The Saturday festival will feature fall activities and an outdoor movie at the Gene Leahy Mall in Omaha

An event Saturday at the Gene Leahy Mall aims to remind families that “it’s fall.”

The fall festival will run from 4 to 8:30 p.m. with free activities like pumpkin painting, garden games and trick-or-treating.

These activities will run until 6 p.m., according to a press release from RiverFront Omaha. A dog costume parade will then begin, said Kristyna Engdahl, director of communications for the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which oversees park operations.

Around 6:25 p.m., a festive multimedia show will light up the park, Engdahl said. The multimedia show will include images broadcast over the park’s performance pavilion and adjacent Burlington Building, color-changing lights and music.

A screening of “Hocus Pocus” will follow the multimedia show. Families are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets, the statement said. The Sanderson Sisters, the trio of witches featured in “Hocus Pocus,” are set to make an appearance at the event, according to the statement.

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Food trucks will also be on site during the event.

Engdahl said the fall festival is an example of the seasonal programming planned year-round at Gene Leahy Mall and, once they reopen, the other two parks that make up The RiverFront: Lewis & Clark Landing and Heartland of America Park. Both parks are expected to reopen at the end of summer 2023.

“‘It’s Fall Y’all’ helps demonstrate that The RiverFront can be a fun, safe and inclusive year-round destination,” she said in a statement.

At the end of October, The RiverFront will begin planning festive events for the holiday season, Engdahl said.

The Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony at the Gene Leahy Mall is scheduled for Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. as part of the annual Christmas Lights Festival, according to The RiverFront’s Event calendar.

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