Bay area malls open doors for Halloween trick or treating
The other day, an email from Prime Outlets Ellenton popped into my inbox with this question: Scared of your wardrobe? Yes, sometimes. So the outlets, south of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties before you get to Sarasota, are trying to get you in to do a little shopping. They are offering up their usual deals but adding a little sweetener to the pot Saturday: Children 12 and younger can trick or treat throughout the mall from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween. Costumed kids will receive treats at participating stores that have Halloween pumpkin decals on their doors. And if kids visit Guest Services in the Food Court, they can get a complimentary trick or treat bag. Prime Outlets are at 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton. Call toll-free 1-888-260-7608.
In fact, many bay area malls are opening their doors for a couple of hours or so on Halloween for trick or treating. But make sure you know if masks or toy weapons are allowed before you go. You might have to take those things back to the car. I compiled this list of malls that will be open for little ghosts and goblins to pick up treats.
So this mall trick or treating has something for everyone. The kids get a treat and you get to shop a bit. How sweet it is.
-- Sherry Robinson
[Times files of a busy Tyrone Square Mall on a rainy Halloween]