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Crowds turn out for Halloween in Wallingford

November 1st, 2010 by master

Maybe it was the rainless evening (well, it held off till after a decent hour) or the weekend Halloween or the Zillow ranking of Wallingford as No. 1 in Seattle for trick-or-treating. Or perhaps it was a confluence of all three factors that brought a steady stream of trick-or-treaters out to N. 45th St., Wallingford Center, and the neighborhood streets yesterday afternoon and night.

One neighbor said on our Facebook page that he got 200 trick-or-treaters — more than triple the usual number. Yet another on N. 50th said he got none. What was your neck of Wallingford like this Halloween?

The scene at Wallingford Center

Holly at The Sock Monster hands out “Green Halloween” treats.

Fainting Goat Gelato gave out free scoops to all kids in costume.

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Zoo news: flamingos die, no Pumpkin Prowl, more

October 22nd, 2010 by master

There’s been quite a lot of news at the Woodland Park Zoo in recent days. Here are some stories from our sister site PhinneyWood:

Adult flamingo and two chicks die at zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo reports that one of its adult flamingos and two newborn flamingo chicks have died. The chicks hatched on Oct. 3 and 9.

From the zoo’s press release:

The older of the chicks was found dead this morning in the exhibit, and the younger of the chicks was discovered missing Sunday night.

Both parents of flamingos are involved in rearing their young, and this year’s chicks were being raised under the care of their parents, not by the zoo staff. The younger chick was left in a vulnerable position under the sole care of its mother following the unexpected death of her mate last Friday. A necropsy revealed that this adult bird died of a fractured vertebra and internal health issues. The cause of the injury has not been determined.

The older chick was thriving under the care of its attentive parents and was showing increased signs of mobility and natural flamingo behavior. It is not known what led to its death.

One of the flamingo chicks eating last week. Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Three flamingo eggs remain in nests at the exhibit, and are expected to hatch soon.

Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash bigger and better in wake of Pumpkin Prowl cancellation

The Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Bash is set for Oct. 30-31, with special treats for the animals, live entertainment and daytime trick-or-treating. But the annual three-day, nighttime Pumpkin Prowl has been canceled because it didn’t raise enough money to cover costs.

According to the zoo, some of the Pumpkin Prowl activities, such as the trick-or-treating, are being rolled into the Pumpkin Bash.

Pumpkin Bash features: a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, birds, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on the orange gourds; trick or treating in the zoo’s West Plaza; “Thriller” dance performances by Roosevelt High School (Sunday only); demonstrations by Alpha Martial Arts (Saturday only); imaginative and fun presentations by Killer Science; face painting (additional fee); up-close animal encounters; meet ‘n’ greets with the zoo’s penguin and meerkat mascots; programs in Zoomazium’s indoor nature play space; and discovery stations to explore animal life.

Photo by Lori Veres, Woodland Park Zoo.

Pumpkin Bash is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31. Click here for a full schedule of when each animal gets their Halloween treats. Pumpkin Bash is included in zoo admission. Special discount for this event: one child 12 and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult. Bring your own trick-or-treat bags. The zoo’s current winter hours are 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.

Help design sensory garden at the zoo

The Sensory Garden Advisory Committee is holding a meeting on Saturday to start developing a sensory garden next to the Woodland Park Zoo. A sensory garden is a broad term for an area that can be therapeutic for the deaf, blind or those with autism. For example, it may have flowers with strong scents, highly textured plants, a rain garden or a reflexology path.

The meeting is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave. N. Read the full story.

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Wallingford No. 1 for trick-or-treating

October 19th, 2010 by master

For the second year in a row, Zillow has named Wallingford the best neighborhood for trick or treating in Seattle. They’ve also named Seattle as the number one city to trick-or-treat in the nation, so we’ll go ahead and extrapolate that Wallingford has the best trick or treating in all the land.

Zillow used hard data to compute this honor: “The Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on those variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks.”

Local trick-or-treaters, pre-sugar rush

Our non-empirical evidence would back up Zillow’s assertion. We’ve seen trick-or-treaters with a pillowcase full of candy on Halloween in Wallingford. Combine trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses with surrounding homes, and the kids get quite a haul.

Rounding out the Top 5 neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in Seattle were Ballard, Queen Anne, Roosevelt and Ravenna.

A bit more about the allure of Halloween — or any time — in Wallingford from Zillow:

In 2009, Wallingford topped Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat list, and the same is true for 2010. Wallingford has earned the honor of the No. 1 Seattle ‘hood to trick-or-treat, and ranked in the top 20 percentile for all metrics included in the Zillow Index. The family friendly neighborhood is a witches brew of stately craftsman homes, enticing sidewalk cafes, and eclectic shops. Residents get in the Halloween spirit with costume swaps, pumpkin-carving contests, and even a local haunted home. Heck, this top-rated trick-or-treat location may even convince Green Lake moms and kids to venture over to Wallingford!

Other high-ranking sweet spots in the Zillow Index are San Francisco, Portland, San Jose and Denver. See the rest of the Top 20 here.

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Boys & Girls Club seeks Cool Whip, candy, more

October 5th, 2010 by master

No, not for snack time. Once a year, Cool Whip, candy and costumes take center stage at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club for the Halloween Hoopla. This year’s fright fest will be on Saturday, October 30th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Jacqui Kramer, a Wallingford mom and Boys & Girls Club board member, alerted us that the club needs donations of some essential ingredients for a successful Hoopla.

Items high on the list include:

  • Cool Whip (or off-brand whipped topping) for the “Cream the Counselor” booth. We ALWAYS run out of this, so it’s high on the list.
  • Baked goods for the cake walk (drop-off Oct. 29 during center hours)
  • Bags of Halloween Candy for prizes
  • Small halloween toys for prizes (e.g., Spider rings)

All items except the baked goods can be dropped off now at Center’s front desk. The center is located on 45th near the corner of Stone Way (just east of Archie McPhee’s).

Our annual fright fest will be on Saturday, October 30th, from 6-9 p.m. Come in costume and bring your friends for a great time: haunted house (scary-for older youth), Frankenstein’s Lab (perfect for all), carnival games, a cake walk, arts & crafts, and much more! Entry is just $1 for five tickets. Bring cans for our local food bank for more tickets.

For more info, please call 206-547-7261 or email

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