In this photo, two "astronauts" enjoy the festivities downtown in 2019

Keep an eye out if you're driving around on Sunday as ghosts, Marvel superheroes, princesses and other mythic figures will take to the streets for a little fun and mischief as the city celebrates Halloween.

Neighborhood trick or treat is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, with Auburn Public Safety adding patrols  around town to keep our costumed children safe as they go door to door. 

The city and Downtown Merchants Association are also hosting the annual spooky bash downtown, Downtown Trick or Treat, on Sunday.

Downtown streets will close for the event at 5 p.m., and merchants will have candy on hand to pass out from 6 to 8 p.m.

"That's certainly a little bit different situation for us to have trick or treat on a Sunday night," said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders. "I would just remind our community to please be mindful that children and families will be out walking around, and please be careful as you go about your business on Sunday evening."

In addition to buckets of candy, Downtown Trick or Treat will feature plenty of entertainment, including tunes from DJ Ozz and balloon animals from Laurel Alford. The Southeastern Raptor Center will also be showing off some of its birds of prey, and children can also check out a firetruck on display by Auburn Public Safety. 

The event will also feature a costume contest, with trophies awarded for best individual costume for those 12 and younger; best group costume; best pet costume; and most original costume. 

Secret judges will be making the rounds downtown and handing out invitations to the contest. If you receive an invitation, the City asks that you meet under the street lights at Toomer's Corner for judging at 6:45 p.m., with signs directing those invited to the proper contest category sections. 

Downtown Trick or Treat is free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Parents must accompany children.

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