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Where To Have A Hauntingly Happy Halloween

The best festivals and fun activities in town

9 years ago

By Caitlin Giddens

Halloween isn’t all about costumes and candy — it’s also about fun festivities in the community. This year Waco has plenty of family-friendly events: fall festivals, theater performances and a spooky celebration at McLane Stadium. Here are a few of this year’s ghoulish, ghostly events.


MISD Performing Arts Center
Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Get in the Halloween spirit with a special production of the vampire thriller, “Nosferatu.” The Midway High School Orchestra will perform an original score to the classic silent film. Dr. Beau Benson, the orchestra director, composed the score for this special performance. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door.

Magnolia Grand Opening Party

Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with our Wacoans of the Year, Joanna and Chip Gaines! The Magnolia Grand Opening Party includes shopping, food trucks, a performance by Johnnyswim and a word from Chip and Jo. Rain or shine, doors will open for the party at 7:30 p.m. Parking is limited at the silos, but there is public parking in downtown Waco. Tickets are sold out for both nights, but you can shop at the Magnolia Market during the day.

“The Addams Family Musical”

Waco Civic Theatre
Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this devilish, delightful musical presented by the Waco Civic Theatre. “The Addams Family Musical” features creative costumes, wonderful choreography and an all-star cast. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. There are limited tickets available for the shows on Saturday and Sunday.

Halloween Fun Run

Brazos Park East
Oct. 31 at 8:30 a.m.

Put on your costumes and hit the trails! If you think running sounds like a trick rather than a treat, there will be a community festival as well. The 1K and 5K races begin at 9:30 a.m., and the festival begins at 10 a.m.

Wine & Food Festival

Downtown 301
Oct. 31 at 12 p.m.

Come sip wine and support the Humane Society of Central Texas! This year’s event has moved due to the chance of rain on Halloween. Meet at Downtown 301 to enjoy wine pairings, food samples, a red carpet dog walk and costume contest. Regular admission costs $70 at the door.

Annual Fall Festival

The Art Center of Waco
Oct. 31 at 4 p.m.

You don’t have to be artistically inclined to enjoy this event at The Art Center of Waco. There will be wizardly games, arts and crafts, photo booths and food trucks. This fun event is free for the entire family.

Stadium SPOOKtacular

McLane Stadium
Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Spend your Halloween trick-or-treating in McLane Stadium! There will be games, face painting and a costume contest. The evening will conclude with a showing of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on the jumbotron, presented by Waco Hippodrome. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under the age of 12. A family four-pack of tickets costs $30.

Zoo Boo

Cameron Park Zoo
Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.

Corral the kiddies and take a trip to the zoo on Halloween! There will be face painting, bounce houses, candy stations and a portrait area. Tickets are $9 for adults older than 13, $6 for children 4-12 years old and free for children 3 and under.

Horrorfest 2015

Waco Hippodrome
Oct. 31 at 8:30 p.m.

Looking for an event that you can attend sans costume? Look no further. On Halloween the Hippodrome will show “Beetlejuice” all day, with the final showing at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and children.

This is not a comprehensive guide to this weekend’s events. See more on our Events page.