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Halloween events roundup

October 28th, 2010 · Comments

Plenty of trick-or-treating and other Halloween events in our neighborhood and nearby this weekend. Here’s what we know; let us know if we’ve missed anything.

Both the Ballard Community Center at 6020 28th Ave. NW and the the Loyal Heights Community Center at 2101 NW 77th St. are hosting Halloween Carnivals from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family.

Join us for a fright fest of activities games and challenges, including an area for tots. Complementary refreshments will be available. This event is for children 10 years old and younger. High school students can get volunteer community service hours by helping at this event.

North of Greenwood, the Bitter Lake Community Center at 13035 Linden Ave. N. is hosting a free teen flashlight pumpkin hunt at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Let’s kick off a Halloween to remember with a hunt for wicked prizes in our wooded lakeside grounds. We’ll award a best dressed prize at the end of the hunt, and free hot apple cider will be provided for all participants. Dress warmly, and bring a flashlight and goodie collecting bag. The hunt will begin at the Bitter Lake Community Center lobby promptly at 7:30 p.m. Don’t be late! This event is for children ages 11 – 17.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the zoo’s animals get pumpkins to gnaw on and smash; your little goblins can trick-or-treat around the zoo’s West Plaza; on Saturday, Alpha Martial Arts will give demonstrations; on Sunday, Roosevelt High School students will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; Killer Science will give some fun presentations; and there are special programs inside Zoomazium. Pumpkin Bash is included with admission.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Safe Trick or Treat from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Businesses along Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street will pass out candy to kids in costumes. This is a big event; thousands of kids and parents will be roaming the streets and sidewalks, so please drive safely.

Green Bean Coffeehouse at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. has its Harvest Fest from 12-3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Safe Trick or Treat. Face painting, carnival games and treats.

The Seattle Public Theater Youth Ensemble presents “Zombie Caesar” on Oct. 29-31 at the Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Performers are ages 10-14. The Roosevelt High School Thriller Club will make a special appearance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free, but donations accepted for their scholarship fund. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday; special trick-or-treat inside the theater on Halloween.

Daniel Bagley Elementary sponsors its “Green” Halloween 5K and Kids 1K Dash at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Come on out Halloween morning for a little pre-Halloween fun and exercise and help Daniel Bagley Elementary build a safer, greener playfield. The run is presented by Daniel Bagley PTA and is sponsored by neighborhood businesses, Super Jock ‘n Jill and American Athlete. The course circles Lower Woodland Park and is described as “hilly and fun.” This event is open to everyone. The Kids’ 1K dash begins at 9:00am, followed by a 5K run at 9:30am. Day of race registration opens at 7:30am in Lower Woodland Park just east of the Skate Park (5900 West Greenlake Way N. Seattle WA 98103). Download the Entry Form or Register Online Now!

Costumes are encouraged for both participants and spectators. Awards will be given for best overall costumes and to the top three male/female finishers in both races. All proceeds will directly support the Green Field Project at Daniel Bagley Elementary School.

The Green Field Project consists of: replacing much of the existing asphalt on the playground with 10,000 square feet of grass, adding 5,000 square feet of new trees and native plantings, new pervious asphalt, and a permanent running track. The pervious asphalt is a salmon-friendly surface as it reduces water runoff, and the new plantings will enhance both the air quality and property values.

In Ballard, the Market Street trick-or-treating is from 3-5 p.m. Sunday on NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue.

Halloween on Holman is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Businesses in Carkeek Plaza (9999 Holman Road NW, where QFC is) and Holman Road Square (across the street from QFC) will hand out treats to costumed kids. Costumed adults will be helping people safely cross Holman Road. Many stores will have specials, there’s face painting, complimentary chair massages by Elements Therapeutic Massage, and a grand prize drawing at 3:45 p.m. for gift cards donated by many of the merchants.

Not this weekend, but next Friday, Nov. 5, the Phinney Neighborhood Center holds its annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival. A parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at the PNA at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with live music by VamoLa. After the parade, author Flor Fernandez Barrios will read from her book “The Mask of Oya,” and there’ll be face painting, a costume contest and traditional Mexican food.

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