When my kiddos were very wee, Halloween spooked them. A lot. The masks, the fake graves, the styrofoam zombies, the dark and the unknown made the treats almost not worth all of those tricks. We went out anyway, of course. But we only went to a few houses and avoided anything that could possible traumatize them.
(You know the “dress up like a Scarecrow trick and then jump at the kids when they walk up your sidewalk” thing? Yeah, well, my nine year old STILL avoids that house on Halloween night years after a scarecrow jumped at him. He was two. NOT COOL.)
Sometimes, an alternative Halloween event is the way to go.
Westfield Mall in Citrus Park IS offering a fun and safe trick-or-treating alternative this Halloween for Tampa residents. Families are welcome to come to the mall in costume on Halloween between 5:00pm and 7:00pm and enjoy a safe trick-or-treating experience. This event is limited to kids 12 and under and no masks or fake weapons are allowed — so the fun will truly be safe and scare-free. Families can expect:
- Trick-or-treating at local retailers. Look for the “Welcome Trick-or-Treaters” sign!
- A free trick-or-treat bag–these are being offered to the first 500 WFamily members.
- The chance to register for a free WFamily membership.
- Well-lit, early evening, zombie-free Halloween fun!
Lots of Tampa families have already RSVPed on Facebook, so you can expect a fun evening socializing with other spooky families. Don’t forget that Westfield Malls are always family friendly and offer clean family rooms set up for nursing, diaper changing and relaxing. The Westfield Mall in Citrus Park also has a brand new play area, too– it will make a great stop-over in between trick-or-treating fun.
Be sure to visit the Westfield Citrus Park Facebook page here to learn more about the event.
I am working directly with Westfield. I am being compensated as a member of the WFamily Influencer Program.