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Hometown Halloween celebrates creativity
ARLINGTON The levels of creativity continue to climb at Arlingtons Hometown Halloween, with prizes given out for the most creative concepts in pumpkin carving and decorating at Arlington Hardware, for the most creative costumes in all age levels, and for the most creativity in pumpkin pies, too.
I like the one with orange peels in the whipped cream top best because it is most attractive and has lots of interesting flavor, said one of three judges, George Boulton.
Costumes ranged from the well-done conventional (vampires and pirates) to unique and unconventional (wheelbarrow and vending machine), with kids of all ages entering to win certificates for pizza provided by the Downtown Arlington Business Association.
The creativity is amazing.
Especially the one carved pumpkin representing a hamburger and French fries with the only sign of a pumpkin being large slices of pumpkin that looked like fries. The hamburger was constructed out of other material. It turns out it was the same young man, Connor Tilley, who won second place in his ages 12 and up for being a vending machine. Its mind boggling what people come up with.
Those who didnt win awards were guaranteed a big bag of candy from the hour-long session of trick-or-treating that started after the winners of the pumpkin decorating contest were announced and lasted just one short hour, until the costume contest started.
Organizers try to plan the day so that the trick-or-treating is quick and compact, with the series of quickly scheduled events. Nonetheless, there are always some stragglers some of whom found signs in the windows of the downtown shops, Sorry, Out of Candy.
Still, it costs a bundle to hand out candy for an hour.
Terry Welch, at Quick Stop, spent $40 buying treats for the trick-or-treaters only to find out Monday that her boss had stashed some for the occasion.
It was so much fun, Welch said. Its great to see all the people on the street.
Following the costume contest, when spectators were offered samples of the nine pies in exchange for donations to the cause, the crowd migrated to First Street to observe the 8th annual Great Punkin Roll, where more than 100 pumpkins raced down the hill.
We had a good turnout this year, said organizer Jim Stutzman, who received help from his family and friends at North County EMS, where he is fire commissioner. Last year was slow but this year we had more than 100 pumpkins.
Stutzman, and his wife, Cindy Stutzman, were a bit concerned that it might be the last year of the pumpkin roll since the Arlington Chamber of Commerce had provided insurance for the event in the past but the new Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce is moving away from event planning. But not to worry, the new Downtown Arlington Business Association has agreed to be the official sponsor of Hometown Halloween, along with an annual schedule of near-monthly events to attract people to town.
Hometown Halloween is our gift to the families of the community, said the recently elected president of the new DABA, Jeanne Watanabe.
Lifeway Church, under the leadership of Pastor Chad Blood, expanded the trick-or-treating options by backing 10 cars up to the sidewalk from the citys parking lot. Thats where BamBam and Pebbles were seen handing out candy and having lots of fun.
A.k.a Wayne and Michelle Dobbs, of Shoreline, they said they really enjoyed their Hometown Halloween.
We love being part of this community, Michelle Dobbs said, adding that the city had called the church asking for help at events.
They asked our pastor and he is all about community involvement, Dobbs said.
Back at the hardware store, David Solotro, age 8, won the bicycle which was awarded through a drawing of all the pumpkin carving and decorating contest entries.
Ages 5 and under
Best dressed Parker Nunnally
Best carved Alexander Bennett
Best painted Meradith Bennett
Storybook character Iain Wilson
Judges choice Wes Cowen
Ages 6 9
Best dressed David Bennett
Best carved Jaime Breisch
Best painted Ethan Cantrell
Storybook character Emma Wilson
Judges choice Kendrick Varelas
Ages 10 12
Best dressed Katelyn Chrisman
Best carved Alejandra Soltero
Best painted Craylise Jacobsen
Storybook character Alex Finlan
Judges Choice Connor Tilley
Ages 13 16
Best dressed - Young Lim
Best carved Silvia Soltero
Best painted Seth Henderson
Storybook character Wilson
Judges Choice Amanda Molsee
Best dressed Andy Molsee
Best carved Jordan Hawthorn
Best painted Judy Tilley
Storybook character Chris Bateham
Judges Choice Dori Spear
Best Pumpkin Pie
Grand prize Chris Bateham
First place Chaney Varelas
Second place - Thelma Mackey
Third place Shirley Vognild
Babies from 0 3
First - Jessica Reynolds as a bumblebee
Second - Hunter Burrows as a golfer
Third - Thomas Austin
Ages 4 7
First Austin Wood, logger
Second Laila Boettcher, cowgirl
Third Emily Heyer, pirate
Ages 8 11
First Jacklyn Bennett, wheelbarrow
Second Makaylia Fisher, vampire
Third Daniel Ewing, Indiana Jones
Ages 12 and up
First place Stephanie Dickson, alien abduction
Second place Connor Tilley, vending machine
Third place MaryRose Denton, go-go girl