Sunday, October 24, 2010

31 Things I Love About Halloween: Boo Blast

This is a great Twin Cities tradition. One of the nicer grocery chains around here is Lunds & Byerly's. Every year, they host a Boo Blast, where kids get to go to the stores in costume to Trick or Treat the various departments. They can pick up fruit in Produce, milk in Dairy, and chips and soda pop in Grocery. I forget what they give out in the Deli and Meat departments, but it's cool. The tour always ends in the Bakery where kids get to decorate their own cookie to take home.

All the employees dress in costume too and it makes a great dry run for Halloween night. That's the best part of it: they don't run it on Halloween in competition with actual Trick or Treating. It's usually sometime the week before with the day varying from store to store (there's a schedule on the chain's website). I understand why a lot of parents take their kids Trick or Treating at malls, grocery stores, and church parking lots on Halloween night, but I think it's a missed opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors. I'll have more to say about that later in the week.

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