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City plans socially distant Halloween event, invites community to participate by carving pumpkins

West Linn residents can get a taste of Halloween two weeks before Oct. 31 this year. The West Linn Parks and Recreation Department and Old Time Fair Court are hosting a Boo Drive Thru from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

The drive-thru will feature fun Halloween decor, pumpkins carved by community members, a few zombie princesses and, of course, candy.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WEST LINN - The city of West Linn is hosting a Boo Drive Thru at the Adult Community Center Saturday, Oct. 17. West Linn Recreation Director Dawn Kolb clarified that though it is a Halloween-themed drive-thru, it is family friendly.

"It's not haunted," Kolb said. "There's no one chasing cars or jumping out. It's geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 10."

With most of the regular city events canceled this year, both the parks department and Old Time Fair ambassadors have been hungry for more opportunities to engage with the community, Old Time Fair Queen Avery Mickey said.

According to Kolb, the parks department hosted two drive-thru events at the ACC over the summer and employees were encouraged by the success they had. A Halloween drive-thru seemed like the perfect festive community event that could adhere to safety guidelines.

Kolb said everyone driving through will stay in their cars, and the only ones approaching vehicles will be masked and gloved ambassadors handing out goody bags.

While the event isn't until Oct. 17, those craving some Halloween spirit can quench a bit of that desire by picking up a pumpkin to carve Oct. 13-15.

The community carved pumpkins are one aspect of the drive-thru that both Kolb and Mickey are most excited about. Kolb said the department just unloaded a donation of 150 pumpkins from Trader Joe's at the Adult Community Center.

Starting Oct. 13, community members can pick one up, take it home to carve and bring it back Oct. 16 for staff to place along the drive-thru route.

"(The pumpkin carving) is just a cool aspect that will get the community to participate a little bit more," Mickey said.

According to Kolb, staff members already have received great feedback regarding the event. She recently contacted the West Linn Police Department about directing traffic on Rosemont Road, as they are expecting a good turnout.

"There's not much happening and people are still not wanting to go trick or treating, but this is a safe, drive-thru event with everybody in mask and gloves. I think we're going to get a lot of people," Kolb said.

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