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‘The Halloween Capital of North Texas’ hosts epic fall festival Oct. 23 with food and drink

The third annual downtown Celina event will be spookier than ever.

The city of Celina takes being a Halloween capital seriously. After an effort to make the city the Halloween Capital of Texas died in Austin, a Collin County judge designated the city as the Halloween Capital of North Texas in August 2021.

On Saturday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., the Celina Town Square streets will be closed for the third annual Halloween festival, Beware! of the Square. The local downtown restaurants were overwhelmed by the thousands who attended last year’s event, so this year there are several food vendors including Batch Bakery, Hey Sugar Candy Store, Mac and Cream, Swirls Bakery, and Susie’s Snack Shop.

Expect a plethora of other types of vendors, a haunted house, carnival rides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, axe throwing, spooky music, escape rooms, a screening of the film Hocus Pocus, and plenty of candy for trick-or-treaters. Halloween, as it turns out, is a peak time for blood donations, so there will also be a blood drive.

“We’re hoping to have a Dracula to host that event,” says Philip Ferguson, a community volunteer. “But I’m not sure of the status on that.”

Beware! of the Square is an open-container event. Drinks to-go in plastic cups are available from places including Bongo Beaux’s, Carmela Winery, Little Wooden Penguin, Lucy’s on the Square, Papa Gallo’s, Rollertown Beerworks, Tender Smokehouse, Toasted Walnut, and Valley Vines.

Beware! of the Square is 4-9 p.m. Oct. 23 in downtown Celina, 302 W. Walnut Street. For parking instructions and other details, visit lifeincelinatx.com/beware.

Jeremy Hallock, Special Contributor. Jeremy Hallock is a Dallas freelance writer.

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