Temecula plans Halloween home decorating, costume contests, drive-in movie for Halloween

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Halloween will certainly look different this year, but the city of Temecula will have some fun, socially distant opportunities to celebrate the spooky season.

This year, Temecula and Murrieta are working together to put on the Halloween home decorating contest.

Residents of both cities will enter the contest in their respective city in one of four categories – scariest, funniest, most original and best theme, according to the city of Temecula website Temecula and Murrieta will each select winners for each category, and the public will be able to vote for one overall winner across all categories and both cities.

Entrants must register, either as an individual residence or an entire neighborhood, for the contest by Friday, Oct. 23.

For Temecula, entrants must be registered at http://temeculaca.gov/halloween, and photos of home decorations must be sent to tracy.courts@temeculaca.gov for judging by Monday, Oct. 26.

The city will also be hosting a virtual Halloween costume contest, Eric Levine, Temecula community services commissioner, told the City Council, Oct. 13. Applicants have until Wednesday, Oct. 21, to submit photos, also on http://temeculaca.gov/halloween.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, the city will host a drive-in showing of “Hocus Pocus” in the dirt lot at the intersection of Santiago and Ynez roads, Levine said. The showing will be limited to 43 preregistered cars and will start at 7 p.m.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.