Families who are looking for trick-or-treating options for their children can attend either of the merchant-sponsored Halloween celebrations in Sumner or Puyallup.
Puyallup will host its annual Boo-allup in Puyallup Trick-or-Treating event in the downtown area. Most businesses will give out free candy from 3 to 6 p.m. The traditional affair is popular and often draws at least 3,000 children.
“I look forward to it every year,” said Michele McGill, the executive director of the Puyallup Main Street Association. “It kind of sets the mood for the holidays.”
The Pioneer Pavilion will showcase a new leg of the event called the Cobweb Carnival. The small festival will offer traditional activities, including face painting, skee ball and a bounce house. The carnival is geared for children younger than 10.
The Puyallup Parks and Recreation department has partnered with Foursquare Church to produce the carnival. Tyler Eidson, the recreation coordinator for parks and recreation, said the carnival originally was supposed to end several hours earlier than planned, but Foursquare is willing to keep it open until as late as 8:30 p.m., if children continue to show up.
Vendors at each booth at the carnival will give out free candy to trick-or-treaters.
Downtown business Dog Daze will host its annual Pet Costume Contest on the Rotary Stage at Pioneer Park. The free event will start at 3:30 p.m. and include voting for the best costume.
Elite School of Dance will act out a ghoulish version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at 4:30 p.m. McGill said the dancers may perform a few other numbers dressed as ghouls.
Sumner merchants will sponsor the annual Street of Treats from 5 to 7 p.m. Most merchants in the downtown corridor will give out free candy to children. The street will be closed to traffic for safety.
“It’s a gift from the heart,” said LuAnn Iselin, owner of A Picket Fence, an accessory and gift shop. “We love doing it. It’s purely for the kids.”
Iselin said Sumner has participated in some form of a merchant trick-or-treating event for at least 15 years.
Due to the popularity of the event, the merchants often run out of candy toward the end of the evening. Iselin said she purchases a minimum of 2,000 pieces of candy each year, but she still runs out during the last hour.
Suzanne Kipfer, owner of Simple Tidings and Kitchen, said she gives out nearly 1,000 pieces of candy for the Street of Treats.
“It’s a very big turnout,” Kipfer said. “We give out candy sticks, usually old-fashioned swirly barbershop poles.”
Both cities’ trick-or-treating events will happen, rain, shine or fog.Elsy Pawelak is a freelance reporter for the Herald.