November 21, 2014
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  On October 25, Winn-Dixie store No. 2366 in Vero Beach, Florida welcomed more than 50 families to a spooktacular Halloween Bash. Little ghouls and goblins were treated to a pumpkin decorating station, where they put their Halloween creativity to the test on a personal-sized pumpkin they could take home. Attendees also enjoyed face painting, live entertainment, sampling, giveaways and more. ​
Fall is a time of harvest celebrations, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys stores across the Southeast took the lead in celebrating with local communities by hosting and participating in fall festivities.
At BI-LO stores in Summerville S.C. and Hampton, S.C., associates hosted a safe trick-or-treat for their communities. Each store department provided spooky fun and treats for all to enjoy throughout the store, and children came dressed up to enjoy the fun and to get another change to trick-or-treat as parents shopped for their Halloween weekend. There was a pumpkin-decorating event at one store in each district in the Charleston, S.C. region.
Harveys invited the community to come into the store for a Halloween event as each store hosted a creative and safe trick-or-treat event for communities. Each department was decked out in Halloween attire and ready for trick-or-treating children, who came dressed up in their costumes. The first 250 children to arrive got trick-or-treat bags. There was a pumpkin-decorating event at one Harveys store in each district.
“We’re always pleased to see how our stores embrace the fall season,” said Henry Ferris, Bi-Lo Holdings vice president of sales and marketing. “Whether we host a fun and creative event in store or participate in a citywide festival, we make it a priority to be involved in the communities we serve.”
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Winn-Dixie store No. 1577 in Baton Rouge, La. partnered with the Parkview Baptist High School art department to decorate pumpkins to be displayed at the store’s open house event. Students painted the pumpkins with adaptations of works from famous artists, including Monet and Picasso.

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Winn-Dixie store No. 2475 in Riverview, Fla. participated in Trick or Treat Street 2014, an annual event that creates a safe place for children of all ages to have fun and share in the tradition of trick or treating while meeting local businesses, churches and organizations.

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Pine Island Elementary School held a school-wide pumpkin decorating contest. St. James City, Fla. Winn-Dixie Store No. 726 Director George Williamson participated as one of five judges to pick a winning pumpkin. Of the 14 pumpkins submitted, two classes tied for first. One class decorated a pumpkin as “Olaf” from Walt Disney’s film “Frozen” and the other based their pumpkin on the book, "The Last Egret" from “The Adventures of Charlie Pierce.” Local newspaper the Pine Island Eagle published photos and a story mentioning the winning classes, giving the kids bragging rights for the rest of the year.

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Bradenton, Fla. Winn-Dixie store No. 2404 hosted a pumpkin decorating event and invited students and families from Palma Sola Elementary in store to participate. Children painted mini pumpkins and enjoyed cookies, cupcakes and samples of chocolate cake.

Pumpkin Inset 5.jpgWinn-Dixie store no. 190 in Fleming Island (Jacksonville), Florida held a Fall Festival on Halloween night, which featured face painting, balloon art and sweet treats throughout the store. Thunderbolt Elementary also displayed some of their monster motif artwork at the event.

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