October 31st every year.

A beloved 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. 

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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. This year, we plan to offer a few outdoor activities and some atmospheric entertainment. There will be pre-assembled goodie bags for trick-or-treaters. So bring your candy collecting containers and have fun.


VOLUNTEERS: To make this community event a monster mash success we need a lot of help. Multiple shifts available. Volunteer with your fiends and phantoms, er, friends and family. 

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 of the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market footprint. Some other Downtown businesses from outside of the street closure may be either setting up along the sidewalk or have donated candy to support our event. If you are a business and would like to support the event please email [email protected]. Please check back for materials to download and share the event on social media and in your business.