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For the past 31 years, business owners in the Uptown area have come together to offer a fun a safe place for kids to fill their candy bags on Halloween.

Merchants will welcome trick or treaters to their storefronts the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of Sedona’s Safe and Fun Trick or Treat experience.

Formerly organized by the now-defunct Sedona Main Street Program, this year’s event is hosted by the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department. Participants can expect the same annual experience offered by a variety of shops, and parents will appreciate the safe environment managed by the police department and its volunteers.

“It went very smooth,” Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch said of the event’s preparation. “To be clear, it was the Parks Department’s first time handling this but the police department and public works have been involved for years so they were great in helping me understand details. I emailed the Uptown shops and the Park Rangers handed out flyers and everyone seemed very positive and supportive.”

In addition to treats, enjoy the Thriller Zombique show that begins at 5 p.m. and will repeat several times until 8 p.m. The show features fire dancers, stilt walkers and, of course, zombies. The show will be the corner of State Route 89A and Jordan Road.

“We know everyone will enjoy themselves and we thank the businesses for making this event possible for the thousands of kids who show up with bags in hand,” she said.

Murdoch said there’s nothing new this year with one exception — there will be no costume contest.

“We would like to see if it is really necessary and if it is missed,” she said. “Gathering judges and donations is time-consuming. Plus, the main reason people are there is to trick or treat and see the Zombique show. Not having a set time that you have to run to a costume contest just might be a relief to parents.”

When asked what’s made this event so popular for three decades, Murdoch was quick to give credit to the participating business owners in the Uptown area.

“How easy is it for parents to be able to go to one location with so many people handing out candy?” she said. “Also, it’s a safe environment with the police department overseeing the crosswalks and event area. Another reason is probably all of the dining options. Have dinner and trick or treating. This is a one-stop shop.”

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 282-7098. Free public parking is available throughout Uptown. View or download the Uptown parking map at


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