Austinites are serious about their Halloween celebrations, and 2017 will be no exception. If you go out on Halloween, expect children to be roaming the streets while you are out on the roads. We know keeping your kids safe on the streets is important, so we’ve compiled a list of safe, kid-friendly neighborhoods for your Transformers and princesses to roam with safety.
- Your Neighborhood! Like so many things, trick or treating is most fun when done in community. Taking your kids around their own neighborhood can give them another opportunity to engage with neighbors and build a sense of community.
- Circle C – Circle C neighborhood, yes, is famous for elaborate Christmas decorations but is also a great place for the kids to trick-or-treat. The winding neighborhood streets have safe sidewalks, and limit vehicular traffic to a minimum speed. Another perk of the suburbs – no through traffic will limit your children’s adventures for candy. Plus, unlike other suburban neighborhoods in northwest Austin, the terrain is relatively flat.
- Allandale and Crestview – Still central, however these neighborhoods do not have the sidewalk issues you may find in Hyde Park. Most of the homes found in this neighborhood are ranch style homes. They tend to have smaller lots than those found in suburban neighborhoods, which can be great for your littlest of monsters wanting to trick-or-treat.
- Steiner Ranch – For some going out to Steiner Ranch may be a little bit of a drive, but that’s part of what makes it a safe option. The neighborhood is tucked away in West Austin, eliminating problems of through traffic. Families live what are generally above average sized homes – so wear comfortable walking shoes!
- North Oaks – Keep your kids safe in this secure North Austin suburb. In past years, residents have decorated their houses in the true spirit of Halloween, though less so as the neighborhood grows older. Finished sidewalks, wide streets, and little to no through traffic makes this neighborhood a winner for safety. Fair warning however – your calves may be the only ones crying, North Oaks is all hills.
- Bee Cave Area If you’re on the Nexdoor app, you might have seen the Nextdoor Treat Map. The app has gathered information from users about whether or not they’ll be handing out candy. If they are hosting a haunted house. And whether they’ll be handing out candy or toys. At least according to the app, the neighborhood is one of the most populated for treat stations.
- Neighborhoods of Round Rock – Ok, we’re not naming a specific neighborhood here. But we do need to tell you that Round Rock has definitely earned a reputation for spooky Halloween haunts! It was named #5 Top city for trick-or-treating by Nextdoor App. Be prepared to trek up and down some of Austin’s rolling hill country – comfortable shoes are a must! However with a variety of neighborhoods, and so many reported houses for candy, trick or treating in Round Rock is a great place to take your trick-or-treater, for a “fun sized” Halloween.
Austin Family Creates Magic with Harry Potter Themed Display
The Wizarding World has come to Austin, courtesy of a family coping with cancer. KXAN reports that Amanda Pace and Joel Pace built a Diagon Alley display outside their home in South Austin. This return of a highly popular display is up and open to the public on select nights. But this year the number of Harry Potter landmarks has grown to include a new Eeylops Owl Emporium as well as a triple decker Knight Bus, and an entrance through the Leaky Cauldron.
The couple behind the magic first started the Halloween project when Amanda Pace was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. The couple built out the display to make them laugh, and give themselves something to focus on while Amanda received cancer treatment.
The second year of Austin’s Harry Potter House is bigger and better, and sure to provide many smiles for visitors. Even through a second diagnosis and rounds of cancer treatment, Amanda Pace designed and built the impressive triple decker Knight Bus. Unfortunately it took a tumble when a gust of wind knocked over the bus causing massive damage. Community members helped the Pace Family bring it back to life through funding on a GoFundMe page to buy much needed supplies for the repairs.
Last year long lines stretched around the block to view the magic this community driven effort has created. You can see the display while it is open on Thursday October 31 from 5-10p.m. and Nov. 1-2 from 5-9 p.m.
Trick-Or-Treat Tips for Austin Families
- If your children are old enough to go out on their own – know their route.
- Remind children never to enter a stranger’s home, or accept rides from strangers.
- If you have any food allergies, take a look at the Nextdoor App to see if houses nearby marked that they’d be providing allergen-free treats.
- Be a safe and courteous driver.
- Remind children to say please and thank you when accepting candy.
- Remember, safety is always more important than candy!
If you are going out on Halloween, remember there are many other ways to get home without drunk driving. You can reference our list of 11 ways to get home without drunk driving. Have a plan before you go out of how you plan to get home. Make sure that your entire party knows your plan, and follow through with it! There’s nothing spookier than the possibility of a DWI or DUI, or hurting someone else on your way home.