Another stop for your Halloween rounds: “Nightmare on 44th,” a yard full of haunting scenes including animatronics, is a one-night-only spectacle, and awaiting your visit.
It’s a truly grave situation:
As noted in our West Seattle Halloween Guide, “Nightmare on 44th” is on the west side that very street, midblock between Charlestown and Andover (vicinity map here). Creator Dave has been tweeting behind-the-scenes pics, leading up to this one spooky night.
It’s spooky inside Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) at Westwood Village, where storefront trick-or-treating is on until 7 pm. Unlike The Admiral District (WSB coverage here), most participants at WWV are handing out candy *inside* their stores – so you’ll just have to go in to see! Excellent costume-watching here, too:
Instead of candy at Giannoni’s Pizza, trick-or-treaters are getting bites of what the eatery is famous for:
More photos to come; more Halloween happenings are listed in our guide.
If you’re trick-or-treating at Admiral District businesses – head a bit further north and check out Trunk or Treat at Admiral Congregational Church – decorated cars and creative costumes, plus of course treats.
This is also happening until 6 pm.
The church is at 4320 SW Hill, just west of California. P.S. Remember, our list of everything happening from now until well into the night is at westseattleblog.com/halloween …
Right on cue, the rain has stopped and it’s excellent weather for trick-or-treating as The Admiral District gets things going for West Seattle’s 2014 Halloween. Almost every business we’ve stopped by/walked past on Admiral and on California is handing out treats. Get down here by 6 pm! Here’s some of who we’ve seen. At the Admiral Theater, manager Dinah is greeting trick-or-treaters:
On that same block, Don from Alki Mail and Dispatch is set up on the west side of California north of Admiral, since his business (at 47th/Admiral, and about to celebrate 25 years!) is a bit too far west otherwise:
Outside Atomic Boys, proprietors Parris and Kent are in full costume (they get to deal with candy all year long!):
At Pizzeria 22 (on SW College east of California):
At the Admiral Pub:
And the famous amazing appliance at Wiseman’s:
Lots of cool costumes:
Abiding in the Admiral Bird, where we’re temporarily stationed – The Dude:
Back to the businesspeople – insurance agent/musician Brent Amaker’s on trick-or-treat duty too:
Here’s Stu at Alki Bike and Board:
We’ll be adding more photos … see everything that’s happening around the peninsula (and a bit beyond) in our West Seattle Halloween Guide.
(Trailer for this year’s all-new Skeleton Theatre – info below)
From the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide, where this information (and more) is organized by category, here’s a chronological-order list of what’s up this afternoon/evening – trick-or-treating, spooky displays, parties/carnivals …
HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE CONTINUES: Until 6 pm @ IT Headquarters and PC Mobile Help. Fresh, local apple cider and treats for adults and kids. “Have a computer question? Don’t be scared! Our friendly techs will be handing out free advice all day long.” (5631 California SW)
ADMIRAL DISTRICT TRICK-OR-TREATING: 3-6 pm at participating merchants – look for those displaying this sign:
California/Admiral and vicinity.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST: 3-6 pm, stop by Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor). Prize winners will be announced on November 3rd. (41st/42nd/Admiral Way)
ADMIRAL CHURCH TRUNK-OR-TREAT: 3-6 pm, the church “will be holding a parking lot party, where members will decorate their cars and create a mini-neighborhood for our neighbors to bring their kids. Free for all, come and have fun!” (4320 SW Hill)
WHITE CENTER TRICK-OR-TREATING: 4-7 pm at participating businesses. The list is being updated on this Facebook event page.
STRAIGHT BLAST GYM TRICK-OR-TREATING & MORE: “Halloween Spook Night” at Straight Blast Gym/Seattle (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge offers “not just trick or treating in a safe environment – we’ll have at least a dozen trick or treating stations – but also a ton of different activities ranging from games, relays, obstacle courses, arts and crafts, prizes!” 5-7 pm, free; one adult over 18 must accompany kids. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
WESTWOOD VILLAGE TRICK-OR-TREATING: 5-7 pm at participating merchants.
CANDY-FREE TRICK-OR-TREATING: From Twitter: Candy-free option available at “the spider house” on 18th Ave SW between Graham & Myrtle.
HAUNTED HOUSE: 5:30 until “the end,” and its owners ask you to please bring a can of food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (3011 45th SW)
SKELETON THEATRE: 6-9 pm, directions and show info here. The animatronic skeletons are back with a new show, “Beyond the Pale“ – see the trailer at the top of this story. Show runs just under 20 minutes. (36th/Hanford)
‘NIGHTMARE ON 44th’: Animatronics and more in a spooky West Seattle yard. 6-9 pm Halloween night only – check in via Twitter and Instagram to see what’s new this year. (44th SW between Charlestown and Andover)
KIDS’ KARNIVAL: 6-8 pm, for kids through 5th grade, at West Side Presbyterian Church. (3601 California SW)
GRACE CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT: 6 pm, Grace Community Church‘s invitation: “Cars are decorated; compete for who will win the Best in Show trophy or one of the many others! Family fun for everyone. Old fashioned cupcake walk, hot food, costumes and candy.” (10323 28th SW)
HALLOWEEN PROJECTIONS/STREET PARTY: Happening at 1626 Palm SW!
That’s a preview; starts at dusk.
‘COME AS YOU AREN’T': Skylark Café and Club‘s 8th Annual “Come as You Aren’t” battle of the bands, starting at 7 pm, free. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
COSTUME CONTEST: Plus “Nuns Go Bump,” at Outwest Bar, 7 pm. (California/Brandon)
VERY OZZY HALLOWEEN II: 9 pm, with special guest Dressed to Thrill (KISS tribute) at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor). (6451 California SW)
COSTUME EXTRAVAGANZA: 9 pm, Halloween Burlesque Costume Extravaganza at the Benbow Room. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
See the Halloween Guide for not only the full today/tonight lineup, but also post-Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve events tomorrow, and even a “candy buyback” next week. And if your Halloween fun results in a photo to share, email@example.com – thanks!
Hours until Halloween, and pre-Halloween fun is already happening:
(WSB photos by Torin Record-Sand)
West Seattle’s city-run community centers always scare up a long list of Halloween activities (as featured in their quarterly brochure). Today’s Toddler Pumpkinpalooza was for the very-little ones:
Pumpkinpalooza is held annually at High Point Community Center, where costumed cuties spent two hours this morning with crafts and games, and even a bouncy toy:
For older kids, tonight brings Delridge Community Center‘s biggest Halloween event, 5:30-7:30 pm; other centers’ spotlight events were last weekend.
TRICK-OR-TREATING TOMORROW: In addition to neighborhood trick-or-treating, three local business districts welcome you on Friday (The Junction’s trick-or-treating, you probably know, was during last Sunday’s Harvest Festival):
THE ADMIRAL DISTRICT: 3-6 pm Halloween, with participating businesses mostly on Admiral Way and California for a few blocks radiating out from where those streets meet. (Check down side streets including 42nd SW and College, too.)
WESTWOOD VILLAGE: 5-7 pm Halloween, merchants at West Seattle’s only mall (WSB sponsor) are welcoming trick-or-treaters.
WHITE CENTER: 4-7 pm Halloween, businesses around WC’s sprawling business district are planning their biggest event yet. See the list of participants on our partner site White Center Now.
Along with the business-district trick-or-treating mentioned above, several local churches are having Trunk-or-Treat parking lot events and Halloween-alternative festivals. You can see ALL the aforementioned listings – and more, including several All Hallows’ Eve events – by browsing our one-page West Seattle Halloween Guide, which we’ve been updating daily. (Not too late to let us know if anything for tonight, tomorrow, Saturday is missing!)
(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
More early Halloween fun in West Seattle on Friday night, this time in The Junction, as the Halloween edition of Rainbow Bingo filled the big hall upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Hostess Sylvia O’Stayformore had more than a few costumed guests to admire:
Calendar shows she’ll be back at the West Seattle center with the Holidazzle edition of Rainbow Bingo on December 5th – and tickets are already on sale online.
With Halloween/harvest events aplenty in West Seattle for the next week-plus, tonight was the big night for local Seattle Parks facilities, including Southwest Pool, scene of an annual free family swim. Lifeguards were in costume, lights and decorations added to the atmosphere, and swimmers could play with floating pumpkins as well as the usual pool toys.
It’s a pre-Halloween hoedown in Highland Park next Friday! From Holly with the HP Elementary PTA:
Highland Park Elementary is hosting a square dance on Friday, October 24th. This is a free event and open to the public. Dinner will be served from 6-7 and the dance will be from 7 – 9. Free pumpkins to take home, while supplies last! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser.
Highland Park Elementary is at 1012 SW Trenton.
Again this year, we’ve collected all the info we have about Halloween-related (and alternative) West Seattle events, and turned it into a one-page, by-category list of what’s happening over the next two weeks. Almost everything on it was already on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but you might find this a more convenient way to find out what’s up. See it here. It’s linked from the WSB navigation tabs, too. If your business/ school/organization/neighborhood/etc. has a community Halloween happening that’s NOT on our list, please let us know so we can add it ASAP – firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll be updating the page as the spooky season continues. Thanks!
In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:
The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!
The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.
Contact Melinda Fredricks at 206.940.6033 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
This year’s edition of the WSB Halloween (and related) event page is in the works, with numerous events/activities already in our calendar (sent your announcement yet? Hurry! firstname.lastname@example.org). In the short run, three business-district trick-or-treat events are set in West Seattle, so here’s one handy list:
THE JUNCTION: During the Harvest Festival on October 26th – business trick-or-treating starts at noon, following the 11:30 am costume parade.
THE ADMIRAL DISTRICT: 3-6 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31st).
WESTWOOD VILLAGE: 5-7 pm on Halloween.
While covering the “walkshed” tour in The Junction/Triangle this morning (story to come), we stopped by the Masonic Center to peek at preps for the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s first-ever Oktoberfest, one of the events in our preview for today/tonight. Above, Rotarians Len Burton-Hardin of Howden-Kennedy and Dotty Hughes of Washington Federal were working inside; the crew decorating outside included Gary Potter of Potter Construction (WSB sponsor):
The German food and beer, oompah music, etc. are all set to start around 6 tonight. Proceeds benefit the Rotary’s community work including the annual – not too far off! Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree and the school-supplies-collecting Pencil Me In For Kids. Ticket info for tonight’s event is here.
(West Seattle Big Band – WSB photo from July 2014 Hi-Yu Concert in the Park)
Next weekend is closer than you think. So we want to make sure this is on your radar. From Jim Edwards with the West Seattle Big Band:
The West Seattle Big Band has been supporting music programs in the West Seattle public schools for 18 years now. We are not a non-profit organization. We are a working band. We do not seek grants or donations with which to operate. We go out and perform at weddings, dances and concerts throughout the Seattle area.
Our (the band members) income is where our donations to these school band programs come from. Our income is what makes it possible for us to do our collaboration concerts with West Seattle, Madison, and Sealth/Denny programs. In addition to these concerts, in the past two years, our band has donated a combined $5000 to these three programs. A large majority of the money we donate to our West Seattle school music programs comes from outside our West Seattle Community, simply because we perform throughout the region.
But this week we are asking for your support. Last year we had a first-time event that was unrelated to our work with school music programs. Our piano player Brooke Yool was diagnosed with MS. She asked us to help her support the MS Society, and we put together our first MS Dance. The event was a tremendous success.
So we thought we would try it again. We have expanded it to include a small live auction, and several silent auction items. But for it to be a success once again, we have to rely on you, our West Seattle Community. We are asking you to help us in the fight against MS. The band will cover all expenses related to the production of the event. So 100% of the proceeds of this event will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Please join us Saturday, October 4th, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, at the West Seattle Senior Center. The suggested donation is $15. Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks included. You can RSVP at email@example.com
The West Seattle Senior Center is located at 4217 SW Oregon St.
Fall is fundraising season – and two local organizations that help local families have events this weekend:
WESTSIDE BABY: The “Shake, Rattle & Fly” cocktail benefit is 7-10 pm Friday at Emerald City Trapeze (2702 6th Ave. S.), “an evening of music, dancing, aerial performances, an auction, complimentary valet parking, and of course, delicious food and drink.” Auction items include “a yearlong VIP concert package to the Showbox and a vacation to Crystal Mountain” plus a cruise/air package. Three bars are in the event’s “signature cocktail competition,” including West Seattle’s Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) and West 5. Online registration is here.
SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES: The annual gala for Delridge-based SWYFS is 5:30-8:30 pm Saturday at The Hall at Fauntleroy. You’re invited for “dinner, a wine grab, dessert dash, music, student poetry, networking, and a chance to win 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets or dinner for 4 at Canlis!” Former mayor Greg Nickels is the emcee. Online registration is here.
The big day of fun is well under way at Holy Rosary School on the north side of The Junction – as noted again in today’s West Seattle Saturday preview, the WestFest “Carnival of Community” is on until 10 pm. Rides, games, a food court with tables that we’re sure have filled since our photo was taken earlier:
That festive table card with the onstage-entertainment lineup can also be seen here – looks like Raymond the Magician is up next at noon, followed by the Sundancers at 1, and more.
Last we heard, there’s still room for you to be part of the first-ever “open class” edition of the West Seattle Car Show, which starts at 10 am tomorrow in The Junction. One of the vehicles already signed up is the antique Waste Management truck shown above, which we photographed at today’s Fiestas Patrias Parade in South Park (whole lot of amazing cars and motorcycles in it; maybe we will see some of them here on Sunday). The online registration form is still up, or you can make up your mind at the last minute and show up on southbound 42nd north of Alaska for a same-day sign up (bring $20 cash) – cars, trucks, motorcycles, any year, and yes, as shown here previously, there will be trophies! (The award ceremony is set to start at 3.) Though California will be closed in the heart of The Junction, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is on at 44th/Alaska as always – including the annual Zucchini Races, 10 am-1 pm – and shops/restaurants/bars are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, shopping, etc.
P.S. Since the Seahawks game isn’t on until 1 pm, you have plenty of time to come wander through the Car Show *before* then.
Continuing our countdown to the seventh annual West Seattle Car Show, this Sunday in The Junction, some new information:
*More than 100 vehicles are pre-registered so far, oldest one a 1927 Studebaker, newest one a 2014 Tesla. Remember, this is the first year it’s “open class,” cars/trucks/motorcycles of any year welcome, with ten trophies to be awarded in a variety of categories (including a Best in Show trophy in honor of the show’s founder Michael Hoffman, who died this year at age 47). The middle would be 1970 – nothing from ’70 yet, but vehicles from 1969 and 1971 are among the entries (including a ’69 Mercury Cougar and ’71 Buick Centurion). Lots of makes and models are represented – domestic, foreign, classic, not-classic-yet.
*...and room for more! You can still pre-register online, or you can even make up your mind on Sunday morning (you’ll have to bring the $20 registration fee in cash if you do that). On Sunday morning, participating cars will enter from southbound 42nd north of SW Alaska, turning westbound onto Alaska, where you’ll be pointed to your assigned space.
*Show time – an important point for participants and spectators: Though the official end time is 4 pm (start time 10 am), we learned today that awards will be announced at 3 pm, and departures will begin shortly after that, so if you want to see the cars (etc.), arrive by 3! If you’re not bringing your car as a participant, it’s free to wander California SW between Oregon and Edmunds as a spectator and see the cars (make a day of it – breakfast, brunch, lunch, Farmers’ Market, etc.).
*Sponsors and presenters – the final list is now online.
More tomorrow – meantime, we’ll see you on the forecast-to-be-sunny Sunday in The Junction!
Got a set of wheels (two or four, maybe even five) that’s your pride and joy? Are you signed up for Sunday’s seventh annual West Seattle Car Show yet? In our previous preview, we invited prospective participants to share photos – firstname.lastname@example.org – and this is the first one in – Abby shared the photo of her husband’s 1973 Jeep CJ-5. The weather is still looking great for Sunday, when show entries will line the temporarily-closed-to-traffic streets in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-4 pm. Come down, have breakfast/brunch/lunch/coffee, shop, admire the cars (and trucks, and motorcycles, all models/years welcome). And/or be part of it – here’s where to sign up online right now – check out the cool locally designed/made trophies. See you in The Junction on Sunday!
One week until the seventh annual West Seattle Car Show – an “open-class” show for the first time – and we have a sneak peek at some of the trophies! Local artist Mindi Katzman (below left) designed them, Brian Walker (below right) fabricated them, and Mindi shared a few photos:
The show will again be in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-4 pm on September 14th, with California SW closed to traffic between Oregon and Edmunds. Organizers had almost 100 cars signed up when we checked a few days ago, and there’s room for more – any year of car, truck, or motorcycle – ten trophies are up for grabs!
You can sign up online right now – if you don’t make your decision until the last minute, there will probably be room if you show up first thing next Sunday morning, but why risk it? Register in advance . If you’re planning to be a spectator, admission is free as always, thanks to the support of community businesses/organizations, including presenters West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors) and sponsors (including WSB, proud to have been part of this every year since its launch in 2008). See you in The Junction next Sunday!
P.S. Are YOU participating in the show? If so, consider sending us a pic of your entry so we can include it in one of our previews in the days ahead – email@example.com – thanks!
Big turnout for the Duwamish River Festival, on until 4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park! It’s a chance to learn about what’s happening on, in, and near the river …
… and to experience the river!
(Kayaks courtesy of West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours/Mountain to Sound Outfitters.) There’s live entertainment too (see the schedule here) – during our visit, the Sounders FC band Sound Wave was performing:
The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition organizes the festival; many organizations and businesses sponsor it (including WSB and partner site The South Park News). Check it out until 4 pm at 7900 10th Avenue South.
The entertainment schedule is out for tomorrow afternoon’s 9th annual Duwamish River Festival in nearby South Park (with co-sponsors including WSB). For all four hours of the festival, 12-4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park, you can check out kayaking/boating on the river as well as booths featuring community groups/organizations. If you want to time your visit depending on who’s onstage, here’s the info:
12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team performance
12:45 pm – 1:05 pm Trio Dulces- Afro Latin Band
1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Seattle Sounders FC Band: Sound Wave
1:55 pm – 2:10 pm Tlaloktekuhtli – Aztec Dance
2:15 pm – 2:35 pm Zumba – Fitness class
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Orquesta Cambalache
The park is alongside the river at 7900 10th Avenue South (map).
Early calendar preview for tomorrow, with four big events happening Thursday pm:
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: The video above previews Jessica Lynne‘s “contemporary country” sound, which will fill the park east of Hiawatha Community Center for the fifth of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. 6:30 pm. Free!
HAPPY 25TH, LUNA PARK CAFE: 4-10 pm tomorrow, the famous café by the bridge marks a quarter-century, with one big party:
What? Never been there? LPC is at 2918 SW Avalon Way.
SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: The annual SWS picnic is Thursday night, and you’re invited. After a few years at the beach, this time it’s in the trees:
This year we’re celebrating at the Community Orchard of West Seattle from 6-9 PM. SWS will have music and food, tours of the orchard and garden, cider pressing with apples grown on site, demonstrations of electric bikes in the parking lot, and you can make a smoothie in our bike-powered blender. Feel free to bring a dish to share and or something to throw on the grill. We will provide charcoal grills, tables, drinks, musical entertainment.
The orchard is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.
Free burgers (beef AND black bean) and hot dogs on the grill, music, cool people, at California/Hinds.
Just got the word from Tiffani at Hiawatha Community Center – with the possibility of showers, tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show is in the gym! 6:30 pm, Radio Raheem‘s onstage, after an opening performance by The Little Gym of West Seattle - see you there. (P.S. Tiffani says there are about 60 chairs in the gym – so as is the case when the show’s outside, bring your own chair/blanket if you can!)
One week into registration for this year’s West Seattle Car Show – one month from tomorrow, on Sunday, September 14th, 10 am-4 pm, in the heart of The Junction. 30 cars have signed up already, according to the new organizers at Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors). If you missed the news last week, the show is now “open class,” a big change from previous years, so it’s not just for old cars – if you have any other reason to want to show off your vehicle, sign up! (That includes creatively decorated vehicles – anyone want to bring an “art car,” for example?) If you’re interested, go here to sign up now! First come, first served. If you don’t want to register online, you can get a form by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 206.938.8685. That’s also how to sign up as a sponsor if your business/organization didn’t already get a form; three sponsors are on board so far (including us here at WSB) and more are welcome.
Here’s a reason for you to come visit one of West Seattle’s semi-hidden treasures – the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival continues until 6 pm.
We just left the garden; it’s breezy and beautiful. It’s just past the horticulture zone on the northernmost end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.
Admission is free; bring your own kite or buy one at the garden – also, as noted on the SCG home page, you can enjoy “kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting.”
(Photo taken before last Saturday’s WSOM, shared by Hotwire’s Lora Swift)
Before Friday is too far gone – we wanted to make note of a few Saturday highlights – starting with the next edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Tomorrow night (August 9th) on the courtyard screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), it’s the original “Blues Brothers” movie from 1980. Preshow music by Those Guys with Wrecking Yard. Bring your own chair/blanket. Free as always, but come with a few bucks if you can for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions – tomorrow night’s featured beneficiary is the West Seattle Helpline. Gates open at 6:30, movie at dusk – 9-ish, but don’t try to arrive at the last minute, since the courtyard fills up fast.
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