Arlington's Hometown Halloween draws a crowd
October 28, 2008 · Updated 4:31 PM
ARLINGTON — Characters of many kinds hit the streets by 10 a.m., Oct. 25, for Hometown Halloween in Arlington. Somehow, the noon to 1 p.m. hour for trick-or-treating expanded to four hours, but things were pretty quiet by 1:30 pm. after the costume contest in Legion Park.
The Great Punkin Roll was cancelled this year due to construction on First Street.
With the expanded hardware store building filling the former location of the pumpkin decorating contest, that event was moved to entrance on the of the store where Shelby Bates won the bicycle from the drawing of all the entries.
The costume contest enjoyed the space of the new Legion Park and the pumpkin pie entries were sampled in style, inside the gazebo.
Kids waited patiently in lines a half-block long to gather their treats from participating merchants.
Mindy Becker, at the Two Bits Flea Market, said she spent $30 on candy and Marian Ferguson, at Favorite Pastimes, bought four big bags of candy from Costco and had to go get more.
Mayor Margaret Larson helped judge the pie contest for the first time and was amazed.
“Look at all the kids on the street,” she said.
Down the street at Flowers by George, David Boulton noted the crowds also.
“Man, it was packed,” he said.
His employee, Debby Tucker took a break from redecorating the fall window displays for the upcoming Holiday Open House Saturday, Nov. 1, to help judge the costume contest. She suggested adding a dog category for next year.
“Roger could give dog biscuits for prizes,” Tucker said, referring to Roger Miller, who owns Arlington’s Healthy Pet Store.
A substantial group of adults demanded an adult category and many participants stayed to enjoy eating pumpkin pie at the end.
This is just one of many fun activities presented by the Downtown Arlington Business Association. Prizes for the contests were provided by the following merchants: Nola Smith at Pacific Learning Solutions Schoolbox, Georgia Swift at New Beginnings, Mary Green at Evonne’s Antiques & Collectibles, David Boulton at Flowers by George, Mark Lovejoy of Garden Treasures and the DABA group itself.
The next fun event in downtown Arlington is like trick-or-treating for adults with lots of special deals and treats, inside the shops from 4 - 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1.
Along with the very popular Flowers by George festive occasion, The new owner of Favorite Pastime, Marian Ferguson will also be celebrating her new venture with discounts, raffles and treats.
Costume contest winners
First — Declan Bittner, cowboy.
Second — Barrett and Liam Kiriss, a pair of pirates.
Third — Lilly Bennett, a green fairy.
4 - 7
First — Emily Heyer, Gingerbread Bat.
Second — Morgan Taylor as Harry Potter.
Third — Nicole Reynolds as Dorothy.
8 - 11
First — Emme Calvert as a table setting.
Second — Paige Stout as Major Cutie.
Third — Dawson Andrews as Mad Scientist.
12 - 16
First — Phoenix Moreno as Devil Dog.
Second — Brandon Johnston as a hippy.
Third — Connor Tilley as a Kentucky Fried Colonel Sanders.
First — Jenni Simonsen as Gorilla and Camryn Simonsen as the gorilla’s banana.
Second — J.P. Simonsen as the Mad Scientist.
Third — Kathy Walker as the Angel Lady with three Angel Dogs.
First — Reshucha at Flowers by George.
Second — Arlene Arlington as the waitress at The Local Scoop.
Third — Reader Rabbit, by the Dennistoun Family at The Schoolbox.