There aren’t a lot of FREE events for kids in the Pittsburgh, PA area. By free I mean ACTUALLY NO COST not like, free to get in but then every single thing you want to do is an extra $5 per kid. It adds up.
So when I see any event that is free and means free I’m into it. This year for Halloween we went to the first ever Monster Bash at Ross Park Mall.
When I’d heard there would be no Trick or Treat, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. But the Monster Bash did sound to be fun with it’s offered face painting, balloons, dance party, LEGO’s…. who can resist LEGO’s?!
The event began at 6pm and we arrived to the center court area where it was taking place right on time. There was already a pretty big line wrapped around and after awhile we got in. I was happy to see they did have someone passing out registration forms for everyone to fill out while we waited instead of everyone crowding around the table.
Once inside the area for the Monster Bash my kids made a beeline for the LEGO table. It was clearly marked so even at their height they were able to see it immediately. Of course they insisted on building everything right then and there so I hung back while they created. The LEGO employees manning the table were WONDERFUL. (side note: we’d also been to a LEGO event a few days before and it was also incredible. The customer service can’t be beat.)
As a mom I walked them to the Halloween Photo Booth to ensure that I got a photo of my little “darlings” together before they either dashed off in different directions or started to fight… or both. Got the photo. Mom win.
After LEGO time they did a little dancing, played a “toss the boot” game at L.L.Bean and also made carabiner bracelets. Or rather, supervised the bracelet making. 😉
Next they got in line for face painting, which was being manned by Sephora, and got a fun design.
Since my daughter has quite the eye for anything involving hair coloring she also darted over to the other side where she was able to get some pink hair chalk in her hair.
By then it was already the end of the event. It was 90 minutes long but it went by quickly!
We weren’t able to get to the area for the balloon animals or the caricature but I was able to sneak over and grab a few pics. The guys working there were beyond talented!
Yes, it has room for improvement and I personally have a few ideas. I would love to know yours as well!
In the comments below let me know what you’d love to see happen for the Monster Bash at Ross Park Mall next year or even Halloween at the mall in general.
If you’re looking for more FREE family fun keep your eyes open for the following upcoming holiday events:
- Santa’s Arrival – Friday, November 9, 2018 (5-6pm)
- Breakfast w/ Santa – Saturday, December 1, 2018 (8-10am)
- Caring Santa – Sunday, December 2, 2018 (8-10am)
- Holiday Disney Jr. Event – Saturday, December 15, 2018 (12-1:30pm)