Ghouls and goblins have fun, but stay safe this Halloween

WICHITA FALLS - If you don't have your house or a haunted mansion in order for Halloween, it's not too late to make one last Halloween run.

But, along with those costumes and candy, local authorities want to make sure you stay safe.

From the cute to the creepy, Halloween is a chance to let your imagination run wild and be someone other than yourself, at least on the outside.  But just who will you be? 

Julianah Fakunle said her son is a fan of Disney's "Toy Story," and so, appropriate for Texas, he will be Woody this year.

"He likes the movie," Fakunle said. "That's why I got this one for him."

Woody, though it is considered a classic costume by some, isn't as timely as some other costumes.

Just like fashion, the popularity of costumes change season to season. 

Wally's Party Factory Assistant Manager Jonathan Saenz said he's seen a scary surprise. 

"Last year, we really didn't sell a lot of clowns because of the clown scare; but this year, "It" came out," Saenz said. "So, [there have been] a lot more clown costumes. Everyone's involved in the whole scare this year."

And if clowns, scary or not, aren't your thing, Saenz added: "witches and vampires are constant."

"One thing that popped up this year was 'Day of the Dead,' like a sugar cane skull."

And as fun as pretending to be a superhero or skeleton can be, pretending is the last thing you and your family should do when it comes to safety.

"If you have anybody that just doesn't fit, maybe those adults or older kids not fitting in or causing some problems, dial 911," Department of Public Safety Seargent Dan Buesing said.  "Get the police out there. Find the neighborhood. We'll take care of them and get them where they need to be."

So, whether it's your first or 15th Halloween, have fun trick-or-treating and keep one thing in mind.

"Look out for one another. Make sure your buddies are gonna be ok," Buesing said.  

Buesing also pointed out when driving through neighborhoods on Halloween around dusk, treat it like you're in a school zone, because the kids will be out and about.


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