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Triangle Town Center won't offer trick-or-treating hours

Posted October 22, 2012

Triangle Town Center won't have any kind of organized trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.

The north Raleigh mall will be open for normal shopping hours, which are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. But they won't be advertising any kind of Halloween-related event on Oct. 31. In past years, participating stores have handed out candy to kids.

I suspect the reason for the change this year is because of last year's very rainy Halloween when many families escaped the weather by heading to the malls for candy. That left a lot of parents angry and a lot of kids without any candy.

You can read all about the complaints in my post last year. Common concern: Few stores were actually handing out candy and some were handing out coupons - not exactly what a kid is looking forward to on Halloween night.

The mall does have two costume stores - Spirit Halloween and Party City.

Other malls in the area are going ahead with trick-or-treating. Here's what I know about so far:

It's 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31 at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh and Cary Towne Center in Cary as part of a town of Cary event; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at University Mall in Chapel Hill; and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Crossroads Plaza in Cary.

The Streets at Southpoint and Northgate Mall have not offered organized trick-or-treating in past years and don't plan to this year.

I'll update if I hear about more. If you plan on going to a mall event, know that the candy supply is available until it runs out. It might be a good idea to get there early.

In kind of related news, as we all prepare for Halloween, the malls already are looking toward Christmas.

Santa will arrive at the mall at 7 p.m., Nov. 2. A celebration of Santa is 7 p.m., Nov. 9, with a dance party featuring Jack Frost. The big day is Nov. 16 for The Streets at Southpoint.


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  • romneycare Oct 24, 2012

    Wow, angry parents??? LOL, talk to her kids, tell them your lucked out because it rained... don't blame the mall.

    I'll be headed to crabtree, me and my kid could care less about candy.... Almost comparable to a kid/parent who gets angry that they don't get enough 'gifts'.... it's not about the 'gifts'

  • Pseudonym Oct 23, 2012

    I remember Cary Towne was CRAZY last year.

    I also remember it quit raining about 6:30, so we went home and trick-or-treated in our own neighborhood, which was wide open. We had a blast and were able to cover more of our neighborhood than in years past.

    Imagine that, trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood, saying hi to your own neighbors and their kids. Gee, what a concept!

  • jonnraleigh Oct 23, 2012

    I agree with Ali, when did it become stores' responsiblity to provide goodies to folks?

  • busyb97 Oct 23, 2012

    So those people ruined it for everyone. Way to go folks! The kids are usually more mature than the adults!

  • ali817959 Oct 23, 2012

    Some people got problems. No one is obligated to give anything. If it is rainning and your kids cant go trick or treating. It is not any ones's fault. If it rains too bad. Have your own trick or treat at your house, go get some candies and give it to your kids.