Trick-or-Treating Safety


Three Children In Halloween Costumes Trick Or Treating
 

Keep your kiddos safe this year with the following trick-or-treating safety tips.

Costumes

 
• Make sure that costumes fit well, including shoes, masks and hats to avoid trips, falls and restricted vision.
 
• Consider adding reflective pieces or glow sticks to your child’s costume.
 
• Test costume makeup on your child’s skin before Halloween night.
 
• Props, including swords and knives, should be soft and flexible.
 
• Do not use decorative contact lenses, as they can cause serious damage to the eyes.
 
Walking
 
• Have each child carry a flashlight with them when they walk.
 
• Keep to sidewalks as much as possible, and walk on the side of the road that faces traffic. Urge children not to cut across yards or streets, and to steer clear of alleyways.
 
• Remind children to use common safe-walking practices including using crosswalks, looking both ways, and no running.
 
• Stay alert when walking, and avoid using electronic devices.
 
• Children under 12 should have adult supervision at all times. Children 12 and over should trick-or-treat in groups.
 
• Only visit well-lit houses with porch lights illuminated.
 
In the Home
 
• Keep your porch illuminated for guests.
 
• Keep jack-o-lanterns and luminaries on elevated surfaces where they can’t be easily kicked over. If opting to place these decorations on the ground, use battery-powered, flameless candles.
 
• Clear your front lawn of any toys, bikes, or gardening equipment.
 
• Restrain pets so they do not come to the door.
 

Candy

 
• Be sure your child eats a full meal before filling up on candy.
 
• Check your child’s candy and discard anything that looks questionable, spoiled, or is not factory-wrapped.

North Texas Pumpkin Patches


Overflow of pumpkins for Halloween
 
Searching for the perfect pumpkin? A trip to one of these North Texas pumpkin patches won’t disappoint.
 

 
Country Critters Farm Pumpkin Patch

South of Mansfield, the Country Critters Farm features bounce houses, pony and hay rides, and duck races. Children can also enjoy cookies and apple juice during storytime. Then, choose a pie-size pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it to your liking.
 
Dallas Arboretum

The arboretum’s 11th annual fall festival features the 1-acre, nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, which features more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Take a stroll through the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch to purchase and take home a pumpkin of your choice now through Nov. 22.
 
Dallas Farmers Market

Visit the Dallas Famers Market now through Oct. 31 and do double duty with shopping and pumpkin picking. Pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase.
 
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Travel to the Double Oak Ranch in Flower Mound and find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. Click here for more information.
 
Halls Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

Take a trip to Grapevine and experience a 2-acre corn maze, hayrides, farm animals and, of course, pumpkins – fresh off the vine. Daily through Oct. 31. For more information, visit hallspumpkinfarm.net.
 
Preston Trail Farms

Formerly known as the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm, the family owned Preston Trail Farms offers feed, hardware, food, and gifts at its new location in Gunter. Pick pumpkins off the vine or peruse the pumpkin patch as much as you like. Don’t forget to visit the farm animals!
 
Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch

Owned and operated by the nonprofit River Ranch Educational Charities, Storybook’s Pumpkin Patch features a historic western town, made up of authentic late-19th-century buildings. Children can also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and hay maze. Don’t forget to collect your mini pumpkin on your way out! And, for those who get a late start on the pumpkin search, this one is open until Nov. 1.