VIDEO: Trick-or-treating and much more @ West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest 2022

(Festival schedule is here)

11:50 AM: That’s the costume parade (led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band) that kicked off the first full-strength West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival in three years. It’s happening right now on California SW between Alaska and Edmunds, and on Alaska between 44th and 42nd. Trick-or-treating is happening now, wherever you find candy (and it’s going fast). Lots of free fun activities too:

Plus, the first mainstage performance, by the 8-Bit Brass Band, starts soon. The chili cookoff also gets going at noon – $10 gets you tastes of every contender (benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank), and a vote.

More to come as the festival continues until 5 pm, whatever the weather does.

12:24 PM: The chili cookoff is literally a hot ticket – it’s drawn a line. Servers are busy!

Over at the main stage – which is ground-level – the 8-Bit Brass Band is playing:

Following the band, the mural created at Summer Fest is scheduled to be unveiled.

1:19 PM: That’s artist Stacey Sterling, who led community participants in creation of the mural. She was followed on the main stage by the pie-eating competitions, presented by nearby A La Mode Pies:

We’ve made a few trips to the nearby stores for candy replenishment, so trick-or-treating is still on here at the Info Booth. Lots of little ones who are trick-or-treating for the first time, getting parental coaching.

1:49 PM: The Heebie-Jeebies are playing now – perfect Halloween music.

And all around the festival zone, the first-ever Harvest Fest cornhole tournament is in the heat of competition:

32 teams are playing; winners will be announced when the festival wraps at 5 pm.

2:17 PM: Lots going on at the community activity booths, sponsored by local organizations, schools, and businesses. Westside School (WSB sponsor) had a line of festivalgoers:

The Farmers’ Market is keeping regular hours, so it just closed. (That means vehicles are coming in for market breakdown, on California north of Alaska.)
The Heebie-Jeebies have just finished playing; next up in the stage area, square dancing at 2:30 pm. But first, the chili cookoff results …

#1 – Husky Deli
#2 – The Bridge (just one vote behind)
#3 – Easy Street

WSFB promises an update tomorrow on how much the cookoff raised to support their work preventing hunger and homelessness. (MONDAY UPDATE: $3,820!)

2:45 PM: Some booths are folding up early, so if you haven’t been here yet, hurry! At the stage, square dancing has begun.

3 PM: With the scheduled activities wrapping up (aside from The Potholes performing at 3:30) and rain moving in, Chris Mackay of the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association has given the clearance to fold this up, so our coverage is concluding. Thanks to everyone who stopped by them Info Booth to say hi! For the rest of today, and tomorrow, see our West Seattle Halloween Guide.

ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Some additional photos. First, these owls caught a lot of attention – photo sent by Laura Goodrich:

Holli Margell sent the next four, starting with two more looks at the WSHS band leading the costume parade:

And we caught more costume creativity:

Set your calendar for the next big seasonal fun in The Junction – Tree Lighting, GLOWS, Night Market, more on Saturday, December 3!

16 Replies to "VIDEO: Trick-or-treating and much more @ West Seattle Junction Harvest Fest 2022"

  • WSHS62 October 30, 2022 (2:38 pm)

    ID the marching band, please.  They really set the mood for fun.

    • WSB October 30, 2022 (3:04 pm)

      The West Seattle High School Marching Band led the parade.

  • waikikigirl October 30, 2022 (5:03 pm)

    From just the chili cook off results I come up with $2960.00 raised for the WS Food Bank, not bad but I will wait to see what you all come up with tomorrow! :>)

    • WSB October 31, 2022 (3:50 pm)

      Guess not everybody voted. 382 people bought trays of chili samples, $3,820 raised!

  • JB October 30, 2022 (5:50 pm)

    I am a huge fan of The Westy so I say this with love, I think they forgot the seasoning in the chili. There is no way it was meant to taste the way it did! 

    • ChiliTester October 30, 2022 (6:42 pm)

      @JB. I agree it lacked flavor big time!! Bland n that couldn’t of been intentional. I voted Easy St for #1. NW BBQ was spicy which I love but was lacking ingredients to be considered a chili in my opinion. The pie eating competition for adults was highly entertaining! 

      • JB October 31, 2022 (5:26 am)

        HA! I also voted Easy Street #1. 

      • chili October 31, 2022 (12:37 pm)

        NW BBQ was great. Theirs was Texas chili, which does not contain beans or much of anything other than spiced meat.

  • Sally October 30, 2022 (6:19 pm)

    Hope Lutheran School had a great time hosting the kid play area and seeing all the costumes! We look forward to next year!

  • Admissions October 30, 2022 (6:54 pm)

    What a great community event! Holy Rosary loved seeing all the costumed attendees and sponsoring one of the corn hole boards. Thanks to all the organizers!

  • Hayla @ Margie's October 30, 2022 (7:06 pm)

    Well, Margie’s didn’t win (our first competition) , but we sure had a ton of fun participating! Highlights were definitely getting to meet Jack from Husky Deli (totally stands up to the hype!), getting to interact with so many members of the community after so long, meeting all the fabulous women working in kitchens in the neighborhood, and raising so much money for the  neighborhood foodbank that needs all our support all the time! Margie’s fans can rest assured that I’ve attained enough intel to Dominate All Future Competitions! 

  • Raye October 30, 2022 (7:45 pm)

    I love the mural! Where is it going?

    • WSB October 30, 2022 (8:28 pm)

      I *think* Mural Alley (the breezeway by NW Art and Frame) but need to verify that with Chris @ WSJA.

  • Raye October 31, 2022 (4:10 am)

    So many clever and creative costumes! A welcome change from the MCU superhero fad. 

  • Andy October 31, 2022 (12:23 pm)

    Over all a great uplifting event.So, who one the Chile contest?

    • WSB October 31, 2022 (1:03 pm)

      It’s in the story. Husky Deli.

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