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Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat is Oct. 31

October 13th, 2015 by Doree

HungerGoblin14-resizedOur neighborhood’s annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at participating businesses is set for 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Look for the Hunger Goblin posters in the windows, or just follow the crowds.

While a fun event for children, it’s also a fundraiser for the Greenwood Food Bank. Anyone in costume can trick or treat, but children are encouraged to donate either a can of food or $2 at various donation stations along Phinney and Greenwood avenues during the event, or at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., the week before. Those who donate will receive a special Hunger Goblin sticker to wear.

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Phinney Ridge best neighborhood for trick-or-treating, according to Zillow

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

Real estate website Zillow has ranked the best Seattle neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in, and this year Phinney Ridge has moved from second place to first. Nationally, Seattle moved from fifth best city to eighth.

The index represents cities that will provide the most candy, in the least amount of time, with the fewest safety risks. The ranking was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data.

Zillow ranked Loyal Heights as the second-best neighborhood, followed by Wallingford, Queen Anne and Roosevelt. (Loyal Heights was first last year.)

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PNA survey on neighborhood Trick or Treat event

February 12th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group, which replaced the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce, is considering changing the neighborhood’s annual – and very popular – Safe Trick or Treat event, set for 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

They’re considering whether to ask trick-or-treaters to purchase event bags for $2 in order to participate, with all proceeds from sales of the bags going to the Greenwood Food Bank. The idea behind the change is to tie the business give-away event to giving back to the community.

But they’d like to hear the community’s thoughts first (business owners and residents). Complete this short survey by Tuesday, Feb. 19. We’ll post the results the following week.

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Trick or treats, Halloween carnivals, and costume help

October 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Halloween is fast approaching and there are tons of spooky and not-so-spooky events for your little ghosts and goblins. Here’s a roundup.

Carkeek Wild Halloween is from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. For ages 2-3; wear costumes for a little hike. Toddlers will learn about traditionally “scary” Halloween animals that aren’t really scary at all. Free.

Loyal Heights Halloween Carnival is from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, at 2101 NW 77th St. Dress in costume and bring your own goodie bag. Festivities include carnival games, crafts, mini pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, and cake walk. Game tickets are 50 cents each.

Ballard Monster Mash is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW. Wear your costume and dance to a DJ, make some crafts and eat tasty treats. Cost is $5 at the door, $4 ahead of time (register online at www.seattle.gov/parks using code 89436).

The annual Trick or Treating along Greenwood Avenue is from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Participating businesses have an orange poster in their window, but most will have someone standing outside giving out candy to the masses. This is a hugely popular event, and there will be hundreds, possibly even thousands, of children walking around the neighborhood, so please be extra careful when driving.

The 3rd annual Halloween on Holman is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Carkeek Plaza. Face painting, prizes, a DJ, and chair massages for weary grown-ups, plus trick-or-treating from neighborhood businesses. Please bring a can or two of food to donate.

Discovery Happy Halloween Hike for ages 2-3 at Discovery Park has two times: 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Saturday, and 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Wear your costume for a fun hike; meet at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. Free.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 14th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival is set for 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. It begins with a procession lead by Sound Wave (the Sounders’ band), and continues at the PNA with several performances, sugar skulls, a traditional altar for remembrances, Mexican hot chocolate, face painting, children’s activities by Polly Glot Tots, and more.

The community altar will be dedicated at 6:35 p.m. (Bring in your own items for the alter starting Oct. 31.) At 6:45 p.m., see performance by the students of PCPE, the Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar. Marco Cortes performs at 7 p.m.; Bailadores de Bronce performs at 7:50 p.m.; and the Tlalok Aztec Dancers perform at 8:15 p.m.

“Monarch” poster by Oleana Perry (www.krakenwest.com).

Made Sewing Studio at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N. is open for Halloween costume help from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $10 per hour. Made also has a Sewing Ninja Power Hour every Saturday. The three-hour stint is dedicated to making costumes. Cost is $40.

Zillow has named Seattle one of the top 20 best cities for trick or treating, and Phinney Ridge is listed as the number two neighborhood (nearby Loyal Heights is number one.)

And Seattle Police have sent along some helpful safety tips:

  • Know your trail: What route will you take? Don’t take short cuts through alleyways, back yards or parks.
  • Whose homes will you visit? Advise your parents of your plans.
  • Is there an adult going along? If not, tell parents with whom you’ll be. Stay together w/your group and have a plan should someone get lost.
  • Only trick or treat at homes with front porch lights on.
  • NEVER enter the house or car of a stranger.
  • When will you be home? Carry a cell phone & call if you will be late.
  • Carry a flashlight or light sticks. It makes it easier to see and shows you where you are going. Reflective tape/material is a good idea to add to your costume.
  • Make up is safer than a mask, which can make seeing difficult.
  • Drivers have a hard time seeing you at night, so cross the road carefully and stay on main streets/sidewalks. Use crosswalks, and wait for a walk signal. Never cross from between parked cars.
  • Be careful of open flames from pumpkins and candles, as they can catch your costume and long wigs on fire.
  • Are your shoes safe and comfortable for walking?
  • Have your parents check out your candy when you get home before you eat any.
  • Greet treaters at the door.
  • Remove obstacles from sidewalk, porch and steps.
  • Keep a light on, so treaters can see where they are walking.
  • Use your peep hole and look outside before opening the door.
  • Don’t leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween.
  • Be mindful of pets around lit pumpkins.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to animals, as is tin foil or candy wrappers.
  • Remember you can call 9-1-1 to report suspicious or criminal activity, 24 hours a day.

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Watch out for little ghosts and goblins tonight!

October 31st, 2011 by Doree

Tonight’s the night when hundreds, maybe thousands, of children will be walking the streets of our neighborhood in search of candy. Please drive slowly and carefully. The littlest ones start hitting the streets at dusk.

If you’re out walking around Green Lake today, keep your eyes peeled for the Great Pumpkin. (Thanks Mike V for the photo!)

Here are some Halloween events happening in nearby neighborhoods.

Fremont’s Trolloween brings drummers and costumed revelers to the Troll under the Aurora Bridge, followed by the “Haunt of Fremont” procession, escorted by Seattle Police.

Archie McPhee in Wallingford is having a blood drive and providing free scary makeup for customers, applied by Jordan “Zombiemaker” Speers.

Northgate Mall is providing a safe, and well-lit space, for trick-or-treating tonight.

In Magnolia, local businesses provide sweets during the annual Trick or Treating in the Village from 4-6 p.m.

My Ballard has a map of houses handing out treats tonight.

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Hundreds of super heroes, pirates and princesses seen trick-or-treating in the neighborhood on Saturday

October 30th, 2011 by Doree

Hundreds of  children in Halloween costumes stormed Greenwood and Phinney avenues on Saturday afternoon for the annual Safe Trick-or-Treat, sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

A lumberjack passed out candy in front of Herkimer coffee shop on a beautiful sun-filled afternoon.

Mullet Man handed out tastes of pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream at the new Bluebird Microcreamery.

A ghost had a tough time getting that ice cream into his mouth through the hole in his sheet.

A Jedi Knight was hesitant about taking candy from the zombie’s stomach at The Chocolate Shoebox.

Two weiner dogs greet each other on the street.

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Hundreds brave the rain for Greenwood Avenue treats

October 31st, 2010 by Doree

Who cares if it’s raining, as long as you can still trick-or-treat? That seemed to be the theme at the annual Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce-sponsored trick-or-treat event along Greenwood Avenue Saturday afternoon.

The sidewalks were teeming with princesses and super heroes out to bag as much candy as possible. And some of the merchants passing out treats certainly got into the spirit. This monkey at Herkimer coffee shop was loud and animated (while the man sitting in the window behind him took pictures).

This dapper young gentleman had martini glasses filled with candy.

And Couth Buzzard Books not only gave a piece of candy to each kid, they also let children pick out a free book.

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Greenwood-Phinney businesses trick-or-treat set for Oct. 30

October 18th, 2010 by Doree

The annual Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce safe trick-or-treat at local businesses is set for 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Many businesses along or near Greenwood Avenue will pass out treats to your little goblins, so long as they are in costume and accompanied by an adult. Look for the orange poster in participating businesses’ windows.

This is one of the most popular neighborhood events of the year, bringing out what seems to be thousands of little ones strolling the streets, so please be careful when driving.

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