Need an early dose of Halloween this spooky season in Kalamazoo? The Downtown Kalamazoo Shops is sponsoring a great event that the whole family can enjoy with plenty of activities for the kids and drinks for parents.

The event will be held this Saturday, October 14, at the Kalamazoo Mall in downtown Kalamazoo from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event promises to have plenty of tricks and treats to kick off the spooky season in Kalamazoo.

The treats? The event offers:

  • Apple cider
  • Hot apple cider
  • Hot cocoa
  • Caramel apples
  • Cotton Candy
  • Monster drinks
  • Donuts
  • Grave digger sundae
  • Drink specials

There's plenty of booze to be had with the boos this weekend.

The tricks? The whole family can enjoy demonstrations for broom making, basket weaving and pumpkin carving to give that extra bit of inspiration for traditional Halloween crafts.

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The event will also have trick or treating, a costume contest, music, games and more. Mom can have her Tarot read while the little one enjoys a face painting. Dad can have a drink while the kids get tired out in a bounce house.

Some activities are free, while others are discounted. The entire event is free to attend.

This is the fifth year of the Boos in the Zoo event. It kickstarts a series of events in downtown Kalamazoo for the Halloween season. The SkeleTour Bar/Shop Crawl starts Saturday and runs through Halloween night. The SkeleTour Costume Contest is set for October 20, and the Halloween Bar Crawl is on October 27 and 28.

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