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Two Halloween events canceled, two others ready to go
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Get ready for a haunting good time as trick-or-treating will return to Main Street the Friday before Halloween on Sunday.

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner making this the best time to plan where to take the kids trick-or-treating and see which options are available. 

Halloween in the Park at Viola is canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. 

“We hated to do it, but there is just no way around it until we get back to normalcy and see what normal is going to be,” said Viola Mayor Trent Prater.

Viola officials decided to cancel Halloween in the Park, as well as Christmas in the Park, in a meeting Tuesday night. Prater said the park will still be decorated for Halloween and Christmas. 

The trick-or-treating opportunity at Three Star Mall called Mall-O-Ween is also not happening this year, according to Three Star Mall manager Sigourney Younglove.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, or in this case, a candle in a jack-o-lantern.

Trail of Treats at Milner Recreation Center is one of the trick-or-treat options returning this year. It is a time where the community comes together to provide a safe place for children to trick-or-treat. This event did not happen last year due to COVID-19, and recreation program director Michael Benuches is glad the city is able to do it this year.

“It’s one of our biggest events of the year,” said Benuches. 

Trail of Treats will be on Halloween night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. outside Milner Recreation Center.

Trick or Treat in downtown McMinnville is also returning this Halloween, but will be held two days early on Friday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. This is a chance for downtown businesses to get involved and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters who come by. 

Downtown McMinnville also had to cancel last year due to COVID-19.