Halloween is almost here, and downtown merchants are ramping up for the annual spook-tacular event in Puyallup.
The Boo-Allup in Puyallup kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 31) in the Pioneer Park Pavilion with the Elite School of Dance performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Puyallup Main Street Association executive director Michele McGill says the event has been going on for nearly a decade.
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“It’s fun to see the kids in their costumes,” she said. “It really kicks off the holiday season in Puyallup.”
Following the kickoff at 3 p.m., trick-or-treaters and their families will be given a map of the businesses participating in the event. If the kickoff is missed, McGill says families can look for a witch hat in the window of downtown business, the signal that the merchant is open with candy to hand out.
Last year, McGill estimated that 3,000 children trick-or-treated in the downtown core.
The children usually aren’t the only ones decked out in costume; merchants typically dress in costume as well.
“It’s a fun event for everybody,” McGill said.
More important than the candy and costumes, it gives parents an opportunity to check on downtown merchants they’d like to return to shop at, she said.