Howling for Halloween
Darkness fell across East Multnomah County as all the things that go bump — and bark — in the night came out for a week of Halloween fun.
Gresham and the surrounding cities were filled with spooky activities for the whole family. Gresham Station Shopping Center hosted a spectacular costume contest for the second year in a row; faith organizations provided safe spots for children to Truck or Treat; downtown Gresham businesses on Main Avenue opened their doors to candy-seeking youth; and even our four-legged friends got in on the fun with a Howl-O-Ween Wag N' Walk.
Community members got creative with their costumes. There were ghouls and goblins, zombies, princesses, superheroes, aliens, dinosaurs, Ghostbusters, pirates, elves and more. Many of the outfits were handmade by creative moms and dads.
Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis even led a dog walking event along the Springwater Corridor Trail. The furry participants, and their bundled up owners, braved the blistering cold Wednesday afternoon winds to show off costumes of their own. There were dogs dressed as sharks, a king, pumpkins, a bat, red riding hood, Where's Waldo, a hot dog and taco, Chewbacca and a unicorn, among others.
This was the first year for the Howl-O-Ween Wag N' Walk, and was started as a way to celebrate Gresham being certified as a "Better City for Pets," for programs and policies that make it easier for pets and pet owners to thrive.
Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth St., hosted a Trunk or Treat event Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, to pass out candy to local children. There were 14 decorated cars, ranging from a rainbow to the Griswold's Family Christmas. Gresham Police and Fire departments also made appearances to hand out sweets and stickers.
Children flocked for the yearly Safe Trick-or-Treat event, which is hosted by the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association. Most of the businesses passed out treats between First and Fourth Streets.
— Sandy Post reporter Brittany Allen also contributed to this story
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