Have a boo-tiful Halloween at Kingaroy trick-or-treat event
BEWARE shoppers, the South Burnett's scariest ghosts and ghouls will be haunting Kingaroy Shoppingworld on Wednesday at the centre's first Halloween event.
Kingaroy Shoppingworld's Georgina Williamson is excited to be celebrating Halloween for the first time at the centre.
"Because some of the major retailers are selling a lot of Halloween merchandise, a lot of people are being drawn to the shopping centre, which helps give traffic to the businesses inside," Ms Williamson said.
"We decided that having an actual Halloween event in the centre would be even more beneficial, and for trick or treating, it supplies a safe environment for the kids to have fun in, rather than going to strangers' doors who might not even be participating.
"I think it's just about providing a fun environment for customers and families within the wider community, really.
"It's something that we haven't done before, and we've spoken about how the spirit is sort of gaining momentum, and we're finding that people are really looking for it."
Trick or treating will be the main attraction at the event, and will run from 3-5.30pm.
"We've got selected retailers that are involved which will do that trick or treating around the centre, and then we've also got some free activities that include face painting, crafts, and a photo area where they can take their own pictures and get in the spirit," Ms Williamson said.
"It'll be all in the same central location, until they then go visit the different retailers."
Ms Williamson said about 17 retailers were supporting the event, and Woolworths, the main sponsor, would be providing lollies and chocolates for trick or treating.
The stores taking part in the spooky fun will be easy to spot.
"These will be identified by the shops with a lot of Halloween decorations. Some retailers will actually dress up in costume, while others are just decorating their stores, but it will be a good mix throughout," Ms Williamson said.
Kingaroy Shoppingworld centre manager Chris O'Rourke welcomed the Halloween spirit wholeheartedly.
"Halloween is becoming more popular in Australia, and it is a very big retail event so we're excited to be on board and provide the children a safe environment to celebrate in, with or without their parents," Mr O'Rourke said.
"The event just gives people a choice - if you don't want to participate, you don't have to, but for those who do, we've provided a venue for it."