Chewelah gears up to become Halloween headquarters

(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)

QUARTZITE WITH PUMPKIN SPICE: Light up the Park and BooFest just weeks away…

Light up the Park has become the new chic fall event for Chewelah after setting a world record years ago for pumpkins in one place, and continuing to be a family-friendly event that is free to the community.

It’s back this year with a new look but it will have that same great pumpkin taste. On Oct. 26, the Chewelah City Park will be transformed into a Halloweentown of sorts from 3-7 p.m. with entertainment, vendors, games, pumpkins and much, much more.

Light up the Park is ever-changing in how it brings Halloween magic to Chewelah. This year, organizers plan on continuing the candy walk that was a big hit last year because people like winning whole bags of Halloween candy.

There will also be more games, as organizers will be hiding glowing orange eggs throughout the park all evening that can be turned in for a prize. There will also be the ever-popular loudest scream contest, carnival style games and some minute-to-win-it style games. You can show off your costume or cheer for your favorite princess-super hero-dinosaur as the costume parade weaves through the park.

The lighted archway will still welcome neighbors to the event. New this year, is a 16-foot lighted tunnel.

JJSHS will be hosting their annual “Zombie Run” in downtown Chewelah where you can run for your life from real life zombies before the sun sets.

And of course, bringing pumpkins down will be highly encouraged as another long line of jack-o’-lanterns is something everybody hopes will happen. They don’t need to be carved as there will be stations down at the park for you to carve before setting them out.

Light Up the Park needs donations of straw bales and corn stalks. Please help organizers if you have some spares stacked up somewhere. They’re also looking for artists to work on light displays for the park in the evening as well.

Don’t worry about leaving hungry! At the time of printing, five food vendors will be serving up everything from hot dog and burgers to tacos and baked potatoes, plus a whole variety of baked treats.

While sky lanterns have been a popular attraction for the end of Light up the Park, they are now illegal, so organizers have switched to Floating Wish Lanterns. You will be able to launch a wish lantern into Chewelah Creek. According to organizers, you’ll be able to write a message on the side and release “a light into the world in honor of loved ones, or simply as a beacon for your hopes, dreams and wishes for the coming season.”

After the event, pumpkins will be available to farmers for feed. Organizers will only be using LED tea lights so no wax will get into the animals’ food.
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A lot of people have been asking about BooFest and when it will happen. Worry not, parents, it is happening again this year thanks to the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce. It will happen on October 31 from 4-6 p.m. Your little ghost, goblin or superhero can trick or treat in trusted downtown businesses.