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Local malls open door to trick-or-treaters

Posted October 28, 2014 8:23 p.m. EDT
Updated October 29, 2014 8:57 p.m. EDT

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.