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October activities abound
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Phoebe Buck was all smiles at Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch on Thursday. Along with all the other events taking place within the next two weeks, the Pumpkin Patch is open Wednesday through Sunday and the last chance to visit will be Oct. 31. - photo by Bethany Porter
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Jaxston Brewington struggles to pick up the humongous pumpkin he picked out at Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch on Thursday. - photo by Bethany Porter

There’s no shortage of fall festivities coming up the last days of October.

Kicking off the fun is Bobby Ray Elementary’s Boo-Fest on Friday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. There will be games, inflatables, cotton candy, food, and a silent auction. In order to participate in all the fun, armbands are required and can be purchased at the event for $10 each. There will also be a complimentary holiday movie free of charge in the middle parking lot at 6:30 p.m. with a kick-off performance by the Bobby Ray cheerleaders at 6 p.m.

Also this Friday is Mad Cow Running Company’s Halloween Fun Run and Costume Contest at 6 p.m. 

The run will start at the store and will be one mile with 5K options available for the more experienced runners. Along with the run, there will be a costume contest, giveaways and snacks.

Another option this Friday is Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch’s “Hocus Pocus Movie Night” at 6:30 p.m. General admission to the Pumpkin Patch is required for the movie and it will include all the other activities and a pumpkin. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. 

The Black House will be having its own fall festivities by holding Spooky Black House tours on Oct. 22-23 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission for these tours is $5 for ages 3 and older. Each room will be decorated, and children will receive a bag of candy following the tour. 

This Saturday, Oct. 23, the Three Sisters Candle Co. is getting into the fall spirit by holding the Falling for Fall Craft and Vendor Market at Three Star Mall. The craft fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include handmade crafts, boutique items, and gifts. The first 25 shoppers will receive a free shopping bag.

The Farmers Market will be having a baked pie contest this Saturday at 11 a.m. There will also be a Family Fun Day at the Farmers Market the following week, on Oct 30, with a costume contest, 4-H pumpkin decorating contest, and trick-or-treating.

Warren Arts will be holding Sleepy Holloween on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. This will be a free family event before the production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at 7 p.m. and will feature old world games, activities and attractions. Some of the activities will include sack races, corn husk doll making, photo booths, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a mule-driven haunted hayride.

Westwood Church of Christ is having a fall fest Wednesday, Oct. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be face painting, games, candy and food. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.

Kicking off next weekend is Trick-or-Treat Downtown McMinnville on Friday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. On the same day there will also be a Drive in Trunk or Treat at the Children’s Advocacy Center from 2 to 5 p.m.

McMinnville Parks and Recreation is holding Trail of Treats on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Milner Recreation Center. Central Church of Christ is participating in the fall fun too by having a trunk-or-treat on Halloween day. Its trunk-or-treat is open to everyone and will be from 3 to 5 p.m. An outdoor service will follow at 5 p.m.