As the cooler temperatures blow into town and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air, our community comes alive with fall and Halloween festivities. From fall festivals, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses, there is something for everyone to enjoy the season.
Enjoy the season with The Robinson Family Farm
The 10th Annual Fall Festival is underway at The Robinson Family Farm through November 5, 2023. The Farm is open Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased on their website.
Whether you are looking for a day out with the family or for a unique place to hang out with friends, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
They have over 20 attractions at the farm, located at 2651 Bob White Rd. in Temple. They offer everything from a Pumpkin Patch to a Wine & Biergarten to axe throwing, zip lines, a playground and more.
The Robinson Family Farm is family-owned and operated. They invite the Central Texas community to join them and make memories or start a new tradition with your family and friends.
Catch a Festive Show with the Temple Civic Theatres production of The Addams Family
Embrace the hilarity of family life with The Temple Civic Theatre's presentation of The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy, from October 19-22 and October 26-29. Secure your tickets for a "comical feast that embraces eccentricity in every family."
Witness the original tale where "Wednesday Addams, the ultimate Princess of Darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family." Join the Addams family for a dinner that could change their lives. For more details, visit their website or call the Box Office at (254) 778-4751.
Family-friendly Free Fun
There are many opportunities for free family-friendly festive fun with Trunk or Treat events or fall festivals. Here are a few ideas:
Carlson Cares Temple Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2023 | 2:00 -3:30 PM
2010 SW HK Dodgen Loop #201, Temple
Kids of all ages are invited to the Carlson Cares 2023 Temple Fall Festival which will include free Kona Ice, sweet treats, giveaways, trunk or treat, a coloring contest and more! Those attending are encouraged to donate a canned food item for Feed My Sheep. All who donate will receive a pumpkin to decorate at the festival and enter one of TWO of the giveaways.
City of Temple - Fright Fest "Creep Thru"
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Santa Fe Plaza, 301 W. Avenue A, Temple
Are you ready for a spooky time? Join us as we celebrate Halloween at Fright Fest “Creep Thru” on October 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Santa Fe Plaza (301 W Avenue A). Come see our fantastic community partners and Temple Parks and Recreation at Santa Fe Plaza for a safe night of trick or treating, costume contest prize patrol, and our grand finale, a fire dancer show! This event is free to the public and does not require registration. Don’t miss it!
Wanna Scream? Don’t miss Silo of Screams Haunted Attractions
Celebrating its 7th year of “making you scream”, Silo of Screams Haunted Attractions offers over 30,000 square feet of horror. They have five full size haunts for the 2023 Halloween season located at 1511 Industrial Blvd. in Temple.
The haunted house is open every Friday and Saturday night in October plus Halloween night. Tickets can be purchased on their website.
Despite the inclement weather, members of the business community turned out in full force for the Business After Hours event hosted and sponsored by Discover Downtown Temple on April 20.
Attendees were treated to an array of delicious food and beverages from local Downtown businesses, while networking and making valuable connections with fellow Members. The event was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Discover Downtown Temple, who provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all.
If you have not visited Downtown Temple recently, now is the time as it is going through an exciting renovation and revitalization. Downtown Temple features unique architecture, boutiques, locally owned restaurants, museums, and nightlife. From morning brunch to evening drinks during a piano show, Downtown Temple has plenty to see and do. Discover and experience what downtown Temple is all about.
This After Hours is just one example of the many exciting events that the Temple Chamber hosts throughout the year, providing Members with numerous opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, support local businesses, and contribute to the growth and vitality of the community.
If you missed this one, we captured the spirit, fun, and fellowship in photos for you to enjoy!
A changing economic landscape is updating and shaping forecasts for residential and commercial real estate industry nationwide — including real estate within Temple.
Realtor.com’s 2022 Housing Market Forecast Midyear Update in June of 2022 shared a new prediction for inventory that will grow double-digits over 2021, offering buyers a better-than-expected chance to find a home in the months ahead. Among its projections: sales that will hit the second-highest level in 15 years, trailing only the 2021 pace.
“The supply chain shortages are dragging out the building process, (while) all of these people (are) coming into the area needing a place to live, work and play,” said Damon Gottschalk, president of the Temple-Belton Board of REALTORS. “This puts additional demands on all parts of our local economy. Commercial growth is strong.”
Still, Gottschalk warns against rushing into buying your first home. “The first step is to get with a well-known mortgage company,” he said. “They will tell you exactly what you need to do to better your position for buying a house — for example, save more cash, pay off certain debt and (repair your) credit.”
As to making a move specific to the Temple region, Gottschalk acknowledged vying for a home is a competitive process. “People are flocking here for a better way of life, with a lower cost of living,” he said. “Research projections show steady growth for the next 10 years.”
Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com, shared that preparation will be key throughout 2022, as at the time of its June 2022 midyear report, it continues to be a seller’s market and asking prices remain high.
“For buyers who choose to wait until later in the year, take that time to assess your budget so you’re set up with a strong financial footing whenever you’re ready to move forward,” she said.