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With plenty of superheroes, characters from Star Wars and the classics like ghosts and witches, Uptown was transformed into a Halloween hot spot.

Hundreds turned out on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for the 31st annual Sedona Safe and Fun Trick or Treat event, which ran from 5 to 8 p.m.

Formerly organized by the now-defunct Sedona Main Street Program, this year’s event was hosted by the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department.

“It went very smooth,” Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch said. “The police department was out and about and the streets crew had everything blocked off so it went great.”

In addition to treats from Uptown merchants, the crowd once again was entertained by the Thriller Zombique show. But for many, it’s all about the costumes of those young and old.

“There were lots of fun costumes — great to see entire families dressing up together and not just the kids,” Murdoch said. “I saw smiling faces. People were eating outside and enjoying the costumes. Shop staff were all in costume handing out candy. Everyone looked great.”

The only thing different this year as opposed to last was that there was no costume contest.

“I only had two questions about the costume contest,” she said. “Potentially more could come in, but that was it. I think this is a full event without the contest. There were concerts, zombie dances and places to dine and shop. All of that on top of trick-or-treating, and I say this is a wellrounded event.”

Murdoch added that she currently has no plans for adding anything new to next year’s event, feeling that it’s best to keep things simple.

“Halloween is for trick-or-treating,” she said. “There is no need to clutter it up or make it more difficult than it needs to be.”

Ron Eland can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 122 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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