ROUND-UP: Safe and kid-friendly Halloween events in Tarrant County

Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing during Halloween activities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing during Halloween activities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing during Halloween activities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of Halloween options available for Tarrant County residents. Here are some safe, kid-friendly events, as well as tips from health experts.

The CDC recommends against trick-or-treating this year. High-risk Halloween events include Trunk-or-treats, indoor costume parties, indoor haunted houses, especially if people are screaming, attending hayrides with people outside of your household or traveling to a rural fall festival outside of your community. According to the CDC, the risk of contracting the coronavirus is higher if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19.


In addition, a costume mask is not substitute for a cloth face mask, according to health officials. People should avoid a costume mask unless it has two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face.

Instead, a protective, Halloween-themed cloth face mask is recommended.

Grapevine:

  • Oct. 30-31 –The SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium is hosting a range of free daily activities through October 31. Events include Become a Pirate, in which children receive special pirate swords and hats along with their own personal crayon pack to customize and color their sword and hat. There is also a Touchpool Experience, which is an interactive event for children to learn about sea life and get a pirate coin or temporary tattoo. Children are also invited to wear their costumes to receive a treat. Regular admission tickets required. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine. 469-444-3050. https://www.visitsealife.com/grapevine/discover/events/

  • Nov. 1 – Beginning at 6 p.m., Pluckers' Wing Bar is hosting a weekly Sunday Family Trivia Game Night on Facebook Live. Trivia will consist of three rounds of Halloween-themed questions and fun physical challenges, both kid-friendly. 1709 Cross Roads Drive, Grapevine. 817-416-2473. https://www.facebook.com/Pluckers/


Southlake


  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1 –Urban Air Adventure Park, the indoor adventure park, is offering spooktacular events for its annual Scare in the Air season. The park will provide entertainment, such as Color Splash Lighting (darker, moodier, more atmospheric lighting in greens, blues, reds, and blacklight to create a kid-friendly haunted environment), kid-friendly Halloween songs like Monster Mash, Thriller and more. Other events include Trick or Treat Bingo where guests must find items and participate on attractions to mark off a box on their themed bingo card, as well as an in-park scavenger hunt. 2201 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. 817-203-8686. https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/playandeat


Colleyville


  • Oct. 31 –The Colleyville Public Library will be giving out treats during their Check & Treat event. Children and adult library cardholders can participate. Simply pick up an item you've requested or come in and check out any library item and you will receive a treat. For more information, contact the Colleyville Library. 110 Main St., Colleyville. 817-503-1150. www.colleyvillelibrary.com


Fort Worth


  • Oct. 31 –Medical City Alliance will be hosting its sixth annual Spooktacular from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The drive-thru event will have music a pumpkin decorating contest and a costume contest. 3101 N. Tarrant Pkwy, Fort Worth. 817-639-1000. https://fb.me/e/3K1pO5Yhf

  • Nov. 1 –Beginning at 6 p.m., Pluckers' weekly Sunday Family Trivia Game Night will return on Facebook Live for three rounds of Halloween-themed trivia and fun physical challenges, both kid-friendly. 9229 Rain Lily Trail, Fort Worth. 817-750-2473. https://www.facebook.com/Pluckers/

By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot cup of tea.


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