By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
With the third annual monthlong Oktober Madness celebration well underway, Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Redlinger said that again this year a strong ending could be expected when the chamber holds its annual Trick-or-Treat Around the Square.
While the month full of events has been going well, Redlinger said the week leading up to Halloween is the traditional origin of the celebration. The month will finish off with Trick-or-Treat on the Square on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 31. She said the chamber would take a break through the month of November before the Tour Of Homes kicks off in December.
?The chamber is excited to be part of our annual trick or treat event,? Redlinger said. ?We will have a countdown to trick-or-treat starting at 5 p.m. on the bandstand. Then, all the kids in costumes will parade around the square and our local buinsesses will provide a safe trick-or-treat opportunity for our kids. Following that, there will be a lot of activities at the Y.?
With plenty of safe, fun and free activities on the agenda, the annual Halloween event is always a heavy draw, with over 800 participants on a night with good weather. Redlinger said Don?s Jewelry reported giving out more than 1,100 pieces of candy last year. The merchant also said the top costumes included super heroes, Disney princesses and ninjas.
The Trick-or-Treat Around the Square begins at 5 p.m. in Central Park. All the little ghosts and goblins will be able to visit the businesses on the square, which will be giving candy. After the parade, the event also moves to the YMCA of Washington County, just off the square, for pony rides, hot dogs, bounce houses, games and more. Hayrides are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
?Its a great way to enjoy a community Halloween that is safe for families and a lot of our businesses work hard to help financially support this event,? she said.
The week leading up to the event also has many activities for people to celebrate the season. On Friday, Hospice of Washington County will hold a Halloween trivia extravaganza at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Teams of four to 10 players will compete for prizes. Also on Friday and Saturday, English River Outfitters will hold a haunted trail beginning at dusk. The Washington High School music boosters will also hold the Haunted walk along the Kewash Trail beginning at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, a costume party will also be held at J.P.?s 207 beginning at 8 p.m.
Other events on Halloween include Halcyon House Trick-or-Treat from 6 to 7 p.m. A Harvest Festival will be held at First Assembly of God Church from 5 to 7 p.m. The City of Washington?s trick-or-treat hours will be 6 to 8 p.m.