A forecast of rain and temperatures in the low 60s 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 $10 in arcade game play and the chance to enter a costume contest at Main Event locations. Your little ghoul gets 50 free tickets just for showing up in costume at Chuck E. Cheese through Oct. 31. Every Wednesday, children 12 and under receive a free buffet meal with the purchase of an adult buffet at Amazing Jakes. Purchase a $2 Trick-or-Treat party wristband online and get a $5 game upgrade on a Trick-or-Treat package at Shenaniganz. Head to Aim High Indoor Bounce (either in Mesquite or Forney) for a party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. featuring hourly costume contests, games, an art station, candy and, of course, bouncing -- entry is free with the donation of one unopened bag of candy per child.
An at-home scavenger hunt
Our former (sob!) 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 corn dogs at Sonic
Want to get out of the house but sit comfortably under a community carport? Sonic Drive-In sells corn dogs for just 50 cents each all day on Oct. 31. Half-dollar dogs means you might as well order two. 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 30 seasons. If you can convince your Halloween-loving brood to stay in and eat candy, FXX now streams all 642 episodes of the long running television programming, including all of its "Treehouse of Horror" episodes. Start at the beginning and bing all the way through the latest, "TreeHouse of Horror XXIX."
Go cray-cray at Screamin' Green Hauntoween
The Crayola Experience, which opened in March at the Shops at Willow Bend, offers 22 stations of colorful fun for kids of all ages. Its Screamin' Green Hauntoween event has been running all month and the space has been redecorated for the occasion. Several activity stations have been stocked with Halloween-specific art -- we liked painting a zombie face and making a sugar skull from black and white clay. On Halloween, the play place will offer several candy stations for trick or treating.
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.