Friday, October 28, 2011

Trick or Treatin' at the Mall...

Has it really been a year since our little one was ‘fairy’? Yep, it’s been a year since that day where she paraded in her fairy costume collecting candies. This year she’ll be parading as a….well, let me leave that hanging. It’ll be a surprise until after Halloween. Just like the last 8 years that we’ve been doing this, we will be heading to the mall on Halloween for trick or treat. I’m sure there will be a lot of young ones & a few young once who will be there with us. And just like last year, I’m sure there will be a lot of stanchions tied on a velvet rope around the place. It seems that in the last few years, more and more companies are starting their holiday promos a lot earlier. I guess they want to take advantage of the throng of people that come to the mall for the usual trick or treat on Halloween because the crowd at the mall on this day has definitely gotten bigger since we started doing our trick or treatin’ there.

That wasn’t always the case though. I think it all started when people were told one year not to go knocking on doors for trick or treat because of the anthrax scare. A lot of people chose to continue with the tradition by flocking to the malls instead of going house to house because it’s safer. We’ve only been going to one mall since the beginning and there were always a lot of trick or treaters but that year…there were a lot more that a crowd control plan should have been put in place. Kids & adults were all over the place. We survived it but it was kinda’ chaotic there for a while that the stores around the mall probably wished they had barricades to control the crowd that flooded them for some candies. It wasn’t as bad the next year because there more mall cops and they made sure a plan was laid out and put at each entrance.

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