Don't want to take the little ones around the neighborhood? Bay area malls might be good alternatives to get candy while not getting too hot. Plenty of participating stores will be handing out treats to kids in costume.
All events take place Saturday unless otherwise noted.
Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Suite 781, Port Richey, 6-8 p.m.: Trick or treating throughout the mall. Costumes allowed but masks only for 12 and under; no toy weapons permitted. (727) 848-3600.
Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole, 7-9 p.m. Friday: Features trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, kids and critters, a costume contest, a scary screamers competition and a visit from Radio Disney. (727) 392-8174.
Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel: Trunk or Treat from 1-3 p.m. for kids ages 12 and younger. No toy weapons but masks and face painting are allowed. (813) 994-2242.
Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg, 6-8 p.m.: In addition to collecting Halloween treats, kids can meet McGruff the Crime Dog and pick up coloring sheets from Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Halloween bags and My Little Pony Twinkle Wish Adventure stickers. And from 4:30-8 p.m., the Toots Live Spooktacular near Macy's will feature Toots characters, contests, prizes and more. No one over 13 allowed in masks or face paint. No toy weapons permitted. (727) 345-0126.
University Mall, 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa: The mall will once again have its Trick-or-Treat So Others May Eat program to benefit the Salvation Army. Bring a non-perishable canned food item to donate. Children in costume can trick or treat from 3-5 p.m. throughout the mall. No masks allowed; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. There also will be a Kids Halloween Photo Contest sponsored by After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care. First prize is a laptop computer. Contest ends at midnight Nov. 6 and you can vote until Nov. 13. (813) 971-3465.
Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon: Mummies and daddies can bring their little ghosts and goblins to collect candy from participating shops from 6-8 p.m. or while supplies last. No one over 12 is allowed to wear a mask or face paint. No toy weapons permitted. (813) 661-5100.
Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa: Little ghouls and guys can grab treats from 4-6 p.m. or while supplies last. Parents must accompany children ages 12 and younger. Masks, face paint and toy weapons are not permitted. (813) 926-4644.
Westfield Countryside, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater: Kids can get candy while supplies last at participating stores from 4-6 p.m. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Masks, face paint and toy weapons are not permitted. (727) 796-1079.
Publix, throughout the bay area: Okay, we know it's not a mall, but the grocery giant is sponsoring a chainwide Halloween Monster Bash from 4-7 p.m. Kids ages 12 can go in costume to get treats around the store. They must be accompanied by an adult. Call your local Publix for more information.
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