‘Halloween Spooktacular’ set for Saturday, Oct. 20

Posted October 12, 2018 at 7:50 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Mark Saturday, Oct. 20 on your calendar! Beginning at 4 p.m., downtown Reed Street is the place to be.

Several entities have created an evening Halloween Spooktacular.

There will be:

• Pumpkin Decorating: People of all ages can carve or paint a pumpkin, which will then be used to decorate Reed Street. People can pick up their pumpkins after the Halloween Parade on Oct. 31.

Children, age 18 and under, must be accompanied by an adult to do this activity.

Pumpkins and decorating supplies are “while supplies last.”

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    Meet the new faculty members here:

    Jacob Heckt

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