A forecast of rain and temperatures in the 50s isn't exactly how North Texas kids envisioned a night of frolicking door to door, asking for candy this Halloween. What happened to that perfect, sunny weather, with temps in the 70s, from a few days ago?
Some events will get canceled, we're sorry to tell you. Check this list for canceled or updated events as they roll in.
But here's the sunnier news: Whether you're looking for a weather-proof costume or weather-proof trick-or-treating plans, we have several ideas that'll excite your kids and keep everybody dry this Halloween in North Texas.
First thing's first: 6 Halloween costumes that'll keep your kid dry in the rain
If you're intent on going out to seek candy, come hail or high water, consider costumes with built-in rain protection, such as Carmen Sandiego, who wears a crimson wide-brim hat and trench coat. Bonus points for the color, which will make your kiddo easily spottable. Other last-minute rain-worthy costumes include: Raven of Teen Titans, who wears a dark cloak that covers her head to toe; Madeline (or one of her school mates) and her school uniform of hat and overcoat; the Morton Salt Girl, who carries an umbrella and a canister of salt; or the iconic Gorton's fisherman, who is dressed for surf spray with a bright yellow rain hat and coat. Or, you could brave the elements and just go as Storm of the X-Men and take credit for the weather.
But let's say you're staying in. Here's how to do it.
Rain or shine, these indoor play places are offering scary-good deals for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Kids in costume get a free $5 FunCard and the chance to enter a costume contest at Main Event locations. Your little ghoul gets 50 free tickets just for showing up at Chuck E. Cheese on Oct. 30-31. Buy $40 worth of game tokens online for only $20 at Amazing Jakes. Purchase a $2 or $5 party wristband online and enjoy a Halloween party at Shenaniganz from 5-9 p.m.
An at-home scavenger hunt
Our staffer Ann Pinson borrowed this idea from her mom, who leaves a little present with clues for her daughter to find every time she visits. If the weather is icky, hide your own candy throughout the house and assemble a scavenger hunt with clues to help the kiddos find each piece. For extra fun and candy variety, invite the neighbors to play along.
50-cent corny dogs at Sonic
Want to get out of the house but sit comfortably under a community carport? Sonic Drive-In is selling corny dogs for just 50 cents each on Oct. 31. They call the deal "limitless," which means order as many as you want. Your stomach might have other ideas, though.
Board and card games have not only stood the test of time, they've actually grown in popularity over the last several years. If you're celebrating All Hallow's Eve indoors and want something to play by candlelight, you don't have to look far. If you only have a few minutes, most ages can enjoy Zombie Dice, where you test your luck by rolling to kill zombies. If you've got a group of 3 to 10 players, One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fun party game that will have you all second-guessing each other. Older groups of trick-or-treaters might prefer to settle in for an hour or three with Betrayal at House on the Hill, which is a bit of light roleplaying set in a collection of random Lovecraftian horror stories. These games and others can be easily found at local comic book shops or Target.
An awesome TV marathon
Halloween candy is ephemeral; The Simpsons are forever. Or at least it feels that way after 27 seasons. If you can convince your Halloween-loving brood to stay in and eat candy, FXX will air a marathon of "Treehouse of Horror" episodes. The marathon starts at 10 a.m. on Halloween. The show began what has become a tradition of the themed episode in its second season oh so many years ago. The marathon ends with the latest, "TreeHouse of Horror XXVI."
Your local church or rec center
Churches and rec centers all over North Texas are offering free fun for kiddos, often indoors. Check the websites for the churches and rec centers nearest to you, even if you're not a member. They'll likely take your damp family in for a wholesome, fun evening.