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Check out these options for trick or treating

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - A frightful and colorful collection of decorations light up the home of Rick and Linda Paz in Troutdale in celebration of Halloween.

Rick and Linda Paz have sunk their teeth into another outdoor holiday display that is no trick, but definitely a treat.

The Troutdale residents, best known for their exterior illumination prowess during the Christmas season, have an interesting cast of characters haunting the yard outside their home this year. Goblins bobbing for apples, smiling jack-o-lanterns and perhaps the ghosts of family relatives emerge from the shroud of daylight to jeer at passersby under a colorful light display each night through Halloween. Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: TROY WAYRYNEN - A frightful skeleton peers from behind a lamp post as part of a colorful collection of decorations on display at the home of Rick and Linda Paz in Troutdale in celebration of Halloween.

The witching hour begins at dusk and runs until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 1722 S.W. Hensley Road.

But don’t let things that go bump in the night send you underground this Halloween. Area downtown merchants and shopping centers are opening their doors to youngsters as a safe alternative to trick or treating.

So capture your little ghost or goblin and check out these fun family activities. Costumes and treats and prizes — oh my!

City of Sandy 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Bring the kids to downtown Sandy and visit local merchants for sweet treats and other surprises.

Historic Downtown Gresham 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Join other families on Main Avenue for a safe way to celebrate Halloween. Vehicle traffic to Main Avenue will be blocked off to provide youngsters with a safe area to roam and pick up candy from downtown businesses.

The Haunted Forest 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St., Portland. Kids of all ages can collect candy along the Trick-or-Treat Path and test their skill in a closest-to-the-pin contest with glow-in-the-dark golf balls (weather permitting). Costumes are encouraged.

Downtown Troutdale 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Merchants along the Historic Columbia River Highway will stay open later to hand out tricks and treats to youngsters.

Gresham Station 3-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Wear your best Halloween outfit for entry into the costume contest at 5 p.m. Treats, prizes and surprises by most mall merchants, along with hot cider at the treat tent between Zumiez and the Shoe Mill.

Halloween Trick or Treat 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets, 450 N.W. 257th Way, Troutdale. Participating stores will be handing out wrapped candy to children age 13 and younger. All children participating must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Trick or Treat for Kids with Disabilities 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Portland Lutheran School, 740 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham. Indoor event will feature candy and treats for children with disabilities.

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