Screams Halloween Theme Park' macabre workforce of professional ghoulish actors populates five eerie attractions and activities designed to cull shrieks from frightened visitors. Anxious explorers tread lightly among Peril Point's island of three-dimensional apparitions and the Castle of Darkness, the scariest of all royal haunts, which incurs skyrocketing bills for scepter bedazzling and red-carpet steaming. Circumspect eyes stay peeled during spine-tingling treks through the straight-jacketed Arcane Asylum or while viewing the menacing circus performers in Unkel Koy's Klown Maze and the undead specters roaming the Ghoulish Graveyard. Tense nerves take a rest with more lighthearted activities including face painting, classic-horror-movie screenings, and Scary-oke singing that disguises terrified shrieks as showcases of falsetto vocal range.
From honky-tonk to Tejano, Texas music has made myriad contributions to the world of song. Texas Music Expo 2012 celebrates the impact the Lone Star State has had on music with three days of events. The new-and-vintage-guitar marketplace displays a slew of handpicked new and used instruments and vintage music posters available for purchase. A collectible record show allows visitors to complete collections, and a free appraisal of collectibles by Heritage Auctions enables expo-goers to discover the value of their existing goods. Renowned musicians, such as Nazareth’s Manny Charlton, will be on hand to sign autographs for star-struck fans, along with Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day By Day, Night After Night author Craig Hopkins and former 98FM KZEW air personalities. Texas recording artists will entertain onlookers with live sets.
The Waxahachie Civic Center transforms into a yuletide village, sparing shoppers from Black Friday tussles and the hustle and bustle of malls at the Waxahachie Holiday Showcase. Those looking for stocking stuffers, or even stockings, can gander at the handiwork of more than 125 vendors whose original art, decorations, and crafts are certain to satisfy those who are hard to shop for. Eschewing the ho-ho-humdrum of mall Santas, the holiday showcase welcomes Cowboy Santa, who gladly poses for photos and shares ranching tips with folks on his "good" list. Attendees are welcome to bring their own cameras to capture each child or adult's two-minute session with Santa. The showcase also raises funds for non-profit organization, Greatest Generation Aircraft, who preserve the fleets that shaped our history.
At Waxahachie Gymnastics Center, kids and adults cartwheel, tumble, and leap their way through gymnastics classes. Students can cultivate the perfect roundoff in tumbling sessions, or learn how to create a stable pyramid during cheer lessons. Tumble Tots classes help little ones build balance and agility while assisted by their parents, whereas preschool classes teach beginner skills such as cartwheels and backbends. Once students have mastered the basics, they can join one of the gym's competitive teams, which incorporate advanced techniques into floor and trampoline routines.
Jeremy, a water-loving Texas boy, first discovered standup paddleboarding in Costa Rica, and had an epiphany. He wanted to bring the activity to his home surf, so he started Lazy Locos SUP Paddle Boards. He rents out boards and paddles to anyone who wants to give the activity a try, and delivers the equipment to the body of water of their choice, whether it be Lake Arlington or their neighbor’s kiddie pool. As he watches first-time riders hesitantly paddle out on the waters, he enjoys what he says in the best part of his job, "[getting] to be at the lake."