Retailers across the metro are inviting children and families to put on their Halloween costumes a few days early and participate in free trick-or-treating and fall festival events. Among the events scheduled:
The Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat Event, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, starts at the food court entrance. The mall will give away trick-or-treat bags filled with candy, merchant offers and a free child admission pass to Rave Motion Pictures. Children will then be allowed to trick-or-treat inside the mall at participating retailers. The Omaha Police Department will have uniformed officers and mascots McGruff and Johnny Justice. AAA Nebraska will provide safety tips and face painting. And children will be entertained by Omaha Tangier Shrine Clowns and Omaha Storm Chasers mascots Casey and Stormy.
Mall of the Bluffs
The Council Bluffs mall plans a Halloween Spooktacular from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Parents and children in costume may trick-or-treat at participating retailers. The mall will provide clowns, games, crafts and popcorn. The mall requests participants to not wear face masks and leave accessories such as swords and wands at home.
Oak View Mall
A Monster Mash Bash is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Children in costume can trick-or-treat and the mall will host a dance contest, costume contest, craft table and movie.
A free family festival is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will include pumpkin carving, children's activities and a Lutheran Family Services booth wtih information about becoming a foster family. At 7 p.m. Saturday the shopping center will light its “tree” of carved jack-o-lanterns in the center court area. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Village Pointe, costumed children can trick-or-treat and participate in games and face-painting. People who donate canned food for the Food Bank for the Heartland or coats for the Salvation Army will be eligible for a $25 gift card drawing.
Shadow Lake Towne Center
The annual Halloween Hoopla trick-or-treating event is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Children are invited to wear costumes and trick-or-treat at participating stores and restaurants, indicated by an owl in the window. Families can also take part in hayrack rides provided by the Papillion-LaVista Optimists.
The Old Market Business Association will host its fifth annual free Old Market Trick or Treat. Families in costumes can trick-or-treat from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and more than 30 merchants will provide treats. Children also will receive books, magazines and coloring books for free through the Books For Treats program, a partnership among Metro Community College, Metro Bus, the Literacy Program, Mainfreight, Inc and the Old Market Business Association.
The event will include storytelling, music and performances at various retailers.
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