Jefferson County gears up for some family friendly fun on the spooky holiday.

PIONEER GRAPHIC - There is a lot happening Thursday night as Jefferson County gears up for a fun filled Halloween.Halloween festivities will be in full swing Thursday, Oct. 31, as Jefferson County comes together to offer treats, and maybe a few tricks, for area families.

• To kick off the day, the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will have a Merchant Halloween Costume Contest, during which employees of local businesses dress up for the day and are judged against other businesses in town in several categories.

To check out some of the costumes, contact the chamber to find out which places are participating this year.

Participants will be judged in multiple categories, including best costume, most original costume, best decorations, funniest costume and scariest costume. Judges will visit participating businesses between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• TS&S Ford has some fun in their back pocket too, or in this case the trunk of a car, with their annual Halloween Trunk or Treat, which runs 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, in the front lot of the dealership. Call 541-475- 7204 for more information.

• The Madras Downtown Association is providing some spooky fun of its own before the sun sets on Halloween.

From 4-6 p.m. downtown Madras businesses will keep their doors open for families to have some fun.

No haunted houses, but something that will keep kids jumping all the same — a bounce house — will be set up on the corner of Fifth and C streets. Throughout the evening, businesses in the area will be handing out treats.

To let trick-or-treaters know if they are participating in the evening events, storefronts will have either an actual pumpkin or a picture of a pumpkin in the window.

• Coinciding with the Downtown Association's activities, the Madras Mission Church will hold a trick or treat carnival from 4-6 p.m., with games, candy prizes and hot cocoa or cider.

• The Jefferson County Library will be handing out candy to kids along with the other downtown businesses and providing the adults with some fun too.

The "Haunt the Tomes" Scavenger Hunt, is to give a chance for adults to participate in the Halloween festivities. Tombstones with humorous epithets will be scattered throughout the adult collection.

Participants pick up a scavenger hunt form at the front desk and fill in the blanks by finding the tombstones. When completed, they can return the form to the front desk and get a treat.

• A little later in the evening, the Jefferson County Community Center (formerly the senior center) is hosting a Halloween Dance, running from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The family friendly event features a photo station and pumpkin painting and costumes are encouraged. Members of the intellectual development disorder community get in free. Personal support workers pay a $3 entry fee. Call Sam Robinson at 503-990-1325 for more information.

• The fun extends to Chinook Place Senior Living, which will host trick-or-treaters from 6-7:30 p.m. on Halloween at their community, located at 470 NE Oak St.

• Outside of Madras, the city of Metolius is hosting a Halloween party from 6-8 p.m. at the Metolius City Hall. Call 541-546-5533 for more information.

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