With Halloween on Sunday, some areas starting the thrills early

It can be tricky when Halloween falls on a Sunday.

Should kids make their candy rounds on Saturday, or is Sunday a better choice for haunting up some mischief?

While trick-or-treat times are designated by city proclamation in some parts of the country, the decision is largely up to parents in North Texas.

And this year, there's another complicating factor: the World Series.

Games 3 and 4 are Saturday and Sunday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, meaning that some fans may hole up in the game room to avoid interruptions from ghouls and goblins.

Fort Worth authorities are figuring that Sunday night will be the traditional Halloween treat fest. "Neighborhood police officers will be out Sunday evening patrolling their neighborhoods ensuring kids are safe," said Fort Worth police Lt. Paul Henderson. "The safety of families is always our first priority."

In Mansfield, city and police officials have designed family activities on today and Saturday to draw the focus away from trick-or-treating on Sunday. The same goes for Grapevine, where several events are planned, including the 24th annual Halloween on Main Street today.

In Southlake, the real Halloween should be fine for trick-or-treating, police say.

Staff writer Nicholas Sakelaris contributed to this report.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657