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Chamber cancels Edmonds Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Pandemic taking toll on free events in Edmonds


Last updated 9/22/2020 at 4:37pm

Matthew Kennelly

There will no trick-or-treating in downtown Edmonds in 2020.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has canceled its annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat.

Each year on Halloween, the streets in downtown Edmonds are closed and fill with costumed kids of all ages – as well as many parents and other adults – making their way from merchant to merchant to collect treats.

"Because of COVID, the chamber will not be holding the traditional downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat," said CEO and President Greg Urban.

"Instead, we are pivoting to an online costume contest to be safe while still bringing together a sense of community during the pandemic."

The event will go live Oct. 1. There will be several categories, including An Edmonds Kind of Hero, Pets, Group/Family Costumes, and Children, based on age. Residents then vote for their favorite in each category through Oct. 31, with winners announced and notified in early November.

The Edmonds Halloween Trick-or-Treat is the latest community event to be canceled by the pandemic. Also canceled in 2020 have been 4th of July festivities, the Classic Car Show, Holiday Tree Lighting, and Taste Edmonds.

These events are not paid for by tax dollars, Urban said. The chamber produces and funds the free community events.

Participation in the online costume contest is free; however, residents and visitors can make donations to the "An Edmonds Kind of Hero" campaign.

"I've attended Halloween events in Edmonds for decades," said European travel expert and Edmonds resident Rick Steves.

"It's about the only thing in my life that I've done 30 years in a row. I love it. It celebrates our community. It's for all, and it's free. In fact, nearly 10,000 people each year enjoy Halloween in Edmonds for free. By becoming An Edmonds Kind of Hero, I'll now attend this and all the other events knowing I'm doing my share to make it possible. That's $25 very well spent."

Visit EdmondsHalloween.com to register for the online costume contest.

To donate to the chamber, go to http://www.SupportEdmonds.com.


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