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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).


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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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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