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					         Photo courtesy of Anne Marie Bunch
Sultan’s mysterious Headless Horseman has made an appearance on Halloween almost every year for the past 28 years, greeting kids and passing out candy.
Photo courtesy of Anne Marie Bunch Sultan’s mysterious Headless Horseman has made an appearance on Halloween almost every year for the past 28 years, greeting kids and passing out candy.
From the Headless Horsemen to carnival-style events featuring candy and treats galore, Halloween events in Monroe and the greater Sky Valley area offer something for everyone.  
Whether planning to spend the evening trick-or-treating or heading out to a ghoulish bash, families looking for the perfect Halloween costume have a few stores to choose from. For parents on a budget, Grow With Me Boutique in Monroe has a wide selection of gently used costumes for kids and babies.
The Seattle Goodwill Monroe store at 14751 Chain Lake Road is embracing the Halloween season, with Goodwill employees choosing a different theme every day of the week and dressing appropriately. The store offers a plethora of Halloween costumes and accessories, both new and used.     
Here are some details about a few of the Halloween events happening in Monroe and the greater Sky Valley area. All the following events take place Monday, Oct. 31.
One Wild Night

For the third year in a row, the Rock Church is hosting One Wild Night, an indoor, family-friendly Halloween event. The community Halloween festival takes place 7-9 p.m. and even features a dunk tank, with lead pastor Jeff Knight as one of the willing victims.    
“We had hundreds of children bring their families last year for what has become the highlight of our region’s fall season,” Knight said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to having the whole community join us again this year and bringing everyone they know. I’m even scheduled to be in the dunk tank; you don’t want to miss it!”
One Wild Night will include inflatables, games, a cupcake walk, a play area for preschoolers, coffee and treat bar menu and costumes. Admission to the event is three cans of nonperishable food items per family, which will be donated to Monroe nonprofit ProvideHope, a 501(C)3 organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and thirst.
Dressing up for the Halloween festival is encouraged, but the church asks that there be “no clown, creepy, scary or inappropriate costumes.”
The Rock Church is located at 16891 146th St. S.E. in Monroe. For more information about One Wild Night, please visit: http://prlog.org/12592544.
Sultan Trunk or Treat

For the second year in a row, the Sultan Community Alliance (Alliance) is hosting a free, family-friendly Trunk or Treat event 4:30-6:30 p.m., right in the heart of downtown Sultan. The event is meant to create a spooky, safe and fun environment for families, while furthering the Alliance’s goal of bringing activities back to Main Street. Kids can trick-or-treat to their hearts’ content, as the street will be lined with creepy vendor booths and haunted trunks of all shapes and sizes.
“This is our second year hosting Trunk or Treat, and we’re expecting it to be even bigger and better than last year, when we gave away over 1,000 pieces of candy,” said Alliance co-founder Mandy Geiger. “It’s our hope that holding free events such as this will help us build a stronger community.”  
And since no Halloween in Sultan is complete without an appearance by the Headless Horseman, the mysterious faceless one himself will be dashing through town at around 6 p.m., greeting kids and passing out candy. The Headless Horseman has been riding through Sultan on All Hallows’ Eve for 28 years, mounted on his regal steed and shrouded in his trademark black cape.
The Alliance is looking for community members who are interested in decorating their vehicles and participating in the event. Each trunk must give out store-bought goodies only, and decorations should be family-friendly. Prizes will be given for the best trunk decorations and costumes.
For more information or to sign up to participate, email sultancommunityalliance@gmail.com.
Monroe Trick or Treat

In a new twist on a classic event, the Downtown Monroe Association is hosting the annual Halloween trick-or-treat event in Monroe’s historic downtown core. Trick-or-treating takes place 3 -5 p.m. at participating businesses along East and West Main streets and North and South Lewis. Each business with candy to give will display an orange felt pumpkin in the window, so kids and families can identify which establishments are open for trick-or-treating.
The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is supporting the event and has initiated a candy drive to provide participating businesses with candy to give away. Candy donations can be dropped off through Monday, Oct. 27, at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce at 125 S. Lewis St.
Starting at 5 p.m., families can continue south on Lewis Street to the Trunk or Treat, where kids can continue to trick-or-treat out of the trunks of creepily decorated cars. The Trunk of Treat, a collaborative event organized by the faith community, goes until 7 p.m. along Lewis Street.
Morning Star Lutheran Church, Monroe United Methodist, Episcopal Church of Our Saviour and the Monroe Congregational Church, United Church of Christ organize the Lewis Street Trunk of Treat event.
For more information about the DMA, visit downtownmonroeassociation.weebly.com. For more information about the chamber’s candy drive, visit http://bit.ly/2dAHFnT.