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2010 free, safe places to trick-or-treat in Kansas City: Malls, local events

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This Halloween 2010, kids in Kansas City can safely trick-or-treat at these local malls and free (or inexpensive) Halloween family events.

If it's rainy or cold on Halloween, indoor malls are ideal places to trick-or-treat. Kids won't have to wear coats over their costumes or walk along dark, unsafe streets in search of candy. Take children trick-or-treating at either of these Kansas City-area malls on Sunday, October 31, 2010:

Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas, welcomes trick-or-treaters between 4 and 6 p.m. on Halloween (most stores in the mall close at 6 p.m. on Sunday).

The Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, Kansas, celebrates “Mall-o-ween” on October 31st. Kids can trick-or-treat at Great Mall stores from noon to 6 p.m.

According to the customer service representative I spoke to, Crown Center in downtown Kansas City will not host a mall-wide trick-or-treating event on Halloween.

Here are some other FREE family events around town where Kansas City kids are encouraged to dress in their costumes and trick-or-treat:

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Historical Hauntings at Old Shawnee Town in Shawnee, Kansas

Saturday, October 30, 2010: Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treating on Independence Square. Shops with balloons welcome trick-or-treaters between 1 and 3 p.m. Independence, Missouri's annual Halloween Parade begins at 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 31, 2010, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Trick-or-Treat Trail at Matt Ross Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas

Sunday, October 31, 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Summit Fair Halloween Spooktacular in Lee's Summit, Missouri. In addition to trick-or-treating, kids are invited to join in the fun and games with Radio Disney and enjoy live music, prizes, balloon artists, magicians, and more.

Here are two inexpensive trick-or-treating (and more!) events in Kansas City:

Sat. Oct. 30, 2010, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: “Trick-or-Treat Off the Street” at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm in Olathe, Kansas. $3 admission (for all ages) includes harvest activities and stagecoach rides.

Friday and Saturday, October 22-23 and 29-30, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: “Night of the Living Farm” at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, Kansas. Events include trick-or-treating, flashlight scavenger hunt, hayride, haunted barn, and a marshmallow roast around a campfire. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $8 at the gate (children under 1 are free).

The Kansas City Zoo and Worlds of Fun offer many fun Halloween activities for children this weekend, October 23-24, and next weekend, October 30-31 (events are included with the cost of regular admission):

Kansas City Zoo: “Hoots & Howls” and “Boo at the Zoo”

Worlds of Fun: Howl-o-Fest, “Scare-Free Fun Just for Kids” Saturdays and Sundays through October 31, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To find even more Halloween events in Kansas City for the whole family, check out KCParent.com's comprehensive list: Halloween in Kansas City: 2010

Click these links to find corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and more in Kansas and Missouri.

Have a fun, safe Halloween. Happy trick-or-treating!

Sources:

Customer service reps at Oak Park Mall and The Great Mall of the Great Plains

www.worldsoffun.com

www.kansascityzoo.org

http://www.opkansas.org/Events/Night-of-the-Living-Farm-Week-1

http://www.olatheks.org/Mahaffie/Events

http://www.opkansas.org/Events/Trick-or-Treat-Trail

http://www.cityofshawnee.org/WEB/ShawneeCMS.nsf/vwContent/HistoricalHauntings?OpenDocument

http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/Calendar.aspx

http://www.greatmallgreatplains.com/index.cfm?noFlash=1

http://www.thenewoakparkmall.com/shop/oakpark.nsf/index

http://www.kcparent.com/KCParent/10-10-01/Halloween_in_Kansas_City_2010.aspx

http://www.summitfairshopping.com/default.asp

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