It’s October and the only thing on our minds is football, cooler weather, and of course, Halloween! We’ve rounded-up a list of Halloween-related events in Plano this month. Plus, did you know Plano was just named the 8th Best City for Halloween by WalletHub? Just another reason to spend time in Plano this Halloween!
Hitchcocktober Film Festival
October 6-31 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock, the “Master of Suspense,” with this month-long film festival at the Angelika Film Center at The Shops at Legacy. Each Thursday night in October will feature one of his classic thrillers, with a bonus screening of Psycho on Halloween. Movies scheduled as follows: The Birds, Suspicion, Dial M for Murder, The Trouble with Harry, and Psycho.
Haunt Jaunt Night 5K and Fun Run
October 15 at 5:15 p.m.
The Haunt Jaunt is a nighttime Halloween themed race hosted by the City of Plano providing a fun, safe, and innovative way for families to enjoy Halloween. 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. Enjoy a free burger courtesy of In-N-Out Burger. Flashlights and head lamps are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit Plano’s Adapted Recreation programs which offer recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs.
The Rocky Horror Show presented by The ArtCentre Theatre
October 21 – November 5 (times vary)
Check out ArtCentre Theatre’s annual offering of the cult classic! It’s a dark and stormy night and innocents Brad and Janet find themselves at a strange castle wherein they find Dr. Frank N Furter, his “perfect” creation Rocky, and an assortment of other characters that are minimally described as crazy! This feature contains mature content.
The Nightmare Before Christmas presented by The ArtCentre Theatre
October 21 – November 6 (times vary)
Halloween just isn’t the same anymore and Jack is thoroughly bored. Why can’t he be the one to spread the joy of Christmas instead? Surely Santa needs a break from the “same-old, same-old,” just like Jack himself! Despite the best of intentions, his plans end up putting Santa in jeopardy and good little boys and girls find themselves in something of a nightmare!
Sundown Cinema presents: Hocus Pocus
October 22 at 8 p.m.
Get in the Halloween spirit with this classic! Pack a cooler and bring the family to the beautiful Oak Point Park Amphitheater for a free outdoor showing of Hocus Pocus. Service animals only, please.
October 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring the kids to Boo Bash for a fun and safe Halloween experience. Come dressed in costume with your trick or treat bag for a fun night of carnival games and candy. You’re encouraged to bring canned food items to donate to a local food pantry.
The Addams Family presented by Plano Children’s Theatre
October 28 – November 5 (times vary)
The Addams Family features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family; a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Sundown Cinema presents: The Nightmare Before Christmas
October 29 at 8 p.m.
Join us for an amazing outdoor showing of a Halloween classic! Pack a cooler and bring the family to the beautiful Oak Point Park Amphitheater for a free showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Service animals only, please.
October 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to see pumpkins fly across a field? The DFW Trebuchet Society and TheLab.ms are excited to present the 6th Annual SlingFest at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. SlingFest is a competition of compound machines exploiting leverage and gravity to fling pumpkins as far as possible. Competitors wage battle in five different categories: accuracy, distance, funky fling, crowd choice, and builder choice.
Spooky Symphony presented by Plano Symphony Family Series
October 30 at 3 p.m.
As part of the Plano Symphony’s Family Series, bring the family for an afternoon of Halloween fun. Pre-concert festivities include crafts and an instrument petting zoo, a hands-on experience where kids can see, hear, and play different instruments. The concert will feature Phantom of the Opera, Fossils from “Carnival of the Animals”, theme song from “Jaws”, Devil’s Dance from “The Witches of Eastwick”, Theme from “Psycho”, Mars from “The Planets”, and Star Wars “The Force Awakens”.
Dark Hour Haunted House “The Spell”
Now through October 31 (dates vary)
Scream loud and scream often at Dark Hour Haunted House! Thirteen witches make up the Dark Hour Coven circle. When a leader is supplanted or struck down, another rises to take her place leaving no end to gruesome evils. No matter who leads the coven, they are all committed to the same twisted end. The world’s most infamous witches have allied with Corva Hyve, the head witch of the Dark Hour Coven. Her ancient evil propels this alliance to horrors of epic proportions as part of a plot to bring about eternal darkness. If the Dark Hour Coven succeeds, humanity will forever suffer the creatures that prey in the night.
For more happenings around Plano, check out our event calendar.
Have a happy and safe Halloween, friends!
Cover photo: City of Plano
The Incredibles father/son duo photo: City of Plano
SlingFest photo: SlingFest