Trick or treat!
Ask nearly any kid (and many adults) what their favorite part of Halloween is and the answer you'll almost surely get is "trick-or-treating."
Understanding that this is an essential tradition of the spookiest holiday of the year, the Historic Willamette Main Street group and the West Linn Youth Advisory Council are hosting trick-or-treating events this month.
The YAC will host "Trunk-or-Treating" from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the staff parking lot of West Linn High School. In addition to passing out candy, volunteers decorate the trunks of their cars and trick-or-treaters peruse the parking lot.
"The staff parking lot of West Linn High School will be transformed to Halloween Town for a Trunk-or-Treating event," said West Linn Community Relations Coordinator Alicia Shroyer.
"Trunk-or-Treating is a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating where trusted businesses and partners are invited to decorate their car and pass out candy."
YAC members announced at their most recent meeting Oct. 16 that Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, West Linn Parks & Rec, the West Linn Library, West Linn Police Department, several neighborhood associations and Round Table Pizza have all volunteered to pass out treats at the event, with more organizations and businesses tentatively planned to participate.
Shroyer said the event is a way YAC can raise funds for other projects and events the group hopes to host this year, including a drug takeback in coordination with WLPD, and a mental health awareness event. Businesses are paying to participate.
The trick-or-treating fun continues until Halloween, which is when the Historic Willamette Main Street group is hosting its annual trick or treating and pumpkin-carving contest from 3:30-6 p.m., in what has become a West Linn tradition.
The businesses on Willamette Falls Drive have offered treats to costumed trick-or-treaters for the past 13 years.
According to Historic Willamette Main Street Executive Director Elizabeth Traub, the event averages a few hundred trick-or-treaters, "based on the amount of candy passed out."
Traub mentioned that trick-or-treaters also serve as judges for the businesses' pumpkin-carving contest.
Each business is encouraged to carve a pumpkin and trick-or-treaters can vote for their favorite, she said.
"It's a good event to kick off fall and get people shopping again to see what's new in the area," Traub said. "It's a great way to bring the community together."
Traub said participation by businesses is usually fantastic both in the pumpkin-carving competition and in passing out treats.
"Everybody loves to get involved," she said.
Traub wanted to remind trick-or-treaters that Oregon weather at the end of October can be unpredictable, so it's best to dress accordingly, though the businesses along the trick-or-treating route can provide a nice reprieve from inclement conditions.
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