Local organizations are already scaring up events to celebrate Halloween. Here they are — and don’t be afraid to let the Hood River News know, at 396-1234, of any not listed here:
* Oct. 23-25: In Mosier, the Wildflower Cafe in Mosier is holding its first-ever pumpkin carving contest, with proceeds to benefit the Mosier School. Entry forms can be obtained at the cafe, and entries will be accepted on Oct. 23, 24 and 25, from 8-5. Carved pumpkins will be on display at the cafe until Nov. 2. For more information, call 541-478-0111.
* Oct. 26: The Parkdale Pumpkin Parade returns Oct. 26. All businesses, clubs and individuals are invited to enter a Halloween Float (i.e. tractor and trailer, old and new cars, trucks, horse, buggies, bikes, strollers, etc.) Or just put on your Halloween costume and walk. Everyone is welcome to participate or watch. Prizes will be awarded to the top float design and top costume. Parade participants should gather at 11 a.m. at the county road department at the corner of Allen Road and Baseline Drive. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. Contact Christina McGhee with questions 541-352-5562.
* Oct. 26: Pine Grove Elementary carnival. (Please turn to page B9 for details.)
* Oct. 30-31 — “Haunted Swamp” at Hood River pool, a fund-raiser for Mt. Hood Towne Hall renovation. Admission is $3; hours are 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 31. The pool will be draped and decked with ghoulish effects for boat-borne visitors to enjoy.
* Oct. 31 — Hood River Downtown Business Association in conjunction with Hood River downtown businesses are once again hosting the “Halloween Safe Trick or Treat,” 5-7 p.m.
The Haunted House will be open at Mall 202 on Cascade Avenue. Also, check out the many scarecrows in town created by local businesses for the May Street Elementary School Scarecrow contest. New this year is an agreement with the Hood River City Police Department for traffic control at the main Oak and Cascade intersections.
* Oct. 31 — Down Manor, 5-8 p.m., sponsors trick or treating in the main lobby. Cider and cookies will be served, and all kids in costumes are welcome.
* Oct. 31 — In The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum will host its fourth annual Historic Halloween from 6 to 9 p.m. Children will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat through the Wasco County Street Scene, meeting historical characters along the way. The Discovery Center exhibits will be dark and scary for the adventurous. A costume parade, campfire stories, Halloween movies, and games will round out the evening festivities.
New to this year’s event is the costume parade in which participates will be judged on specific categories. There is no admission charge, but a suggested donation of $3 per family is appreciated. For more information, please contact the Center at 541-296-8600.
Looking for a Halloween costume? Try these two outlets:
Just Imagine, at Kathy’s Closet: for rent are nearly 1,000 costumes, many of them hand-made, as well as masks and accessories. This is Kathy Frazier’s 15th year in the costume business. Just Imagine is located at 1203 12th St. in the Heights, and is open 1-5:30 Monday through Saturday, with extended hours during the last week of the month.
Costumes to Suit Your Fancy: open through Nov. 4 at 13 Oak Street, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shop, in Swiss Swell at Oak and Front streets, features hundreds of costumes, many of them hand-made, as well as masks and accessories.