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Wanted: Bags of candy

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce plans to continue the “Halloween Candy Drive” campaign until Oct. 19 and community members are invited to contribute individually wrapped goodies.

“We are down a little with the donations this year so we’re hoping that more community members contribute,” said Lisa Farquharson, chamber director.

She said about 1,000 children Trick or Treated downtown last year so collecting candy is one way to defray costs for participating business owners.

Contributions can be left in barrels at Safeway, K-Mart, Grocery Outlet, Rite Aid, Sawyer’s True Value, Coastal Farm and Ranch, and Fred Meyer.

Also partnering for the annual Trick or Treat activities that will take place downtown on Oct. 30 are The Dalles Main Street and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District.

Main Street will be distributing the traditional orange pumpkin flyers along with donated candy to downtown businesses next week.

The flyers help parents and children know who is participating in this year’s Trick or Treat program from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Dalles Lions Club have once again volunteered to serve as crossing guards throughout the downtown blocks while children are collecting candy.

The parks district is working with A Kidz Dental Zone to bring the second annual “Monsters in the Park after Dark” event at City Park from 5 to 7 p.m.

Activities include a costume contest, arts/crafts center, photo booth and a food court with tasty refreshments.

Information will be included on the Main Street flyers and directional signage will be posted at the intersections of Union and Second streets and Union and Third that directs parents and children to the park.

For more information about the Candy Drive, contact the chamber at 541-296-2231.

To obtain a pumpkin flyer call Main Street at 541-370-2966.

Parks officials can be reached for information about Monsters in the Park after Dark at 541-296-9533.

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