Nearly 3,000 little ghouls and goblins roamed downtown streets on Halloween night, when they visited merchants during the annual Boo-allup in Puyallup trick-or-treating event.
About 2,000 children and parents went through the pavilion at Pioneer Park to revel in the games and treats at the inaugural Cobweb Carnival, a partnership between Puyallup and the Foursquare Church. Both Sarah Harris, parks and recreation administrator, and Michele McGill, executive director of the Puyallup Main Street Association, were delighted with the partnership.
“It was crowded at the pavilion,” McGill said. “Kids were everywhere.”
The trick-or-treating in downtown, where 46 merchants participated, went from 3 to 6 p.m. Meanwhile, the Cobweb Carnival started at the same time and ran until 8:30 p.m. It featured face painting, balloons, two inflatable toys, plus nine game booths and an on-site photographer.
“The city provided the building and setup materials, but the church provided games, the candy and volunteers,” Harris said. “We were very happy with the partnership because our goal and their goal was to provide a safe and fun event for kids on Halloween.”
Harris said they hope to continue the partnership next year. The city saw the carnival as an opportunity to tie in with the Puyallup Main Street Association’s trick-or-treating event and to enhance what’s already going on downtown, she said.
Children and adults who visited the pavilion were handed a map of downtown that showed participating merchants that planned to hand out candy. The Puyallup Main Street Association also advertised the Cobweb Carnival.
“(Puyallup Main Street) was very supportive and promoted the city event very well, and we tried to reciprocate that,” Harris said.
Harris said Allen Jones from the Puyallup Foursquare Church was instrumental in making the Cobweb Carnival possible.
“We had volunteers build game booths and manned everything,” Jones said. “We all had a great time. We served the people, and the people were blessed.”
Tyler Eidson, a recreation coordinator for Puyallup, also led the effort.
McGill said a pet costume contest also entertained families on the Rotary Stage. The event was sponsored by Dog Daze pet store.
The Elite School of Dance performed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for the fifth year.
Organizers said the festivities were successful. McGill said Charlie’s even needed to replenish its candy supply.Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.