HALLOWEEN: Reminder – share decoration locations! Plus, the trick-or-treating question

Halloween is now 2 1/2 weeks away. By reader request, we’re compiling a list of West Seattle decoration locations to visit – so many are already in the spirit! Thanks to everyone who’s already sent tips since we first mentioned this last week. In case you missed it, we wanted to publish this reminder – let us know where you’ve seen exceptional Halloween displays, and whether they’re best seen by day or night (illuminated) or both – photos appreciated but not mandatory. westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

When we mentioned this last week, a comment discussion spun off on the topic of trick-or-treating, and whether families plan to do it this year. Opinions were mixed. We’ve since heard from one reader “wondering what the consensus is around trick or treating? … We plan on lowering candy down in a bucket from our deck into our yard.” Public Health-Seattle King County is recommending “other options,” but if you do decide to trick-or-treat and/or hand out treats, the agency has some safety tips. What’s your plan?

17 Replies to "HALLOWEEN: Reminder - share decoration locations! Plus, the trick-or-treating question"

  • Christine Erstad October 14, 2020 (10:14 pm)

    My plan is to eat what I bought.

  • Anna October 14, 2020 (10:25 pm)

    I am hoping we get trick or treaters! I though the suggestion of setting out a candy table in your front yard/driveway was a good one. I like the candy bucket idea too! My daughter is pretty young still, but she’s excited about Halloween, so we’ll probably walk around the neighborhood that evening to see what’s up.

  • J October 14, 2020 (11:15 pm)

    I plan on individually bagged candies, poured from the store bag into a paper sack, sealed and left on the porch.             

  • please October 15, 2020 (7:36 am)

    Life is more important than a holiday.

    Cases and hospitalizations have been rising.

    And please, read this article.


    Please just stay in for the holidays this year, and choose not to unnecessarily put your family at risk of contracting and contributing to the spread of covid-19.

    Just make it a special night at home, please, for everyones sake. 

    People shouldn’t have to die like this because of others boredom.

    • NH October 15, 2020 (1:00 pm)

      Walking around a neighborhood, masked, without close contact puts no one at risk. Let’s be cautious, but not overreact, ok? We don’t need to stay inside to be safe.

    • Alki resident October 15, 2020 (2:15 pm)

      People are outside enjoying trick or treating. They pass more people at the grocery store than gathering candy. Enough with the scare tactics and fear mongering. 

      • Me October 15, 2020 (3:27 pm)

        If more people were scared we wouldn’t still be in this mess. Stay home!

      • please October 16, 2020 (8:48 am)

        Nothing about what I shared is fear mongering.

        Fear mongering involves exaggerating a risk in order to manipulate others for some personal gain.

        I just want people to be safe, and not take unnecessary risk that endangers others, just for halloween traditions.

        Cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise, this is factual, based on data.

        The safer choice is staying home, this is factual, based in science.

        The article I shared gives actual accounts from doctors of what they are seeing with severe cases and with those dying from covid-19.

        Did you even read the article? It’s real.

        Just because you don’t want to listen to the above and make a different choice, doesn’t make it fear mongering!

      • Please October 16, 2020 (8:58 am)

        Also fyi, the CDC is advising traditional trick-or-treating is a high risk holiday activity.


  • Me October 15, 2020 (9:00 am)

    We got a covid piñata for our son to beat up for candy. A little exercise plus a little aggression release. 

    • please October 15, 2020 (10:24 am)

      Lol, love the creativity and practicality!

      And how about for the adults? Maybe a dance off or pillow fight?

      • Me October 15, 2020 (3:28 pm)

        Well do the monster mash. 😁

        • please October 15, 2020 (9:30 pm)


          🧟‍♂️ 🧟‍♀️ 🤙

  • Kim October 15, 2020 (1:18 pm)

    I will leave candy spread out on trays on a folding table just inside my yard.  We have so much fun just getting out and walking the neighborhood, I can’t imagine not doing it, and believe it can be done safely.  

  • Trickycoolj October 15, 2020 (4:41 pm)

    It’s been a hard NO since some bigger than me teenage/20-something boys shoved me to get at my bowl and dump nearly the whole Costco sized thing in their bags and run off laughing up a storm.   I’ve never ever experienced that anywhere else I’ve lived, and I’ve been giving out the candy since I was 12 and deemed “too old” to trick-or-treat by my mom.

    • newnative October 16, 2020 (9:16 am)

      I had that happen in Tucson about 15 years ago. 

  • newnative October 16, 2020 (9:22 am)

    My coworker in Bremerton said that her neighborhood is donating their already bought candy to a parade where the candy will be bagged and given out to children. I honestly think going door to door isn’t the best idea as you will have to be face to face with the occupant and door knocker. Too many people and too close for comfort. And a lot of pressure for people who may be newly financially insecure to buy candy for strangers. 

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