What started out as separate conversations among different Edgewood merchants has taken on a life of its own. Edgewood business owners this year are putting on not one, not two—but four separate Halloween-themed events this week, and all are free.

Many Edgewood business owners live and work right here. Their hearts are here and they are eager to encourage family-friendly, community-focused activities. The Edgewood Chamber of Commerce helps to facilitate and promote community events like these.

OCTOBER 29

Canine Costume Contest, Pet Adoption Fair and Police Meet & Greet (2-4 p.m.)

Edgewood Center North (344 and Dinkle) is hosting a double event Saturday. Meet Edgewood’s new Chief of Police, Ron Crow, and other public safety officers, and visit the Pet Adoption Fair brought in by Edgewood Animal Control to help find forever homes for local shelter animals. A Canine Costume Contest is open to all, so bring your pup in costume (on a leash) and they might just win a prize. For kiddos and parents there will be activities and specials throughout the center, freshly baked cookies by Dough Re Mi Cafe, and kids eat free with parent at Katrinah’s East Mountain Grill from 1-8 p.m. Event organizer Marsha Maxwell, of Salvation Army Family Store, can be reached at 505-286-6286.

Trick Or Treat At Church Street Market (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Trick or treat from shop to shop this Saturday inside Church Street Market (92 Church Street, just west of Quail Trail) from 9 to 5. The fun includes a costume contest for little ones, age 10 and under, at 3 p.m. Live music will be offered from 12 to 3 p.m. Event organizer Clay can be reached at 505-440-8119.

OCTOBER 31

Halloween Block Party (4-7 p.m.)

It started out small, but Marietta Court businesses (Route 66 & Marietta Court) are hosting a huge Halloween Block Party. The party includes entertainment, free hot dogs, and prize drawings, and of course, there will be games for kids, a costume contest with prizes, and of course, trick or treating for candy. Prizes have been donated by numerous businesses in the region. Event organizer Jamie White of Computer Shack may be reached at 505-407-2065.

Trunk Or Treat (6-8 p.m.)

Chili Hills and Smith’s (344 & Route 66) have teamed up to host a Trunk or Treat event spread out between the two businesses. Chili Hills Restaurant will be serving free cocoa and donuts to trick or treaters, and the Smith’s parking lot will hold the Trunk or Treat itself. Prizes will be awarded to top favorites for the best decorated trunks, too. More trunk spots still available. Decorate your vehicle and drive on over. Event organizer Debbie Goss of Chili Hills may be reached at 505-286-9202.