Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SALISBURY — Many community groups and businesses have stepped up to help the Salisbury Mall on Halloween.
The mall, which has lost anchor retailers Belk and J.C. Penney as well as many other stores this year, put out a plea for groups to hand out candy to avoid disappointing hundreds of kids who show up at the mall every year on Oct. 31.
Thanks to the response from the community, there should be plenty of candy to go around. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a costume contest at 7 p.m. for children 12 years and younger.
Groups that will set up at the mall to hand out candy include N.C. Rowan County Anime, North Rowan Connection Youth Leadership, Brightmoor Nursing Center, The Arc of Rowan, Elks Lodge, Mary Kay consultant Jessica Riddle, Salisbury Kiwanis Club, Carter House, Neel Road Baptist Church, Kimbrell’s Furniture, Salisbury High School I.M.P.A.C.T., U.S. Veterans Organization, Salisbury High School Art Club, Delta Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.