A number of happy haunts will keep children entertained in the days leading up to Halloween.
Friday night, both Oak View and Westroads Malls will hold indoor trick-or-treating events. Oak View's Monster Mash Bash takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lines to get into the party form at the Food Court area. The first 1,000 children will get treat bags. Among the activities, face painting, crafts and a dance contest. Various merchants will also be handing out candy and other treats. At the Westroads, Spooktacular also begins at 6 p.m., with lines forming at the Food Court area. The first 1,000 children also get candy-filled treat bags, Rave Theater passes and more. Merchants will have various give-aways and activities. The Westroads event runs until 8 p.m. Bryan High School, 4700 Giles Rd., is hosting a safe trick-or-treating event Friday night as well. Theirs runs from 6 to 8 p.m. for children in third grade or younger. Admission is a can of food for the Food Bank for the Heartland. Saturday, Village Pointe will be the site of Lutheran Family Services' Great Pumpkin. It's a free fair for the family, beginning at 10 a.m. with pumpkin carving and other activities. That event runs until 2 p.m., and families are invited back for the lighting of the Great Pumpkin Tree at 7 p.m. The event is to raise awareness for the need for foster and adoptive parents in Nebraska. Saturday, the southeast precinct of the Omaha Police Department will host a Meet & Treat event. It runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., offering candy, a costume contest, games and safety demonstrations. The precinct is located at 2475 Deer Park Blvd. Omaha Zoo's Spooktacular runs through Sunday, with events from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. In addition to treats, attendees will get the chance to see what the zoo's nocturnal animals do after the sun goes down. Discounted tickets are available to members and through Hy-Vee grocery stores. The Omaha Children's Museum has a not-so-spooky haunted house, Cobweb Castle, targeted at younger children. It continues during normal museum hours through Halloween. Monday, Northwest High School, 8204 Crown Pointe Ave., will host a Boo Bash which will run from 5 to 7 p.m. for children 10 and younger. Attendees should enter through the east door. Children will get treats while learning about safety when it comes to Halloween. The jazz band will also play. There is no charge for admission, but donations to the Student Council are welcome.