Costumes featuring everything from super heroes and princesses to pirates and dinosaurs will be featured as Halloween offers several area safe trick-or-treating opportunities, community parties and other frightfully fun activities next week.
•Put on your dancing shoes for the annual The Arc Halloween Dance. Groove to the sounds of Desert Sounds Mobile DJ Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. at The Arc Building, 215 W. Orchard Ave. Admission is $5 and includes snacks. People are invited to wear costumes.
The Arc advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including offering activities to help individuals connect with the community. For more information contact Kristi Smalley at 541-571-0997 or email@example.com.
•Follow the specially marked pumpkin path on Halloween for Treats on Main & Beyond. Kids can collect a cache of candy as downtown Hermiston businesses provide safe trick-or-treating from 3-5 p.m. Participating establishments with signs in their windows welcome little ghouls and goblins.
And, after all the candy has been collected, go “Beyond” as the fun continues from 4-7 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Hermiston Parks & Recreation invites kids of all ages to participate in carnival games, bounce houses, a haunted house, a giant pumpkin, prizes and much more.
Volunteers are still need for the event. For more information, call 541-667-5018.
•A Fall Fest at Hermiston Church of the Nazarene offers a trunk-or-treat, hot dogs, games and family-friendly fun. The free event is Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. at 1520 W. Orchard Ave. For more information, call 541-567-3677.
•The annual Echo Community Halloween Party is Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Echo City Hall, 20 Bonanza St. Coordinated by the city and Echo Booster Club, the free party includes a costume contest, games and prizes. A free meal of hot dogs, chips, cookies and punch or cider will be served.
Mayor Jeanie Hampton is organizing “Win it in a Minute,” a series of games for youths. Volunteers are needed to assist with games and serving. For more information or to make a donation, call 541-376-8411.
•For a cornucopia of activities, head to the Echo Corn Maze, 100 Dupont St. It’s open Tuesday through Thursdays from 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 2-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, the Field of Screams, a mini maze with a scary twist, is available Saturday and Halloween from 7-9 p.m.
The cost is $10/one-time or $12/all day and the haunted path. Additional ticketed attractions include kiddie carts, a zip line and pumpkins. Also, concessions are available Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.echocornmaze.com or call 509-528-5808.
•Kids are needed to help put the bones back together during a Skeleton Scavenger Hunt. Hosted by the Stanfield Public Library, there are two sessions available — Friday at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. at 180 W. Coe Ave. Open to ages 8 and under, there is a suggested donation of $1 but it’s not required. With limited space, participants need to register by calling 541-449-1254.
•Stanfield firefighters with Umatilla County Fire District #1 will offer up some hot treats on Halloween from 5-8 p.m. Stop by the station at 285 W. Coe Ave. for hot dogs, hot chocolate and spiced cider. In addition, kids will have an opportunity to check out the fire trucks.
•Be sure to cruise on over to Crossroads Community Church for their annual Trunk or Treat. Held on Halloween, the event runs from 6-8 p.m. in the church’s parking lot, 350 N.W. Sherman St. People are invited to decorate their cars or trucks and hand out candy to kids. With a theme of “Harvest is all Year,” a pair of prizes will be awarded for the best decorated vehicle and costume.
The activity also features hot chocolate, warming fires and, if weather permits, a bouncy castle and slide. For more information, call 541-449-3434 or 541-449-1251.
•Trick or Treat on Sixth Street — and more on Friday from 4-6 p.m. In addition to collecting candy at participating businesses, activities are planned at Village Square Park, across from Umatilla City Hall, 700 Sixth St. Judging for a pumpkin carving contest in both youth and adult categories begins at 5 p.m.
Also, be sure to check out the creativity of local businesses as they vie for prizes in a decorating contest featuring a theme of “Children’s Animated Films.” For more information, contact 541-922-4825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
•The Umatilla Museum is hosting a Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest at 911 Sixth St. Prizes will be awarded in several categories for people and their pets (not just pooches). For more information, call 541-626-2099.