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Downtown Halloween activities on tap in Chambersburg

October 27, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A day of Halloween activities for children sponsored by the Downtown Business Council is planned for Saturday with costume contests, scarecrow making and trick-or-treating at stores along Main Street.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street begins at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Center on Memorial Square with a historical character costume contest open to children and adults. Contestants may dress as a historic personality from Franklin County's past, or fashion a costume based on one of the center's five themes - Frontier, Architecture, the Civil War, Underground Railroad or Transportation.

Registration is required and those wanting to participate may call the center at 717-264-7101 for ideas and contest details. Prizes will be awarded for the best Benjamin Franklin, most historically accurate, most authentic historical interpetation and best overall costumes.

The Chambersburg Young Professionals are sponsoring family scarecrow stuffing in the Heritage Center parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details are available by calling the center.

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From noon to 3 p.m., children 12 years old and younger can go trick-or-treating at downtown merchants displaying pumpkin posters at their businesses. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult.

A pumpkin carving and decorating contest sponsored by Gypsies and the Thomas June Artisan Gallery will be on Memorial Square from 3 to 9 p.m. The entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children, with proceeds going to charity.

Contestants must bring their pre-carved or pre-decorated pumpkins to the square by 5 p.m. to qualify for judging, which will be at 6 p.m. Contestants can take the pumpkins home after 8 p.m.

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