Family fun awaits on Halloween
The Prineville community has not historically lacked for entertainment options on Halloween and this year will be no exception.
Though the holiday devoted to costumes and spook-tacular fun takes place during a work and school week, two local mainstay events will once again offer families a way to have a little fun and amass some treats.
The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce will not wait until sundown to get things started on next Thursday, launching its annual Candy Crawl at 1 p.m. on Halloween. The event continues until 6 p.m. and offers families the chance to go trick-or-treating at dozens of local businesses with the chance for the adults to win some prizes while the kids score come candy.
Chamber Director Kim Daniels said late last week that 65 businesses had already signed up to participate in the Candy Crawl and she expected that number to creep north of 70 in the coming days. Last year, 80 businesses participated.
"The goal is that they go to each and every one of these businesses, they get a stamp (at each one) and at the end of the night, they can turn in the maps with the stamps," she said. "The maps will be given to three grocery stores (Ray's Food Place, Ericksons and Wagner's) to distribute."
Daniels said that most of the participating businesses are donating gifts, gift cards and other prizes that people can win when they turn in their stamped maps.
"Everybody who turns in their road map will be entered in a drawing to be considered for one of those prizes," she said.
Because people have so many businesses to potentially visit, people do not have to gather stamps from all of them to be eligible for prizes, but Daniels said that the maps with the highest number of stamps have the best chance of winning.
Shortly after the Candy Crawl concludes, families are invited to head out to the Crook County Fairgrounds, where the annual Crook County Harvest Party takes place. Held in the indoor arena from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the event is again led by High Desert Christian Academy (HDCA) and will feature a variety of different game and treat booths — and, of course, the chance to fill up the candy bag.
The event has historically featured bounce houses, but this year, HDCA has added one that will stand out among the rest.
"We are going to have a bounce maze," explained the school's principal, Maggie Hale, "which is like a bounce house, but it's a maze."
Joining the bounce houses will be the pony rides that have become an event regular as well as a musical puppet show. Door prizes will also be given out, courtesy of donations from throughout the community.
The event is free to attend, although people are asked to bring one canned food donation per visitor. The food will later be given to the local homeless shelters.
"It is a way to keep the kids safe and have a fun night," Hale said of the Harvest Party. "It's a community service."
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