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'Halloween Hoot' rocks at Washington Square Mall

Trick or treaters will be popping up all over Washington Square Mall Sunday.

Parents: Get ready to show off your kids' Halloween costumes.

And kids: Get ready to party the entire weekend.

The Washington Square Mall is having its annual "Halloween Hoot" from noon to 2 p.m. followed by a parade of costumes Saturday, Oct. 30, and trick or treating from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

The events attract many children and their families who are looking to show off costumes on more than one occasion, especially if they worked so hard making them.

Dawn Olson, general manager of the mall, said plenty of activities are planned for Saturday prior to the costume parade.

Ages 4-10 can participate in Pin the Tail on the Black Cat, Pumpkin Plinko, Ghost Bowling, Pumpkin Basketball and the Kooky coloring contest.

Each business at the mall handles a game with help from Boys and Girls Club volunteers.

The Halloween party is free and allows area kids to celebrate the season in a safe and fun environment.

"People are very excited that we're providing this event to them and their families," Olson said.

The Washington Square Mall has been hosting the "Halloween Hoot" every year for more than 15 years, continuing the tradition or offering different games each year.

From little tykes to pre-teens, the parade will showcase creative, sometimes scary, and either purchased or homemade costumes.

"We encourage kids to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for fun games and the parade," Olson said.

Others participating in Halloween by handing out candy to trick-or-treaters are Emmanuel Nursing Home residents.

On Sunday, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., kids can go through the chapel entrance to the lounge area where they'll be greeted by the residents and given candy.