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Kitsap Mall: Where the spooks can get their treats

All Hallows Eve at Kitsap Mall isn’t just for shopping, but for trick-or-treating as well.

Parents of young ghosts and goblins who would like their trick-or-treaters to stay safe and warm this Halloween can come to Kitsap Mall for a night of candy and games galore. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. with almost all the stores getting in on the fun.

“We’ll have about 90 stores participating,” said Stacey Ames, spokeswoman for Kitsap Mall.

With 90 stores passing out sweets there will be lots of candy to go around, she added, but the event is a popular one with about 3,000 to 5,000 kids participating throughout the evening last year.

Trick-or-treaters can follow a pumpkin trail which will lead them to special treats at storefronts that have a pumpkin sign in the window. When kids get their fill of trick-or-treating there will be about 10 Halloween carnival games set up by local non-profit organizations which also will be giving away prizes. Cherry Hill Photo also will be on-site to take pictures.

“It’s a lot of fun and parents like it because they can get out of the weather,” Ames said. “They have a safe and sane place to trick-or-treat.”

The event is aimed toward younger children in the 3, 4, and 5 age range, she said, but older children are welcomed as well.

“Some older kids will come in, but it’s geared toward younger kids,” Ames said.

She adds that Kitsap Mall is a perfect venue and works well for everyone because it provides parents with a safe place to take their kids for trick-or-treating fun and it keeps the stores busy.

“Halloween’s a night that if we weren’t handing out candy there wouldn’t be anyone there,” she said.

But store owners and employees also have fun passing out candy and seeing all the different costumes.

“They really get into it,” she said. “A number of store employees will dress up. It’s great to see all the kids in costume. It’s a lot of fun.”

For more about the free event, call Kitsap Mall at (360) 698-2555.

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