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Sugarloaf Mills mall celebrates Halloween in a sweet way

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan — Khalil Theodore, 1, center, as Scooby-Doo, Messeh Carter, 1, as a lion and Samya Baldwyn, 2, as a bumble bee were among the several hundred children and their parents took part in the Halloween Bash and Mall Wide Trick-O-Treat at the Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.  It is the first time the Carter, Theodore and Baldwyn families all of Norcross have trick-or-treated at the Mall.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan — Khalil Theodore, 1, center, as Scooby-Doo, Messeh Carter, 1, as a lion and Samya Baldwyn, 2, as a bumble bee were among the several hundred children and their parents took part in the Halloween Bash and Mall Wide Trick-O-Treat at the Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville on Tuesday. It is the first time the Carter, Theodore and Baldwyn families all of Norcross have trick-or-treated at the Mall.

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Osvaldo Garcia, 6, as the Hulk, shows off his magnetic legos besides his cousins Gael Varrela, 6, as Spiderman, Mellisa Pineda, 3, as a lady bug and Samantha Varrela, 3, as a bumble bee counts the items in their collection bags after taking part in the Halloween Bash and Mall Wide Trick-O-Treat at the Sugarloaf Mills Mall.

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Landon Lathem, 1, as Superman and Hayden Kent, 2, as Buzz Lightyear collect three magnetic lego clips from the LEGO Outlet Store during the Halloween Bash and Mall Wide Trick-O-Treat at the Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.

Halloween is a time for fun, costumes and eating way too much candy.

Stores at Sugarloaf Mills mall participated in a mall-wide Halloween trick-or-treating event on Tuesday, giving out candy, stickers or small toys.

The event included festive arts and crafts, free give-a-ways and an inflatable play area.

The Mall of Georgia in Buford while be hosting its trick-or-treat event starting at 6 p.m. tonight.

If you plan to trick-or-treat in your neighborhood, the Better Business Bureau has issued a list of Halloween tips to keep all the little ghouls and goblins safe and sound during the holiday.

-- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you

-- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating. Always walk, don't run, from house to house

-- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls

-- Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult

-- Never walk near lit candles and luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes

-- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them

-- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible

-- Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove makeup before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation

-- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe

Other events in Gwinnett

Netherworld Haunted House

Georgia's No. 1 scare attraction. This year's themes are Banshee and The Hive

-- When: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 3

-- Where: Netherworld Haunted House, 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross

-- Cost: $22 to $25 for main fright, $28 to $30 for twice the scare with both houses

-- For more information: www.fearworld.com


Trail of Terror

The woods of Suwanee have been invaded by zombies and an insane asylum. The show is not recommended for children 9 years or younger

-- When: Through Oct. 31, times vary

-- Where: Olde Sharon School House, 3604 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee

-- Cost: $10 to $27

-- For more information: www.fearofshadows.com


Norcross Haunted History Walk

Author and historian Sally Toole tells the eerie history of the souls of Norcross

-- When: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday

-- Where: In front of 45 South Cafe, 45 S. Peachtree St., Norcross

-- Cost: $8 to $5, young children and leashed dogs are free

-- For more information: www.historywalksofnorcross.com or call 404-934-4805


BOOfest

In Norcross, the residents take Halloween seriously, so they celebrate for a week with mask making, parade and hay rides

-- When: Through Oct. 31, times vary

-- Where: Throughout the city, visit website for details

-- Cost: Free

-- For more information: www.aplacetoimagine.com