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A fun Halloween weekend in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

November 1st, 2015 by Doree

It sure was a fun weekend in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, with the main drag teeming with more than a thousand children and adults trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses Saturday afternoon for the annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat, followed by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead festival on Sunday night.

American Dance Institute went all out with decorations, as usual.

American Dance Institute went all out with decorations, as usual.

Frankenstein's Monster always greets trick-or-treaters at 74th St. Ale House.

Frankenstein’s Monster always greets trick-or-treaters at 74th St. Ale House.

Monkeying around at Herkimer Coffee.

Monkeying around at Herkimer Coffee.

An amazing salmon head piece at Seattle ReCreative.

An amazing salmon head piece at Seattle ReCreative.

Traditional Aztec dancers lead a procession from the Phinney Center through the neighborhood.

Traditional Aztec dancers lead a Day of the Dead procession from the Phinney Center through the neighborhood.

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People decorated sugar skulls.

Raul Sanchez built the Day of the Dead altar at the Phinney Gallery. Here he explains the significance of marigolds. "That flower signifies the sun. Without the sun, there is no life."

Raul Sanchez constructed the Day of the Dead altar at the Phinney Center Gallery. Here he explains the significance of using marigolds. “That flower signifies the sun. Without the sun, there is no life.”

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Reminder: Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat is this afternoon

October 31st, 2015 by Doree

HungerGoblin14-resizedJust a reminder that our neighborhood’s annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at participating businesses is set for 12-3 p.m. today (Saturday). 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.

And remember that lots of children will be out trick or treating tonight in the dark. Please drive slowly and watch for people wearing dark clothing. If you’re trick or treating, please bring a flashlight or other lit up object so cars so can see you.

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Halloween happenings, comedy and blues in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

October 30th, 2015 by Doree

Check out our Events calendar any time for what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Halloween on Holman, trick-or-treating from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square, plus face painting, chair massages, photos, a DJ and adults can enter raffle to win more than $1,000 in prizes and gift-cards from participating merchants. Bring donations of non-perishable food for the Ballard and Greenwood Food Banks (drop off at QFC).

Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at businesses along Phinney-Greenwood avenues and 85th Street from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Pay $2 or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greenwood Food Bank to get a special Hunger Goblin sticker (not required, but encouraged, for trick or treating). Stickers available now at Phinney Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations during the event.

Works Progress, Domino’s Beauty Salon & Dreamstrands Comicsat 115 N. 85th St. are hosting a children’s party in the lobby from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, with treats, comic book characters, fun crafts and face painting.

Naked City Brewing is hosting its 5th annual Double Feature Costume Party in the “Screaming Room” with DJ Nicfit and Noisegasm performing live soundtracks to “Vampyr” and “Nosferatu” beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Top three winners of the costume contest will be announced at 11 p.m.

Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., is hosting “Jazz Night: SPOOKTACULAR” from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Music Center’s Swing Machine Big Band and Off-Center Rock Band. Wear a Halloween costume and your dancing shoes (optional), and enjoy music, soft drink, and treats. Free.

Pint & Dale performs “Spooky Songs and Stories of the Seven Seas” from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

From 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts its annual, family-friendly Día de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Festival with music, Mexican folk dancing, food, traditional altar dedication (bring personal photos and notes of lost loved ones), decorating sugar skulls and picture frames, and making paper flowers. It begins with a procession led by Aztec dancers in the Community Plaza by the upper parking lot.

(Stand-Up Style) Comedy Showcase from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

First Sundays Blues Open Jam Session from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books.

And Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, so remember to turn your clocks back one hour and enjoy that extra hour of rest.

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Halloween events happening in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

October 29th, 2015 by Doree

In case your child hasn’t mentioned it yet, Halloween is just two days away! Here are a few fun/spooky things happening in our neighborhood.

Halloween on Holman, from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square. Kids in costume can trick-or-treat at businesses on both sides of Holman Road. Those businesses are also providing face painting, chair massages, photos, and a live DJ. Adults can win more than $1,000 in prizes and gift-cards from participating merchants. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food for the Ballard and Greenwood Food Banks (drop off at QFC).

Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at businesses along Phinney-Greenwood avenues and 85th Street from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Pay $2 or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greenwood Food Bank to get a special Hunger Goblin sticker (not required, but encouraged, for trick or treating). Stickers available now at Phinney Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations during the event. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., will give kids in costume a free book. American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. N. transforms its studio with 10 bales of hay, corn stalks, moss laden dead tree branches, five 30-gallon bags of Big Leaf Maple leaves, and hundreds of decorations, including flying bats, huge spiders and ghosts.

Once children enter the studio, they follow a designated foot path that takes them through a grave stones obstacle course, to games of balance and imagination and Halloween themed displays and costumed volunteers. Stationed along the course are live ballet, break, tap dancers and more who stand mannequinlike and come alive as the children pass by. Appropriate music plays in the background.

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Mannequin dancer at American Dance Institute.

The Cookie Counter, coming soon to 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., will give free mini cookies to trick or treaters, and is also hosting a fundraising Meet & Greet from 1-5 p.m. Saturday to support Old Dog Haven. Tickets are $5 and include a free hot dog from Cycle Dogs, a free ice cream sandwich, and a raffle entry for a private party at The Cookie Counter.

Works Progress, Domino’s Beauty Salon & Dreamstrands Comicsat 115 N. 85th St. are hosting a children’s party in the lobby from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, with treats, comic book characters, fun crafts and face painting.

Naked City Brewing is hosting its 5th annual Double Feature Costume Party in the “Screaming Room” with DJ Nicfit and Noisegasm performing live soundtracks to “Vampyr” and “Nosferatu” beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Top three winners of the costume contest will be announced at 11 p.m.

Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., is hosting “Jazz Night: SPOOKTACULAR” from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Music Center’s Swing Machine Big Band and Off-Center Rock Band. Wear a Halloween costume and your dancing shoes (optional), and enjoy music, soft drink, and treats. Free.

Pint & Dale performs “Spooky Songs and Stories of the Seven Seas” from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

From 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts its annual, family-friendly Día de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Festival with music, Mexican folk dancing, food, traditional altar dedication (bring personal photos and notes of lost loved ones), decorating sugar skulls and picture frames, and making paper flowers. It begins with a procession led by Aztec dancers in the Community Plaza by the upper parking lot.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation-hosted Halloween events

October 14th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a lot of Halloween events throughout the city this month. Here are a few in and near our neighborhood.

Halloween Carnival at Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., from 6-9 p.m., Oct.23. Carnival games, pumpkin decorating, cake walk, costumes. Game tickets are 50 cents, unlimited bracelet is $12.

Big Pumpkin Bash at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 24. Carnival games, face painting, cake walk. Game tickets are 25 cents; suggested donation of canned food.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Green Lake Community Center, from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 30. For ages 6-11; free.

Pumpkin Swim Friday at Evans Pool, 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N., from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 30. Swim in a pool full of pumpkins, games, snacks, prizes. Free.

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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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Watch out for ghosts and goblins trick or treating tonight

October 31st, 2014 by Doree

Thousands of children will be trick or treating around the neighborhood tonight. So, please be extra careful as you drive and keep your eyes open for kiddos who are likely paying more attention to candy than safety.

And after your kid has gotten sick on all that candy, Seattle Public Utilities is reminding folks that uneaten candy can go in the food and yard waste barrel to become compost (remove all wrappers; gum is not compostable).

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Halloween happenings in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Here’s our neighborhood’s main Halloween events this weekend. (If you know of more, please put them below in Comments or email us.)

The Hunger Goblin’Trick or Treat will be along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed kids can trick or treat at participating merchants. Donate a can of food or purchase a Hunger Goblin’ sticker for $2 to help support the Greenwood Food Bank. Stickers are available in advance at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations along the trick-or-treating route. Stickers are not required to trick-or-treat, but are encouraged to help those less fortunate. The Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank (bring your own camera).

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Frankenstein hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in front of the 74th Street Ale House.

City Fruit and the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting a cider pressing and food drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the food bank, you’ll receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider. You can also tour the food bank and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., is turning its studio into a Halloween Wonderland with 200 flying bats, bales of hay, dancing scarecrows, cats and ballerina dolls, ghosts, a mossy branch laden cemetery and giant spiders.

Halloween on Holman is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square shopping centers at NW 100th Street and Holman Road. Kids in costume and accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. In addition to wrapped candy, each merchant will offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Turn in your sticker-filled cards to enter a drawing for gift cards from neighborhood stores. The fifth annual event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks, so please bring non-perishable goods to donate.

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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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