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Feeling eerily creative? Enter Marc Motors’ 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Bring your carved pumpkin in to the dealership between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from October 25-27. Pumpkins will be displayed in both showrooms, where customers and employees will vote for their favorite. At noon on October 2, the votes will be tallied. The favorite kid-carved pumpkin will win a $50 gift card to Smitty’s Game Lab and the winning adult-carved pumpkin wins $250 cash! Yes, cash! Limit one entry per person.

If you own a local business, why not enter the Friends of Downtown’s Selfies with Sanford Scarecrows contest? Get on the map with a traditional, scary or fun themed scarecrow or one that represents your business or brand. Community members will be encouraged to pick up a map and visit participating businesses to snap a selfie, tag the business, and tag the photo on social media so that they can be entered into a contest to win fun prizes. Participating businesses will be visited by a panel of community judges and the top three scarecrows will be featured in the Sanford Springvale News. To sign up, register online at by October 20th. Be sure to indicate whether your scarecrow will be inside or outside. Have your scarecrow set up for Selfies by October 25th. Don’t own a business? You can adopt one and make a scarecrow for them. FMI: Email

There’s still time to enter the Halloween Yard Decorating Contest sponsored by the Paranormal Five. The deadline to enter is October 24. The $10 entry fee will be donated to St. George’s Episcopal Church for their Baby Blessings program, which provides families in need with baby/toddler necessities. A map will be available and the public will vote on the best displays. More info here:

Trunk or Treat is back! Sanford’s favorite trick or treat event returns to Curtis Lake Church on Saturday, October 30 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Their parking lot will be decked out with decorated trunks with loads and LOADS of candy for your little monsters and princesses!

Smitty’s Game Lab is hosting a Halloween Party for kids 12 and under on Sunday, October 31. Any child dressed in costume will get a free $5 game card and a free hour of Creature Feature glow bowling with kids shoe rental included. There will be spooky decorations, a costume contest with prizes and free candy. Mascots Smitty and Minion will be on hand as well.

The Sanford-Seacoast Regional Airport will have a Flight or Fright Halloween Candy event from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the 31st. Take your little goblins out on the tarmac to trick or treat from airplane, to biplane, to helicopter, to gyrocopter and more! Meet some local pilots, see some very cool aircraft and give the kids a memory they won’t forget!

And don’t forget to check out some spooktacular movies on DVD from the Goodall Library. They have everything from family-friendly to downright evil.

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