Halloween festivities will be available at multiple events for children and for adults in Marysville and Arlington this year.
Those events include trick-or-treating on Marysville’s downtown Third Street, Arlington Assembly’s Fall Festival and Arlington’s Hometown Halloween. The second year of the Monster Mash at the Marysville Opera House will also be held this year, which is an event for those 21 years of age or older.
Arlington Hometown Halloween
The annual Hometown Halloween events return this year on Oct. 27 with a number of activities, such as the pumpkin rolling.
“People can come up the Third Street hill and meet with Youth Dynamics and then roll the pumpkins down the hill for prizes,” said Sarah Lopez, Arlington's community revitalization project manager.
“The pumpkin roll is always fun to watch the kids running up and down the hill,” she said.
That event is held from 11 a.m. to noon.
At noon kids can head down to Olympic Avenue where local businesses are handing out candy until 1 p.m.
“I think the families like interacting with the downtown businesses,” said Lopez.
This year the Arlington School of Dance will also give a demonstration.
“People can head over to the stage at Legion Park where the Arlington School of Dance will be putting on a performance at 12:45 p.m.” said Lopez.
The Arlington Arts Council's annual costume contest begins at 1 p.m., also at the Legion Park Stage.
Arlington Hardware’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be judged at 1:30 p.m.
Marysville Merchants Trick-or-Treating
The Downtown Marysville Merchants Association will again host trick-or-treating on Halloween from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“We have some new businesses that are going to be here and open for the event,” said Lorene Wren, member of the association and owner of downtown business Wrenhaven Vintage Market.
She said that the business owners enjoy putting on a costume and handing out candy.
“We run this to give back to the community. We have great customers and we look forward to doing this every year,” she said.
People also enjoy seeing the shopkeepers, she said.
“They are our customers and it’s fun for them to see us in costume,” said Wren.
Parents also appreciate a trick-or-treating location that they know is safe for Halloween, she said.
Arlington Assembly Fall Festival
The Arlington church at 201 N. Stillaguamish Ave., often holds a free festival event on Halloween and continues the tradition this year.
“This is an event for the community and we like to open our church up and have people come in,” said Amy Findley, who serves on the festival leadership team.
The event will be held on Halloween from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“We’re going to have pony rides, a food truck that people can get food from and many, many game stations,” said Findley.
“The kids can play the games and get lots of candy,” she said.
She added that parents like the option of coming to the festival for their Halloween.
“It’s a fun, safe place for the kids to come on Halloween and have fun and be warm,” she said.
Marysville Opera House Monster Mash
This event for those 21 and older will be held at the Marysville Opera House at 1225 3rd Street, Marysville.
It will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and costs $15 per person.
This is the second year for the Monster Mash.
Lauren Woodmansee, cultural arts supervisor with Marysville’s Parks, Culture and Recreation Department, said that last year’s event went well.
“They had a good time last year. It was a local event with a lot of great music,” she said. “The Opera House is the perfect venue for it and we were able to put up a lot of cool decorations."
This year Seattle band The Mix will be playing. “They have a lot of great music from the ‘70s to the present,” said Woodmansee.
Participants are encouraged to come in a Halloween costume and there will be a costume contest and other activities.
You can preregister at marysvillewa.gov.