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Beatrice Ballew, right, and June Eley, center, helped by her father Brian Eley, push their pumpkins as part of the pumpkin roll at lasty year's Arlington’s Hometown Halloween on Oct. 27, 2018.

 

Arlington’s community Halloween events return this month with family activities in the downtown area on Oct. 26 and at the Arlington Assembly church on Oct. 31.

Hometown Halloween

Local Arlington groups will come together again to put together a family day of fun activities on Oct. 26.

“This is pretty much the same as last year,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager with the city of Arlington.

“We will start with the pumpkin roll down Third Street,” she said.

Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics puts this event on in which kids can race their pumpkins down the Third Street hill.

“They’ve been doing it for several years,” said Lopez, “It’s a really fun event.”

From there kids can walk along Olympic Avenue to pick up some candy.

“There will be trick-or-treating with participating businesses,” said Lopez.

The Downtown Arlington Business Association will also be giving out an award for the best Halloween window display and best costume from a business.

The Stilly Valley Collective will open their doors for some kids activities during the event.

“They will be opening their building with some face painting and treats,” said Lopez.

Arlington Hardware will again host a pumpkin decorating contest in which residents can participate.

“They want them delivered either Friday or Saturday up until noon,” said Lopez. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m.

The Arlington School of Dance will give a performance at 12:45 p.m. at the Legion Park stage.

“Right after, at around 1 p.m., we’ll do a costume contest with the Arlington Arts Council,” said Lopez.

The Arlington Arts Council will provide various prizes for different age groups and costume categories during the annual event.

Arlington Assembly Fall Festival

The local church at 201 N. Stillaguamish Ave., Arlington, will hold their annual free family Fall Festival event on Oct. 31.

The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We love our community and want to create an environment where families can come and be safe and dry for Halloween,” said Taunya Sanchez, children’s director at the church.

“The children like all the candy, of course, and the games we have and the variety of things to do,” she said.

There will be “carnival-lite” games and a bouncy house for children, as well as “tons of candy and a skit that will be held from around 8 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.”

The majority of the event takes place inside, said Sanchez, except for a food truck and the pony rides that are provided.

“It’s just a fun-filled environment, and it’s a really great time for families,” said Sanchez.

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