Halloween on Queen Anne Ave – seeking volunteers & trick-or-treaters!

It’s that time of year again, the Halloween decorations are popping up all over Queen Anne and readers are asking about the annual Trick-or-Treat event along Queen Anne Ave N. First up, the answer to the burning question: trick-or-treat is happening on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st, from 3-6pm along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw and Galer.

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Halloween fun and in order to keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween, it’s also looking for volunteer crossing guards. As always, ideally drivers should avoid Queen Anne Ave N on Halloween, but every year, there’s more traffic… and if you’d like to help direct the traffic and keep the kiddos safe, this opportunity is for you.

What’s required for volunteers? Volunteers meet at Umpqua Bank, 1630 Queen Anne Ave N, on Halloween at 2:45pm to pick up safety vests and flags. Two crossing guards will be posted at each cross-street along Queen Anne Avenue from Galer to McGraw Streets. Sign up to volunteer here.

Halloween is almost 2 weeks away, so mark your calendars for the spooky fun & candy along Queen Anne Ave N – Halloween, October 31st!

Reminder: Halloween is happening on Halloween!

minion-2Last year, Halloween was held early on Queen Anne Ave N. A little odd, as, hey, a holiday is a holiday! But, this year all wrongs are righted and Halloween on Queen Anne Ave N is happening Monday, October 31st!

Halloween is a big deal on Queen Anne and it’s happening on Monday, October 31st from 3pm-6pm along Queen Anne Ave between McGraw & Galer Streets.

Every year, nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters go door-to-door on Queen Anne Ave for treats and spooky fun. And, thanks to the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and Umpqua Bank, the plans are already in the works to have another great Halloween along Queen Anne Ave.

To keep trick-or-treaters safe, please avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N on Monday, it’ll also save your sanity!

Get ready for Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball and help local schools too

targys2016halloweenposter-withqae-printv2The kids have Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, but the holiday certainly isn’t exclusive to little ghouls and goblins on Queen Anne. For those 21 and over, Targy’s Tavern is hosting a Halloween Costume Ball next Friday, October 28th with live DJs spinning tunes for a Halloween dance party. Plus, proceeds go to local elementary schools, so the kids benefit too.

Last year, Targy’s hosted a Halloween costume party that ended up being a great Queen Anne community event. They’re doing a repeat performance this year, and the suggested $10 donations benefit John Hay Elementary, Coe Elementary, and Queen Anne Elementary. So, while you’re grooving to tunes spun by Queen Anne’s own three-person DJ crew, SpaceStation206, you’ll also be helping out our local schools.

Each of the SpaceStation206 DJs has a unique style, so in addition to Halloween themed songs like Thriller and Ghostbusters, they’ll also play a mix of both current dance songs and old school 80s and 90s classics – last year, a conga line formed for Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long.

The Halloween dance party begins at 9pm at Targy’s Tavern, 600 West Crockett St, with voluntary $10 donations accepted at the door. Costumes are encouraged!

Get your costume ready and head to Targy’s Halloween Dance Party next Friday!

Yes! Halloween on Queen Anne Ave is happening this year

panda-2015We’ve had quite a few readers and business owners alike email us with the same question: when is the annual Halloween on Queen Anne Ave happening? The answer is a resounding yes! Halloween on Queen Anne is happening on Monday, October 31st from 3pm-6pm along Queen Anne Ave between McGraw & Galer Streets.

That’s right, Halloween may be well over a month away, but it’s a big deal on Queen Anne. Every year, nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters go door-to-door on Queen Anne Ave for treats and spooky fun. And, thanks to the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and Umpqua Bank, the plans are already in the works to have another great Halloween along Queen Anne Ave.

To keep trick-or-treaters safe, the Chamber needs volunteer crossing guards. If you are interested in helping out on Halloween and keeping the ghosts and goblins safe, contact Charley at 206.412.5802 or via email at charley@QueenAnneChamber.org

Start the countdown, Halloween in 43 days and counting…

 

Halloween happens twice on Queen Anne this week

Reminder: this year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, and that means Queen Anne kids get a “double Halloween” (to quote a reader). One on Queen Anne Ave N on Friday, the other in the neighborhoods on Saturday night.

Halloween Minions 2013For the annual Trick-or-Treat on Queen Anne Ave, mark your calendars for this Friday, October 30th from 3pm to 6pm. Merchants and shopkeepers along Queen Anne Ave N between Galer St and McGraw St will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. The usually-costumed merchants hand out thousands of pieces of candy each year, and despite the weather forecast (rain), the event goes on!

Then, Saturday brings the “real” Halloween – the neigbhorhood streets will be filled with trick-or-treaters seeking out candy from homes all over Queen Anne. They won’t be tuckered out from the Queen Anne Ave event this year, so you might see more ghosts and goblins than usual.

As always, please be careful on Halloween and drive safely on our neighborhood streets, and on Friday, October 30th, please avoid driving down Queen Anne Ave N to keep everyone safe.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween on Queen Anne Ave comes a day early this year

The annual Trick-or-Treat event along Queen Anne Ave N is quickly approaching – and this year it comes the day before Halloween. Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, the Upper Queen Anne merchants are holding the annual event a day early.

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 30th from 3pm to 6pm. As in past years, merchants along Queen Anne Ave N between Galer St and McGraw St will be handing out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters. It’s always a fun event for the little ones and families, as well as the merchants who dress up in festive costumes to hand out thousands of pieces of candy each year.

And, a heads up for Queen Anne residents – kids won’t be worn out from trick-or-treating along Queen Anne Ave on Halloween, so batten down the hatches and have candy at the ready, they’ll be fully charged for a night on the neighborhood streets.

As always, please be careful on Halloween and watch out for ghosts and goblins on the streets, and on Friday, October 30th, please avoid driving down Queen Anne Ave N to keep everyone safe.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween on Queen Anne Ave photo album now posted!

Halloween 14 QA Fire mainYesterday morning it sure felt like it was going to be a dreay (spooky?), soaking day for trick-or-treaters.

The forecast I saw at 8am said the rain wouldn’t be letting up in the Seattle area until 6pm or later. But, the rain moved NE and we were spared for Halloween on Queen Anne Ave and had near-perfect Fall weather!

Now, the rain did return during house-to-house trick-or-treating, but the kids who braved it were likely amped up on sugar already and didn’t care…

Photos from yesterday’s trick-or-treating event are now posted in an online album. If you have photos to share, please let us know!

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And, thanks to our great merchants for getting into the Halloween spirit! They all got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, plus free Sparkfly photos at Cupcake Royale, live band Banda la Grande de San Juan at Mezcaleria Oaxaca, and crossing guards to keep everyone safe!

Click on the photo of the Le Reve crew below to go to the photo album:

Halloween 2014 Le Reve

Keep Halloween happy by making sure pets are safe

Happy Halloween! In addition to watching out for trick-or-treaters as they traverse our neigbhorhood, pet owners should be vigilant about Halloween candy and pets. Most people are aware of the danger of chocolate to dogs, but since our four-legged friends often eat whatever they can get their paws on, take note that sugar-free items are not necessarily safe.

We had a reader write in to let us know of the sad passing of their Pug – he ate a small amount of xylitol. While often labeled as “not for pets”, this sugar substitute is toxic in dogs. According to VCA Animal Hospitals (which includes our own Queen Anne Animal Clinic), “xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.”

Xylitol is found in sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, baked goods, cough syrup, children’s chewable vitamins, mouthwash, and toothpaste. As a warning to other pet owners, regardless of the sugary holiday that’s upon us, be sure to keep chocolate and sweets away from pets.

To keep pets safe tonight, check out these tips from Seattle Animal Shelter:

  • Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween. There are too many stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen or even killed pets on this night.
  • When going out trick-or-treating, leave your pets at home. Pets can be easily excited by the Halloween activity.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Store treats in a high cabinet secured with a lock or child-safety latch.
  • Watch out for the ‘lethal wagging tails’ or curious kittens near lit pumpkins and other flames. Pets can knock them over and cause a fire or burn injuries to your pet and people.
  • Don’t dress your animals in costumes unless you know they love it. If you do dress them up, be careful not to obstruct their vision as even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.
  • Keep your dog(s) in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours, as too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. If you are having an indoor party, keep pets in a room where they won’t be disturbed or frightened by costumes.
  • Make certain your pet is wearing a pet license in case your cat or dog darts out through an open door.

If your pet escapes tonigh, we can post your “lost pet” notice. Just be sure to include:

  • pet’s name
  • pet’s description – the more detailed the better (not just the breed – a description)
  • pet’s photo – now’s the time to take a pet “mug shot” for missing flyers
  • your contact info – how you want people to contact you
  • where last seen – cross-streets (e.g. near Boston St and 1st Ave N)
  • for street names, note if streets are W or N streets (e.g. 2nd Ave W)
  • relevant info on pet’s behavior (e.g. “skittish of people”, “loves other dogs”)

Let’s keep Queen Anne pets safe tonight and all year!

Trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave is on for Halloween

QA Halloween 2013Halloween is a little over a week away, but fear not, the Upper Queen Anne merchants along Queen Anne Ave N are planning their annual trick-or-treating event! Just as in years past, the fun is slated for 3pm to 6pm on Halloween.

Participating merchants along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw St and Galer St will be handing out candy next Friday, October 31st.

It’s always a fun event for kids and costume-watchers – last year, there were some really cool costumes:

Halloween Minions 2013

According to Zillow, Seattle ranks #8 for trick-or-treating cities, and Queen Anne is #4 for Seattle neighborhoods. So, get your kiddos ready and help make Queen Anne come alive with ghosts, goblins, and creative costumes!

Keep in mind that this year Halloween falls on a Friday night. The merchants are asking people to avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N, and there’ll be crossing guards for the costumed crowds. However, we may see some guests from out-of-the-neighborhood for Friday night dinners out – so stay safe and Happy Halloween!

Turn in candy for cash at local Queen Anne dentists via Halloween Candy Buyback

It’s that time… the trick-or-treaters are done for the night, and you’re either left with extra candy or have kids whose coffers are more than full. What to do? Check out the Candy Buyback program! Two local Queen Anne dentist offices are participating, and it’s a sweet deal for kids and the troops overseas too!

Halloween Candy Buy BackHalloween Candy Buyback is a program where extra Halloween candy gets sent to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude. The program sends 60,000 care packages with Halloween candy to the troops – last year, they shipped 127.5 tons of Buyback candy.

Dentists participate and help promote good dental hygiene for kids by buying back the extra candy. Here are the local participating Queen Anne dentists, with the key details on their hours and deals for candy (note: only unopened candy).

Smiles by Smita and Little Pearls Dentistry, 2223 Queen Anne Ave N.

  • $1 per pound of candy up to 10 pounds per child
  • Candy collection: 10am to 6pm on Friday November 1

Seattle Kids Dentistry, 945 Elliott Ave W. Suite 101

  • $1 per pound of candy up to 10 pounds per child (ages 10 and younger)
  • Candy collection: 3pm to 6pm on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2

Thanks to these local Queen Anne dentists for participating in the program!