Tricked Up Treats
October 31. A treat for the kids--cool costumes, staying up past bedtime and loads of candy. You just get tricked off-- traffic, free-loading, pillowcase-toting high school trick-or-treaters and bedtime battles over candy.
You'd give your last mini m&m for a place that offers Halloween fun for the kids and a little something for adults (sexy kitty get up NOT required).
Enter Ward Centers' Fangtastic Fest -- a four-hour Halloween spectacular featuring more costumes, pumpkin carving and giveaways than you can stuff into a giant plastic pumpkin tote. Let's break it down.
Noon - Trick-or-Treat begins.
For Them: Free goodies at participating stores!
For You: Sugary distractions provides you some whine-free shopping time at Ward Centers' more than 135 unique boutiques.
Noon to 4 p.m. - The Pet Corner Pet Expo
For Them: Adorable animals, what's not to love?
For You: Free treats for Fido, 20 percent off select merchandise, and scads of giveaways including the grand prize--a puppy of your choice! (Cross that one off your Christmas list). Or enter your well-dressed pet in the pet costume contest for another chance at big prizes for scariest, cutest, and owner/pet look-alike categories.
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Pumpkin Carving Contest
For Them: If their creation gains top votes on Facebook they could score two $100 gift cards.
For You: Enter your own pumpkin for a shot at the prize. Or, at the very least, carving plus Facebook voting time equals at least a few hours of quiet at home.
2:45 p.m. - Keiki Costume Contest, ages 2 through 12.
For Them: A chance to show off their costume and win prizes.
For You: That homemade Optimus Prime outfit you soldered together our of aluminum cans deserves to be seen in daylight!
As a little extra treat, tomorrow through Sunday, purchases of $50 or more will earn a free Menchie's ice cream. Now that's a boo-tiful thing.
Ward Centers' Fangtastic Fest is Sunday, October 28 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Visit Ward Centers website for the full list of events and more Halloween activities.