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Halloween Safety Tips

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren't the only things to be afraid of this Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when kids are out and about trick-or-treating.

To avoid the dangers our children face while trick or treating, common sense is crucial! Be aware of potential Halloween hazards and then take the precautions to eliminate them.

Here are some of our best tips for staying safe this Halloween!

Halloween Costume Safety

  • Wear flame resistant costumes.
  • Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering, if need be.
  • Hem your costumes to avoid trips and falls.
  • Apply reflective tape to Halloween costumes.
  • Use hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup.
  • Wear comfortable, practical shoes that can be double knotted.
  • Keep your costume and wig away from candles. No one wants to have to stop, drop, and roll on Beggar’s Night!
  • Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone. Just plain common sense, right?

Trick-or-Treating Tips

  • Plan the route ahead of time.
  • Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
  • Wear identification that's easy to read.
  • Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
  • Follow a curfew.
  • Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Walk. No running….there’s plenty of candy to go around!
  • Avoid flower beds and gardens.
  • Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
  • Don't enter any houses of strangers.
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one…yay for LOTS of candy!
  • Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Don't cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
  • Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
  • Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
  • Never accept rides from strangers. Duh!
  • Respect other people and their property.
  • Be polite and say "thank you".
  • Don't eat any candy until it's inspected for tampering under bright lights.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.


Fall Fun: Halloween in Uptown

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Holidays in our awesome community are often celebrated with amazing events put on by generous groups – and Halloween is no different!

TODAY, Thursday, October 22 from 5 – 7 pm, many of your favorite Uptown Ankeny Merchants will be offering Trick or Treating for the whole family.  Dress the kids in their costumes and look for the lighted Jack-O-Lanterns to mark participating merchants.  Halloween games, activities and balloon animals will be held in the American Legion Hall.  Also in the American Legion Hall, there will be a pumpkin decorating or carving contest.  Come join the fun at this FREE family event!

And while you're out and about, don't forget to stop by Jamison Studios to have free pictures of your kids taken in their costumes.


Uptown Ankeny along SW 3rd Street between SW Pleasant & SW Maple 

For more details, visit the Uptown Ankeny Facebook page:


Quick & Easy Halloween Decor Ideas

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, now is the time to decorate your digs! Make that house festive and fun with these 10 QUICK AND EASY DIY HALLOWEEN DÉCOR IDEAS!


1.Glowing Eyes. {source}


2.DIY Spiderweb {source}


3.Silhouette Lamp Shade {source}


4.Monster Archway {source}


5.Lawn Ghosts {source}


6.Halloween Luminaries {source}


7.Life-size Spider {source}


8.Frankenstein Door {source}


9.Mice Silhouettes {source}


10.Spooky Window Decor {source}


Fall Fun in Central Iowa

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Around here nothing says “fall is upon us” like a festive trip to the good ol’ pumpkin patch and apple orchard.  Lucky for us, the Des Moines metro offers plenty of selection when it comes to fun fall outings! But don’t take our word for it!  Be sure to check out a few of our faves.



1. Center Grove Orchard



We’re sure you’ll gather as many happy memories as apples. Enjoy daily hayrides, corn pool, corn maze and hay maze, farm animals, pedal tractors, weekend festivals with live entertainment, and so much more. Don’t forget the jumping pillow, rubber duck races, Three Little Pigs houses, and apple sling shot. Center Grove has the best (and only) Potty Barn anywhere in the Des Moines and Ames area! Of course, you can pick your own apples and find your perfect pumpkin.  Come hungry to enjoy all the tastes of the season such as farm fresh meals & caramel apples! Open: September through Christmas, on Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Directions: Just north of Ankeny and south of Ames, 5 miles east of I-35 on Highway 210 (Exit 102, Cambridge). Then, north 1/8 mile on 610th Avenue. Come be part of the lively atmosphere of their beautiful Central Iowa farm! Enjoy daily hayrides, corn maze, farm animals, pedal tractors, weekend festivals with live entertainment and so much more.


2.  Uncle Bill’s Farm & Carroll’s Pumpkin Patch 



In September and October, you can look forward to picking pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, meandering through the Corn Maze, browsing the General Store, shopping the Green House, jumping on the Big Orange Pillow, enjoying Uncle Bill's Train Depot & Corn Bin, riding the Kid Kow Train, riding in the Maizie the Milk Cow, wheeling around the Wheel Barrow Course, playing in the Corn Bin, and refueling at Uncle Bill's Feed Bag restaurant. On weekends you can watch exciting Barn Loft entertainers, learn from baking demonstrations, shoot the Corn Cannon, see the Medieval Trebuchet (pumpkin catapult) in action and much more!


3.  Geisler Farms



Navigate your way through the Geisler Farms 10-acre corn maze. The fun zone includes swings, a tractor tire swing, rubber duck races, patio maze, table maze, pedal karts, trikes for tykes, hop-a-long ponies, corn bin and corn hole toss game. Geisler Farms features a one-of-a-kind farmer built ADA-accessible hayrack. Groups of 10 or more corn maze customers may reserve space at one of three firepits. Pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks and straw are also available for purchase.

Inside the Red Shed is admission to the corn maze and fun zone. This is where you will also find ADA-accessible restrooms, concessions, Iowa-made soy candles, homemade jams and frozen Emma Krumbee take and bake pies and apple crisp.

The Geisler pumpkin patch is conveniently located next to the parking lot on the west side of the Red Shed. There is no admission charged to visit the pumpkins.


4. Howell’s Pumpkin Patch



Howell's Pumpkin Patch offers fun and interesting sights and activities for the whole family, whether it be racing through the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkins, or strolling the beautiful rolling 15 acres of flowers and touring the upper floor of the 1910 Barn, where the flowers are dried for Howell's Dried Florals. From a Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze to the Kiddie Koral and fun food and shopping, this fall attraction located in Cummings is well worth the quick 25 minute drive from Des Moines.


5. Wills Family Orchard



Wills Family Orchard is a family-owned orchard that was established in 1992.  Located in the rolling hills of Dallas County, this orchard is the perfect day trip.  There are many varieties of apples including Enterprise, Freedom, GoldRush, Liberty, Pristine, Jonafree, Redfree, and Williams Pride. They also offer apple butter, apple pie, honey and many other delicious products.  The U-pick pumpkin patch has become an important part of the Williamson farm.  This is where they grow the pumpkins and they can actually be cut off the vine. The on-farm store is open seasonally from the first weekend after Labor Day through October.


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