Not Your Average Pumpkins


It’s the time of year when pumpkin-filled porches are seen in every neighborhood anticipating the welcome of trick-or-treaters. Adorn your stoop with something different this Halloween and draw inspiration from these unique pumpkin decorating ideas.

 

Craft pumpkin painted white and decorated with pink flowers

Unicorn Dreams

Using a few basic craft supplies (think acrylic paint, clay, a hot glue gun), customize any pumpkin into the dreamy-eyed face of a sweet mystical creature or your favorite  pet.

 

beautiful painted pumpkins of white and gold color on halloween

Glitz & Glam

With a little glue or paint and a lot of glitter, have fun mixing designs and colors for pumpkins that sparkle.

 

Pumpkin with a beautiful autumn flower composition

Autumnal Bouquet

The easiest pumpkin you’ll ever carve requires slicing off the top, clearing the insides, inserting flowers and you have a pretty pumpkin bouquet — it even makes for the perfect centerpiece well into November.

 

Happy halloween! Pumpkins on white background.

Chalk It Up

With a coat or two of chalk paint, you can swap out Halloween messages and spooky silhouettes for days.

 

Halloween autumn display

Spray It Gold

A can of spray paint and a cardboard box are all you need to make simple, chic pumpkins in any color scheme — but isn’t everything prettier in gold?

 

Colorful pumpkin.Art background for Halloween concept,

Melted Magic

Just as it sounds, melt wax (or crayons) in your favorite color combinations for a unique work of art. A bit trickier than the rest, but worth the extra effort.

 

Black and rose cold colored pumpkins

Constellation Creation

Get creative with paint designs by doodling your favorite constellations and add a ribbon or two for good measure.

 

beautiful painted pumpkins of white and gold color on halloween

Gorgeous Gourds

Mix and match your favorite glitter and metallic paints for stylish, hand-crafted cuteness.

North Texas Halloween Weekend Roundup 2017


Two bulldogs dressed-up for Halloween.
 
Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these Halloween-themed events in North Texas. 

 
Day of the Dead Festival
 
Celebrate the fall season and pay homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween at a Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. This free, family-friendly event in Denton offers trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, games, local food and art, and activities for all ages including a salsa cook-off, street performers, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and offers events all day.
 
Glow Yoga Class
 
Put on your best ’80s and ’90s workout costume and head to this 45-minute, glow-inspired yoga class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Yoga Center and taking place at the legal Draft Beer Co., enjoy an afternoon of stretching and fun music, followed by a pint of beer. Admission is $15.

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

 
Head to the Dallas Zoo each night until Oct. 29 to enjoy a family friendly Halloween event in a “wild” setting. Children can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at stations situated throughout the zoo. You’ll also find bounce houses, games, frequent animal encounters, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Admission is $10 and includes six candy coupons; parking is $7.
 
Halloween Skate
 
Get into the spirit and head to the Allen Community Ice Rink on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a Halloween-themed skate event. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., skate your heart out and enjoy candy, raffles, and more. If you wear your Halloween costume, you receive a free skate rental, or you can pay a $5 entry fee plus $3 to rent skates. All donations will benefit the Allen Community Outreach Program.
 
Howl-O-Ween Pup Social & Doggie Costume Party
 
Let your pup strut his or her stuff during a mini parade and costume contest at the first-ever Howl-O-Ween Pup Social in Watauga. Head over to Chef Point Cafe and enjoy live music, local rescue organizations, and pet-focused local businesses. Your pooch can enjoy “doggie beer” and a selection off of the doggie menu, while you can enjoy a refreshing Halloween cocktail or draft beer. Admission is free.
 
Poe in the ‘Hood
 
Head to Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the highly anticipated return of Poe in the ‘Hood. This fun, scary literary event features the works of Edgar Allen Poe told by storytellers while guests enjoy food and drinks.
 
Six Flags Fright Fest
 
It’s the time of the year when zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Over Texas. Taking place until Oct. 31, enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the park during the day, and extra frightening events at night, including haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets range from $61.99 to $86.99.
 
Sticker Treating at the Dallas Arboretum
 
Enjoy a twist on traditional trick-or-treating with “sticker treating.” Wear costumes and discover the spooky side of nature while exploring the gardens and collecting stickers along the way. This event takes place all day Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
 
Stranger Things Halloween Bash
 
Deep Ellum’s Quixotic World Magical Event Space is hosting a Stranger Things-themed Halloween party tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This 21+ event features a photo booth, a gourmet waffle bar, a costume contest, and a midnight showing of the recently released season of popular television show, “Stranger Things.”
 
Trick or Treat the Square
 
Frisco Square will host its seventh-annual Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this family and pet-friendly event presents children under 12 the opportunity to wear their best costumes and trick or treat at popular restaurants, shops, and businesses in Frisco Square. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pooch parade/costume contest, and a dog adoption event. Admission is free.

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.