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Trick-or-treating set for downtown, Civic Center
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If you’re looking for a safe place to take youngsters trick-or-treating today, take a look at Main Street and McMinnville Civic Center.
Main Street McMinnville will be holding its annual Trick or Treat on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for the orange pumpkin in the window of participating businesses.
Main Street McMinnville executive director Carla King says the businesses won’t be hard to find.
“Petty much all the businesses are participating,” said King. “We have had a very positive response to our Trick or Treat on Main Street. A lot of the businesses look forward to this. Their employees like dressing up and taking part in it.”
The event extends beyond Main Street, as businesses on Morford Street, Spring Street and Sparta Street will be participating, including the Southern Standard on College Street.
Regions Bank will be holding a costume contest at 10 a.m. for pre-school children. A costume contest for school-age children will be held at 3:30 p.m.
A spooky bus presented by Durham School Services will be stationed on Court Square. Along with the bus being decorated, employees will be dressed up in their scary best and handing out candy.
When Main Street McMinnville’s event ends at 5 p.m., Trail of Treats begins. McMinnville Parks and Recreation, with sponsors Homeland Community Bank and  VFW Ladies Auxiliary, will have a trail lined with treats behind the Civic Center from 5-8 p.m.
“It should be a great event,” said Parks and Recreation program coordinator Kendra Foust. “We have 29 vendors from Warren County High School, churches, organizations and businesses.”
Among those on hand and handing out treats will be Custom Vinyl with chocolate-covered bananas. From the high school, the choir and Key Club will be on hand.
“The choir will sing ‘This is Halloween’ at 5:50 p.m.,” said Foust. “To my understanding, Duane Farnham will be singing ‘Monster Mash.’ The Key Club will be handing out treats.”
Trick-or-treaters can show off their scary best at a costume contest at 6 p.m., with the winners announced at 7 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the winners.
A pumpkin carving contest will also be held. Individuals must have their pumpkins at the McMinnville Parks and Recreation booth, located beside the stage, no later than 6 p.m. Categories are silliest, scariest and most unique. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. and medals will be given.
Also, a large bounce house has been donated by Tutor Bug, which is an after-school recreation center on Mullican Street. West Elementary will have scarecrows made by different classes displayed along the trail. Madison Street Baptist Church will be giving out hot dogs, drinks and candy.
King and Foust worked together to coordinate the events.
“I really like working with other events,” said King. “When you work hand-in-hand, it makes things better for the community. We hope everyone enjoys themselves, and Happy Halloween!”