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  • Trick-or-Treat on Main to offer early Halloween fun Thursday

  • Downtown Middletown merchants will be joining together Thursday to host the sixth-annual Trick-or-Treat on Main event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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    • Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours by town
      The following is a listing of trick-or-treating times for the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area. All official trick-or-treating times are for Halloween on Oct. 31.

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      Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours by town
      The following is a listing of trick-or-treating times for the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area. All official trick-or-treating times are for Halloween on Oct. 31.
      Middletown
      6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      A 9 p.m. curfew will be enforced for anyone dressed in a Halloween mask or costume. A 10 p.m. curfew will be enforced for all children 16 or younger.
      Odessa
      No set time for trick-or-treating
      Townsend
      6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
      A 10 p.m. curfew will be enforced for all children 16 or younger
  • Halloween revelers in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area have one more week to go before donning their costumes and taking to the streets.
    But children and adults who just can't wait to get their trick-or-treating fix are in luck.
    Downtown Middletown merchants will be joining together Thursday to host the sixth-annual Trick-or-Treat on Main event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Event Highlights
    1 Trick-or-Treating
    "Trick-or-Treat on Main started as a way to get people to come visit our wonderful, historic downtown," said Tracy Skrobot, the manager of the Middletown Main Street Program, which organizes the annual event. "But it's become a very popular alternative or addition to trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods and usually attracts about 1,000 kids and adults."
    About 20 downtown businesses will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this year, including Dogtown Hot Dogs, Femme Fatale, Purple Sage, Middletown Hardware, First & Little, A Creative Edge, Half Baked Patisserie, Sully's Irish Pub, the Gibby Center for the Arts and others.
    Trick-or-Treaters can stop by Cochran Square for a full list of participating businesses.
    DJ Jammin' Jeff also will be providing a spooky soundtrack to the night's festivities from the parking lot of Forest Presbyterian Church at 44 W. Main St.
    2 Halloween Costume Contest
    Children up to 12 years old, and pets of all shapes and sizes, also will be able to show off their creative outfits during a costume contest at Forest Presbyterian Church, starting at 6:30 p.m.
    A $5 pre-registration is required to participate in the contest, which will be judged in four categories: Pets, Little Pumpkins (ages up to 2), Ghoulish Ghosts (ages 3 to 7) and Funky Frankensteins (ages 8 to 12).
    Individual and groups will be accepted for the pre-registration price.
    Registrations can be made in advance by printing out a form at www.middletownmainstreet.com and dropping it off with the $5 fee at Middletown Town Hall, 19 W. Green St.
    Contestant spaces are limited to 25 per category and will be registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category.
    3 Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    The Gibby Center for the Arts will be sponsoring a Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest during Trick-or-Treat on Main.
    Pumpkins that are carved, painted or otherwise decorated in advance can be dropped off at The Gibby, 51 W. Main St., between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday or from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
    Each pumpkin must be accompanied by an entry form that can be found at www.middletownmainstreet.com , as well as a $5 entrance fee.
    Prizes will be awarded in various age groups, including kindergarten to second grade, third to fifth grade, sixth to eighth grade, ninth to twelfth grade and adult.
    Page 2 of 2 - For safety purposes, pumpkins entered by children in fifth grade and younger should not be carved.
    Prizes in each category will be awarded at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with the names of the winners posted on The Gibby's Facebook page.
    The pumpkins will remain on display from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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