Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Bob Jones Nature Center Hosts Haunted Family Campout

It was a dark and spooky night, and ghosts and ghouls gathered at Bob Jones Park for a weekend of Halloween-themed fun.

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve hosted its annual Haunted Family Campout this past weekend from Saturday, October 9, through Sunday, October 10. 70 community members gathered in Bob Jones Park with their tents, sleeping bags, and sense of adventure for a weekend of freights and delights under the Southlake stars.

Camping activities included morning and evening hikes, a scavenger hunt, games, and Halloween adventures! Families also enjoyed tales from local Storyteller and retired Southlake Librarian, Elizabeth Beamon. Participants rose to the occasion, bringing their costumes and decorations to make their campsites the spookiest around. The festivities also featured arts and crafts, nature-themed hikes on the glowstick-lined Bluebird Trail, and dinner, snacks, and breakfast for the participants. The Bob Jones Nature Preserve provided the perfect background to learn more about our local wildlife while getting into the Halloween spirit. Local in-kind sponsors included Sprouts and Starbucks.

The Haunted Family Campout is for sure a community-favorite program that staff enjoys putting on and sells out quickly every year.

There’s always something exciting happening at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve! Don’t miss out on our next Community Lake Hike happening on November 20!

Halloween Tips and Tricks

Get out the face paint and pumpkins! Halloween is right around the corner! 

This year’s activities may look a little different. The CDC has issued recommendations for traditional Halloween activities and categorized them as low, moderate and high-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Looking for something to do? Try one of these fun activities! 

Library Halloween Costume Parade for Kids & Pets

The Southlake Library invites you to have a howling good time at a Halloween Costume Parade for kids and their pets.

School’s out on Monday, October 8 so come on down to Family Park in front of Southlake Town Hall to get into the Halloween spirit. Kids and pets are invited to put on their favorite costumes and parade through the Square with music and laughter.

The parade will begin at 10:05  a.m. and start at the fountain in Family Park. Dog and human treats will be provided and photo ops abound.

Southlake’s Spookiest Family Campout a Huge Success

Ghosts, goblins and good times were found lurking around families at the 3rd Annual Haunted Family Campout in Bob Jones Park!

Everyone had a howling good time as families gathered for the annual Haunted Family Campout on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8. Guests spent the night in tents at Bob Jones Park and experienced a night of camping in Southlake, Halloween style. Campers also enjoyed spooky story time with Mr. DeCee, lots of family friendly Halloween activities among decorated campsites.

“This is a very good family campout experience. Thanks for all your organizing and effort. Look forward to the next campout,” said one camper. And another said, “The whole family liked it very much, we all enjoyed it. We will definitely be back next spring. Thanks for all the staff’s help!” Don’t worry families, staff is already looking forward to planning the 4th Annual Haunted Family Campout!

We’ll see you next year!

Seniors Get Ready to Scare Up a Good Time

The Southlake Senior Activity Center will be celebrating Halloween at their weekly luncheon on Monday, October 30, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Seniors are encouraged to dust off their past Halloween costumes or bring out their creativity for an opportunity to win some prizes.

Following the luncheon, “The Princeton Nassoons A Cappella” ensemble, will be entertaining our seniors at 1:00 p.m. The Nassoons have been touring domestically and internationally for over 65 years.  They have performed at the White House, Good Morning America and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

For more information, please call the Senior Center at (817) 748-8315.

It’s Almost Time for a Night of Fright & Trick-or-Treating

Double, double, toil and trouble – be watchful of ghosts and goblins out trick-or-treating this Halloween!

On Tuesday, October 31, beginning around dusk, Southlake kids will be dressed up in their favorite costumes going door-to-door looking for candy and treats. The City has lots of fun things planned for Halloween including the Monster Mash on Sunday, October 29, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Marq, Southlake. It’s a free outdoor event and will include live musical entertainment, fun games and activities, pumpkin decorating, balloon artists and of course trick-or-treating.

It’s a rain or shine event. If inclement weather arrives, all booths and activities will be moved inside the Marq. For more information on the Monster Mash, visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/Events or call (817) 748-8900.

For kids just wanting to go neighborhood to neighborhood trick-or-treating, the fun begins around dusk on Tuesday, October 31. It’s a night of fun but it’s also a night to remind drivers to slow down in neighborhoods, turn on their headlights early, and keep a watchful eye out for kids in costumes.

Parents should also take time to remind kids to be extra safe on Halloween night, especially crossing streets where kids are twice as likely to be struck by a motor vehicle.

Here are some other important safety tips for parents and kids from the Southlake Police and Fire Departments:

  • Dress children in bright clothing so they will stand out, especially to drivers.
  • Carry a flashlight and have children wear reflective tape and/or carry glow sticks to make them more visible.
  • Reduce unnecessary distractions – put down all cell phones and electronic devices and pay attention to where you and your children are walking.
  • Teach children to cross the street at designated crosswalks and to never cross in the middle of a street.
  • Teach children to look both ways before crossing streets and have them make eye contact with drivers to make certain drivers see them.
  • Face paint is preferred over a Halloween mask because it won’t obscure your child’s vision (This is especially important when crossing streets).
  • Always have kids travel in groups. Never let them walk alone.
  • Warn children against walking near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to dress them in flame-resistant costumes.
  • Parents – check your child’s candy and treats before allowing them to eat them.

As an added treat, Southlake Police Officers, Firefighters and Citizen on Patrol Volunteers (COPs), will be visiting neighborhoods on Halloween night and passing out glow necklaces, bracelets, and other trinkets. We want to help your children be seen on Halloween to help keep them safe.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

Monster Mash is Moving to The Marq Southlake, Oct. 30

Calling all boys and ghouls, mummies and daddies to join the City of Southlake for a howling good time at Monster Mash at The Marq Southlake!

The whole family will have fun at this outdoor family friendly Halloween-themed festival while enjoying a day full of activities and entertainment. Monster Mash is Sunday, October 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at The Marq Southlake, Aria Amphitheater(285 Shady Oaks Drive).

The outdoor fun is completely free for everyone to enjoy. The event will include live entertainment by Vocal Stomp from 2-4 PM, fun games and activities, pumpkin decorating, complimentary photo moments, inflatable fun, balloon artists, train rides, tons of tasty treats and trick or treating. Come dressed as you aren’t and wear your favorite family-friendly costume and participate in the costume parade after Vocal Stomp performs. Harvest Treats will be available for purchase, including kettle corn, roasted nuts, cotton candy, caramel apples and more! There are sure to be many spooktacular surprises and Halloween fun for the whole family.

This is a rain or shine event! In the event of inclement weather, all booths and most activities will be relocated inside The Marq Southlake Traditions Ballroom for Trick or Treating and Halloween Fun!

For more information, visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/Events or call (817)748-8900.

Happy Howl-er-ween Pet Parade at Southlake Public Library

HOOOWWL! That’s the sound of a happy pet ready to march around Southlake Town Square in their best Halloween costume.

Happy Howl-er-ween Pet Parade
October 29, 2016 at 10 AM
Rustin Park

Bring your furry or feathered fur baby — real or stuffed — to strut their stuff! All friendly and leashed animals are welcome. We’ll have a water station, a treat station, and an opportunity to get some great photos with your pet! At 10:15, we’ll start our march around the Southlake Town Square.

For more information please call Southlake Public Library at 817.748.8243 or visit here for more information.

Tips for keeping your Family Safe this Halloween

This year the City of Southlake is partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide to offer some fun Halloween safety tips to parents and children. Please take a moment to look over the safety tips provided below.

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The City of Southlake has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide for many events and activities such as the well-known Car Seat Safety Campaign.

Safe Kids Worldwide’s mission is to prevent injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. To learn more about how to prevent children from injuries visit www.SafeKids.org