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2015 Halloween happenings around Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood

No matter what your speed, there's something for everything this Halloween season.

A monkey gets some candy from McGruff the Crime Dog during Tigard Main Streets annual Trick of Treat celebration. It's just one of many Halloween-themed events planned for this week.Whether you're 4 or 40, there’s plenty of fall fun to be had around town celebrate the spooky season.

Included are a list of Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood events happening between now and Halloween.

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Wednesday, Oct. 28

Stories for a Dark Night

Who says Halloween is just for children? Award-winning storyteller Ken Iverson will be at the Tigard Public Library on Wednesday, telling spooky stories guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Iverson is a founding member of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild.

The event runs from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Tigard Public Library's community room, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

Thursday, Oct. 29

• Halloween Rooms at THS

On Thursday, Tigard High School will transform into a trick-or-treater’s paradise.

Children up to age 7 are invited to don their costumes and head to Tigard High for the annual Halloween Rooms event.

From 5 to 7 p.m., children are invited to go trick-or-treating from classroom to classroom. In all, 25 rooms have been decorated, each with a different theme including Disney films and Christmas decorations.

The event is being held on Thursday so it doesn’t interfere with parents’ Halloween plans, organizers said, and to avoid scheduling issues with the school’s Friday night football game.

The school is expected 300 to 400 families to attend the event this year.

Tigard High School is located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road.

Families are expected to flock to downtown Tigard this Friday for the area's annual Trick-Or-Treat event.

Friday, Oct. 30

• Tigard Library Costume Parade

The Tigard Public Library's sixth annual Costume Parade kicks off from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and again from 11:15 a.m. to Noon.

The parade is open to newborns through 6 year olds.

Part of the library's Family Story Time, the parade also includes stories, songs and super-duper silliness, according to the library.

The Tigard Public Library is located at 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

• Halloween Dance-O-Rama

Babies, toddlers and children up to age 6 should swing by the Tualatin Public Library and dance their troubles away!

Come in costume and trick-or-treat through the library from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Tualatin Public Library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

• Main Street Trick or Treat

A downtown Tigard tradition, local merchants are inviting children to dress up a day early for the chance at some candy during Main Street’s annual Halloween “spook-tacular.”

Head down to Main Street on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Participating merchants will have an orange pumpkin sign in their window.

The idea, event organizers said, is to give local trick-or-treaters a safe, friendly place to collect treats.

According to the Tigard Downtown Alliance, which is putting on the event, merchants are celebrating a day early to ensure that as many shops are open as possible.

Symposium Coffee, 12345 S.W. Main St., will have hot cider to drink and Tigard’s local community theater, Mask & Mirror will have players in costume handing out candy as well.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Jim Haberski, cemetery director at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, makes a rubbing of the cemetery's oldest headstone: Elizabeth Schlagheck, 1814-1893. The city of Tigard is hosting a walk around the city's cemeteries on Oct. 31.
• Tigard Walks!

The city of Tigard is hosting another in its regular series of walks around town, this time with some spooky stops to celebrate the season.

The walks starts at 10 a.m., at the Crescent Grove Cemetery mausoleum, 9925 S.W. Greenburg Road.

Members of the Tigard Historical Association and Garden Home History project will lead the tour, guiding walkers back in time as they explore the gravesites of early settlers and the region’s first families.

From there, the group will walk about 2.5 miles to St. Anthony Cemetery, 11585 S.W. Gaarde St. where they will learn about graves from the late 1800s.

The walk includes one steep hill near Southwest 115th Avenue.

The city has planned several walks around town over the past year. Joanne Bengston, who organizes the adventures, said that the cemetery walk will be one of the longest walks the city has undertaken.

“But it gives a great view of the city you might not see from behind the wheel of a car,” she said.

Parking is available at Washington Square lot, near J.C. Penney at Washington Square mall, 9585 S.W. Washington Square Road.

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Tigard's annual Canine Costume Contest returns to Potso Dog Park on Halloween morning.• Halloween Canine Costume Contest

Who says it’s just humans that get to dress up?

The city’s annual doggie fashion show returns to Potso Dog Park on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The city’s Dog Park Committee holds the event every October for dog lovers looking to show off man’s best friend.

A celebrity panel of judges — including Tigard Mayor John L. Cook — will award prizes for the best costumes.

“Start planning your canine companions costume today,” the dog park committee said. “Human escorts are welcome to dress up too!”

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.; judging begins at 11 a.m.

Potso Dog Park is located off Hunziker Street at Wall Street in Tigard.

• Day of the Dead

The Tualatin Public Library is celebrating Day of the Dead on Halloween, with plenty of arts, crafts and fun for families.This free Tualatin library event, celebrates Día de Muertos, the Mexican holiday to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones.

Families are invited to the library’s community room from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate with special crafts, games and food.

The Tualatin Public Library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

• Sherwood Old Town trick-or-treating

The Sherwood Public Library and several downtown businesses will also be handing out candy to adorable trick-or-treaters.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., look for Halloween signs at participating businesses in Old Town. The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce will be handing out treats as well.

• Tigard Christian Church Fall Festival

Not interested in trick-or-treating or scary monsters? Tigard Christian Church’s yearly fall festival will have plenty of fun games and crafts to keep your little ones entertained.

From 6 to 8 p.m., young children and their families can enjoy the season with apple cider, candy, games and more.

Costumes are welcome, but church officials ask that that they not be too scary.

Tigard Christian Church is located at 13405 S.W. Hall Blvd.

For more information call 503-629-5713.

Sunday, Nov. 1

Tigard Library's Day of the Dead

Tigard is also celebrating Day of the Dead, a day later than their Tualatin counterparts.

Head to the Tigard Library's community room from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., for stories, hot cocoa, pan de muerto, crafts and the chance to decorate sugar skulls.

The Tigard Public Library is located at 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd.

Sheriff's office says 'Be safe, be seen this Halloween'

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office children are twice more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

The Sheriff's Office is offering these helpful safety tips to parents and kids hunting for candy this Halloween:

Walk in groups or with a trusted adult, do not allow children to trick-or-treat alone.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Use a flashlight while trick-or-treating.

Always walk and do not run from house to house.

Wear your free Sheriff's Office blinking safety light.

Drivers are asked to be extra careful on Halloween. Slow down, be especially alert in neighborhoods and watch for children when entering and exiting driveways and alleys and at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

The Sheriff's Office is giving away 1,500 blinking safety lights to add your your child's costume.

Pick one up at any of the Sheriff's Office locations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., through Friday Oct. 30:

West Precinct, 215 SW Adams Ave., in Hillsboro

East Precinct, 3700 SW Murray Blvd., in Beaverton

Cornelius Police Department, 1311 N Barlow St., in Cornelius