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After two-year hiatus, many annual Halloween activities are back for young, old alike

A young Harry Potter gets candy from Dr. Seuss's Thing 1.

Boo! Get your goblin gear and candy ready!

This Halloween, Multnomah Village will be the place to be. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the annual Trick-or-Treat Costume parade, sponsored by the Multnomah Village Business Association, is back! It will be held in Multnomah Village on Monday, October 31st, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The timing of the family-friendly event is perfect for accommodating a variety of school end-times so that kids and their families can attend.

In addition to the parade, you can also participate in the 3rd annual Halloween Costume and Pumpkin Decorating Contest via the MVBA Facebook Events site. They are offering participants the chance to win prizes for a range of creative categories. All prizes are donated by participating MVBA businesses.

"A silver lining to the pandemic is that we've had to adapt. And this has led to a great way of engaging the community—virtually," said Peter Tolin-Baker, president of the Multnomah Village Business Association.

The event is also family-friendly: kids can decorate pumpkins with paint or other crafts rather than having to carve a pumpkin with a knife.

"We encourage all goblins and monsters to visit the Village at any time during the festive weekend to enjoy a range of Halloween treats, decorations and scary delights," said Tolin-Baker.

"It's a lot of fun for everybody, and I'm always surprised by the number of people." said Will Peters, owner of Annie Bloom's Books.

Jill Crecraft, owner of Sip D'Vine, was also enthusiastic about the event.

"Rain or shine, it's fantastic," said Crecraft. "I'm optimistic that it will be back in full force this year. By the end of the night, I've usually handed out 2,000 pieces of candy!"

For more information, visit

www.multnomahvillage.org/halloween

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