A parade of princesses, animals and ghouls filled Southside Mall in Oneonta on Sunday to show off their costumes and fill their bags with candy.
“Malloween” has been a tradition since 2010, and families in the area travel to Oneonta for it. The Lambda Theta Alpha sorority from SUNY Oneonta accompanied young trick-or-treaters through the mall and organized a costume contest where kids could model their outfits on stage.
Halloween-themed medals were awarded for the cutest, scariest and most original costumes.
Some young children were enjoying wearing costumes they picked out for the first time, and some families constructed homemade group costumes, including the Zynda family, who recreated “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” complete with dad Matthew as a Christmas tree, four-year-old Luna as Cindy Lou Who, and mischievous toddler Nova as the Grinch.
Six-year-old Brinley Gabriel decided she wanted to dress as a pinata with the idea she would be stuffing herself with candy on Halloween.
Unfortunately, the costume did not have a special candy compartment. “It’s a nice outing because it’s supposed to rain on Halloween,” said Trish Opalecky. Her three-year-old son Lincoln picked his police officer costume.
Four-year-old Wava Silvernail earned a medal for her authentic-looking Jack Skellington ensemble. Her mother, Keri, sported a t-shirt with the evil trick-or-treaters Lock, Shock and Barrel. She said the family is Halloween lovers, and Wava is obsessed with “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Kay Jewelers employees in full costume estimated that they handed out 600 pieces of candy, and candy bars being handed out in front of Bath and Body Works tempted visitors to peruse the autumnal themed offerings. Business owners said that the visitors Sunday were mostly concerned with collecting candy, and that the trick-or-treating event didn’t boost sales.
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