Vashon Island’s Halloween meant to be safe and fun

Trick or Treat Night promises more than just a chance to eat a whole lot of sweets.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:08pm
  • Opinion

Want to get your political fix on for the upcoming election in this edition of The Beachcomber? The front and opinion pages have plenty for readers to chew on.

Aside from that, let’s not forget today is Halloween, a time of togetherness for families.

On that note, instead of spending tonight worrying about spooky what-ifs — like an island without health care or a parks district — head to Vashon-Maury Island’s downtown for Trick or Treat Night, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The annual event closes down several major roadways uptown for kids to dress in costumes and receive candy from local businesses. You can thank the Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce, island businesses and their hard-working employees for putting it all together.

The night will be marked by Snapdragon giving out cookies and hosting two dance parties, including one for adults and aliens (you read that right); street dancing, during which some John L. Scott employees will don Ghostbusters costumes; and Hip-Hop Halloween, hosted by Gravy, featuring Greyskul, Son of the Rhemic and DJ Cherry Canoe.

Trick or Treat Night will promise so many other great activities. The event will impact SW 171st Street and SW 178th Street during those hours, as will Bank Road, closed from 100th to 97th, according to information provided on the Chamber’s website.

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Trick or Treat Night does more than just give kids a chance to eat a whole lot of sweets — they bring the community together. And what’s more, you might find a piece of candy you haven’t tried before that is your new favorite.

If you plan to Trick of Treat on Vashon, maybe in a neighborhood like Gold Beach, where it is believed some residents still offer candy on Halloween, keep these things in mind:

• Be cautious of traffic, deer and the darkness. Don’t walk in the middle of the road; stay a safe distance from animals and wait for them to cross; Bring a flashlight with you and don’t wear a mask when walking from house to house to help you see where you are going.

• If no lights are on at a residence, avoid it and go to others where they are; they might have candy for you.

• Some people choose not to participate in Halloween — that’s OK. Just kindly say, “Thank you, goodnight,” and move onto the next house.

• Wear something that fits the Halloween spirit, but nothing distasteful.

Whatever you choose to do with your Halloween, make it an enjoyable and safe one!

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