Trick-or-treat on Halloween at this local mall

The Boynton Beach Mall will hold its annual Mall-o-ween Costume Party and trick-or-treating “sweets stroll” on Halloween.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat"  the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

The free event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, will also feature games, activities, bounce houses and hayrides in the mall’s parking lot

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“This safe, indoor, air-conditioned and entertaining alternative to traditional outdoor Halloween activities will offer free trick-or-treating fun the whole family can enjoy,” the mall said in a news release announcing the event.

The mall is located at 801 N. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach.

Deal alert: Kids eat FREE at this restaurant for Halloween weekend

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli & Restaurant is serving up FREE kid’s meals this weekend. kids-eat-free-eclub-halloween-2016

The promotion starts Friday and runs through Halloween.

During that time, customers will receive one free kid’s meal with one paid adult entrée.

Here is the fine print: “Free meal from kid’s menu only; must be 12 or under. Does not include beverage. Cannot be combined with any other offer.”

TooJay’s has locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and West Palm Beach.

 

Halloween 5K, trick-or-treating events planned at PB Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets will host two Halloween-themed events this weekend, including mall-wide trick or treating and a 5K run to benefit a local nonprofit.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat"  the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

Here are the details:

5K and mall-wide trick-or-treating

Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Quantum House

What: Inaugural Phantom 5K, Monster Mile and Devil Dash benefiting Quantum House along with a Costume Contest and Treats

When: Sat., Oct. 29 – Registration opens at 6 a.m. Phantom 5K – 7:30 a.m., Monster Mile – 8:45 a.m., Kids Devil Dash – 9 a.m., Awards Ceremony – 9 a.m., Costume Contest – 9:30a.m. Stores open at 10 a.m.

Where: Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Description: In addition to the Phantom 5K, Monster Mile and Devil Dash, kids can take part in a costume contest and mall-wide trick-or-treating with participating stores. For more information and to register for any of the races, log onto register.racepartner.com/PhantomRun. Proceeds benefit Quantum House, a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.

“Trunk or Treat” Auto Event and Costume Party

Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Art of Speed Auto Events

What: “Trunk or Treat” Auto Event and Costume Party, the theme of this month’s Cars & Coffee Palm Beach event. This monthly gathering of South Florida’s finest automobiles will feature super heroes and super cars and is expected to attract auto enthusiasts from south and central Florida to viewa massive diversity of exotic, custom and classic vehicles. All makes and models are welcome to attend this family-friendly event. Cost is $5 per vehicle to display in the show field and free to spectators. Hot coffee and breakfast items will be available for purchase.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Sun., Oct. 30

Where: In the northwest and north lot of Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Description: Everyone is invited to dress for a fun day of Halloween. Only children 15 years or younger can wear a mask. Participants may choose to offer “store bought” candy from their cars for trick-or-treating kids. No homemade candy is allowed.

Convention Center launches trick or treat event to help local food bank

The Palm Beach County Convention Center will host its first annual “Trick or Treat so Palm Beach County Can Eat” event this Halloween to help secure donations for the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Halloween, people can drive up to the Palm Beach County Convention Center’s main entrance off Okeechobee Boulevard, drop-off donated canned food items and trick or treat for goodies.

A national study shows that one in six Americans   or 16 percent   struggles to put food on the table, the lowest rate since 2008, according to the Food Research and Action Center, a Washington-D.C.-based nonprofit that recently published a study on hunger in the United States.
A national study shows that one in six Americans or 16 percent struggles to put food on the table, the lowest rate since 2008, according to the Food Research and Action Center, a Washington-D.C.-based nonprofit that recently published a study on hunger in the United States.

Those who wear Halloween costumes will be entered in the center’s costume contest. Prizes include a $100 Visa card and a movie basket with two movie passes donated by Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX CityPlace, candy and popcorn.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 1 on the center’s social media channels.

“We want to make it simple for the community to donate,” said Dave Anderson, the convention center’s general manager. “The event will start from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. when parents pick-up their kids from school and daycare. We want to make it a fun and safe way to trick or treat for a good cause.”

Roughly 64,000 children in the county are at risk of going to sleep hungry, the convention center said.

More than 200,000 county residents struggle with hunger, according to the food bank’s website.

Some of the most needed food items include: canned stew, chili, soups, fruit, vegetables, meats (tuna, salmon and chicken), meals such as ravioli and Spaghetti O’s & tomato products, pasta, rice, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, jelly in plastic containers and juice.

“One in 6 individuals in our community do not know where their next meal will come from,” Anderson said. “The staff at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Tourist Development Council agencies and local hotel partners want to challenge everyone to help feed these children and families.”

Leading up to the event, people can drop-off donations at the following agencies and hotels: Discover The Palm Beaches, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Film & Television Commission, Hilton West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Marriott.

For more information about the food drive, visit the “Trick or Treat so Palm Beach County Can Eat” Facebook event, or www.pbconventioncenter.com.

 

 

 

Halloween 2016: Superheroes beat out princesses for top costume spot

Superhero outfits are expected to surpass princess gear as the top Halloween costume for children this year, according to a new survey released by the National Retail Federation.  ASK-MARTHA-SUPERHERO-HALLOWEEN-COSTUMES-01_846228

Halloween spending on costumes is expected to reach $3.1 billion, with more than 3 million children expected to dress as their favorite action or superhero, the survey found.

Princess costumes have held the top spot for the last 11 years, but fell to number 2 in 2016, the federation said.

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This year, roughly 2.9 children are expected to dress as a princess, while another 2.5 million plan to dress as an animal.

Here is a look at this year’s top costumes, according to the federation’s survey:

Top costumes for kids

1. Action/Superhero
2. Princess
3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
4. Batman Character
5. Star Wars Character
6. Tie: Witch AND DC Superhero (excl. Batman)
7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
8. Marvel Superhero (excl. Spiderman)
9. Zombie
10. Spiderman

Top costumes for adults (18-34 years old)

1. Batman Character (Batman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, etc.)
2. Witch
3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
4. Tie: Marvel Superhero (Deadpool, Spiderman, etc.) AND  DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman, excl. Batman)
5. Vampire
6. Video Game Character
7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
8. Pirate
9. Star Wars Character
10. Zombie

Top costumes for adults (over 35 years old)

1. Witch
2. Pirate
3. Political (Trump, Clinton, etc.)
4. Vampire
5. Batman Character (Batman, Catwoman, etc.)
6. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
7. Tie: DC Superhero (Superman, Wonder Woman, excl. Batman) and Star Wars Character
8. Tie: Ghost and Zombie
9. Scary Costume/Mask
10. Marvel Superhero (Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, etc.)

Top Pet Costumes

1. Pumpkin
2. Hot Dog
3. Bumble Bee
4. Tie: Lion and Star Wars Character
5. Devil
6. Batman Character
7. Witch
8. Superman
9. Action/Superhero
10. Cat

 

Halloween spending to reach record level, national retail group says

Halloween spending is expected to hit a record-breaking $8.4 billion this year, up 21.7 percent from 2015, according to the National Retail Federation.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat" the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

More than 171 million Americans planning to celebrate the holiday this year, spending an average of $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the federation.

The 2016 spending forecast marks the highest projection in the survey’s history.

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“After a long summer, families are excited to welcome the fall season celebrating Halloween,” said Matthew Shay, the federation’s president and CEO. “Retailers are preparing for the day by offering a wide variety of options in costumes, decorations and candy, while being aggressive with their promotions to capture the most out of this shopping event.”

Shoppers are expected spend $3.1 billion on costumes; $2.5 billion on candy; $2.4 billion on decorations; and $390 million on greeting cards, the survey found.

 

Halloween City opens at Palm Beach Outlets

The Halloween shopping season is in full swing, and pop up retailers are opening their doors across Palm Beach County offering a variety of costumes, decorations and other holiday items.

Photo by: Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer
Photo by: Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer

Halloween City has opened at Palm Beach Outlets on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach. The chain also has a location on Northlake Boulevard.

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Halloween City is located in the 300,000-square-foot Marketplace at the Outlets, which is on the western edge of the mall. The store is the former Sports Authority spot. Sports Authority, which ha 35,000 square feet at the Outlets, closed its doors this summer after filing for bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, two other seasonal Halloween retailers have also set up shop in Palm Beach County.

Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer
Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer

Spirit Halloween has five locations, including shops in West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and Boca Raton. A sixth location is opening soon in Delray Beach, according to the company’s website.

Halloween Express has two Palm Beach County locations – in the Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington and Downtown at The Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, according to the company’s website.