ARLINGTON — Mayor Barbara Tolbert believes her city thrives on its special events, such the all-day Harvest and Halloween celebration Saturday. Much of what’s happening involves fundraisers for young people.
“This what I love about Arlington, the community that cares for its own,” Tolbert said. “People working together with a real pride that shows in everything they plan.”
Downtown’s annual pumpkin carving contest is to be judged at 11 a.m. at Arlington Hardware, 215 N. Olympic Ave. Contestants should drop of their decorated pumpkins and register before 10:30 a.m.
The Arlington High School choir plans to host a zombie breakfast fundraiser at Hubbs Pizza. Tickets are $10 from choir members. The zombie choir sings at noon in the plaza at City Hall.
The Downtown Arlington Business Association is sponsoring its annual pumpkin pie contest. Contestants should bring their homemade specialty pumpkin pies from 11 a.m. to noon to the gazebo at Legion Park, 114 N. Olympic Ave. Winners are to be announced at 12:30 p.m.
Arlington United Church is hosting a harvest party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. just east of Olympic Avenue at 338 N. McLeod Ave. The free events include a bouncy house, rummage sale and games.
Downtown Arlington businesses are sponsoring Trick or Treat along Olympic Avenue from noon to 1 p.m. At the same time, Lifeway Church is hosting Trick or Trunk in the City Hall parking lot. A costume contest, at 1 p.m. in Legion Park, will have prizes from the Arlington Arts Council.
The Pirates of Treasure Island invite people to visit their pirate ship from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Legion Park. The pirates are hosting a benefit with the Arlington Kiwanis Club for Kids Kloset and the Arlington Food Bank. People are asked to donate a pair of new shoes or non-perishable food items.
Registration for the Great Pumpkin Roll, sponsored by Lifeway Church, begins 1:30 p.m. at the top of First Street Hill. The roll starts at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome.
The Arlington Zombie Walk, which funds art supplies for middle school and high school students, begins at 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Julie’s Styling, 413 N. Olympic Ave. Cost is $5 to participate. At 3 p.m., the zombies will travel south on Olympic Avenue and congregate at Legion Park. Best zombie gets a $25 gift certificate to FogDog gallery. Blue Stilly Players offers a reading of scary literature at 4 p.m. at the gallery, 233 N. Olympic Ave.
Mirkwood- Shire Cafe, 117 E. Division St., offers its fourth annual Zombie Ball at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Voices of the Village band presents its second annual Hometown Halloween Costume Concert from 3 to 5 p.m. at Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Motivational speaker Larry Ransom is scheduled to talk. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington, the fundraiser costs $10, or $35 for a family. Voices of the Village is made up of people who have developmental disabilities and is led by professional musician Jon Dalgarn.
Finally, Arlington High School FFA members plan to host a haunted house in the school’s greenhouse from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Children 12 years and younger get in for $3.
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