Safe n Sane Halloween

October 31, 2021

A tradition for more than 30 years, children and their families show off their costumes while they trick or treat from one business to another in Downtown Hillsboro. Safe n Sane will return in 2021. 

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The story goes that more than three decades ago, Downtown businesses joined together to host the only business district trick or treat event in the nation. It even got national news coverage for being innovative in the era of crazy trick or treating stories. And ever since then the businesses has been inviting kids and their families in the well-lit shopping district along Main Street. We continue the tradition of closing the street to vehicular traffic to make it even safer.


This event is about fun. Our Downtown businesses consider this a big thank you to the community and an opportunity for today’s generation of Hillsboro youth to create their own memories and hold Downtown Hillsboro in their hearts for the rest of their lives. We have a few passive activities and some atmospheric entertainment planned, but for the most part, this a traditional trick or treat event. So bring your candy collecting containers and have fun. 


PARKING: There is plenty of street parking Downtown after the workforce goes home for the evening. A sure bet, is one of the City lots off of 2nd Avenue (which will be open to through traffic). They are located:

  • At the SE corner of SE 2nd Avenue and SE Washington Street.
  • On the south side of the Hillsboro Civic Center, on SE Washington Street between SE 1st and 2nd Avenues.
  • On the west side of NE 2nd Avenue, mid-block between NE Lincoln and Jackson Streets.

BUSINESS PARTICIPATION: As many businesses as are able will be open in the street closure area along Main and 3rd. Some other Downtown businesses from outside of the street closure are either setting up along the sidewalk or have donated candy to support the small businesses that are participating. If you are a business and would like to support the event, please check out this invitation to participate or email info@downtownhillsboro.orgBelow are some materials to download and share the eventon social media and in your business.

  • English Poster (PDF)
  • Instagram Image (JPEG)
  • English Flyer for HSD (PDF)
  • Spanish Flyer for HSD (PDF)
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