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It’s a Halloween tradition - the fifth annual Tombstone Derby will be rolling through Elmore Saturday Oct. 24.

This year, the Elmore Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event, has added a “Pet Costume Contest” to the calendar of events. Bring your favorite pet dressed especially for Halloween. A “People’s Choice” and “Scariest Costume” award will be given to the winning contestants. There is no cost to enter the contest.

The “Parade of Fools,” which has been a stalwart of the Tombstone Derby since its inception, will have a few more “goulash” twists added to it. This year, kids’ battery-operated cars, pets and anyone else who wishes to participate will join the featured motorized caskets racers as they parade through the village.

Organizers ask that parade-goers bring noisemakers to ward off any scary creatures along the parade route. For the first time, crafters will be on hand to show and sell their wares as part of this year’s festivities.

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It’s no trick – families are in for a treat this Halloween season at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The museum is offering classes, workshops, hands-on activities and other programs for the whole family. 

On Saturday, Oct. 31, there will be Halloween fun throughout the Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the galleries become an enchanted land of fortunetellers, princesses and other characters.

Costumed staff will re-create works of art as visitors follow a map to find special places in the museum. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite storybook hero or heroine, but are asked to leave props like toy swords, wands and other objects at home. There will be treats as you leave the museum.

Activities galore are planned leading up to the holiday, with everything from workshops on making glass ghosts to mystery tours. They include:

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Joyful Connections is encouraging Ottawa County citizens to take a few minutes this October to affix a purple light to their residences in an effort to promote the message that domestic violence has no place in their community.

The Purple Light Nights™ campaign offers a way to bring attention to the impact that domestic violence has on families and children.

To participate in Purple Light Nights™, residents are encouraged to purchase a purple light bulb, available at Joyful Connections in Oak Harbor or Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center in Port Clinton (Sutton Center #900), and display the lights on their porches from Oct. 1-31. The cost of each bulb is $3 or two for $5. Proceeds will benefit Joyful Connections, a supervised visitation and exchange site for families in Ottawa County.

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