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Local malls open door to trick-or-treaters

Posted October 28, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014

It's Halloween all the time this week on Go Ask Mom.

As many know, some local malls open their doors to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. These provide an alternative to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating. 

Here are trick-or-treating hours at local malls: Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh opens its doors to little ghosts and ghouls under age 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday. At Crossroads Plaza in Cary, it's 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday.

Cary's Safe-N-Sane Halloween is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, at Cary Towne Center. And trick-or-treating is available at Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, for kids 12 and under. And retailers in Raleigh's North Hills will be handing out candy from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday.

A big note on these events: Not all of the stores will be handing out candy. And some of the stores won't have candy, but fliers or coupons instead. I know some parents complain that their children got little to no candy during a Halloween at the mall.

I got an email this week from a mom, who figured out a workaround to that problem. Here's what she wrote: 

"Hi! I wanted to pass along a helpful "trick" I use when I take my kids to the mall to trick or treat. I realized the first year we went that many stores run out of candy quickly, plus, we have allergies (which means I really have to go through the candy before they have some). I actually bring a stash of my own candy with me in my purse and toss the candy in my children's bags/buckets while we are walking the mall. I figure out how many of which candy (that I know they like) and I keep them in a ziploc in my purse. With all of the excitement, my little ones don't even notice I am stocking them up and I am sure that they will get candy no matter what. I would suggest all parents bring some back-up candy with them when going to the mall to trick or treat (which can be done very cheaply from dollar stores). I don't want my children's happy Halloween to depend on mall stores providing enough candy for all of the families who visit that night. Just wanted to pass that along!"

Great tip! 

If there are other shopping centers near you offering trick-or-treating on Friday evening, please share in the comments.


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  • Marta Miller Oct 30, 2014
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    FYI, I live out in the country where my nearest neighbor is like 1/4 mile away. In 33 years of living here I've had 1 trick or treater. My son is the one that's wanting to go to the mall. All his friends will be there, and probably a whole lot safer than being on the street.

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 30, 2014

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    Well if you're calling stores and they're not doing anything, and the SoS Mall has no special events on their website, deduce the outcome. I can't imagine taking my kids to a mall in the first place to trick-or-treat.

  • Marta Miller Oct 30, 2014
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    FYI, Did call Streets of Southpoint Mall, got voicemail, said they'd call me back. That was yesterday, still no callback. Call several stores at the mall and everyone's reply was "Don't Know, call the mall offices". DUH!!!

  • stevemichaels Oct 29, 2014

    what a joke... But this is the parenting the last generation or two has lived thru - case in point - last Friday i had a call from the mother of an interviewee asking me why her son didn't get the job? I simply hung up

  • Ryan Kurtz Oct 29, 2014
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    I can't tell you how much I would despise trick-or-treating at malls if I were a kid. What a lousy way to spend a Halloween by being given a candy bar from a nail salon or Kirklands store.

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

    Hey blog readers... where will you take your kids for candy in the mall?

    Victoria's Secret
    Abercrombie & Fitch
    Forever XXI
    American Eagle

    What's your favorite store to trick-or-treat on Halloween?

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 29, 2014

    I don't want my children's happy Halloween to depend on mall stores providing enough candy for all of the families who visit that night. Just wanted to pass that along!"

    How big of you to not depend on a for-profit business making your kid happy on Halloween. What a joke.

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

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    How about going to their website or giving them a call. It's not that hard to find out. I laughed at the article about parents complaining stores give out little or no candy. Seriously parents? You're taking your kids to the mall for Halloween and you expect them to waste money by passing out candy to children? Go ahead and take little Johnny and Susie to Abercrombie, Victoria's Secret and Hot Topic and complain about not getting candy? *smh*

  • Marta Miller Oct 29, 2014
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    Does anyone know if they're doing tric-or-treat at Streets of Southpoint Mall in Durham?

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 29, 2014

    Letting kids trick-or-treat is probably about the last way to get people into the mall - especially that one in Cary.