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Walmart Is Hosting These Free Trick-or-Treat Events

It's all part of over 140 COVID-safe events the grocery store is putting together.

Walmart has already taken steps to return its stores to what normal looked like before the coronavirus pandemic. Gone are one-way aisle stickers and only one entrance. While other safety measures are here to stay for a little while longer, the grocery store chain is continuing some fun changes into the fall. Head to the parking lot of your neighborhood location because Walmart is hosting free trick-or-treat events!

Like the transformation this summer into drive-in movie theaters, Walmart is using the open space parking lots have to put on socially distanced trick-or-treating and even football gameday events, according to its website. Starting Oct. 15 until Halloween, over 100 parking lots will become "spooky street" full of candy, haunting adventures, and of course, lots of costumes. (Buy yours there, and look out for the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

Some stores already have a schedule for drive-thru trick-or-treating. Walmart is hosting free trick-or-treat events in Austin, Texas Oct. 29 through Oct. 31. Three supercenters in Orlando will also have events those three days. Two Walmart stores in Denver, Colo. have events scheduled on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. Check your local store to see when trick-or-treating is happening in your area.

Locations in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin will also see a spin on traditional parking lot tailgates through the Walmart Gameday Marketplace. Food trucks and local vendors supply the food, while cheerleaders and drumlines will keep the energy up before the game.

"We enjoyed bringing our drive-in concept to life for customers this summer," says William White, Walmart's chief marketing officer. "We successfully reimagined what's possible with our digital and physical footprint to bring communities joy in a year that's been otherwise tough. For many of us, football tailgates and Halloween parties are cornerstones of a great fall season. These additional events will give customers an opportunity to still celebrate the things they love, while staying safe."

There are a few opportunities to catch a drive-in movie before the Walmart parking lots are fully dedicated to Halloween fun. Places like Columbus, Ga., Morgantown, W. Va., Denison, Texas, Evansville, Ind., and Sedalia, Mo. have a final showing on Oct. 21. Visit to claim free tickets.

In other news, Walmart Can Now Deliver COVID-19 Tests to Your Doorstep.

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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