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Fly safe tonight on Halloween

October 31st, 2013 by Dale

Have fun handing out candy to the kids tonight. And if you pull chaperone duty, fly, er, walk carefully so you don’t end up like this witch at 2nd Avenue NW and NW 72nd.


Happy Halloween from us at PhinneyWood!

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

October 18th, 2013 by Doree

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.

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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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Phinney parent reports Halloween candy infested with worms

November 2nd, 2011 by Doree

Kristy tells us that some of her son’s Halloween candy was infested with worms:

I live in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood and my son brought home Halloween candy from trick or treating in the general blocks of 65th N to 73rd N in between Sycamore and 1st Ave N. We received a heads up call from another parent that their son had found worms in the mini Mr. Goodbar candy. We went through our candy and discovered worm infested mini Mr. Goodbar’s also! YUCK!!!

Did anyone else have this problem?

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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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Neighborhood business trick-or-treat is Saturday, Holman Road trick-or-treating is Sunday

October 24th, 2011 by Doree

You have two opportunities to get your little munchkins all sugared up before Halloween this weekend.

First up, from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the Safe Trick-or-Treat at businesses all along Greenwood-Phinney avenues. Just look for the orange sign in the window (although most will have staff members handing out candy outside the business). Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult.

Greenwood Avenue sidewalks will be crowded with superheroes and princesses on Saturday afternoon.

And from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, it’s the second annual Halloween on Holman at businesses in Carkeek Plaza and Holman Plaza. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult.

Trick-or-treaters will pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Therapeutic Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. Each merchant will hand out wrapped candy for the kids and offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Sticker-filled cards can be turned in to enter a grand prize drawing. The grand prize will be a night for two at the Hyatt Place Downtown along with 2 Space Needle tickets and monorail tickets to and from downtown. Other prizes will include gift cards and items donated from the stores in both shopping centers.

Check out the Halloween on Holman event’s Facebook page for more information.

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Halloween scenes from the neighborhood

October 17th, 2011 by Doree

Our friend Mike V has been sending us fun Halloween photos as he strolls the neighborhood.

Two yards on North 70th Street between Dayton and Fremont Avenues:

On Green Lake Drive North near North 76th St.:

And this house on North 81st Street between Fremont and Dayton avenues seems to have packed every square inch of their yard with Halloween spirit!


Greedy goblins steal entire bowl from front porch

November 1st, 2010 by Doree

We got a note from a Phinney resident who tells us that someone literally stole the entire bowl of Halloween candy – and the bowl itself – off their front porch last night.

After my kids came in from trick or treating about 8:30 last night, we went down in the basement to watch the World Series game we’d recorded. We decided to leave the candy bowl on the front porch (63rd and Greenwood) – actually hoping that someone would take all the remaining candy so that I wouldn’t have it the next day. We heard one group of footsteps about 10 minutes later. My son ran up to see if could get a glimpse of the costumes, and quickly discovered that not only had they snatched all the candy, but they also stole the huge metal mixing bowl the candy was in. Not cool. We would really like that back. I suspect whoever took the bowl probably ditched in someone’s yard nearby, so if anyone finds a very big stainless steel bowl in your bushes, please contact tips@phinneywood.com.


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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Weekend events roundup

October 29th, 2010 by Doree

Seems like all the events happening in the neighborhood this weekend are Halloween related.

From 12-3 p.m. Saturday it’s the annual Safe Trick or Treat, sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce. Costumed kids get candy from many businesses all along Greenwood/Phinney avenues and 85th Street. Some businesses offer more than just candy (for instance, Couth Buzzard Books will give out free children’s books).

Woodland Park Presbyterian Church at 225 N. 70th St. presents its Halloween Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Come to this organ ‘spooktacular’ dressed in your Halloween best and ready to experience the sights and sounds of the season like no place else!

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.

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.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. presents Pint & Dale from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday for an evening of scary, spooky Halloween songs. Free; food and drink – including beer and wine – available. 

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 at Lower Woodland Park. Proceeds help build the school’s new greener playfield. Costumes encouraged for participants and spectators. Entry form here.

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

Carkeek Park Plaza Merchants and Holman Road Square Merchants present the first Halloween on Holman from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, at 10021 Holman Road NW, in the QFC Shopping Center. Trick-or-Treating for kids in costume accompanied by an adult, free face painting, photos, chair massage, treats and prize drawings.