Halloween can be great fun for just about anyone. It’s a holiday for revelry and just making some great memories. Due to the fact that it takes place outside, and in the evening, safety should be the #1 priority for those celebrating October 31st. Here is a roundup of our favorite local Halloween spots (including our favorite: a “Trunk or Treat”) plus some tips for safe driving during trick or treat season.
LOCAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Halloween Boo Bash. Lil’ ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are going to have a frightfully good time at this annual Halloween bash at Northgate Mall. Come in costume and enjoy games, treats and a bounce house.
Phinney Ridge/Greenwood Area
Head north to the Phinney Ridge (Phinney Ave./Greenwood Ave.) neighborhood, and you’ll find plenty of little ghosts, goblins and other characters enjoying Halloween during this Greenwood celebration. The fun at Greenwood kicks off a few hours earlier than most on October 31st with trick or treat commencing at 12 pm and running until 3 pm. Be sure to put on your favorite costume and get ready to be treated (not tricked) by the merchants in the area. You can even get a Hunger Goblin sticker if you donate a can of food or a couple of bucks to the Greenwood Food Bank.
Shoreline Community Church Trunk or Treat 6-8pm
125NE 185th St
Shoreline WA 98155
Shoreline Covenant Church Family Fun Night
Mon, 10/31/2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
401 N.E. Northgate Way
Seattle, Wa 98125
Oct. 31, 2015 from 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING ON HALLOWEEN
Be Digitally Responsible: It doesn’t matter how much fun your friends are having or what your mom/wife/kiddo wants you to grab on the way home, don’t touch your cell phone. With the safety issues that arise on Halloween, people simply can’t afford mobile distractions. Struggle with not checking your device? Here are some additional tips to be digitally responsible while driving.
Take It Slow: The most useful tactic will simply be to take it slow while out and about. Assume an individual could walk out from any direction at any time. Not every costumed person will take safety to heart and adapt their outfit to be easily seen in the dark. We like to take Halloween driving as we would an area where wildlife could potentially leap out from any direction.
Best Behavior: We are sometimes lazy when it comes to traffic guidelines but Halloween is not the time to do so. Communicate with other motorists by using your turn signals, hazard lights, and headlights when appropriate. Be extra careful when passing – avoid weaving, exceeding the speed limit, and not making complete stops when appropriate. Be on the lookout for crosswalks and pedestrians at lights and intersections.
Tips for Children
If you are in charge of children this Halloween, do drivers some big favors by prepping your kiddos for safety. Take time to talk to them about the potential dangers while trick or treating.
Excited children often forget the need to be safe so also take measures to make them more viewable at night: glow sticks, flashlights, and reflectors – as well as brighter clothing – will help tremendously.
If possible, find a place that offers indoor fun on Halloween to take them out of danger entirely. There are plenty of local schools, churches and community facilties that will be hosting their own fall festivals, monster mashes and parties.
Want some more family fun this Halloween? Check out these local events as well as the Complete Guide to Halloween 2016 in Seattle.
Have fun everyone and remember to practice safe driving!