How many times have you been doing the crowded trick or treating lap around the mall with your kids and have thought, or even said out loud, "this would be a lot easier if I had a beer." The Southgate Mall has made it so, and it's for a great local cause.

Boo and Brew is at the Southgate Mall this Wednesday (Halloween) with the beer garden open from 7 to 10 p.m. in the former Herberger's location. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hospice Care Foundation, and here are some other fun things happening at the beer garden.

  • Aerial Acrobat Show
  • Magic Show
  • Live DJ
  • Food Trucks
  • Giant Yard Games
  • Hay Rides - with proceeds benefiting Missoula Food Bank
  • Live Art Creation

The traditional Halloween activities at the mall will begin at 4:30 with the annual costume contest at Clock Court. There's a $2 entry fee per person or $5 per family, with proceeds, once again, going to the Hospice Care Foundation. Free trick or treating starts at 6 and also added this year, $1 carnival games from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Now, if they could just get a beer garden at those damn PTA meetings...