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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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More events: Phinney-Greenwood, Fremont, Queen Anne, Magnolia.