It will be a boo-tiful night of trick-or-treating
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, watch for the town’s ghosts and goblins to be gathering Friday for some downtown tricking-or-treating or at one of several parties being held.
There are nearly 37 businesses participating in the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce’s downtown trick-or-treating. Bring the kids to the businesses that have pumpkin stickers in their windows from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday. A complete list of participating businesses is in the sports section of this week’s newspaper.
When trick-or-treating downtown, drop in at Washington Federal Bank to take a photo with the Halloween-themed backdrop set up there.
And don’t forget to stop in the north wing of Quincy Valley Medical Center. Residents there will be welcoming trick-or-treaters from 4 to 5 p.m.
Here are some Halloween and harvest-themed parties going on in Quincy on Friday:
• High Tech High will host a Halloween carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. at the school, 404 1st Ave. S.W. Children can buy tickets for 25 cents each to participate in the different games and activities, which have candy prizes. Only face painting will charged separately; face painting is $5. Games and activities are geared for children 5 to 10 years old. The carnival is a fundraising activity for an upcoming field trip for the students at the alternative high school.
• The Quincy Recreation Department is hosting a free kids Halloween party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at its activity center, 105 2nd Ave. S.W. The event, which includes crafts and children’s activities, is geared toward children 10 years old and younger.
• The Parent Volunteer Committee at Mountain View Elementary School is hosting Harvest Festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the school. The event costs $5 and includes face painting, a bake sale, games, a cake walk and a hot dog dinner. The cost of the event includes all the activities; adults get in for free. A costume contest begins at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, families also are invited to A Night in Candyland, a free event at Quincy First Assembly Church, 526 H St. S.E. The event is 6 to 8:30 p.m. It includes a free baked potato and chili dinner, a bouncy house, a Candy Corn Caverns box maze, games and activities, and candy for the kids.
Motorists should remember to watch for children out on Friday and Saturday. For families, AAA Washington advises that children trick-or-treat in groups, cross streets at designated crossings and wear a seat belt when being transported in vehicles.