The Kingsdale Shopping Center's owner and its merchants will hold a Halloween-themed event for kids to get into the spirit of the holiday.

The fourth annual Costume & Candy Crawl will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Kingsdale Shopping Center, 3150 Tremont Road.

The event is geared toward children age 12 and younger. They're invited to come to the shopping center in costume and take part in face painting and balloon sculptures on The Green at the center, as well as trick-or-treating at participating stores.

"It's a family-friendly event that invites kids to trick-or-treat around the center," said Laura Wenger, senior director of marketing for Echo Realty, which owns Kingsdale. "We also have free face painting and balloon art set up in the courtyard.

"Last year, we had about 500 kids. We do the event as a fun way to get the local community into Kingsdale Shopping Center to interact with the businesses, shops and restaurants. The businesses have just as much fun as the kids."

Wenger noted there are 30 tenants at Kingsdale and about 28 passed out candy during each of the past two Costume & Candy Crawls.

"I would expect around the same number this year," she said. "The kids do trick-or-treating in the actual stores."

No registration is required and more information can be found at tinyurl.com/y5ma3su3.

In the event of rain, the Costume & Candy Crawl will go on as planned, but Wenger noted it will be relocated to an indoor portion of the shopping center.

She said parents and other potential shoppers can visit the center's Facebook page for updates about the event.

"A lot of times, the businesses have specials, especially the restaurants," she said.

The city of Upper Arlington's official Beggars Night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

nellis@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekNate