The spookiest season of the year is upon us, which means costumes, candy, and creepy decorations are all around. Whether you’re a pumpkin carving expert, a costume aficionado, or a scary movie connoisseur, there’s one thing everyone enjoys on Halloween: free candy!

Trick-or-treating is one of the oldest and most celebrated traditions of Halloween. Kids go out and dart from house to house in search of the best candy, meeting neighbors and friends along the way. And while this tradition is a treasured one, it comes with some safety concerns. Well-lit and centrally located, community shopping centers are the perfect venue for a fun, safe, and stress-free trick-or-treating experience.

We’ve seen this trend grow year after year, and why shouldn’t it? The spaces are built for community gatherings, designed to provide plenty of lighting, and to be pedestrian friendly. At a shopping center, you know exactly where your candy is coming from. You may even run into more familiar faces from town than if you just stuck to the confines of your neighborhood. Perhaps most importantly, the stores are often closer together than your typical houses, meaning more candy in less time!

Pumpkin decorating at last year’s Suburban Square Halloween event in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Many shopping center events also offer other forms of entertainment, special sales, or giveaways. It’s a fun way to gather a larger community together and celebrate in a family-friendly space. Families can get the most out of their Halloween experience with all kinds of themed activities, from costume contests to pumpkin carving.

One example is Suburban Square’sScare at the Square” event in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Taking place on October 29 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Suburban Square will host a Halloween celebration full of candy, entertainment, music, and crafts for kids. Families can even trick or treat at participating retailers. The local police and fire departments, community partners for the event, will also be on hand to promote tips for safe trick-or-treating. It’s sure to be a great way to kick off the weekend and another chance to wear your costume!


Another example is the Quail CornersTrick or Treat” event in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will take place on October 29 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kids and parents are invited to come dressed in their Halloween costumes for family-friendly trick-or-treating, music, contests, prizes, balloon artists, crafts, and more. The first 100 kids will receive a free trick or treat bag with special offers inside!


These are just a two of our many Halloween-themed shopping center events. So round up the family and head over to your local shopping center for the most fun for your Halloweekend!