Halloween events around Ballard and beyond

Updated: Here’s the list of Halloween happenings this weekend in Ballard and nearby neighborhoods. Silver emailed this frighteningly bizarre picture of a murderous sock monkey spotted in Ballard. And if you have other Halloween photos to share, email them to photos@myballard.com.

  • There will be a Halloween Carnival at both the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave. NW) and the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St.) on Friday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expect a frightfest of activities, games, and challenges, including areas for tots. There will be complimentary refreshments, and high school students can earn service learning hours at these events. Cost: $3 per person or $10 per family.
  • Seattle Parks is holding a Middle School Halloween Scavenger Hunt at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave. NW) on Halloween from noon to 2 p.m. Rumor has it that Archie McPhee has been searching Ballard, and he needs your help to save the famous rubber chicken. Bring your friends, put on your walking shoes and Sherlock Holmes hat, and help solve the biggest mystery in Ballard. Meet at Ballard CC to start your hike through Ballard village to find clues and win a prize. Please dress for the weather!
  • The popular Trick or Treat in Central Ballard (photo from last year above) will be on Halloween from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The businesses posting the orange sign will welcome costumed kids for trick or treating, and if last year was any indication, it will be quite the event.
  • Just up the hill, the Safe Trick or Treat along Greenwood-Phinney’s business district will take place from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Participating businesses have an orange poster in their windows, and they’ll pass out treats to youngsters in costume accompanied by an adult.
  • Nature’s Halloween in the Forest at the Carkeek Park Learning Center (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd) on Halloween from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Under cover of night, discover Halloween symbols in their natural settings. Bones, bats, owls, and slithering things will delight. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Treats will be provided. Ages: 2 and older. Cost: $8 per adult, $6 per child.
  • Over in Fremont, hundreds of people are expected to attend Trolloween beginning at 7 p.m. on Halloween night, celebrating the Troll’s 20th birthday. So many people, in fact, that Seattle Police will be directing traffic and escorting the parade. FremontUniverse.com has the story.
  • Also in Fremont, more than 100 businesses are handing out treats to children in costume on Saturday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. An orange flyer will hang in windows of participating stores.
  • Feel free to list other Halloween happenings below. And if you have photos of Halloween homes and cool costumes, email them to photos@myballard.com.

    More events: Phinney-Greenwood, Fremont, Queen Anne, Magnolia.

    Crown Hill looks at improving Holman Rd/15th Ave

    The Crown Hill Business Association and the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association are teaming up with UW students to improve a section of the Holman Road/15th Ave corridor. The students are part of the Community, Environment, and Planning Program and are working to design a series of planted medians for the stretch of road. While this is just an academic exercise at this point, the CHBA and CHNA want the design to be something that can be implemented. “Improvements to the corridor have the potential to make our neighborhood safer for both drivers and pedestrians, nicer looking and greener,” the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association website states. You can give your two cents by taking this survey. There will be a community meeting in December to review the designs.

    Drop off your ballot, meet your neighbors

    With mail-only elections, dropping off your ballot or sticking it in the mailbox is much different than going to the polls. After the primary, ElaineinBallard wrote in comments, “It would be great to organize a recurring election-day event around the drop box. Thanks for voting, have a cupcake, meet and greet your neighbors. This could help fill the void left by the demise of in-person voting.”

    On election day next Tuesday, the Department of Neighborhoods will be holding an open house at the Neighborhood Service Center (5604 22nd Ave NW) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (when the ballot box closes). After dropping off your ballot, enjoy refreshments and meet your neighbors. There will be giveaways, information on how you can get involved with civic activities and resource information about city services.

    Design meetings planned for new 9th Ave park

    Ballard’s new park on 9th Ave NW has been a welcome addition to the neighborhood, but it still needs a lot of work.

    Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting three public meetings to help develop the park. At the first meeting on November 19th, Parks will gather input and learn what the community wants. At the second meeting on December 17th, the design team will present initial design concepts and the community can provide further input and direction. At the third meeting in early 2010, the team will present a preferred design developed from community input. All meetings will be held at Whittier Elementary (1320 NW 70th St) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. More information on the park can be found here.

    Ballard High School warns of possible scam

    Ballard High School says they’ve received several calls in the last few days from neighbors and businesses asking about a donation drive for a sports calendar. BHS says someone — or a group of people — are claiming to be students and calling around soliciting donations for the calendar, but it appears to be a scam. Kristina Anderson, the Athletic Director and Activity Director at Ballard High School, sent us an email with details:

    They are asking for credit card numbers or check routing numbers. No such fundraiser is currently happening in this manner. Another neighbor just reported that she was approached today at her door by someone “who looked much older than a high school student” asking for a donation for a fundraiser to clean up 15th Ave NW. When she refused to donate he left in a very rude and inappropriate manner calling her some choice names. This is all a scam. Do not give these people any information.

    If Ballard HS students or family members are engaged in any fundraising efforts on behalf of the school, they should be properly identifying themselves and be able to provide literature as to their cause. Please do not give any type of donation to anyone who looks suspicious or cannot produce additional information when prompted. Feel free to call the school with any concerns or questions.

    Top Banana not going out of business

    “It’s been a rough year,” Top Banana owner Jimmy Wild tells us, but he is not going out of business, as posted in the forum. “That’s incorrect,” he states.

    “Just like any other small business, it’s been tough,” he says. Laughing he says, “I’m too young to retire and I’d be a horrible employee so I need to keep doing this.” After a long, hot summer he wants people to know that he still has great produce, “I need my customers to be here when it’s cold as well.”

    Top Banana will close for the season in mid-November to get ready for Christmas trees. They will re-open in mid-February.

    Pharmacy open during construction

    The expansion of Swedish Medical Center on Tallman Ave NW has created quite the construction zone in front of the Ballard Plaza Pharmacy and at first glance you may think the pharmacy is closed. We received this email from an employee:

    “It seems many assume we have closed due to the construction. While the parking lot off of Tallman avenue is closed while construction continues there are still entrances open off of Barnes avenue, Market street or through the tunnel that connects Swedish hospital to the Medical Plaza building. We are still open during our regular business hours of 9-6 Monday-Friday and can be reached at (206) 782-7200. for those who have difficulty getting to us we do offer mail service and a local delivery service. Swedish is offering the first 30 minutes free parking in the parking garage on Tallman Avenue for all users of the Medical Plaza building during the construction.”