It’s that time of year. When the air is tingling with just a little more energy, flurries of conversations are occurring throughout the community, and even the trees seem to be bristling with excitement. It’s all in anticipation of Halloween, which in McKinney can only mean one thing…Ghouls on the Lawn!
2011 marks the fourth year for Ghouls on the Lawn, hosted by Tucker Hill and presented by the McKinney Performing Arts Center. In the past three years the event, which is free and open to the general public, has grown from 1,500 attendees to almost 4,000 attendees in 2010!
“Ghouls on the Lawn is a safe, fun community event for the entire family. It also provides an ideal opportunity to showcase some of our local arts groups in a beautiful residential setting,” said Ty Lake, Main Street Director.
The 2011 Ghouls on the Lawn event should prove to be even better than ever. The big day is set for Sunday, October 23 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and features performances and participation by the McKinney Repertory Theater, Young Actors Guild and Main Street Magic & Fun Company. Attendees can also expect improvements with parking and trick-or-treating, and even a few new activities. Here’s what’s happening this year:
• Trick-or-treating (from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm only)
• Haunted graveyard
• Ghost stories and marshmallows around the fire pit
• Boo-tanical Gardens
• Pumpkin decorating
• Magic shows
• Ghoulish party pics
• Petting zoo
• Music and dancing
• A large movie screen featuring the World Series game and…
• A live performance of Harry Potter’s “Dance of the Dementors” every hour on the hour! (what a great tribute to the release of the final Harry Potter movie this past summer!)
All activities and performances are family friendly.
Tucker Hill also welcomes North Texas Food Bank as a beneficiary of Ghouls on the Lawn this year. Ghouls on the Lawn continues to be a free event, however North Texas Food Bank will be on-site to accept canned food donations at the event entrances.
“We’re really excited to add another charitable layer to Ghouls on the Lawn this year,” said Mary Day, director of marketing at Tucker Hill. “North Texas Food Bank is a superb organization, and if each family attending brings a can or two of food to the event we can really work towards making North Texas a hunger-free community! Coupled with the spirit of the event – the joy of costumed children enchanted with everything Ghouls on the Lawn offers – we couldn’t think of a better new partnership to initiate.”
In addition to all of the programming, residents of Tucker Hill will be competing in a community-wide Halloween Home Decorating Contest. The architecturally rich streetscape of this eclectic community will be transformed into an eerie, surprise-filled neighborhood adorned with lights, decorations and ornaments of the season. Open spaces such as the famously frightening Founder’s Square will become gathering spots for kids and their families and make great opportunities to capture your ghouls in their costumes.
For more information about Ghouls on the Lawn, please call 214-544-7550 or visit www.tuckerhilltx.com.
About Tucker Hill
Tucker Hill is a residential, mixed-use community located on Highway 380 just north of Stonebridge Ranch, within the city limits of McKinney. Tucker Hill is a traditional neighborhood development that will consist of more than 600 new homes upon build-out. To learn more, visit www.tuckerhilltx.com.
About McKinney Performing Arts Center
The McKinney Performing Arts Center at the Historic Collin County Courthouse located in Downtown McKinney Commercial Historic District is dedicated to providing the community a unique and professional venue in which cultural, artistic and educational opportunities may be nurtured in a supportive environment.