Diagon Alley keeps growing, new project coming next Halloween


Photo from DiagonAlleyProject.com

The Halloween replica of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter has attracted thousands of people to his Ballard home and news coverage from around the world. But Jon Chambers isn’t done yet.

He’s hard at work on a two-story children’s playhouse in the likeness of Gringotts bank — complete with the dragon on top. And he’s issued a casting call for witches, wizards and other Harry Potter characters for a “magical weekend event” with Dumbledore Santa on Dec. 2-3.

And Chambers is already thinking about next year. A possible theme? Star Wars, according to a conversation he had with Seattle Magazine. He may need a bigger driveway.

In the meantime, Diagon Alley will remain open until the first of the year, and so far it’s generated more than $4,000 in donations for pancreatic cancer research. Chambers also plans to auction off the Gringotts bank play structure at Whittier Elementary PTA’s auction in April. (He’s raising money for materials here.)

If you’d like to visit, Diagon Alley is open from 3-7 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on the weekends. It’s located at 7514 13th Ave NW.

Populuxe to host Halloween ‘Scareoke’ and costume contest

If you’re meticulously planning out your Halloween weekend, here are a couple events to add to the list: Populuxe Brewing will be hosting a “Scareoke” Karaoke Party on Friday, Oct. 28, and a family-friendly Pre-Halloween Happy Hour on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The 2nd Annual Scareoke party will be from 8 to 11 pm on Friday night, including a costume contest with some Populuxe swag: 1st place gets a year membership to Populuxe’s Mug Club, 2nd place gets a Populuxe tee, trucker hat, and $50 gift certificate, and 3rd place gets a Populuxe growler and fill. They’ll have food truck Peasant Food Manifesto on hand for bites. “All guests are strongly requested to come in costume. Be there or be scared!” More info can be found here.

The Family Pre-Halloween Happy Hour on Sunday, Oct. 30 is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and will include candy corn bingo at 5:30, a costume contest at 6, and a Halloween movie at 6:30. They’ll have Chavoya’s Hot Dogs food truck on hand for dinner. More info can be found here.

Ballard celebrates Halloween in 2016

Folks are out and about all over the neighborhood tonight celebrating Halloween! Have fun and be safe!

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Check out a list of some local Halloween events below:

Email tips@myballard.com with photos and information about other Halloween events on in then neighborhood!

City and Uber team up for safety this Halloween

The City of Seattle is teaming up with Uber to offer discounted rides this Halloween weekend. At a time when children are trick-or-treating and adults are celebrating during weekend festivities, it’s important to be alert and stay safe on Seattle streets.

From Friday, October 28, through Monday, October 31, new and existing Uber users can safely catch a ride home from Halloween festivities in Seattle by entering promo code HALLOWPOOL for a $10 discount on one pool ride.

On October 28, Uber users will also receive VIP access to the Georgetown Morgue Haunted House, when they show their Uber trip receipt.

“If you’re planning on a night out that includes drinking, plan ahead by using rideshare or taxi,” says SDOT Director Scott Kubly.

According to the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA), traffic collisions are known to increase on Halloween—especially during peak trick-or-treating hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Uber is committed to providing reliable transportation for Halloween,” said Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Washington. “We want to make it easy for people to leave their keys at home and also give them the peace of mind that they’re not putting others at risk.”

To learn more about Road Safety and Vision Zero, visit www.seattle.gov/visionzero. #VisionZeroSEA.

Add your house to the Ballard trick-or-treating map

Halloween is just a few days away and the annual map of Ballard trick-or-treating homes is now live. To add your address to the list, click here (link will redirect you to Google maps).

To ensure your address is added to the map follow the steps below:

  •  Type your address into the search bar and select your address.
  • A green marker will appear on the map, click on it and click add to map. (Your marker will then appear blue in color once saved.)

In addition to the above map of homes participating, the downtown businesses in Ballard will host trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, October 31.

We’ll post a complete list of your Halloween options for this weekend later today.

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.

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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!

Teal Pumpkin Project to promote inclusivity on Halloween

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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.

Add your house to the Ballard trick-or-treating map

Halloween is just a few days away and the map of Ballard trick-or-treating homes is growing. To add your address to the list, click here (link will redirect you to Google maps).

To ensure your address is added to the map follow the steps below:

  •  Type your address into the search bar and select your address.
  • A green marker will appear on the map, click on it and click add to map. (Your marker will then appear red in color once saved.)

In addition to the above map of homes participating, the downtown businesses in Ballard will host trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.

We’ll post a complete list of your Halloween options on Friday.