Canby’s Spooktacular Village has been nixed this year, replaced with a contactless Trunk or Treat event at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. But if more traditional downtown trick-or-treating is what you crave, you might find what you’re looking for in neighboring Aurora.
Though located barely five minutes away from Canby down Highway 99E, Aurora is a much-smaller community that lies in a different county — Marion — which has entered the second phase of the governor’s Covid-19 reopening plan and has somewhat lighter restrictions where the virus is concerned.
Aurora’s downtown core of antique dealers and quaint shops — including the brand-new Blue Alley Salon & Giftshop — will be passing out treats to trick-or-treaters from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
If you’d like to visit the Old Aurora Colony before then, there’s more October fun in store. The shops of Aurora also hold a scarecrow contest each fall, and it’s now underway.
There are two ways to vote. Stop by and snap a photo of your favorite scarecrow, then post the picture on Instagram using the hashtag #aurorascarecrow, or vote by posting it on Facebook with the name/number of your favorite scarecrow.
The contest runs through Halloween.
The famous Aurora Colony Quilt Show has also chosen to go forward for its 48th year. It is being presented in a new format that allows only small groups at a time to check out this year’s selection of the rarely seen Aurora Colony quilts.
This year’s theme is 2020: Visions of Joy. Times are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18.
Call for your slot at 503-678-5754 or get advance tickets online at www.auroracolony.org/events/quilt-show-2020-visions-of-joy.