Halloween treats arrive in Edmonds

See the decorations, vote for scarecrows, watch a scary show
By Brian Soergel | Oct 18, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Rogue, on Main Street, strove for originality with its Halloween decoration, featuring a spiderweb and, yuck, a large spider.

Fall in Washington. Leaves are yellow and blood reddish, dropping quicker than a zombie with a machete to the head.

Hello, Halloween.

Appropriate then, and apt, to cozy up to the ghoulish talents of Edmonds residents and business owners, whose creations fill the homes and streets in town for Edmonds Historical Museum’s sixth Annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival.

Don’t you just love how Edmonds also can scare up community spirit?

It's been a spooky couple of weeks. Every day, a murder of (scare)crows popped up around town, and now you might be surprised with what greets you as you round the corner.

Some are funny, some political. Some are scary, and some may raise those little hairs on the back of your neck.

(Other decorations abound, such as Rogue’s giant spider web stretching from its front lawn to the top of the building. There’s also a spider in the web, of course.)

Now it's time for residents and visitors to Edmonds to have your say and pick your favorite scarecrow in each of six categories. Voting continues through Nov. 2. You also can check out all entries in a photo gallery on the museum’s website at scf.historicedmonds.org/.

The categories for this year’s Scarecrow Festival are:

  • Food and beverage providers: Restaurants, bars, coffee
  • Retail business: Stores and shops, except art galleries
  • Service providers: Legal, medical, travel, salon
  • Financial/insurance/real estate: Banks, agents, financial consultants
  • Government/civic group/art/schools: Galleries, city, artists, service clubs
  • Residential: Single or multi-family, care facilities
  • Noncompetitive: New this year, for those who want to share their creation but do not want to compete.

Voting is open now, and it's easy-peasy to complete. Walk around town, ogle the scarecrows, visit the website scf.historicedmonds.org/register-vote/, and cast your vote.

The overall top vote getter, as well as the top three vote getters in each category, will be recognized to attendees at the museum’s Heritage Days Dinner at Holy Rosary Nov. 4, and made public when certificates are awarded at a Scarecrow Festival reception in the museum 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

All are invited.

All winners get a certificate suitable for framing, a 2019 membership in the Edmonds Historical Museum, and – of course – bragging rights.

For more details check the Scarecrow Festival website. You can also email your questions to the Museum at any time (info@historicedmonds.org), or call 425-774-0900.

And don’t forget to participate in the new Scarecrow Hunt. Look for special medallions on five scarecrows in the downtown core, mark them on the Scarecrow Hunt tally sheet (available online at scf.historicedmonds.org, and at the museum and businesses displaying the Scarecrow Hunt medallion on their scarecrow sign.

All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by downtown Edmonds businesses.

For more information on voting, contest rules and more, go to the Edmonds Historical Museum's Scarecrow Festival site at scf.historicedmonds.org/.

Another Halloween event

Want to watch zombies, ghosts, and other frightful characters twirl across the stage? On the evening of Oct. 27, Edmonds Center for the Arts presents a performance of “BloodyVox.”

Full of limber dancers, BloodyVox is “a dance theater experience that mines cinema, folklore, and collective nightmares to bring the season of spirits and All Hallows’ Eve to life.”

Before the show, come in costume to a special Halloween Happy Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring $5 drinks with specialty cocktails.There will be a haunted selfie station and trick or treats.

While the spectacle aims to be spooky, the performance is deemed family friendly. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at the ECA box office and online.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night

Every Halloween, the streets of downtown Edmonds are closed to traffic and come alive with thousands of costumed revelers of all types. Pets, young couples, old couples, hipsters and more kids than you can shake a wand at.

This safe, free and family-friendly celebration has become a much-loved tradition over the years. While children make their way down the sidewalks to trick-or-treat, participating downtown Edmonds businesses and decked-out grown-ups watch the adorable parade of costumes and – we see you – sneak a treat here or there.

If you are without little ones, you can pull up a chair at several spots on the route to nosh and sip as you people watch, including Taki Tiki, Thai Cottage, Las Brisas, Red Twig and Chanterelle.

The event is hosted by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and runs from 5-7 p.m. along Fifth Avenue and Main Street. Enjoy music and dancing near the fountain (and perhaps a chained up zombie) along with the annual costume contest.

Contest categories include ages 0-6 years, 7-12 years, 13-17 years, 18-plus, group costumes and pets.

Boo.

 

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