Seattle is known as a city of urban villages, and Halloween is one of the nights of the year that these ‘villages’ shine bright, one trying to out do the other with their show of hospitality and creativity. Many of these ‘villages’ have plenty of doorsteps lit up brightly to welcome individual ghosts and goblins in search of treats.  But if a community celebration in the village center is more your style, you can’t go wrong with these long time community favorites. Grab your trick-or-treat bag–Let’s go!

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Capitol Hill- Hilloween

Candy and Pizza? Why Not? At Capitol Hill’s Hilloween celebration, kids of all ages will get a chance to participate in a costume parade, trick or treat from area merchants lining Broadway Ave. and follow it all up with a pizza party at Pagliacci’s where kids donning their favorite costume get a free slice! The good folks on Capitol Hill have also taken the unpredictable weather in mind as the main carnival celebration will be held inside the Seattle Central College’s Mitchell Activity center from 12pm – 3pm. The costume parade kicks off outside at 3:30pm and the fun continues throughout the day and finishes with the pizza party from 5 – 7pm. Added bonus: the celebration falls on Halloween night, October 31.

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West Seattle Admiral District Halloween

This is a great Halloween setting for the entire family. Kids in costumes can be seen for blocks as they line the street and collect their goodies from the area merchants who participate year after year. The Halloween fun all takes place on Friday, October 30 from 3 – 6pm. In addition to scoring your favorite candy during the trick or treat hours, the West Seattle Admiral District will also be holding a drawing for additional fun Halloween treats from the area businesses who generously participate. You can expect plenty of spectacular costumes as the neighborhood comes out in force to celebrate the magic of Halloween.

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Queen Anne

Queen Anne is one of the most popular neighborhoods for costumed families in search of treats to swing by on Halloween. Just head up to the main drag (Queen Anne Ave.) on upper Queen Anne, and you’ll see the stream of youngin’s dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate their impending haul of candy and other treats. From hand crafted get ups to fancy over the top Halloween garbs, you’ll find the trick or treat costumes extremely imaginary here. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 31 from 3 – 6pm to get in on all of the action. You’ll be glad you did!

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Phinney Ridge/Greenwood

Head north to the Phinney Ridge (Phinney Ave./Greenwood Ave.) neighborhood, and you’ll find plenty of little ghosts, goblins and other characters enjoying Halloween during this Greenwood celebration. If you want to get some trick or treating in before the other neighborhood festivities around town, this is the place to do it. The fun at Greenwood kicks off a few hours earlier than most on October 31st with trick or treat commencing at 12 pm and running until 3 pm.  Be sure to put on your favorite costume and get ready to be treated (not tricked) by the merchants in the area. You can even get a Hunger Goblin sticker if you donate a can of food or a couple of bucks to the Greenwood Food Bank.

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Boo In Burien

The name says it all. Not only does Burien bring the “boo,” they also roll out Halloween fun a whole week early, so plan ahead and get a jump start on the tricks and the treats. The festivities kick off on October 24 at Burien Town Square Park 5th & SW 152nd Street, and it’s always an absolute blast with costumed kids (and kids at heart), pumpkin painting and haunted houses. And best of all (especially if you love canines), Boo in Burien hosts Wiener dog races. And yes, many of the Wiener dogs are also decked out for the Halloween festivities. The fun runs a good portion of the day with activities starting at 10 am and wrapping up around 3 pm.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at