Truro Mall to host ghosts, ghouls and mon­sters

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY cODY mcEAcH­ERN cody.mceach­ern@truro­daily.com

TRURO, N.S.

Treats and prizes will be given out to kids of all ages at a lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre dur­ing Hal­loween.

The Truro Mall will be hold­ing its fifth an­nual Trick-Or-Treat event on Tues­day, Oct. 31, giv­ing kids a chance to stop by each of its stores for a tasty treat and to show off their Hal­loween cos­tumes.

“Our goal with th­ese Hal­loween ac­tiv­i­ties is to of­fer a safe, fun com­mu­nity event,” said Ja­clyn John­ston, mar­ket­ing man­ager of the Truro Mall.

“We usu­ally get around 500 peo­ple each year, and it is mostly tod­dlers and lit­tle kids. It is usu­ally quite busy, but it is also a lot of fun and you get to see ev­ery­one’s cos­tumes in a good light.”

New to this year’s event is a cos­tume con­test, where par­tic­i­pants can sub­mit a photo of them­selves dressed up for a chance to win a prize.

“We will also have a photo wall so peo­ple can come and take their own pho­tos. If peo­ple sub­mit their pho­tos with the #TruroMal­lHal­loween hash­tag on In­sta­gram or Face­book, they will be en­tered into the cos­tume con­test,” said John­ston.

The pho­tos sub­mit­ted for the con­test will be judged by the mall’s mar­ket­ing board, and the win­ners will re­ceive gift cards for use at the mall.

With crowds reach­ing over 500 peo­ple, the mall takes steps each year to make the event not only fun, but safe as well.

“We hire ex­tra se­cu­rity for the event and we also have a no mask pol­icy to pro­tect the staff and mall go­ers,” said John­ston.

“The first cou­ple years were a lit­tle chaotic, but now it has been sorted out and we’re see­ing a lot of the same peo­ple re­turn­ing each year. Ba­si­cally ev­ery­one joins into a line, and they stop at each store. It’s re­ally quite amaz­ing to see how or­ga­nized it has be­come.”

The event will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Hal­loween day, and the mall will close at 5 p.m., to al­low staff to par­tic­i­pate in Hal­loween fes­tiv­i­ties.

The mall will also be hold­ing a char­ity pump­kin-carv­ing con­test lead­ing up to Hal­loween day, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Christ­mas In­dex Pro­gram.

“Each store in the shop­ping cen­tre is given a pump­kin to dec­o­rate, which is then dis­played in the cen­tre of the mall. Cus­tomers can vote for their favourite pump­kin by putting a do­na­tion in an en­ve­lope with the store’s name on it,” said John­ston.

The con­test will also have a so­cial me­dia hash­tag as well, and for each use of the #TruroMal­lPump­kins hash­tag, the mall will do­nate a dol­lar to the Christ­mas In­dex Pro­gram, up to $200.

The con­test be­gins on Oct. 25, and mall go­ers can vote on the pump­kins when they are dis­played at the cen­tre of the mall un­til Oct. 31.

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