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By Max Erikson

Lots of treats for trickers


October 25, 2017

Halloween events are happening in Goldendale this weekend with fun activities for families and kids to get into the spirit of the season.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Twisted Throttle Family Fun Center will be having a big Halloween party in their parking lot with food, games, and music from 7 to 10 p.m.

There will be a large Fear Factor Game and a big-screen virtual reality game. Admission is $2 and children two and under are free.

Also on Saturday, the Goldendale Chapter of the Kiwanis is hosting a free pumpkin carving contest at the Goldendale Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Kiwanis will be providing free pumpkins on a first come basis and healthy snacks will be available. Snacks will be used to make fun Halloween food art with apples and pretzels.

If you come late you may consider bringing your own pumpkin. The event is best for ages six to 12 with parental supervision. There will be fun Halloween art projects and more.

Kiwanis is also suggesting a can food donation to help the Goldendale Food Bank if you are able.

Touch of Class Dance Studio (TOC) is having their free Haunted Open House at 5 p.m. also on Saturday, Oct. 28. There will be entertainment by TOC dancers and gymnasts. The Haunted Open House will also have face painting, a costume contest, and a spooky dance contest.

The annual Trunk or Treat will be held on Halloween this year—a change from previous years— and Main Street will be lined with cars handing out candy from open trunks.

The event is put on by the Mid-Columbia Public Safety Activities League (MCPAL). MCPAL is an organization serving local area youth to improve communication between youth and public safety agencies.

Trunk and Treat starts at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Organizers are asking that participants do not star setting up until 5 p.m. so parking won’t be hindered for local businesses.

Sole to Soul Health Center will be hosting a Halloween scavenger hunt during Trunk or Treat as part of the Halloween festivities on Main Street at 5:30 p.m.

Competitors will race for prizes for best costume, points scored, and most creative team name.

To learn more about the Halloween scavenger hunt contact Sole to Soul Health Center at 773-4618, email at or stop by the gym at 122 E Main St.

After making the rounds on Main Street, families can head over to Goldendale High School (GHS) for its Trick or Treat Open House. Kids will walk the hallways trick or treating classroom to classroom.

Each classroom door will be decorated with spooky Halloween displays, and high school students in costumes will hand out candy. The event goes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is a food drive for the Goldendale Food Bank. GHS student council and the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) groups are asking people to bring canned goods for admission to help support the cause.

All food collected will support the Goldendale Food Bank.

Safety tips for trick or treating include going with a group, carrying a flashlight, and being aware of cars that can’t see you at night. Wearing comfortable shoes is recommended and only trick or treat at homes that are lite and appear to be participating in the holiday.

Parents should always check the candy their kids get and throw away anything that may look unsafe or damaged.

Halloween’s origins date back 2,000 years to the ancient Celtics who lived in Ireland and the United Kingdom. In ancient times Halloween marked the end of the summer harvest season and the beginning of winter.


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