Superheroes take over Wyoming Valley Mall

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader
Olive Yost, 7 months, of Plymouth, stares into the eyes of Wonder Woman as Captain America holds the baby for a photo at a Superhero Saturday event at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Katlee Guard, 12, of Wilkes-Barre, poses for a photo with Captain America and Wonder Woman at the Wyoming Valley Mall’s Superhero Saturday. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Max Avila, 6, of Wilkes-Barre, gets a glitter tattoo during Superhero Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Organizers were expecting up to 1,000 families to visit throughout the day. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Barbara Callahan made balloon animals for all the kids attending Superhero Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Mall. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Dressed in her Batman costume, Evelyn Napoliello, 4, of Plains, licks her fingers after enjoying a pretzel sample while standing in line to meet superheroes at Saturday’s event at the Wyoming Valley Mall. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — As 3-year-old Ronan Getkin waited eagerly in his Superman costume for his glitter tattoo, mother Heather explained she traveled from Berwick so her son could meet some of his favorite superheroes.

Getkin was just one of hundreds of children in line at the Wyoming Valley Mall for Superhero Saturday, where they got to mingle with their favorite characters.

“I think it’s great because it’s a free activity, and now he’s 3 so everything is superheroes,” she said of making the trip. “He was really looking forward to it.”

Mall marketing director Amanda Hoprich said Superhero Saturday is just one of many special events the mall hosts throughout the year, adding the time seemed right to hold a comic-related function.

“We decided on the superhero event because many of our retailers are celebrating the movie (Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War”) coming out this weekend,” she said. “We just wanted to provide a fun, free event for our customers.”

The first 100 families were given a tote to take with them, and all families could enjoy a multitude of stations such as balloon art, slime making and glitter superhero tattoos. Within the first hour, Hoprich said over 250 families had registered, and she was expecting about 1,000 families to visit throughout the day.

While parents were snapping pictures of their children alongside Captain America and Wonder Woman, Barbara Callahan was busy showing off her balloon-making skills. Callahan is a representative for Ally’s Air, and she was busy creating swords, animals and wands for waiting children.

“They love it,” she said of her creations and the event overall. “Balloons make any party.”

Scranton resident Frank Legg and his 4-year-old daughter, Kairi, decided to attend as characters from “Ghostbusters.” Sporting the famous tan jumpsuits and black proton packs, Legg explained his daughter has followed in his footsteps and developed a love for comics and superheroes.

“I think this is fantastic. Especially now that it’s getting nice out — there’s not many things around lately that are kid-friendly,” said Legg. “These things are fantastic for kids, it gets them into things that we loved when we were kids, and now we get to share it with them.”

Olive Yost, 7 months, of Plymouth, stares into the eyes of Wonder Woman as Captain America holds the baby for a photo at a Superhero Saturday event at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_super_hero1_faa-1-.jpgOlive Yost, 7 months, of Plymouth, stares into the eyes of Wonder Woman as Captain America holds the baby for a photo at a Superhero Saturday event at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Katlee Guard, 12, of Wilkes-Barre, poses for a photo with Captain America and Wonder Woman at the Wyoming Valley Mall’s Superhero Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_super_hero2_faa-1-.jpgKatlee Guard, 12, of Wilkes-Barre, poses for a photo with Captain America and Wonder Woman at the Wyoming Valley Mall’s Superhero Saturday. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Max Avila, 6, of Wilkes-Barre, gets a glitter tattoo during Superhero Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Organizers were expecting up to 1,000 families to visit throughout the day.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_super_hero6_faa-1-.jpgMax Avila, 6, of Wilkes-Barre, gets a glitter tattoo during Superhero Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Organizers were expecting up to 1,000 families to visit throughout the day. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Barbara Callahan made balloon animals for all the kids attending Superhero Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Mall.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_super_hero8_faa-1-.jpgBarbara Callahan made balloon animals for all the kids attending Superhero Saturday at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Dressed in her Batman costume, Evelyn Napoliello, 4, of Plains, licks her fingers after enjoying a pretzel sample while standing in line to meet superheroes at Saturday’s event at the Wyoming Valley Mall.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_super_hero4_faa-1-.jpgDressed in her Batman costume, Evelyn Napoliello, 4, of Plains, licks her fingers after enjoying a pretzel sample while standing in line to meet superheroes at Saturday’s event at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Mall hosts family event

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader