With its food courts, arcades, and people-watching spots, the mall is a familiar and ideal place to escape from your day-to-day grind (unless you work there!). Still, very few people have ever witnessed what occurs in a department store once the lights go out. For that reason, it’s awesome that The O.C.’s “The Mallpisode”, grants us an all-access pass to the shopping center amusements that come alive after hours!
Turns out that there’s a wealth of activities to keep you entertained, should you get trapped in a mall overnight. And thanks to Seth, Ryan, Marissa, and Summer’s nocturnal escapades, we uncovered some solid tips on how to enjoy yourself until the morning light.
- Get some fresh air: Exploring the inner-workings of a store’s vents might yield some surprising results.Seth and Ryan crawled through the maze of air conditioning tunnels in hopes of finding a way to escape the mall, but instead they ended up literally falling into the next phase of their adventure.
- Play without restraint: Without an audience, referee, or scoreboard, our four campers were free to battle each other in an unrestricted game of roller hockey. And since there were no true “out of bounds” markers, Summer and Marissa showed off their athleticism by aggressively pursuing the ball – even when it bounced down the store’s escalator.
- Gather ’round the (demo) campfire: While Ryan and Marissa rekindled their flame in a deluxe tent, Seth and Summer got heated over their apparent trust issues. Okay, so the pseudo-outdoors portion of the evening had it’s bumpy moments, but wasn’t the idea of the couples toasting s’mores over the faux fire beyond cute?
Have you ever spent the night in a public location? What’d you do to stay alert/alive?