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Arlington celebrates Hometown Halloween


November 1, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

ids push pumpkins down the Third Street Hill as part of the annual Pumpkin Roll during Arlington's Hometown Halloween on Oct. 28.

Arlington families and kids grabbed candy and rolled pumpkins as part of the annual Downtown Arlington Hometown Halloween on Oct. 28.

A number of different organizations offered activities throughout downtown during the event.

Businesses hosted trick-or-treating, the Arlington United Church held a Harvest Party, and Youth Dynamics sponsored a Pumpkin Roll down the Third Street Hill.

"People enjoy it because it's kind of a hometown feel and they get to enjoy things together in a safe environment for their kids with fun activities," said Jessica Ronhaar, Arlington area director for Youth Dynamics.

Costumed kids went up and down Olympic Avenue during trick-or-treating with downtown businesses.

Local Jacob Posenjack said that this is his second year coming out for the trick-or-treating with his children.

"It's welcoming and everyone is out in the streets," he said. "It has a small town feel and it's just nice."

The Halloween events are an fun opportunity for those visiting Arlington as well.

Mahonri and Zion Sunnex come from New Zealand, where Halloween is not widely celebrated, so it was their first Halloween.

The two dressed up and said they were enjoying the day.

"I just want to get candy," said Zion Sunnex.

"I want to smash my pumpkin," added Mahonri Sunnex.

Early in the day kids got to roll pumpkins down the Third Street Hill as part of the annual Pumpkin Roll races.

Arlington United Church's Harvest Party included many games and a fun house for kids to go through.

Those two events have become a standard part of the day's festivities.

"They're annual events that we have been doing for the past five or six years now, and we put them on because families love to come down and spend Halloween together," said Ronhaar.

In addition to those events, the Arlington Arts Council hosted a costume contest at Legion Park and Arlington Hardware held a pumpkin decorating contest which was judged in the afternoon.

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Country Rose employee Brit Skinner, left, hands Corban Posenjack right, and Adalyne Posenjack some Halloween candy during trick-or-treating with downtown businesses at Arlington's Hometown Halloween on Oct. 28.

Later that evening the Arlington Lifeway Church hosted the comedy show "Die Laughing" at the Olympic Theatre.

Local parents said they appreciated the small town festivities.

Liz Buck has only lived in Arlington for a couple of months now and said that she enjoys the community events that she has seen so far.

"We just moved here from Burien," she said. "I love[the Hometown Halloween. I thought we'd come down and see what the pumpkin roll going on down here was. We used to live in the city and here they have so many neat things that Burien or Seattle can't offer."

Local Peggy Jankovic said she enjoys being able to take out her family to events like the Arlington Hometown Halloween.

This is the first year she has come out for the event with a kid.

"It's wonderful, absolutely the best part of living in a small town," she said. "He's visiting us from California and this was just a wonderful opportunity," she said.


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