The annual event brings an afternoon of trick-or-treating and costumed entertainment for all ages.
Halloween Downtown is returning to Eugene this weekend. The free family friendly celebration will take place noon-5 p.m. Oct. 28 on W. Broadway between Charnelton and Oak streets. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear costumes.
The event will open with the fan-favorite pet parade. Anyone interested in marching in the parade can bring their costumed pet to the southeast corner of 8th Avenue and Charnelton Street for sign-up at 11:30 a.m. Starting at noon, 2007 S.L.U.G Queen Glorious Gastropause (also known as Leigh Ann Jashaway) will lead the pets and their owners down Charnelton and W. Broadway, ending at Oak Street. Awards will be given in four categories: funniest, spookiest, most creative and most like their human. All pets must be on leashes.
Dozens of downtown businesses will be participating in trick-or-treating during the event, extending beyond W. Broadway into the surrounding neighborhood. Active trick-or-treat locations will be identified by large orange candy corn flags hanging above their storefronts. A complete list of trick-or-treat addresses can be obtained at the event from the Cultural Services information booth on W. Broadway near the intersection with Willamette Street or downloaded from the event website.
Additional entertainment will include local DJ Tinta Turnter playing music in Kesey Square and circus performers wandering the streets as roaming spirits. Spontaneous performances by flash mobs Eugene Hexenbrut, Belly Dance Eugene and Thrill the World will surprise onlookers throughout the afternoon. A free souvenir photo booth will be available 1-4 p.m. in the lobby of Broadway Commerce Center at 44 W. Broadway with photos printed onsite. Food and craft vendors, including artisans from Whiteaker Community Market and the Eugene Native American Arts and Crafts Market, will be located along W. Broadway.
During the event, W. Broadway will be closed to traffic between Charnelton and Oak streets, as well as bisecting Olive and Willamette streets, to provide a safe walking area for all visitors. For more information, visit www.eugene-or.gov/4643/Halloween-Downtown.
Halloween Downtown is produced by City of Eugene Cultural Services with support from Downtown Eugene Merchants and Downtown Eugene Inc. Cultural Services provides year-round programming to promote public art and cultural events throughout Eugene. The team utilizes responsible and catalytic leadership to support the public’s vision for a thriving arts and cultural sector that contributes to the community’s social and economic wellbeing.