Apache Junction to host community Halloween event Oct. 31

Katelyn Beazley became the Man in the Yellow Hat as part of her Curious George costume and won first place in her age group at an earlier Halloween party hosted by Apache Junction Parks and Recreation. (Submitted photo)

Katelyn Beazley became the Man in the Yellow Hat as part of her Curious George costume and won first place in her age group at an earlier Halloween party hosted by Apache Junction Parks and Recreation. (Submitted photo)

 

Halloween is coming up and Apache Junction Parks and Recreation wants to make the night spooktacular by hosting its annual Halloween Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. This year the event will take place in front of the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

This event is free to the community and is offered as a safe alternative to the traditional neighborhood trick or treating.

In addition, the 13th Annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods event will be held in conjunction with the festival and is presented by the Apache Junction Police Department. Citizens throughout Apache Junction are invited to join in the festivities that are designed to bring neighbors together, strengthen police and community relations and support citizens of Apache Junction who make it a safer place to live, according to a press release.

Activities include a costume contest, pumpkin-carving contest, bounce houses, kids’ games, a petting zoo, a K-9 demo, emergency vehicle display, safety information and the Howl-o-ween Canine Costume Contest. The K-9 demonstration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The annual costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. and will be divided by age groups. All ages are welcome to enter. All participants will be required to fill out a registration form prior to the contest.

Pre-carved pumpkins will be accepted for the annual pumpkin-carving contest. Entries will be judged in four categories: funniest, scariest, best overall and most original. All pumpkins must be submitted to the judging table by 6 p.m. to be eligible to win. Winners will be announced after the costume contest.

To be eligible for the Howl-o-ween Canine Costume Contest, all canines must be on a leash and their owner must have completed an entry form. This contest will begin at 7 p.m. Categories include: cutest, funniest, most original and best group (dog and owner).

Local nonprofit organizations and businesses will be on-site selling food and providing games for the kids.  Food and games will be available free of charge or for a small fee.

People who are interested in volunteering can call Jeff Kopp with parks and recreation at 480-474-5152.

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