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October 18, 2017 | View PDF

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Julian Esparza grabs a piece of candy outside of Magic Shears Styling Salon in downtown Arlington during last year's Hometown Halloween on Oct. 29, 2016.

Marysville and Arlington businesses will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this Halloween season as part of their annual fall traditions.

Arlington's Hometown Halloween also brings many different additional events to the downtown area.

Trick or Treat on Third Street

The Downtown Marysville Merchants Association hosts their Trick or Treat event on Halloween night from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Businesses in the downtown Third Street area will hand out candy to any kid that comes to the historic business area.

Kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costume. "I love seeing all the kids come down in their costume," said Lorene Wren, owner of downtown business Wrenhaven Vintage Market.

Store owners also get into the spirit of the season with their own costumes. "I like seeing all the other store owners and the costumes they bring out for the event," said Wren.

This is an annual event for downtown Marysville that is hosted by the businesses in the area.

"I love being part of this tradition for the historic downtown Third Street," said Wren.

The Downtown Marysville Merchants Association puts on the event for their community.

"Part of it is giving back to the community that supports me and my business," said Wren.

Hometown Halloween

Various downtown Arlington organizations come together for a variety of activities as part of the town's Hometown Halloween, which will be held on Oct. 28.

Activities include the pumpkin roll, trick-or-treating with downtown businesses, a costume contest and a comedy show this year.

"I think families like to come out for all the activities and that it still feels like a small-town community with the Harvest Party from the church and all the candy from the downtown businesses," said Jessica Ronhaar, who organizes the pumpkin roll and is the Arlington Youth Dynamics director.

Events begin at 11 a.m. with the pumpkin roll at the Third Street hill.

Participants can bring their own pumpkins or take one provided by Youth Dynamics up the hill and roll it down in a pumpkin race.

"It's just a fun event where families can enjoy each other and do something a little different," said Ronhaar.

"We're going to give out pumpkins and prizes, and people can bring their own pumpkins or use ours," she said.

The harvest party at Arlington United Church runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes activities for kids.

Downtown businesses along Olympic Avenue also participate in trick-or-treating for any child who stops by from noon to 1 p.m.

After trick-or-treating, kids can stop by Legion Park where the Arlington Arts Council hosts a costume contest for any age group at 1 p.m.

Arlington Hardware will also judge pumpkins in their pumpkin decorating contest starting at 1:30 p.m., and plan to hand out awards at 2 p.m.

Participants can deliver pumpkins on Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Finally, the Arlington Lifeway church is hosting the comedy show "Die Laughing" at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Theatre. Admittance is $10.


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