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ARLINGTON Theres just one hour for trick-or-treating in downtown Arlington, from noon to 1 p.m Saturday, Oct. 28, but lots of other fun stuff lasts all day.
Winners of the Arlington Hardwares pumpkin decorating contest will be announced at 11 a.m. Entries may be delivered to the store at 215 N. Olympic Thursday through 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Categories are best carved, best painted, best dressed and best story theme. All entries will have a chance to win a bicycle. Winners are announced at 11 a.m. For information call 360-435-5523.
Makers of the best pumpkin pies, according to some lucky judges, will receive prizes, and the entries can be sampled during the costume contest at
1 p.m. in the new City Hall Plaza, with donations going to the gazebo fund. Scramble in the hay for more prizes after the costumes are judged. All ages are encouraged to join in and don a mask for the fun of it.
Perhaps the most fun of all is something that doesnt happen many other places the Great Punkin Roll, where kids of all ages get to launch their pumpkins on a race down First Street Hill. Those pumpkins who enter barrels are awarded prizes. Head up the hill after the costumes are judged. Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one with a donation to the Arlington Food Bank.
A special added feature this year, the original King Kong movie will be shown in the old high school auditorium, 135 N. Olympic, starting at 3:30 p.m.
A cake walk, limbo, darts and duck shoot are just some of the fun games for kids at the Grandview Community Centers annual Harvest Party, which starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, on Smokes Road, six miles east of Bryant, north of Arlington.
Tickets are five for a dollar. Proceeds benefit the Grandview Community Center.
For information call 360-435-0813.
Pumpkin Parade on Third Street
Costumed kids are invited to gather outside Hilton Pharmacy, on Third Street and State Avenue in downtown Marysville at 4:30 p.m.
Halloween (Oct. 31) to be led by the Head Pumpkin in a parade to pick up treats from Third Street merchants.
The treat parade runs from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Mount Vernon invites kids for a safe trick-or-treat walk down First Street on Halloween day itself, Oct. 31 with a special slightly scary behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Theatre starting at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. all costumed kids gather for judging and prizes. For more information and tickets call 360-336-8955 or 877-754-6284 toll free.
Following the afternoon fun for kids, then the more adult-oriented Rocky Horror Picture Show movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
You know the story a loving couple, a few lost monsters and a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania sing and dance through a sloppy salute to horror movies and sexual liberation. Bring your sense of humor and some toast. For a prop list and hints for first-timer go to www.rockyhorror.com.
Suggested donation is $5. The Lincoln Theatre is located at 712 S. First St. in Mount Vernon. For more information and tickets call 360-336-8955 or 877-754-6284 toll free.
Frozen Fright Night
The augural Frozen Fright Night presented by Comcast at the Everett Events Centers Comcast Community Ice Rink on Halloween Night includes a Gourd Puck Shot and Pumpkin Curling, skating on the ice, and face painting on the spot do get all ghouled-up for the night. Frozen Fun Night is
5 - 8 p.m. Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Kids from up to 12 years old who dress as their favorite Silvertip can participate in the special theme the evening, when all children will receive goodie bags of candy, a safe and warm alternative to trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
A Ghoulish Buffet will be full of tasty treats for parents and kids alike. Fortunetellers, inflateables, and DJ Josh Roberts will round out the night. Advance tickets are $15 adults, $10 kids 12 and under at the skate counter in the Comcast Community Ice Rink. Day of Event tickets are $16 adults, $11 kids 12 and under. Group discounts available by calling 425-322-2629. Under two, admission is free. Ticket prices include skate rental (based on availability), light buffet and candy bag.
Pumpkins for literacy
Buy your pumpkin for a good cause at Pumpkins for Literacy, presented by the Marysville Rotary Club, at Smokey Point Plant Farm, just south of the new Costco on Twin Lakes Avenue 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 29. Also includes hay rides, train rides, bouncy house and petting zoo.
Scary nights corn maze
Birringer Farms offers all things spooky and kooky with a 10-acre corn maze, with a smaller hay-bale maze, called the Thinkers Maze. The farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31 and the mazes are open 7 - 11 p.m. Admission is $10 for the Scary Nights Maze or $7 for the Old Mac Biringers Maze, or both for $15 with a coupon from the Web site at www.biringerfarm.com.