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Hometown Halloween returns to Arlington


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Brothers Ryan Mildon, left, and James Mildon both took first place in their age brackets at last year's Hometown Halloween costume contest in Legion Park on Oct. 31, 2015.

Pumpkins, games and candy will all over downtown Arlington as organizations host their annual Hometown Halloween events this year on Oct. 29.

Those events include a pumpkin decorating contest, a pumpkin roll, a harvest party, trick or treat with downtown businesses and a costume contest.

The activities are family friendly, said Sarah Lopez, recreation and communications manager for the city of Arlington.

Lopez said the day is a good opportunity to let kids wear their costume more.

"So they can come out and wear their costume more than one time," she said.

The pumpkin decorating contest will again be hosted by Arlington Hardware this year. Participants can deliver pumpkins on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 a.m. to noon.

Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the awards will begin at 2 p.m.

The pumpkin roll is a little different this year, said Lopez, with a new location and time.

The activity will begin at 11 a.m. at the Third Street hill in the downtown area.

"Kids can roll pumpkins down the hill and they are aiming for barrels at the bottom of the hill, and can win prizes," said Lopez.

Lopez said that it's a simple event that is a lot of fun for the kids.

"It's a joy to see how much fun these little kids have just rolling a pumpkin down a hill," she said.

Pumpkins are available and the activity is sponsored by Youth Dynamics.

Arlington United Church's Harvest Party also begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.

The party often includes a bouncy house and other activities for kids provided by the church, said Lopez.

The church is at 338 MacLeod Avenue.

Participating businesses along Olympic Avenue will be providing candy to trick-or-treaters from noon to 1 p.m.

"This is a long tradition from the downtown businesses," said Lopez. "It's nice of these businesses to put out candy every year. I know they go through a lot of it during that day," she said.

Finally a costume contest will be held at Legion Park in downtown Arlington. The Arlington Arts Council will begin judging at 1 p.m.

"It's fun to see all the different creativity when it comes to the costumes," said Lopez.

More information about Hometown Halloween is available at


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