Many North Texans had a backup plan ready for Halloween due to the rainy, cold weather.
The soggy Halloween meant streets in North Texas neighborhoods usually crowded with little superheroes, princesses and ghosts had only a few trick-or-treaters. But families and event organizers improvised.
The relentless rain Wednesday washed out many of the usual Halloween hotspots. The popular pumpkin patch in Colleyville was forced to close. The soaking rain turned the field used as a parking lot and the corn maze into a mud pit.
Despite the wicked forecast, a few trick-or-treaters braved the elements in search of neighborhood candy.
“The plan of attack is to go to any house that is physically capable of going to that has lights on,” said trick-or-treater William Pulley.
At nearby Compass Christian Church, the parking lot turned into a Halloween block party complete with food trucks.
The bounce houses were noticeably absent due to the rain and soaked terrain. Still, the party went on. Inside, the place was packed.
Students at Butler Elementary School in Arlington were happy to at least be able to wear their costumes to school. It’s a tradition at Butler for the students to dress up and have fun with a Monster Mash throughout the day. Administrators said the rain hasn’t stopped them from planning a jam-packed day of activities.
“It’s a little program we put on in the gym where kids sing along to a bunch of fun Halloween songs and the songs of today and then in some of my grade levels they’re even putting on a little extravaganza," said Principal Stacie Humbles. "So they’ll have activities and games and a lot of fun things to do for this really special day in elementary school.”
Parents said they are loving the activities because the weather will likely prevent them from doing much with the kids on Halloween.
6-year-old Grey Rowe thinks the rain provides the perfect atmosphere for Halloween.
“Halloween is scary when it’s raining and stuff,” he said.
Parents and grandparents also put their brave faces on while others had more strategic plans.
“We’re going to drive down the street in the car and keep jumping out,” said Alaeja Goree.
Most people said trick or treating is part of their tradition, and it just wouldn’t be the same not going door to door, even in the rain.