It’s October, and that means it’s almost Halloween in Bedford! It’s a holiday that is filled with thrills, mystery, and superstition, and we can always count on Halloween to bring us a little bit of fun.
What began as a Celtic harvest festival, eventually transformed into the modern monolith of masks and makeup we see today. Cakes became candy, turnips turned to pumpkins, and instead of avoiding evil spirits, our costumes are designed for fun and fright.
How does your family celebrate Halloween in Bedford? Whether you embrace old traditions or are looking for new ones, the communities of the Dallas–Fort Worth area offer plenty of opportunities for those looking for a frightful Halloween night.
Things To Do Around Bedford
Boo At The Zoo (October 28th-30th)
In an attempt to combine all of my favorite things into one event, the Fort Worth Zoo will be hosting their annual Halloween celebration, “Boo at the Zoo”. Bring the whole family in their costumes to mingle with the lions, tigers, and bears as you trick-or treat your way through the various exhibits. The zoo will even be hosting a number of Halloween-themed shows for all of you muggles out there, such as the “Fantastical Beasts” magical animal show.
Cutting Edge Haunted House
Winner of the coveted “Victim’s Choice Award”, the Cutting Edge Haunted House is a record-setting nightmare, guaranteed to keep your adrenaline pumping for a solid hour. The actors are terrifying, and while that is normally not a nice thing to say, in this context, it is quite the compliment. Set in an abandoned meat packing plant, the special effects of Cutting Edge are stunning and the visual effects are frighteningly realistic.
Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas (September 24th-October 31st)
Don’t be caught at Six Flags after dark. At sunset, the joyful, family-friendly Halloween fun becomes a nightmare that will have the faint of heart sprinting for the exits. That’s when Bugs Bunny Boomtown shuts down and the monsters and ghouls go to town. Visitors are advised to be careful when rounding corners, as even the staff members often become frightened when walking around the park.
Safe Trick or Treating
Every Halloween, millions of ghosts, monsters, and superheroes take to the streets in search of candy. They’ll go door-to-door and fill their bins and bags with boatloads of sugar. Without some care, Halloween can present some potential hazards. How do we keep our children safe?
We recommend the guidelines put out by the CDC for a safe Halloween.
S – Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be soft and flexible.
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Go in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so drivers can see you.
E– Examine all treats for hazards and tampering before eating them.
H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you and others see.
A – Always test make-up in a small area first, and remove it before bedtime.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks when possible.
L – Lower your risk for eye injury by not wearing decorative eye lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks (when possible), and face oncoming traffic.
W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes.
E – Eat only factory-sealed candy. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
E – Enter homes only with a trusted adult, and only visit homes with their lights on.
N – Never walk near lit candles or flame in your costume.
However you spend your Halloween, we hope it’s full of family, friends, and fun!
~Dr. Marea White