REAP will also be having a dollar for dollar matching grant of up to $7,500 for visitors that would like to invest in their mission to help educate and empower children.