Halloween is right around the corner. But because the holiday falls on a Monday this year, many Oklahomans are unsure when they’re supposed to take their children trick-or-treating.
Oklahoma City will be trick or treating on Monday Oct 31st
Tips for Handing Out Candy
Handing out candy to the neighborhood kids can be a great way to spend an evening.
- Wear gloves when passing out candy or consider using a kitchen utensil to help distribute them without hand contact.
- October is an unpredictable month when it comes to weather. No matter if it snows, freezes or if there are slippery leaves on the walkway — it’s your job to make a clear and safe path for trick-or-treaters.
- Traditionally, turning on the front light signals that you’ve got candy — so consider adding lights all the way to the door for safer passage.
- Also, be sure your family pets are safely tucked away for the evening — for their safety as well as that of your spooky guests.
- Replace all flames with electric candles for a safe, yet realistic effect.
- When it comes to treats, store bought is best.
- A teal pumpkin at your door lets others know you are handing out allergen-free treats.
- If you’re willing to try something new, go the healthy route and hand out little toys, trinkets, coloring books or crayons instead.
Let’s take a look at some more helpful tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating.
- If the group is mainly little ones, then an adult should serve as chaperone.
- If the kids are old enough to go without an adult, make sure they follow a pre-planned route and stick to homes or neighborhoods you know.
- Stress the importance of crossing roads safely over and over again. Once those little goblins see treats across the street, the temptation to run is going to be huge.
Halloween Costume Safety Tips
The costumes are the best part of Halloween. But a poorly planned costume can actually be a health or safety hazard. Here are some costume safety tips to keep in mind:
- Check costumes to ensure that they’re flame retardant and that they allow for easy movement.
- Adding reflective tape, glow sticks and flashlights to the ensemble adds multiple layers of security.
- If your child will be wearing a costume mask, make sure it doesn’t block their breathing or vision. It may also be a good idea to check and make sure they can still wear a protective face mask comfortably underneath their costume mask.
There are many places to donate new and used items in the OKC metro area. Here are a few that are making a difference in of our local community. Weather you are cleaning out closets or just looking for a way to help, we think these are a great way to donate to those who need it most.
5731 NW 41ST Warr Acres, OK 73122
This locally owned multipurpose center has been helping the area since 2016, providing youth programs and special events for holiday and back to school. This facility accepts donations for both food pantry as well as a clothing closet.
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Warehouse: 1401 W. Sheridan, Oklahoma City, OK 7310
The Jesus house in OKC opened its doors in 1973 and has been providing those in need with food, shelter and clothing ever since. This facility is acceptnig clothes, food and small household items.
Please email to schedule a drop off email@example.com
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City Rescue Mission
800 W. California Ave Oklahoma City
The City Rescue Mission has been in OKC since opening a mens shelter for the transient population in the metro area in 1960. Their services have grown over the years and now incorporate a wide variety of partnerships to help them better serve those in need. This facility is accepting clothing, hygiene items, and baby formula.
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Fall Festivals are coming up soon so mark your calendar for some great ways to get out with the family and enjoy the nice fall weather.
Bethany Library and Bethany YMCA: Oct 20th
A Story book themed fall festival in the lawn between Bethany Library and Bethany YMCA will be held featuring crafts, games, candy, and food trucks.
This event will be held from 5-7pm.
Haunt the OKC Zoo: Saturdays & Sundays in OCT
The Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating its 39th year of Haunt the Zoo! Candy will be distributed at 13 candy locations by Zoo volunteers. Along the trail you’ll discover 20 themed booths, perfect for a unique photo opportunity! Zoo admission and official Haunt the Zoo bags are required to participate.
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
October 8 & 9
October 15 & 16
October 22 & 23
October 29 & 30
Orr Family Farm South OKC: Now – Nov 12
Admission includes activities such as hay rides, train rides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and animal barnyard, jumping pillows, a carousel and more. Pony rides and homemade treats sold separately. Tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price; kids 2 and younger are free.
Mon, Wed, Thurs 10am-5pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm
Chester’s Pumpkin Patch in Piedmont: Now – Oct 31
Come check out this patch’s new giant slide, barnyard games, pony rides for children, tractor rides, petting zoo (zoo food sold separately), three-acre mystery maze, live music on the weekends and more. Admission is $6 for ages 11 to 64, $12 for ages 1 to 10 and free for ages 64+ and children under 1. For more info click HERE.
Tuesday- Saturday 9am-6pm