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Parks department’s Cobweb Carnival provides safe, family fun

The leaves are starting to fall and the days are getting shorter, which means Halloween is just around the corner.

The Puyallup Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for its third annual Cobweb Carnival on Halloween, a family friendly event for children of all ages.

“There’s already a huge population who come into town for the Boo-Allup in Puyallup event that the Main Street Association puts on,” said recreation coordinator Tyler Eidson. “This is our addition to that.”

The Cobweb Carnival is hosted in the Pioneer Park Pavilion, offering ghouls and goblins an alternative to roaming their neighborhoods for candy.

“It’s enclosed, with a family friendly environment,” Eidson said. “It’s a great alternative if the weather is bad.”

The carnival will have a bounce house, a prize wheel, bean bag toss, ladder ball and more. Each carnival game station is hosted by a high school-aged volunteer. Regardless of if a child wins or loses, each is awarded with candy for prizes.

“It’s crucial for us to get the high school students involved,” Eidson said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to pay our staff to run the games. They’re assigned the games, and alter the game to suit the child.”

Last year, the carnival welcomed more than 1,000 kids to the Pioneer Park Pavilion. The most impressive part of the event, according to Eidson, is the costumes.

“Seeing all the different costumes is great,” he said. “Of course you have the princesses, the pirates and the superheroes, but the joint costumes where the whole family gets involved is really fun to see.”

The Cobweb Carnival is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Pioneer Park Pavilion, 333 South Meridian.

Cobweb Carnival

3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31

Pioneer Park Pavillion

333 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA