Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween in the Park begins early

It’s apparent from the emails we’ve been receiving and the Google searches that have been landing on our blog recently, that parents want to know what’s up with Halloween in Madison Park this year. The spooky day occurs on Sunday, October 31, but here’s everyone’s big question: when, exactly, are our friendly neighborhood shops going to be forking over treats to all our little tricksters?

To get the answer, I went straight to the top, asking Madison Park Business Association President Terry Short for the lowdown. His answer is that the annual “Madison Park Halloween Party” will be held the day before Halloween, on Saturday, October 30, from 3 until 5 pm. Most Madison Park businesses will be participating, and—as usual—pictures will be taken of trick-or-treaters at the Triangle Park in front of Bing’s (4200 E. Madison St.) as part of the Halloween festivities. The party, as always, is sponsored by the MPBA, being joined this year by the Madison Park Cooperative Preschool as co-sponsor.

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, October 27, Madison Park’s own IndieFlix will be hosting a “Spooky Movies in Madison Park” event at Starbucks (4000 E. Madison St.). Everybody (or, rather, those aged ten and up) is invited to share in complimentary wine (for those of age), light hors d’oeurves, and other goodies while watching four short-and-spooky movies. There will then be a vote for Best Picture. The fun begins at 6 pm, and the movies will run from 7 until 7:30.

Finally, Cafe Flora in Madison Valley (2901 E. Madison St.) is sponsoring a free Pumpkin Decorating Party (no carving), with pumpkins provided by Tonnemaker Farm and art supplies provided by Thrive Art School. There will also be free cinnamon bites from Cafe Flora and free cider provided by Rockridge Orchards & Cidery. Kids are encouraged to come in costume, Saturday, October 30, from 9 am until 2 pm.

[Halloween graphic by Eric Pigors.]

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