Downtown Halloween tradition marches on
Newberg Downtown Coalition will get festive with this years Trick or Treat Street
Trick or treating in Downtown Newberg has been a yearly tradition for locals as long as most can remember, but this year the Newberg Downtown Coalition invites all ages to join in the fun. Trick or Treat Street is one night a year churches, small businesses and other organizations in the community band together to make an enjoyable evening for Newberg residents.
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Halloween as goblins, princesses and super heroes swarm the downtown area. Trick or treating, a haunted house, haunted trolley, as well as a childrens play area are all on the list to make this years Halloween fun and festive. Its a huge excitement, said Mike Ragsdale, Newberg Downtown Coalitions executive director.
Continuing a long-time downtown tradition, downtown businesses will provide candy for costumed trick or treaters, writes the coalitions website.
For tinier goblins, Newberg Christian Church will host a free pre-school activity play area on the corner of Edwards and First streets.
Halloween fun is not just for the wee ones. Youth Outreach will host a party for middle school students to 21 year olds inside its 719 E. First St. location.
At Francis Square, there will be photo opportunities galore, with pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks donated by Sweet Oregon Berry and Mustard Seed Organic Farms, providing parents with the perfect backdrop to snap pictures of their favorite trick or treaters.
For those up for something a little spookier, Boy Scout Troop 265 will operate a haunted house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scout House at Memorial Park.
Hagan Hamilton Insurance will continue the tradition that began in 2011 of businesses entering in a competition of which can decorate their store front best. About a dozen businesses participate each year in the contest, Ragsdale said. Trick or treaters can pick up their voting token at Hagan Hamiltons booth in Francis Square on what business they think looks most festive.
A haunted trolley will be providing rides to the festivities. Pick up locations are at Naps Thriftway, the haunted house at Memorial Park, as well as the site at Edwards Street and First streets.
The Newberg Kiwanis will also be present, providing crossing guards at major intersections through out downtown.
This years event will be expanded compared to years past. A larger preschool play area will be set up, as well as a larger setup at Francis Square, Ragsdale said.
Providence Newberg Medical Center, in partnership with the Chehalem Park and Recreation District, are helping sponsor this years event.