Trick or Treat
Instead of foraging through local neighborhoods, hundreds of children and their parents will flock to Multnomah Village on Oct. 31 to collect as many treats as they can stomach at Halloween in the Village. The 10th annual event is scheduled from 3:30-5 p.m. The trick-or-treating route will begin at Starbucks (7737 S.W. Capitol Highway), wrap around the Village and end at Multnomah Village Dental Care (7717 S.W. 34th Ave.), where participants can pick up toothbrushes — a useful instrument after the sugar high fades. In addition, the Southwest Lions Club of Portland will collect eyeglasses and hearing aids at the event, and Riversgate Church (7634 S.W. Capitol Highway) will set up various activities. "It's a party atmosphere and it's safe. It's a nice way for the Village to connect. That's a great thing about living in the Village is the sense of community. It's a very family-oriented event. It's also a nice way for the
merchants to get to know more people," Multnomah Business Association Halloween Committee Chair Susan Schwemberger said. Most local businesses participate in the event, stocking their store with candy and even wearing costumes while local residents volunteer to conduct traffic on the crowded streets. Schwemberger said that more than 1,000 people typically attend the event, some coming from the outskirts of Portland. She has seen a wide
array of costumes through the years, too. "You see a lot of superheroes, unicorns, princesses. It's really nice when you see a family all dress up together. They take a lot of pride in their costumes," she said. The event is one of Multnomah's three major events during the year, including Multnomah Days and the Holiday Gala.