As Halloween fast approaches, an annual tradition will take place next weekend in downtown Leavenworth.

The 30th annual Halloween Costume Parade/Contest and Great Pumpkin Giveaway is slated Oct. 28.

The event is hosted each year by Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons/Reilly Insurance.

“It’s a tradition,” said Cynthia Sowle, director of the annual downtown event. “Families look forward to it every year.”

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Haymarket Square, Cherokee and Seventh streets. Those interested in participating should begin lining up at 9:45 a.m.

Participants will take the short walk to Reilly Plaza, Sixth and Delaware streets.

The costume contest begins at 10 a.m. at Reilly Plaza. Gift cards will be awarded to the top costumes.

Free pumpkins will be given to children, as well as free candy. There also will be games and face painting.

Karen Laurence, sales manager at Reilly Insurance, said the event attracts more than 1,000 people to downtown each year. She said 500 goody bags filled with treats were passed out to the children last year. Considering the number of children and their families, Laurence estimated that 1,500 people attended the event last year.

The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place under the parking canopy next to Reilly Plaza.

Sowle said “a good majority” of the insurance company’s employees and real estate agents help out with the event each year.

The event is one of several Halloween-related events happening in Leavenworth next week.

The KCKCC Leavenworth Pioneer Career Center, 1901 Spruce St., is hosting its Family Fun Halloween Bash from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

J.W. Cancer’s, 530 Delaware St., is hosting Costumes & Cocktails beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. There will be several drink specials, a photo booth and a costume contest. This event is for people 21-over.

Crancer’s also is hosting Barnyard Pumpkin, a paint night from 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Grinder’s High Noon, 206 Choctaw St., is hosting a Halloween party featuring the band M80s beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.

Fort Leavenworth FMWR is hosting a Halloween fun run beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Resiliency Center, 600 Thomas Ave. Participants can choose between a 1K run/walk or a 5K run/walk.

Leavenworth Main Street is hosting Safe Trick-or-Treat at more than 40 businesses in downtown Leavenworth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Salt Creek Valley Farms, 17842 Santa Fe Trail, is hosting Pumpkinfest 2017 at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. A Halloween parade at 1:30 p.m. will be followed by trick-or-treating in the corn maze. There will also be pumpkin bowling and pumpkin smashing.

The First Presbyterian Church and the First City Flute Choir will perform Halloween-themed music at a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church, which is located at 407 Walnut St.

The concert is free and open to the public. 

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