What’s on this weekend: Halloween edition

The spookiest weekend of the year is here and there is much to do in the neighborhood.

FRIDAY, October 30:

  • El Dazzle Winter Stout Release Party at Hale’s Ales (4301 Leary Way NW) doors open at 6 p.m. Pumpkin carving, dancing and Halloween costume contest. Tickets $15, kids free.
  • Live Music
    • Rock n’ Roll night at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15 available at the door.
    • KBCS Presents Portlandgrassicana: Fruition with The Warren G Hardings at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 9 p.m. A to Z – All-saxophone quartet with Stuart MacDonald, Mark Taylor, Travis Ranney and Greg Sinibaldi. $10 cover.
    • New Kingston and Euforquestra at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $17.

SATURDAY, October 31:

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 9 p.m. Kenny Mandell Quartet – jazz standards with Monk and Mingus – Kenny Mandell (saxes/flute), Don Berman (drums), Tim Volipcella (guitar) and Al Pignataro (bass). $5 cover.
    • The Dudley Manlove Quartet at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

Halloween festivities for the little ones:

  • Downtown Ballard Trick-or-Treating – Head down to the heart of Ballard with your kids 12 years and under from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the annual trick-or-treating at local restaurants, stores and businesses.
  • Haunted Driveway at 7522 20th Ave NW –  This family home is at it again this year with a haunted driveway for a spooky trick-or-treating stop on Halloween night. Located on the east side of Loyal Heights field, kids are invited to enter an otherworldly experience for their treats. Or tricks. There have been some strange happenings in the area!
  • Pumpkin Party & Craft Fair at Philadelphia Church (7704 24th Ave NW) from 4:30 p.m. Arts, crafts, pumpkin carving, kids carnival and more. Free event.

For the older gouls only:

  • Halloween at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) – DJ Blazon Stone will be spinning spooky jams and stealing souls from 9 p.m. until the darkness beckons us to eternity. Costumes are encouraged and a rad time is guaranteed. No cover.
  • Halloween Costume Party at the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) – DJ will be spinning the tunes, $5 cover and prizes for best dressed in the costume competition.
  • Annual Halloween Bash at The Old Pequliar (1722 NW Market St) – Prizes for best costumes will be awarded at midnight and DJ Phatti LaBelle will keep guests on the dance floor all night! 21 and over event. No cover. From 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, November 1:

Calling all goblins and witches: Halloween trick-or-treating in Ballard

Tomorrow, the streets of downtown Ballard will be filled with little costumed Ballardites trick-or-treating at shops and cafes. The annual Halloween trick-or-treating in downtown Ballard will run from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce says to look for the poster below to find participating merchants. Children 12 and younger are welcome to join, with parental accompaniment.


The My Ballard official trick-or-treating neighborhood map is now live, so click here to add your house to list if you want to reward our costumed youngsters with candy for their parade around Ballard.

Remember to email in your Halloween photos to tips@myballard.com and we’ll feature them on the blog!

Clocks to go back one hour this Sunday

SPU wants to remind locals that this Sunday, November 1, is the time to set our clocks back one hour in preparation for winter.

The change from Daylight Saving Time is also a good opportunity to test your home’s smoke detectors and change out old batteries. As winter creeps closer, it’s also a great time to replace burned-out light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL light bulbs.

SPU says that old fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other hazardous batteries can be disposed of free of charge at Seattle’s Household Hazardous Waste stations (the closest to Ballard being at 12550 Stone Avenue N) and several other convenient locations, including Bartell Drug stores.

Incandescent light bulbs can be disposed in the garbage. Alkaline batteries, such as the ones AA, AAA, C, 9-volt and D, can either be disposed in Seattle’s curbside garbage cans as they are not considered hazardous, or dropped off for recycling at Seattle’s Household Hazardous Waste stations and other convenient locations, such as Whole Foods.

For more information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, click here or call (206) 296-4692.

SDOT reminds locals to drive safely during darker months

Fall has well and truly arrived in the northwest bringing rainy weather and shorter days. According to SDOT statistics, more collisions occur during the darker and wetter months of the year.

Many city departments are actively working to raise safety awareness and improve safety on our streets through Vision Zero, the citywide plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

“With Halloween and the Daylight Savings coming up, we want to remind people driving, biking, and walking to use extra caution out on the roadways,” says SDOT Director Scott Kubly.

SDOT has put together the following list of important safety tips for everyone as they travel the streets of Seattle this fall and winter:

  • Focus on the Road

Distracted driving incidents have more than tripled since 2011. People driving need to pay attention and put the phone away when they get in the car. That call or text can wait.

  • Make Smart Choices

Taking personal responsibility on our streets means not driving impaired—which remains the single biggest contributing factor to fatalities. If you’ve had too much to drink, park it, cab it, take transit or use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.

  • Slow Down

The laws of physics tell us that higher speeds result in more crashes, injuries, and deaths: When a person who is walking is hit by a car traveling 40 miles per hour, that person has a 10 percent chance of survival. Those are not good odds.

The good news is that, if we slow traffic down a little, something remarkable happens: When a person who is walking is hit by a car travelling 20 miles per hour, the survival rate jumps to 90 percent.

  • See and Be Seen

People driving need to pay extra attention. People walking and biking need to make sure they are visible. The best way to do this is to wear reflectors or bright colored clothing. If you’re riding a bike, use lights and reflective stickers. And remember, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked.

“Please be aware of each other as you’re getting around and travel safely,” says Kubly.

Find out more information on Vision Zero online.

Teal Pumpkin Project to promote inclusivity on Halloween


Readers may have heard of FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™, which was launched last year in an effort to raise awareness of food allergies on Halloween.

The project aims to eliminate the issues faced by local kids who have food allergies when they are trick-or-treating. With allergies becoming increasingly common, Halloween can be a tough holiday for many local youngsters.

This year, over 100,000 households around the country have pledged to participate and promote inclusivity for youngsters with food allergies by offering non-food alternatives.

In order to participate on Halloween simply follow these steps:

  • Provide non-food treats as an option for trick-or-treaters.
  • Paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home or post a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available.
  • Register your address online to show local families that your home is offering alternatives to food for kids with allergies.

Thanks to My Ballard reader Kelly who emailed in to share the information with the community before Saturday’s festivities.

Ballard Pool closed for preventative maintenance

Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St) is closed now through Saturday, November 7, for annual preventive maintenance. The facility is set to reopen on Sunday, November 8.

Once the maintenance is complete the following fall schedule will return:

  • Pool Playland on Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (shallow end only from 11 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Public Swim/3 lane lap swim Monday through Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (slide not available)
  • Public Swim on Saturdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Water Polo Scrimmage on Sundays from 6:30 – 8 p.m. (participants under 18 years of age must have instructor approval)

Click here to find out more information about Ballard Pool.

Development Update October 29: Subdivisions and townhouses

Two three-story townhouse applications and two subdivision approvals make up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week.


8340 Mary Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 3-story, 4-unit townhouse. Surface parking for 4 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. To be reviewed with 3021129 for shared access.

8342 Mary Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 3-story, 3-unit townhouse. Surface parking for 2 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. To be reviewed with 3022558 for shared access.


806 NW 49th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6470867. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

3102 NW 85th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440054. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 11/12/2015.

Seattle U seeks feedback on Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering a citywide Public Safety Survey whose results will be handed on to the SPD. The survey is set to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle.

Locals are encouraged to complete the survey online before November 30 to assist SPD in making our neighborhood more safe and secure.

From the organizers:

Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the Seattle Public Safety Survey and feel free to post the survey link on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

The survey may be completed by locals over the age of 18 and responses are completely anonymous and confidential. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

The survey is sponsored by the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, the Seattle Police Foundation, and the Seattle Police Department.

SDOT seeks public feedback on Pedestrian Master Plan

SDOT is looking for public input on the Pedestrian Master Plan, which seeks to funnel pedestrian improvements to areas of the city with the greatest need.

The plan prioritizes where to provide new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.

“To inform the Plan update, we need your input on the types of pedestrian improvements you think are most important, and where you think we should build them. We will use your feedback to help identify the highest priority areas to focus improvements,” says SDOT organizers.

You can access the Pedestrian Master Plan Update public survey online. The survey will be open through the end of November.