An event that Gig Harbor ghouls and ghosts anticipate every year, the annual Trick-or-Treat in the Harbor returns Halloween (Oct. 31) in downtown Gig Harbor.
Hosted by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, the event has been a Gig Harbor tradition for so long that the official start date is unknown, said Mary DesMarais, executive director of the Alliance.
With more than 2,000 attendees, DesMarais said that the biggest supporters of the event remain the downtown merchants.
“Probably the biggest kudos go to the merchants who dress up and hand out candy every year,” she said. “Plus our partnership with the city is really important.”
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There will be several activities for trick-or-treaters to enjoy during the event, including a visit with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, a Boo Bash and costume contest from Tickled Pink and a Trunk or Treat and carnival from the Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene.
Harbor Dance will perform a dance number at 4:30 and 5 p.m. at the intersection of Harborview Drive and Pioneer Way and Harbor WildWatch will be return this year with a “Mad Scientist’s Lab” in Skansie House.
New this year, Paradise Theatre will open its Haunted House for free, “no scares” tours from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Judson Street location.
Vicki Richards, executive artistic director for Paradise Theatre, explained that the “no scares” tour provides an opportunity for younger visitors to see the inside of the Haunted House with all the lights up and in a safe environment.
Later in the evening, the regular Haunted House will return with spooks and scares for older visitors, Richards promised.
To provide a safe area for the event, Harborview Drive will be closed from 2:30 to 6 p.m. from Soundview Drive to Rosedale Street, and Pioneer Way will be closed from Harborview Drive to Tarabochia Street.
For more information, contact the Downtown Waterfront Alliance at 253-514-0071 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trick-or-Treat in the Harbor
This free event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31) in downtown Gig Harbor.