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Halloween events: trick-or-treating, dancing, carnivals

Greenwood-Phinney has lots of fun Halloween events coming up. Here’s a roundup of what we know, plus a few nearby events:
Ballard Fall Festival at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Apple pressing, scarecrow making (bring old clothes) and bounce houses. Cost is $5 at the door, $4 in advance (code for registering online is #105184).
Carkeek Wild Halloween, Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., 10:30-11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, for ages 2-3; free. “In a local watershed where the grass and ferns grow, ‘neath the tall old trees is a special place for you and a toddler to explore. Experience a fun morning learning about the “scary” animals of Halloween and how they are really not so very scary. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume to this hike.” (Code for registering online is #104959.)
Loyal Heights Halloween Carnival, Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Carnival games, crafts, mini pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating and cakewalk. Fifty-cents per ticket for games.
Illumination Learning Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a Kids Monster Mash Halloween Dance Party from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. They’ll open the doors to both their studios for parents and kids to dance and have a “candy exchange.” Both the dance and candy exchange are free.
Halloween on Holman” is a family event with trick-or-treating at local businesses, games, prizes, and more from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square.
“Thrill The World – Crown Hill” is hosting a “Thriller” zombie dance for the whole family at 2 p.m. at the end of the Halloween on Holman event in the QFC Shopping Center on Holman Road. You can even take a dance workshop from 3-5 p.m. Sundays and 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW. The final rehearsal will be from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 26.
The main trick-or-treating event for the neighborhood is sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association. This year, though, it’s getting a name change and a community service focus. “Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat” is from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at businesses all along Phinney/Greenwood avenues. Participating businesses will have posters up in their windows. (Any business that didn’t get a poster can get one from the PNA, Umpqua Bank or Couth Buzzard Books.) Volunteers will staff food bank donation stations along Phinney/Greenwood from North 59 to North 90th streets. Donate a can of food or $2 and get a special sticker. (Donations to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank are voluntary, and any child who can’t donate can still get a sticker so they don’t feel left out.)
Here’s what the poster looks like.
And here’s what the sticker looks like.
Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank is hosting a cider pressing at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. from 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Hot cups of cider will be served for a small donation, and if you donate a bag of groceries, you’ll get a free jug of apple cider.
Pumpkin Bash Lemur Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren-resized Woodland Park Zoo presents its annual Pumpkin Bash on Oct. 26-27 with pumpkins for the animals and trick-or-treating and entertainment for kids. (During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.) Photo of red ruffed lemur by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.
Bitter Lake Halloween Carnival, Bitter Lake Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Carnival games, holiday entertainment, face painting, candy, prizes, two large jump toys, and a cakewalk. Twenty-five cents per ticket for games and food. Please bring a can of food for the food bank.
The zoo’s annual Pumpkin Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1K Kids Dash is Sunday, Oct. 27. The 1K Kids Dash begins at 9:15 a.m. and the 5K Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Green Lake Small Crafts Center. Racers are encouraged to dress in costume.
By the way, according to Zillow, Seattle is the fifth best city in the nation and Phinney Ridge is the second best Seattle neighborhood when it comes to trick or treating (after Loyal Heights). Zillow scored cities and neighborhoods for providing the most candy, with the least walking and safety risk.