Enter Aardvark’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest – Deadline October 31st!

We couldn’t let Halloween go by without sharing some tricks and treats with y’all!

To celebrate one of our favorite holidays, we are holding a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and all are welcome to enter! The rules are pretty simple—just carve or decorate your pumpkin however you wish, take a photo of your work of art, and post the picture on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/AardvarkAutomotive). The grand prize consists of two tickets to the November 22nd Bulls game and a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Deadline is October 31st. Full details are in the flyer, and feel free to contact us at the shop at (806) 242-1073 for more information.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

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Fall and Halloween activities around Amarillo + safety tips!, part 2

Be safe this Halloween!

Be safe this Halloween!

Welcome to part 2 of our blog on Fall and Halloween activities around Amarillo + safety tips! Today, we’re going to focus on Halloween driving safety. Since the streets will literally be crawling with people, it is more important than ever to drive alertly, especially during the peak trick-or-treating hours of 6 – 9 PM.

A few tips for Halloween driving:

  • Watch for children darting into the street and between cars – according to Progressive, most young pedestrian deaths occur in spots other than intersections.
  • Slow down and stop for young pedestrians who may not be checking for cars – especially if you are driving in a residential neighborhood. Some kids might be wearing masks that impair their vision.
  • Dropping off your kids? Pull over and put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers you are pulled over.
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully, since you never know when a group of excited trick-or-treaters will dart past.

 

A few tips for trick-or-treaters (we like this list by the CDC):

S             Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A             Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F             Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

E             Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Don’t eat any candy until your parents say it’s okay. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

 

H            Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

A             Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

L             Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

L             Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

O             Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

W           Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

E             Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

E             Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

N            Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Leave us a comment if you have other useful Halloween safety tips to add.

Happy Halloween from all of us at Aardvark Automotive!

Fall and Halloween activities around Amarillo + safety tips!, part 1

Halloween in Amarillo requires careful driving.

Halloween in Amarillo requires careful driving.

Hair-raising. Ghoulish. Festive. Fun. No matter what adjectives you associate with your favorite Halloween activity, Amarillo has enough going on this season to keep you entertained until the holiday lights go up.

Love traditional celebrations with the kids? Then pumpkin picking and hayrides at Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm or Amazingly Fun Farm will indulge you with some Halloween nostalgia. The Amazingly Fun Farm even has a 9-acre cornfield maze and a giant hay slide!

For teens, there’s nothing quite like a good scare. Amarillo Scaregrounds and Chainsaw Massacre run throughout October, while proceeds from Mayhem Z haunted house go towards the Amarillo Activity Youth Center, an organization that fosters good citizenship in the youth of Amarillo.

And if you’re an adult with a “been there, done that” attitude towards the above, there’s no shortage of mature activities that are creepy without being kooky.

At Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Mad Scientist Ball, a monstrous dance party, you’ll dress up in a lab coat and dine on gourmet food by a local chef (okay, this one may be a little kooky). Proceeds benefit Discovery Center programs. Over at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight offers trolley tours of the grounds that explain the stories of the dead – and how they shaped this area in their mortal lives. Totally spooky, and children under 3 are free!

No matter where you find yourself on (or around) Halloween, we hope you drive safely and have fun!

Amarillo Fall/Halloween Calendar of Events

September 28

o Amazingly Fun Farm: 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27, plus 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30. Admission charge. Loop 335 and South Whitaker Road. 806-376-6293 or www.amazinglyfunfarm.com.

o Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm: 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $10. 806-373-9600 or www.maxwellspumpkinfarm.com.

October 4

o Mayhem Z haunted house: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. Amarillo Activity Youth Center, 816 S. Van Buren St. Admission charge. 806-373-2292 or www.fearamarillo.com.

o Amarillo Scaregrounds: 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and 31. 2736 W. 10th Ave. Admission $35 for one admission to each attraction or $50 for unlimited admission per night to most attractions; other costs vary. 806-374-2868 or www.amarilloscaregrounds.com.

o Chainsaw Massacre: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 and 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31. 12851 Interstate 27. www.hauntedamarillo.com or www.hardcorehaunts.com.

Oct 12

o Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Mad Scientist Ball: 7 p.m. to midnight. 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547. http://dhdc.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=102&cntnt01origid=51&cntnt01detailtemplate=DHDC-detail&cntnt01returnid=59

Oct 19

o Canadian Fall Foliage Tour: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Various locations in Canadian. 806-323-6234 or www.canadiantx.org.

o Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 34th Avenue and Arthur Street. Admission $5; children 3 and younger are free. 806-376-4538. http://panhandleplains.org/calendar.asp?pageid=6&calid=312

Oct 26

o Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Monster Bash: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission $5 for children; chaperones free. 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547.

Oct 27

o Amarillo Youth Choirs’ fall concert: 3 p.m. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children ages 8 and younger. 806-372-1100.

Check out part 2 in a few days, with our Halloween driving safety tips!