West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, report #2: Who was who

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Report #1, as-it-happened coverage with photos plus parade video, is here)

Thousands thronged The Junction on Sunday for its first-ever Harvest Festival – melding the West Seattle Farmers’ Market with business-district trick-or-treating. We covered it “live” as it unfolded over four hours, but there’s more to show, in these two-dozen-plus photos by WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams. Above, 4-year-old Joseph Cho (“The Flash”) awaits fruit in a market booth. Next, hay was a playground for a little dinosaur, 11-month-old Noah Wootton, and friends:

Grownups and pets got into the spirit too:

That’s Jim Rogers with Olaf, who is masquerading as Al Capone. 19 more festival scenes, ahead:

Matt Harkleroad, above, turned heads. All the while, trick-or-treaters like 4-year-old Yoli Caro Vargas Vega, center, mulled treat possibilities – she was at the West Seattle Nursery table:

La Romanza Italian Bistro (WSB sponsor) owner Aimee Pellegrini took a moment to provide daughter Nina, 5, with a little hair help:

Before the trick-or-treating began in earnest, there was the parade! These four were all lined up and ready to go:

Amy Vattuone helped her son Ezra Dykgraa put on his glove:

The West Seattle High School Marching Band led the parade in style:

Spectators abounded, some in strollers …

… some in costume:

The entire festival was a parade in its own way.

Or a dash – “Alien” Colby Greminger, 11, ran with “Jellyfish” sister Archer, 9, chasing him down the sidewalk:

Also on the run, Elijah O’Reilly, 4, with Rafael Polito, 5, in pursuit:

Some were pulled instead of chased – here’s “Phineas” Theo Schill reaching for his halloween basket while pulling his brother (“Ferb”) Nate.

Some opted to (or had to) ride – 2-year-old “Buzz Lightyear,” Leonardo Galarza points to “To infinity … and beyond!” while riding on dad Julio‘s shoulders:

If you didn’t have a perch like that, big glasses might have helped, like those worn by Andy Mason (as a jack-in-the-box):

The costume variety was impressive. Here’s 2-year-old garden gnome Luke Seery:

Perhaps the gnome’s garden included a Venus Flytrap like 5-year-old Kai Callahan?

Sheep to tend? Call in Little Bo Peep (Dahlia Wandasiewicz):

Here’s the Mad Scientist, Elliott Hammargren:

In lovely fall colors, 2-year-old Calliope Olson:

Again, our “as-it-happened” coverage – while we were stationed in the “pumpkin bowling” booth with WestSide Baby and West Seattle Bowlis here (and we’re adding a couple community-contributed photos to it shortly).

ADDED: Commenters asked about the “Cat in the Hat dad” with “Thing 1 and Thing 2” seen in The Junction – and while Nick didn’t happen across them, we have since received a photo:

(Photo by Dorte Madsen)
Mark Dempsey writes, “My twin daughters and I were the Cat in the Hat, and Thing 1 and Thing 2, and we were utterly surprised at the amount of attention we drew while walking along the Junction during the festival on Sunday.” His daughters are Jacqueline and Clara Dempsey. Thanks for the photo!

7 Replies to "West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, report #2: Who was who"

  • miws October 29, 2012 (7:55 am)

    Great costumes, great smiles, and the perfect Bo Peep, freckles and all!


    It must be around ten years ago now, that I was having lunch at Lee’s Asian in the Junction. I was sitting at a table in the front window, and the costumed kiddies started passing by. I even saw some of my then customers, and their little ones that would come into the shop that I worked at, with Mom or Dad. I don’t think I even knew that the Junction Trick or Treat was going to be on that day, so it was a fun surprise!



  • LTW October 29, 2012 (10:58 am)

    Loved the festival! I hope they continue to do it for years to come!

  • Margaret in Vashon October 29, 2012 (2:43 pm)

    Did anyone get a picture of the adorable Cat in the Hat dad with “Thing One” and “Thing Two” kiddos? My very favorite costumes of the day, and I didn’t get a picture!!! (Also loved the baby in the Snuggy with caramel corn glued to his/her white beanie.) SO MUCH FUN! Worth the ferry ride, for sure!

  • i'mcoveredinbees October 29, 2012 (3:21 pm)

    Margaret, I loved them too! I have some pics of them but not with the dad.

  • JTD October 29, 2012 (6:24 pm)

    Very impressive shots. Kudos to the photographer(s) and thanks for sharing them. It was a fun event and makes me proud to live in WS.

  • wsrocks October 29, 2012 (7:02 pm)

    My favorites were the Jellyfish and the little baby dressed as an Octopus and his “Octomom”! So many awesome DIY costumes out there.

  • miws October 29, 2012 (9:53 pm)

    Oh, and Olaf the wiener dog looks pretty dang cool dressed up as Capone!



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