Happy Halloween!

Despite the rain, trick-or-treaters came out in droves in downtown Ballard tonight.

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Jacob sent us this photo of the festivities at his Ballard home.

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Don sent us this photo of his son. “Thought you might get a kick out of my son’s homemade costume of ‘Steve’, the character from the game MineCraft. He braved the rain those green Creepers to get his candy and survived!”

Send us photos of your best costumes at tips@myballard.com.

Dog found near Whittier Heights

Update: Jonathan tells us that Martin has been reunited with his family.

Original post: One of our readers, Jonathan, sent us this photo of a dog found near Whittier Heights. He says the dog has Seattle license tags, but no name or contact info. The dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback Mastiff mix, and is named Martin, according to Jonathan.

If this is your dog, or you know whose dog it is, contact us at tips@myballard.com.

Soap making class at Nordic Heritage Museum this weekend

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make soap, don’t miss an introductory class to cold process soap making on Saturday at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St). The Handmade Academy will be teaching how to make natural soap from scratch from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.

From the Handmade Academy:

This class will teach you the fundamentals of making soap at home, how to safely work with sodium hydroxide (also known as lye), how to scent and color your soap, and what ingredients to make your own unique soaps.

This is a demonstration style class, where you will be able to observe the instructor go through all the steps of creating a batch of cold process soap. Safety equipment will be provided (safety goggles & rubber gloves), but please wear long sleeved shirts, pants, and closed toe shoes–no shorts, sandles, flip-flops, etc.

You’ll leave the class with a tutorial with thorough information to make cold process soap on your own at home, as well as two bars of soap to enjoy. You will also receive a bar of the soap you created in class once it has finished curing (approximately 4 — 6 weeks after class).

The class is $65 and open to people 16 and over (due to the nature of working with sodium hydroxide). To sign up for the class, contact the Handmade Academy at 206-552-1581.

Free coffee for costumed adults at Tony’s until noon

Tony’s Coffee at the corner of NW 70th and 3rd Ave NW is handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and coffee to costumed adults today until noon.

Photo courtesy David Yake

This is the first week of their new brewing hours; they’re now offering public coffee cuppings (coffee tastings) on Saturdays and are open Wednesday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon, 8 a.m. to noon on weekends.

Ballard Halloween trick-or-treating map

Here it is folks, your must-hits for tonight’s candy-gathering escapades. (Click on the map to be redirected to Google maps.)

Ballard businesses will be handing out the goods from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight.

A few trick-or-treating safety reminders from Seattle Police:

  • Don’t allow children to go “Trick or Treating” alone.  An adult should accompany young children and make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach.  Stay within sight of the door when opened.  Children should be cautioned to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well-lit homes that have their outdoor lights on.  Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats.
  • Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.  When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • Remind your children to walk — don’t run, and stay on the sidewalks.  Cross only at intersections and crosswalks, not between cars.  Look both ways before crossing the street. Do not cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this.
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and make sure your child knows your phone number and address.  For children under 12, attach a tag with their name, address and phone number (including area code) to their clothes in case they get separated.  Older children who might be going out with friends should have a cell phone, mapped route and set a time to come home.
  • Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats.  Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • Don’t approach unknown animals or pets; they could be frightened by the costumes or strange noises.
  • Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped.  The police should be notified if something has been tampered with.
  • If you will be driving your kids to their destinations pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to walk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Keep scanning all around you as you drive, whether as thru traffic or along with your kids as they trick-or-treat.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents or a trusted adult and the police.

Hazmat situation closes 15th Ave NW at Holman

Update: The situation has been cleared, and the material was deemed not hazardous.

Original post: Just after 3 p.m. this afternoon, a person brought a package of white powder to Crown Hill Fire Station 35, prompting a hazmat response. Kyle Moore from Seattle Fire says the package is now contained, but 15th Ave NW at Holman and one block north are currently closed. We’ll update with new information.

Learn about rain gardens and cisterns tonight at the Ballard Market

Tonight from 4 to 6 p.m., Sustainable Ballard will be at the Ballard Market to answer questions about rain gardens and cisterns. The appearance is part of the RainWise program, in which Sustainable Ballard is teaming up with Seattle Public Utilities to help residents learn about ways to improve the health of local waterways by using rain gardens and cisterns. There are rebate programs available for residents in Ballard who contract to have the gardens installed. According to Sustainable Ballard, the city will reimburse up to 100 percent of the installation costs, and the average rebate is $4,000. Learn more here.

Accident on Ballard Bridge causing back-ups

Update: The accident is now cleared, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Earlier: There’s an accident involving three cars on the Ballard Bridge, causing big back-ups, according to Kyle Moore from the Seattle Fire Department. Moore says there were only minor injuries at the scene, but traffic is quickly backing up in both directions. We’ll update with any new information.