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Scenes from Central Ballard trick-or-treating

Posted by Geeky Swedes on October 31st, 2010

Another big turnout in central Ballard for the annual trick-or-treating event with neighborhood businesses. We saw trick-or-treaters of all sizes, a few hundred in all over the two hours. Here are a few photos…







And this might be the geekiest costume of the day/night (via @gaber008 on Twitter).


Kali and Ken sent this photo of their daughter Sidney’s first Halloween.

Here’s a shot of the masses from Kristen. Her slideshow is here.
… and if you have a cool trick-or-treating photo to share (either from this event or neighborhood trick-or-treating) please email us at tips@myballard.com.

Oh, and here’s another link to that neighborhood trick-or-treating map.

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16 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 guest // Nov 1, 2010 at 3:24 am

    OM to the G to the adults walking around with dogs in costumes…(that’s “omg” like “wow”)

  • 2 BNK // Nov 1, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Dogs are people too :)

  • 3 photo bug // Nov 1, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Cool photos

  • 4 guest // Nov 1, 2010 at 3:55 am

    the gnome is the best. costume. ever.

  • 5 msballard30 // Nov 1, 2010 at 4:01 am

    I’ll take that as a compliment. My dog was sportin’ angel wings … a joke that other husky owners immediately got. In addition to lots of belly rubs she received lots of treats, so why not? :-)

  • 6 Moaks // Nov 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Wow, little Winnie-the-Pooh is a corker! He’s got a little cutie fairy friend, too. Is that Tigger behind him? (Holding hands with a tiny Tigger?)

  • 7 Guest // Nov 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you to all who sent photos. Kristen’s slideshow was fantastic. It seems that more adults were in costume than children!

  • 8 dogwalker // Nov 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    My wife and I decided at the last minute to walk down with our 11-month-old (a dragon) and my giant dog (a vampire). We’d never been before, and had a great time. Thanks so much to the organizers, all the shop owners, and everyone who came out! And the event seemed to push the trick-or-treating into the neighborhood as well — it really reminded me how lucky we are to live in a vibrant small town in the middle of the city.

  • 9 dogwalker // Nov 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    My wife and I decided at the last minute to walk down with our 11-month-old (a dragon) and my giant dog (a vampire). We’d never been before, and had a great time. Thanks so much to the organizers, all the shop owners, and everyone who came out! And the event seemed to push the trick-or-treating into the neighborhood as well — it really reminded me how lucky we are to live in a vibrant small town in the middle of the city.

  • 10 Anonymous // Nov 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, that GNOME!!! We saw him by a tree while he was urged to pose over and over. What a sweet kid and such a perfect costume.

    It’s so nice that the kids get to just walk around and there’s no competition.

    But what if we keep Old Ballard Avenue closed down next year right after the Ballard Farmer’s Market and maybe have an actual parade? It’s really hard for people to maneuver up and down the narrow sidewalks what with kids, strollers, costumes, etc. Perhaps part of Market could be closed down, too – just for a couple of hours.

  • 11 Anonymous // Nov 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, that GNOME!!! We saw him by a tree while he was urged to pose over and over. What a sweet kid and such a perfect costume.

    It’s so nice that the kids get to just walk around and there’s no competition.

    But what if we keep Old Ballard Avenue closed down next year right after the Ballard Farmer’s Market and maybe have an actual parade? It’s really hard for people to maneuver up and down the narrow sidewalks what with kids, strollers, costumes, etc. Perhaps part of Market could be closed down, too – just for a couple of hours.

  • 12 yayunicorns // Nov 2, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Was I the only one bummed about the lame turnout of actual door knockers? I think it’s great that so many people went to Starbucks and whatever, but what happened to good ol’ fashion trick or treating and meeting your neighbors? My block, which isn’t too far from the library, was eerily vacant. You think the food bank will take all this candy we bought?

  • 13 Concerned // Nov 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Saw something that disturbed me…and another friend who saw this as well. (earlier) A small child (16 months, as it happens, I asked) in a red devil costume seemingly ALONE toddling down Market Street. Turns out that a large man yakking on his cell ohone (and clearly NOT the parent) was about 20 feet away, The kid wandered right to the edge of the sidewalk and almost stepped into traffic. At no time did this man hold the child’s hand, or pick him up. As I said, this was a tiny, tiny toddlyer.

    So, if anyone out there is the parent of a 16 month old red-headed boy, know that the person you let take him out trick-or-treating basically let him wander down the street on his own. The poor child looked lost and confused. Shame on you!

  • 14 guest // Nov 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks Ballard Chamber for sponsoring the event lets get that picture of the gnome on a Ballard Postcard!

  • 15 Guest // Nov 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks Ballard Chamber ! Can we get a picture of the gnome on a Ballard postcard!?

  • 16 Ks // Nov 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    For whatever reason we had more kids participating this year than past years. It was a Sunday and the weather held out. Maybe participating in the Google map helped.

    We did not have a huge total but we probably had 30+ kids this year, mostly arriving in groups of 2-3 between 6 and 7:30.

    We have noticed more car-based trick-or-treating as well … car pulls up, kids unload, hit a cluster of houses then back in the car. It’s strange … not like when I was a kid. My folks used to get a couple hundred kids through …

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