Pumpkin picking and six more events to attend in McKinney this fall

Orangetheory Fitness presents the third annual McKinney Monster Dash 5K that starts and ends at Tupps Brewery. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt, custom bib, swag bag and a finishers medal. (Courtesy SBG Hospitality)
Orangetheory Fitness presents the third annual McKinney Monster Dash 5K that starts and ends at Tupps Brewery. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt, custom bib, swag bag and a finishers medal. (Courtesy SBG Hospitality)

Orangetheory Fitness presents the third annual McKinney Monster Dash 5K that starts and ends at Tupps Brewery. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt, custom bib, swag bag and a finishers medal. (Courtesy SBG Hospitality)

McKinney's holiday events are ramping up this October, and there is no shortage of things to do. Whether residents need a place to shop, run or get crafty, McKinney has it all.

Oct. 21 | Craft the Perfect Ambiance

Millhouse McKinney hosts this happy hour workshop on scentscaping: the art of using aromas to create a certain atmosphere and energy. Attendees can learn what their favorite scent says about them while enjoying a wine tasting, appetizers and a color personality quiz. There will also be giveaways. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $30 per person. 610 Elm Street, Ste. 1000, McKinney. https://millhousemckinney.com/events#82ae5243-6633-492c-ad91-052e48db53cc

Oct. 23 | Pick a Pumpkin

Children ages 2-12 may enjoy the Apex Centre’s Pumpkin Dunk. Participants will jump in an indoor pool to choose a pumpkin, then head to the decorating tables for art supplies and other goodies. Online registration is required. 9 a.m-noon. $10 per person, free for special needs children. 3003 Alma Road, McKinney. 972-547-2739. ​​https://tinyurl.com/2wkn5ktd


Oct. 29 | Trick or Treat

The Moms Club of McKinney and the Senior Recreation Center are partnering to host a trick or treat march through the center. Preschoolers and their parents are invited to cruise through the halls in Halloween costumes. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. 1400 S. College St., McKinney. 927-547-7491. https://tinyurl.com/x229nbpm

Oct. 30 | Run With Monsters

Orangetheory Fitness presents the third annual McKinney Monster Dash 5K that starts and ends at Tupps Brewery. Run or walk around the Historic McKinney Cotton Mill and be met at the finish line by local vendors and cold beer. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt, custom bib, swag bag and a finishers medal. Festivities include music, a Spooktacular photo booth and a costume contest. 8-11 a.m. $35 early registration, $40 same-day. 721 Anderson Street, McKinney. https://tinyurl.com/298fd8sw

Oct. 30 | Check Your Health

The Hope Clinic of McKinney will host a community health fair focused on women’s health. More than 20 vendors will set up around the clinic’s parking lot, offering services like blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings. Pre-qualified individuals may also take advantage of free mammograms. Free Chick-fil-a lunch will be provided, and fair attendees may also purchase baked goods; proceeds will benefit the clinic. Attendees will be encouraged to visit each vendor and play Fair Booth Bingo. A completed bingo card can be entered for a chance to win prizes like gift cards and baskets. Noon-3 p.m. Free. 103 E. Lamar St., McKinney. 469-712-4246, ext. 102. www.hopeclinicmckinney.org/healthfair

Nov. 3 | Learn Other Cultures

The John and Judy Gay Library hosts Multilingual Storytime every Wednesday. Children ages 3-5 read stories and sing songs in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, German and more. Kids will have the opportunity to celebrate other cultures, enhance literacy skills and work together on a take-home craft. Tickets are required due to limited space. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. 6861 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney. https://tinyurl.com/ynbcstu9

Nov. 6 | Support Local Artisans

St. Gabriel Women’s Club will host its 20th annual holiday boutique at the St. Gabriel Community Center. Shoppers can buy from more than 80 artisans selling handmade items that include home decor, pottery, jewelry, clothing and candles. There will be vendor raffles throughout the day, lunch and a bake sale. Vendors may apply for a table online. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 110 St. Gabriel Way, McKinney. 281-686-1744. www.stgabriel.org/holiday-boutique
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.


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