Celebrations of the season

A guide to Halloween and fall festivals

Annual Halloween parade

DALLAS -- Ghosts and goblins and assorted costumed creatures are invited to march down Main Street in the annual Halloween Parade.

Sponsored by the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The parade will form at the corner of Main and Academy streets.

WAL-MART is providing 250 bags of candy to be distributed to the children in the parade. Adults are welcome to join the line of march.

Safety escorts will be provided by the Dallas Police Department and students from the Dallas High School leadership class.

Halloween/Harvest Festival

RICKREALL -- Kids from 1 to 99 are invited to join in the fun at the annual Halloween/Harvest Festival sponsored by 4-H.

The festival will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, the Polk County Fairgrounds.

There's no admission charge, but participants are encouraged to bring a plate of finger food snacks to share and a pair of good used socks for the "Sock It To Me" sock drive.

All the socks collected will be donated to local shelters and charities.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their funniest, most creative, scariest or cutest costumes for the Spook Revue.

Members of the 4-H Teen Board are organizing the festival and learning leadership skills for large events by opening it to the whole community.

A spook house will be designed and staffed by members of the Pony Expressions 4-H Club.

Each giant sunflower and pumpkin brought to the festival will be measured and prizes given to the top award winners.

Pumpkins will be provided for kids to decorate and take home with them.

In addition, a petting zoo is in the works.

Health safety posters, made by fourth-graders from throughout the county, will be on display.

More information is available by calling 503-623-8395

Costume party at Coffeehouse

DALLAS -- Scary things, prizes, surprises, costumes and live music are highlights of the Courtyard Coffeehouse Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Coyote Windclock, an energetic, fun group of musicians from Corvallis, will play original folk/rock tunes starting at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse will open at 6 p.m.

Coffees, teas and fabulous fun will be served all evening.

The Courtyard Coffeehouse is located at 156 S.E. Mill St. in downtown Dallas next to the Fox Theater.

Call 503-623-9686 for more details.

Fall carnival for families

DALLAS -- The Dallas Parks and Recreation Staff will join with DHS students and local volunteers to bring families an evening of fun and games for a fall carnival.

It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Whitworth Multipurpose Room. Carnival games, arts and crafts, and goodies will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations are appreciated. The fun is intended for those aged 10 and under.

Harvest Party at Assembly of God

INDEPENDENCE -- The Assembly of God Church invites the public to their Harvest Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Spend Halloween in a safe, indoor, family environment and enjoy games, candy and fun. Tickets to play all games once are free.

The church is located at 210 S. Fifth St.

Harvest Party at Faith Evangelical

DALLAS -- Everyone is invited to a community harvest party, (a trick-or-treat alternative), from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Faith Evangelical Free Church located at 2290 E Ellendale Avenue.

Admission is free. Costumes are welcome but not required.

There will be fun, candy games and contests, carnival booths, toy walks, take-home craft, tons of treats, drawings for bikes and games and a decorated fruit or vegetable contest. Bring your own decorated fruit or vegetable from home.

Circus of Puppets

DALLAS -- Kidz Net Ministries of Valley Life Center presents the family show "Circus of Puppets" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 1795 S.E. Miller Ave.

Admission is free and everyone is encourage to bring a friend.

There will be puppets, games, costumes, music clowns, illusions, candy and lots of fun. Kids could win a cool bike, skateboard or a Walkman. All kids will get a bag of treats.

INDEPENDENCE -- You have to know the secret code.

Kids who do will get a special treat when they visit Safety Zones in Independence this year.

For the fifth straight year, volunteers with the Independence Neighborhood Watch Association will be setting up tables in strategic locations throughout town.

The idea is to deter Halloween hooligans.

"Parents and their children can feel safe on the streets while they are out enjoying an evening of goodie gathering and Halloween fun," said Grace Sanner, the group's communications coordinator.

Volunteers will also be walking and driving around during the evening. So will officers from the Independence Police Department.

Patrols are beefed up during Halloween. It works, said Police Chief Vern Wells. Some years, there have been virtually no criminal incidents -- not so much as a smashed pumpkin -- during Halloween.

"The extra police patrols and the Halloween Safety Zones have proven to be successful in deterring crime in our town on Halloween night," Sanner said.

"The Safety Zone program has proven successful in making participating neighborhoods unattractive to those looking to create mischief."

More volunteers are welcome, Sanner said. They can help set up tables in their own neighborhoods.

Safety Zones will be located at:

* The Independence Airpark.

* The 1300 block of Monmouth Street.

* Fourth and Spruce streets.

* Behind Independence Elementary School.

* The Ash Creek Mobile Park office on 17th Street,

People who want to volunteer or add their own Halloween Safety Zone to the list can call Kimberly Stutzman, the area coordinator for Neighborhood Watch, at 838-1214.

Members of the Independence Neighborhood Watch Association will provide Halloween candy for participating Safety Zones.

Day of the Dead

MONMOUTH -- "El Dia de los Muertos", or "The Day of the Dead", will be celebrated with an open microphone reading at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Rick's Place Coffee House, 123 E. Main St.

Master of ceremonies of the evening will be Salem poet Abigail Albrecht.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited to bring and read a theme-related poem of their own or by a favorite poet, as well as to wear a mask.

A tradition of this occasion is the ritual "ofrenda" (offering), a place to bring flowers, photos, memorabilia and other special items in commemoration of the dead. Audience members are invited to bring their own special memento which the retrieve after the readings.

El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is a grand celebration of life of Aztec origin, and is a popular holiday in Mexico and Central America. It is a time of rejoicing, feasting, and honoring the lives of loved ones who have passed away.

The reading is sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association (MICAA). For more information, call Harriet Murphy at 503-838-5182.

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Western Oregon University's Multicultural Student Union will host Dia de los Muertes on Monday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 9 p.m.

Held in the Werner University Center's Columbia Room on the Western Oregon campus, the event represents the Latin American holiday to celebrate loved ones who have passed away.

Known in English as "the day of the dead," Dia de los Muertes at WOU will include altars on display at 3 p.m. followed by WOU students presenting and performing at 6 p.m. A guest speaker will be featured at 7 p.m.

In addition to the program, refreshments of pan dulce (sweet bread) and atole (a thick, sweet drink) will be provided.

The celebration is free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Niki Harvey at 503 838-8403 or Anna Hernandez, Multicultural Student Union adviser, at 503-838-8195.


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