Tricked Up Treats

Lei Chic 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.