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Byrd: Malloween an appreciated event

Everywhere I looked Thursday night, I was surrounded. Zombies, ghosts, werewolves — all of the creatures that go bump in the night. Prairie Hills Mall was no longer a safe haven from the beasts of All Hallows Eve.

Klark Byrd

But our heroes had not forgotten us. Tiny police officers, firemen, Batman, Superman and Iron Man, to name a few, had come to protect us — or had they?

From the looks of things, the heroes had joined forces with the ghouls and scaremeisters for a common goal: collecting candy.

This was the second year my family has visited the retailers of Prairie Hills Mall for a trick-or-treat fest. My little guy, Charlie, donned his Man of Steel suit and cape to make the rounds and fill his hungry-looking jack o’ lantern candy pail. Now there’s too much candy in my house.

For my family, Malloween is an appreciated event. Halloween night in North Dakota often brings temperatures not suitable for hours of walking around neighborhoods, especially for little ones who’s costumes stand a 50-50 chance of keeping them warm.

Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed door-to-door trick-or-treating as a child and I’m sure Charlie will too when he’s a little older. But while he’s still just a little guy, it’s an enjoyable Malloween experience for us.

And judging by the number of children and candy-passer-outers with smiles on their faces, I’d say it was fun for all.

Byrd is the news editor for The Dickinson Press. Email him at or tweet him at klarkbyrd.