PALESTINE — Trick or treat?
No matter if you are a goblin, a ghost, a zombie or a princess, there's plenty on tap to do in the Palestine area for Halloween. Those looking for non-scary activities also have lots to choose from area churches holding fall festivals and “trunk or treat” events.
One of the biggest events is the Palestine Public Library's Mall-O-Ween event which will include free candy, games, bounce houses and more from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Palestine Mall. An estimated 3,000 people attended last year's event.
“It's a safe place to bring the kids where they are not in the roads having to worry about the traffic,” PPL Event Coordinator Rachel Menjivar said. “It's safe, fun and informative all wrapped into one.”
The first phase of the costume contest will start about 6:30 p.m. at the mall's center stage, where all Mall-O-Ween announcements will be made throughout the evening.
“We will have trophies for first, second and third places in the different age categories: 0-4, 5-8 and 9-12,” Menjivar said. “We also will be giving out a best overall costume trophy this year.”
There will be at least 29 booths where free candy and/or game will be offered in the mall's concourse.
The Palestine Library Friends are providing an outside free bounce zone including two obstacle courses, one toddler-sized jungle-themed bounce house and a princess and pirate bounce house. The Palestine Library Memorial Board will provide balloons.
Also outside in the Palestine Mall parking lot will be a children's carnival — however, parents will have to purchase tickets for these rides. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Mall-O-Ween 2014.
Here is a list of other events going on now through Halloween:
• Crockett Road Church of Christ will host “Truck and Treat” after evening worship services in the church parking lot.