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Spooky events in store for Washington County

Forest Grove, Hillsboro host haunted theater, costume contests and much more on Halloween night.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Rain or shine, organizers of Harvest on Main in downtown Hillsboro have plenty of spooktacular activities planned.It’s shaping up to be another spooktacular Halloween this year.

Neary eight months after a mysterious noise puzzled Forest Grove citizens and made national headlines, the town is using the phenomenon for some fun. The sound is part of this year's Haunted Theater at Theatre in the Grove. The experience takes people on a trip through several science fiction movies while searching for a lost reporter who disappeared while searching for the mystery sound’s source.

Theatre in the Grove puts on a haunted theater every Halloween. This year, the actors are all Forest Grove High School students. Admission to “Aliens in the Grove” is $5. It's open to the public Oct. 28 and 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. and continues Oct. 30 for a family friendly session from 2 to 6 p.m. On Halloween, Oct. 31, the Haunted Theater is free and family-friendly with hours from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.

Between 4 and 6 p.m. Halloween night, Forest Grove residents can also walk around downtown to various businesses that will be passing out candy and other treats as a part of the town’s Trick or Treat event. Some of the participating merchants include Bites Restaurant, Pac Thai, Heaton & Co., Theatre in the Grove, Parr Lumber, Hot Spot Spa, Next Dimension Bakery, Van Dyke Appliances, the Forest Grove Library, and more. Costumes are highly encouraged.

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Pirates, princesses and all manner of ghosts and gobins are invited to trick-or-treat Forest Grove businesses from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. More than 40 merchants are participating.This year, the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership is changing up the traditional downtown trick-or-treat event, transforming it into a much grander version of the former "Safe N Sane" that has been held downtown for decades. Merchants will hand out candy to the thousands of kids who flood the streets in costume on Halloween night. This year, the event is being extended from two hours to four hours long, and many more activities will be made available to residents of all ages.

“For years the event has been a mad dash for candy and not much more than that,” said Saira Siddiqui, the executive director of the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership. “This year we’re incorporating these new activities to diversify the event and encourage people to stay longer and experience more of downtown.”

Harvest on Main starts at 5 p.m. and will take place on Main Street between First and Fourth avenues. Along with the customary trick-or- treating at merchant businesses, a costume contest and parade will take place at the Civic Center Plaza from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Categories include: all kids up to three, four to seven years, eight to 10 years, 11 and up and best family or group costume.

Eventgoers will get the chance to see a live stilt walker roaming the streets starting at 6 p.m., followed by a stilt walking magic show at the plaza following the costume contest. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Odd Fellows Hall at Third and Main will again host a spooky haunted house. New to the event this year will be live musical entertainment featuring youth musicians at the corner of Third and Main Street. Five groups will be performing that night starting with solo singer/songwriters Cassie Kool and Jojo Scott. Following these two acts, are three youth bands, Why Joe-y?, Gary and Something Wicked.

The Hillsboro Farmer’s Market, is putting on a pumpkin carving contest for the community. The finished pumpkins will adorn the Civic Center steps the night of Halloween. They are also working to bring market vendors down for the event.

Lincoln Elementary will bring its annual Harvest Festival to downtown the night of the event and will offer games to the community.

First Baptist Church will coordinate carnival games with other area church groups. The adults can stop by McNally’s Taproom for an outdoor beer garden and a root beer float for the little ones.

HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St., will show the classic Mel Brooks film “Young Frankenstein” at 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Be on the lookout for special silent auction gift baskets, raffles and giveaways, as well as Halloween treats, snacks and beverages.

Residents in the area will have a few chances left this coming weekend to catch Bag&Baggage’s play, “The Drowning Girls,” on Oct. 28, 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. The play tells the story of three women who were murdered by the same womanizing killer.