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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:27 pm | Updated: 10:05 am, Mon Oct 29, 2012.

WESTBROOK – A Westbrook tradition returns Friday as little ghosts and goblins will be taking over a portion of downtown to celebrate Halloween.

The Westbrook-Gorham Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween on Main Street will shut down a portion of Main Street between Spring and Mechanic streets from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, opening up the street to trick-or-treaters and their parents. The street itself will be closed at around 4 p.m., with traffic being able to get around the area on William Clarke Drive.

Halloween on Main Street typically draws hundreds of costumed kids and their families to downtown Westbrook for a safe and entertaining evening of trick-or-treating.

The always-popular Halloween on Main Street parade will take place at 5 p.m. as the costumed participants march down Main Street in a show of Halloween spirit. There will be a costume contest for the age categories of 0-2, 3-5, 6-10 and 11 and older at 5:30 p.m. And while all costume contestants will walk away with a prize, there will be some special awards for the best costumes.

The first-place winner will come away with a $50 gift certificate to an area business. The second prize will be a $35 gift certificate and the third-place winner will take home a $25 gift certificate. According to the chamber, the costume contest prizes are being sponsored by Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union, Disability RMS and the Portland Pie Co.

This marks the second year the event has returned to Main Street. There was a one-year hiatus, where the festivities moved to the Westbrook Community Center because of the William Clarke Drive reconstruction project. Now, the Halloween celebration is back on Main Street to stay.

According to information distributed by the Chamber of Commerce, a DJ will be providing music at the event as trick-or-treaters go door-to-door at local Main Street businesses to collect candy.

But the fun doesn’t stop at the end of Halloween on Main Street. The Westbrook Community Center will host an event immediately afterward, from 6-8:30 p.m.

“It’s an opportunity for us to extend Halloween on Main Street,” said Greg Post, community center program coordinator.

Described as “Family ‘Fright’ Night,” the event, which is also free to the public, will offer games, a dance, outdoor bonfire, an appearance by “Crusher,” the Maine Red Claws’ mascot, laser tag with Trigger Combat Sports, a pumpkin-decorating contest and other events, Post said.

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