Halloween night activities for the family

Halloween night–a night filled with headless horsemen, ghosts, goblins, princesses and parent escorts.  For those searching for fun filled and safe opportunities to celebrate there are options.  

Helotes Festival Association will once again host Safe Halloween.  This activity started with Helotes Optimist Club many years ago.  From 6pm until 9pm the Festival Grounds will be transformed into a kid’s delight.  There will be candy and trick-o-treat booths, games, free hotdogs, hay rides and more.  

The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The Festival Grounds is located on Leslie Road across from O’Connor High School.

In Leon Valley, at the Leon Valley Community and Conference Center  located near the Library the City, will be hosting Fall-O-Ween.  A celebration open to the public and free of charge.  Those attending will have the opportunity to play games, listen to live music, and enjoy food.

The event begins at 4pm and at 8pm.  Leon Valley Community and Conference Center is located at 6427 Evers Road, San Antonio, Texas 78238.

First Baptist Church San Antonio will be hosting their annual Light Up The Night on the church grounds.  This event offers fun, food, and games for the young and young at heart.  

The event is free and open to the public.  Activities begin at 6pm and ends at 8pm.

First Baptist Church San Antonio is located at 515 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215.

Remember tonight the neighborhoods will be filled with young people traveling door to door hoping to find candy and other goodies.  Please exercise caution when driving.

Additional safety tips include:

Walk Safely

• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

• Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

• Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

• Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

• Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

• Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

• Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

• When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

• Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

• Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

• Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Safety tips provided by Keep Kids Safe Worldwide.  

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