Local families and community members put on their costumes and walked through downtown Arlington for the city’s annual Hometown Halloween.

Various community organizations put on a number of activities throughout the day for kids to attend in their Halloween costumes.

Parents liked the various activities available for kids, including the pumpkin roll, trick-or-treating and the costume contest.

“We like how nice everyone is, giving out candy, and it’s all for the kids,” said local parent Ken Davidson.

“It’s great. This is the third or fourth time we’ve come down,” he said.

For many families the event is a Halloween tradition.

“It’s fantastic, we’re here every year,” said local parent June Eley.

“We like the community and bringing people together,” said local parent Brian Eley.

For other parents, like Markeeta Brannan, this year is the first time they’ve stopped by Arlington’s Hometown Halloween.

“I think it’s great. It seems like the whole community is in it and it gets people out and doing stuff,” she said.

The event kicks off with the pumpkin roll, hosted by Youth Dynamics, which allows kids to roll their pumpkin down the Third Street hill, in a pumpkin race.

Kids receive prizes for where their pumpkins placed in the competition.

After the pumpkin roll downtown Arlington businesses along Olympic Avenue open their doors and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Russ Richardson of downtown business Reclaimed Heart said that the event is a “big community thing” so they like to be a part of it.

Owner Tina Richardson said that getting people to walk around the downtown area also helps bring more attention to small businesses.

“So many people walk by and say ‘this looks like a cute shop, what is it?’ and we’ve been here for over a year now,” she said.

“The more we can do these community events, the more exposure we get for the downtown area,” she said.

Working with organizations like the Downtown Arlington Business Association she hopes to have more events like a chocolate walk or a wine walk next year.

Another downtown business, Arlington Hardware, also gathers carved pumpkins every year and puts them on display as part of their pumpkin carving contest.

Winners are announced later in the day during Hometown Halloween.

After trick-or-treating the Arlington School of Dance put on a demonstration at the Legion Park stage while children gathered around to see the dance.

After the dance demonstration ,the Arlington Arts Council held their annual costume contest.

“It was huge. Everybody says it was the biggest crowd ever,” said Sarah Arney, president of the Arlington Arts Council.

She said the contest was a way to recognize innovative costumes.

“We’re rewarding the creativity of the costume designing and putting yourself out there,” Arney said.

“It’s fun to see what they come up with every year. It’s amazing,” she said.

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