One last look back at Halloween in Multnomah Village 2019
Anyone who lives near Multnomah Village and wondered why there were so few trick or treaters on Halloween night should have seen the crowds that went for the candy handed out along Southwest Capitol Highway that afternoon.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of costumed kids and adults turned out in the warm sunshine of an autumn afternoon promptly at 3:30 p.m. for the annual festivities.
Sidewalks were jammed and traffic was slowed by the crowds that came to Multnomah Village, where merchants gladly filled their bags with free candy. The sugar high was widespread.
Adult crossing guards in costume made sure the continuing lack of marked crosswalks wasn't a safety issue.
The trail of treats began (or ended) on the north end of Multnomah Village in the plaza outside the Riversgate Church. Pastor Andy Mahoney provided safe passage for kids and adults crossing Capitol Highway to where the parking lot at Village Family Dental was transformed for the occasion. Hay bales and pumpkins were arranged for photo opportunities. Dr. MacKenzie Douglas swapped dental care for candy distribution. A sound system blared "People Are Strange" by the Doors.
For this one afternoon, a constant stream of trick or treaters replaced the construction crews that recently wrapped up repaving until next spring. There were delays and detours but drivers checking out all those kids in costumes didn't seem to mind.
Halloween in Multnomah Village is coordinated and sponsored annually by the Multnomah Village Business Association.
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