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Halloween festivities return to Main Street

Like a zombie returning from the grave, one of Tigard’s most popular community fests comes back to Main Street this Halloween.

For the fifth year in a row, the city’s annual Trick or Treat Main Street celebration once again promises to provide spooky cheer for hundreds of families. The city of Tigard and the Tigard Downtown Alliance are teaming up to host safe and enjoyable festivities for kids of all ages.SUBMITTED PHOTO - From 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31, children and adults are invited to come in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating at businesses in downtown Tigard.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween — that’s Monday for the adults in the audience — children and adults are invited to come in their costumes and enjoy trick or treating at businesses in downtown Tigard. Dogs in costume are also welcome. This free, family-friendly event is open to all.

In Halloween tradition, Southwest Main Street merchants will don costumes and stand outside their shops handing candy out to trick or treaters. Participating downtown merchants will have a smiling orange pumpkin poster in their windows.

From Tyler’s Automative to Symposium Coffee to a range of restaurants and more, about 80 percent of businesses on Main Street are expected to participate, in addition to the Post Office, Chamber of Commerce and other agencies.

Firefighters are also expected to show up at the event to interact with families and participate in festivities.

New this year, the city of Tigard will have two tents located at each end of the street. Teens in the Youth Advisory Council will hand out treats, and representatives from Tigard Parks and Recreation will provide glow-in-the-dark reflector safety bracelets to children in an effort to encourage safety and support the Tigard’s strategic vision of becoming the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tigard Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help build a vibrant and thriving community and to represent the downtown stakeholders and guide them towards that goal.