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Calling all ghouls and goblins, superheroes and scarecrows

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Local trick-or-treaters are invited to downtown Forest Grove for candy and treats this Friday afternoon, Oct. 31. Don the masks, wigs and facepaint — Halloween is here once again, and there’s plenty to do in western Washington County.

Options abound for those looking to be scared and those looking to relax. Here’s a roundup of local happenings:

n Theatre in the Grove will be hosting a haunted theater with zombies, ghosts and ghouls Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1. The theater will be open for free, with a suggested $1 donation during the Trick-or-Treat the Merchants activities in downtown Forest Grove from 4 to 6 p.m. TITG will reopen at 7 p.m. at a cost of $5. Saturday, the theater will be open 7 to 10 p.m. Volunteers are still needed. Email info@theatreinthegrove.org.

n A bit to the east, Bag&Baggage Productions presents “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, Thursday, Oct. 30, to Sunday, Nov. 2. Showings are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s show is at 2 p.m. The psychological thriller was made into an Alfred Hitchcock film in the 1950s, and is powerful on the stage.

n McMenamins Grand Lodge will host a Halloween bash with Big Mama Gayle & Her Sugar Daddies. The music starts at 7 p.m. Join the costume contest and shake a leg.

n Those looking to enjoy some music without so much boogying can head to the Garage Door at McMenamins Grand Lodge and listen to Redwood Son & The Revelry. The Urban Decanter will host Randy Morrison at 7 p.m.

n Sonrise Church in Cornelius is hosting a free community barbecue for kids and adults from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1682 Adair St. There will be free hot dogs, burgers, chips and potato salad.

n The North Plains Senior Center, 31450 N.W Commercial St., will host a Halloween barbecue from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

n Carlton’s haunted granary is back and raising funds for the Carlton Community Foundation. It’ll be open Wednesday, Oct. 29, to Friday, Oct. 31. Admission is $10 and two cans of food. It opens at 7 p.m. and is located at 128 S. Pine St. in Carlton.

n Trick-or-Treat the Merchants is back. Stop by downtown Forest Grove businesses 4 to 6 p.m. for candy and treats. McMenamins Grand Lodge will also host trick-or-treating from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Pacific University will not be opening its residence halls this year for trick-or-treaters, but festivities will reign in the University Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Supervised children are invited to trick-or-treat, take part in games to win small prizes and enjoy other activities such as coloring during an event called Hall-o-Safe.

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