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Get costumes ready for Halloween events
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Addyson Denton, left, and Jorden Denton walk Main Street during a previous Downtown Trick or Treat.

Whether boo-tiful or bone-chilling, get your costumes ready for two local Halloween-themed happenings, Downtown Trick or Treat and Trail of Treats.

For Downtown Trick or Treat, downtown businesses open their doors to princesses, witches, ninjas and other characters on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m.

“With the Downtown Trick or Treating becoming such a popular event, Main Street McMinnville wants to celebrate the creativity and resourcefulness of the many individuals who join us for this event,” explained Main Street McMinnville executive director Katie Kemezis. “Every participating business will have an extra-special goodie bag to hand out to an unusual costume, a creative idea, a whole family in costume, overall Halloween spirit, whatever catches their eye.”

Each goodie bag will include candy, a gift card to a downtown business, and other treats. According to Kemezis, every business will have its own criteria for awarding the goody bags.

This year’s event includes a costume contest starting at 4 p.m. at Citizens Tri-County Bank for pre-school children and for school-age children. An annual part of the trick-or-treat event, this costume contest celebrates the best costumes with $25 gift cards to the winners. Citizen’s Tri-County Bank will also hand out balloons and goldfish during the trick-or-treating event.

Downtown Trick or Treat has grown with participating businesses including Farrar Holliman and Medley, Security Federal Savings Bank, and First United Methodist Church. A map will be posted on the MSM website the week of the event with all participating businesses marked with a pumpkin sign in their storefronts.

Additionally, the seventh annual Trail of Treats will take place afterward at the Civic Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This year, there will be over 26 booths comprised of local businesses, nonprofits, and community groups ready to hand out candy, help with games, and provide a safe environment for kids.

“The booths are set up along the walking trail and there’s no starting point,” said event organizer Kyle Clyde. “They will do a loop down past the skateboard park and back around.”

Additionally, there will be a costume contest for both kids and pets. For children birth to 3 years old, the costume contest starts at 5 p.m. Start time is 5:15 p.m. for ages 4-7, and 5:30 p.m. for ages 8-11. The pet costume contest begins at 5:45 p.m.

Clyde also said there with be a first-time pumpkin drop from a firetruck onto something special, but it’s a surprise.

For questions regarding these events, contact either Katie Kemezis at 506-5335 or Kyle Clyde at 473-1212.