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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2018

Halloween events promise fun

By David Hotle

What an amazing summer we had! It never really got all that warm, and during the last month or so, it hasn’t really gotten all that cold.
I am one of those people who believe that a cool summer also means a cold winter, so I am sitting here waiting for the other shoe to fall. Until then, I am enjoying the changing of the leaves (which only seemed to have begun within the last couple of weeks) and the nice cool breeze.
Of course I am also waiting with anticipation for my favorite holiday to come along. That’s right, Halloween is this coming Friday. Fortunately, I live in Washington, so I think it is more accurate to say that Halloween has already started and will reach a peak on Friday, with the trick-or-treat around the square. Until then, we have plenty of things to keep us busy and to recognize the season.
In Washington, Halloween actually begins today and runs through Saturday. Our friends at the Washington Chamber of Commerce have put quite a bit of energy into putting together a Halloween package to thrill Washingtonians of all ages. Chamber assistant director Dani Kane told me last week that each year the chamber works to expand its end of October celebration. This year is really going to be good, which is a wonder considering all the work the chamber put into the 175th anniversary earlier this year. The event has ben dubbed “Oktober Madness.”
It all kicks off tonight with a Chamber Alive After 5 event beginning at 5 p.m. at Renoux Flooring Co. at 611 N. Sixth Ave. I suspect this is going to be somewhat Halloween themed. It will be a great time to have some refreshments, press palms with some people and see all the new, specially selected items that can be used to spruce up any house.
Events continue Thursday evening at JP’s 207 with a junior/senior high costume party beginning at 6:30 p.m. Last year, a costume contest was held on Halloween, but many students were busy with other things, such as making sure the younger people in the community are safe. This year, it was decided to have the event the day before Halloween. It promises to be fun, especially for those of us who regularly marvel at the specialty costumes some people make.
While the kids are off doing their thing on Thursday, adults will be able to get some really good deals in the downtown area. From 4 to 8 p.m. vendors will be holding Retail Moonlight Madness around the square. Tables will be set up outside to showcase some of the MAD savings being offered. Be sure to hurry down because it only lasts four hours.
Friday is the big day – The Eve of All Saints. My favorite event of the year – Halloween Around the Square — kicks off at 5 p.m. Sorry, I really do like the lighted holiday parade, but there is something about Halloween that resonates with me. This year there will be plenty of new events, including a bouncy house, pony rides, and plenty of free food and games. The rain location will be the Washington Community Y, although weather reports predict Friday will be sunny, although a bit chilly. I believe either way there will be activities at the Y.
Additionally on Friday, trick-or-treating at Halcyon House will begin at 5:30 p.m. The citywide trick-or-treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The ONEighty Teen Center – formerly Hamakua Place — is having a masquerade ball beginning at 7 p.m.
Of course, with the chamber the celebration doesn’t end just because Halloween ends. On Saturday, there will be a parents’ night out. The Y is offering free child care from 5 to 9:30 p.m. A Bags and Beers Cornhole tournament will be held at Unc and Neph’s beginning at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. JP’s 207 will hold an adult costume contest.
With all this stuff going on, if anyone is bored over the coming weekend, it is his or her own fault. Get into the Halloween spirit and get downtown to see what all the chamber has in store for people.