by Kirby Lindsay, posted 26 October 2012
On Wednesday, October 31st, Trick-or-Treat In Fremont will take place – perhaps for the 15th year. Unfortunately, as with most grassroots activities launched in this community, the meticulous documentation, tracking and detailed note-taking came later. The first Trick-or-Treat I organized in Fremont was a much more slap-dash, make-it-up-as-I-go-along affair, and none of the materials remain.
Yet, from humble beginnings, 2012 has developed into an event involving the majority of the business community here, and stands as possibly the family-friendliest of all Fremont festivities. Each year Trick-or-Treat grows in some way, and this year will be no exception…in that regard.
More Business Participation
I organize Trick-or-Treat, and each year I attempt to get more businesses signed up to participate (I always attempt, I do not always succeed.) This year, the goal was a record-breaking 150 – and I failed. Yet, more businesses have signed up to distribute treats to children (in costume, and accompanied by an adult) than ever before – 112 at last count!
How It Works: Trick-or-Treat is possibly the feel-goody-est of all Fremont events, as well as the simplest. Each year Fremont businesses (retailers, restaurants, store-front offices, and even a brewery and a distillery this year) agree to distribute treats they provide (it does not have to be candy…but it usually is) to costumed kiddies between 3p – 6p on October 31st.
Trick-or-Treat In Fremont always takes place on Halloween Day. Fremont may frequently fail at being traditional and/or conventional (case in point – the Lenin Lighting & Fremont Festivus celebration on December 7th) but Trick-or-Treat takes place on Halloween Day.
In 2012, thanks to Cougar Mountain Productions, the reimagined Trick-or-Treat website contains an alphabetical list of all participating businesses – with links to websites (if they have one) – and a Google map by BatchGeo.
For many years, Trick-or-Treat had a printed map that showed locations of the participating businesses. Distribution of the map always posed huge problems, and then got largely ignored. To save resources, (and my sanity – just try to cram 100+ businesses on a map) that effort was abandoned in 2010.
The Good Guys – The Participating Businesses
This list of the registered businesses participating in 2012 has been divided by streets (more or less,) as a contrast with the list on the website.
On N 36th St (West to East) –
Cristy Carner Salon & Spa (100 NW 36th St;) Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services (110 N 36th St;) Petapoluza Pet Supply (114 N 36th St;) Condor Electronics (125 N 36th St;) Wright Bros. Cycle Works (219 N 36th St;) Brown Paper Tickets (309 N 36th St, upstairs;) Kaosamai Thai (404 N 36th St;) The Ballroom (456 N 36th St;) Fremont Coffee (459 N 36th St;) Norm’s Eatery & Ale House (460 N 36th St;) Roxy’s Diner (462 N 36th St;) Mishu (465 N 36th St;) Qazis (473 N 36th St;) Rudy’s Barbershop (475 N 36th St;) Pete’s Fremont Fire Pit (501 N 36th St;) Edward Jones – Marko Tubic (503 N 36th St;) Clear Cut Plastics (507 N 36th St;) Hub And Bespoke (513 N 36th St;) Habitude Fremont (513 N 36th St;) Bitters Co. (513 N 36th St;) FedEx Office (600 N 36th St;) Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (3601 Fremont Ave N #101;) and Fremont Cigar (3526 Fremont Pl N)
…And All Around Fremont Place –
Royal Grinders (3526 Fremont Pl N;) Pel’meni Dumpling Tzar (3516 Fremont Pl N;) e.t.g. (3512 Fremont Pl N;) Fremont Jewelry Design (3510 Fremont Pl N;) Silence-Heart-Nest (3508 Fremont Pl N;) Bliss (3501 Fremont Ave N;) and 9 Million In Unmarked Bills (3507 Fremont Pl N)
On the Way Along N 35th St (West to East) –
Urban Earth (1051 N 35th St;) Fremont Branch, Seattle Public Library (731 N 35th St;) Literacy Source (720 N 35th St;) Not A Number (720 N 35th St;) Ooh La’s Hair Salon (711 N 35th St;) Show Pony (702 N 35th St;) Portage Bay Goods (621 N 35th St;) Lamb’s Ear & Thistle (617 N 35th St;) Essenza (615 N 35th St;) Merge Boutique (611 N 35th St;) Les Amis (3420 Evanston Ave N;) DesteeNation (3412 Evanston Ave N;) Wine Tea Chocolate (3417 Evanston Ave N #102;) The Sweet Spot (3507 Evanston Ave N;) Art F/X Gallery (420 N 35th St;) Rich’s Products Corp (408 N 35th St;) Theo Chocolate (3400 Phinney Ave N;) and Free Range Cycles (3501 Phinney Ave N)
Along (& Around) Stone Way –
Lama G’s Café (1060 N 39th St;) Fusion Beads (3830 Stone Way N;) Daly’s Paint (3525 Stone Way N;) evo (3500 Stone Way N;) Speedy Reedy Multisport (1300 N Northlake Wy #103;) and Solsticio (1100 N Northlake Wy)
On Fremont Avenue (North to South)-
Video Isle (4459 Fremont Ave N;) Marketime Foods (4416 Fremont Ave N;) Naturopathic Family Medicine (4411 Fremont Ave N;) Uneeda Burger (4306 Fremont Ave N;) Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N;) Via Tribunali (4303 Fremont Ave N;) Caffe Vita (4301 Fremont Ave N;) Dot’s Delicatessen (4262 Fremont Ave N;) ten22home (4258 Fremont Ave N;) Ha! (4256 Fremont Ave N;) Eyes On Fremont (4254 Fremont Ave N;) Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave N;)
Fremont Health Club (3601 Fremont Ave N;) Hunger (3601 Fremont Ave N;) Chiso Sushi Restaurant (3520 Fremont Ave N;) The UPS Store (3518 Fremont Ave N;) Fremont Spine & Wellness (3514 Fremont Ave N;) Bluebird Microcreamery (3515 Fremont Ave N;) Hotel/Hotel (3515 Fremont Ave N;) Pie (3515 Fremont Ave N;) Frame Up Studios (3515 Fremont Ave N;) Seattle Rental Group (3509 Fremont Ave N, #300;) Jive Time Records (3506 Fremont Ave N;) Ophelia’s Books (3504 Fremont Ave N;) GiGi Retro Inspired Clothing (3418 Fremont Ave N;) Homegrown (3416 Fremont Ave N;) Dream (3427 Fremont Pl N;) Simply Desserts (3421 Fremont Ave N;) Fremont Vintage Mall (3419 Fremont Pl N;) Willow & Bloom (3415A Fremont Ave N;) Starbucks Fremont (3415B Fremont Ave N;) Blue C Sushi (3411 Fremont Ave N;) Lucky’s Pho (3414 Fremont Ave N;) Dusty Strings (3406 Fremont Ave N;) Peet’s Coffee & Tea (3401 Fremont Ave N;) and Costas Opa (3400 Fremont Ave N)
On N 34th St (East to West) including inside the Quadrant Lake Union Center –
Fremont Brewing Co (3409 Woodland Park Ave N;) History House (790 N 34th St;) Milstead & Co (770 N 34th St;) Dragonfly Holistic Healing Center (760 N 34th St;) Café Turko at Istanbul Imports (754 N 34th St;) Carquest of Fremont (744 N 34th St;) Groundspeak (837 N 34th St;) Anytime Fitness (837 N 34th St;) Blue Moon Burgers (703 N 34th St;) Key Bank- Fremont (601 N 34th St;) Union Bank, Fremont (601 N 34th St;) Ageless (601 N 34th St #C;) Google (651 N 34th St;) EpiCenter Leasing Office (620 N 34th St;) Cold Stone Creamery (624 N 34th St;) PCC Natural Markets (600 N 34th St;) Red Door (3401 Evanston Ave N;) Custom Smoothie & Sports Nutrition (462 N 34th St;) Sound Mind & Body (437 N 34th St;) MTI Physical Therapy (435 N 34th St;) Math Whizz (400 N 34th St, #206;) and Fremont Mischief Distillery (132 N Canal St)
A Sea Change for Trick-or-Treat
While few participating businesses, and even fewer trick-or-treaters, will even notice it, the 2012 Trick-or-Treat changed very dramatically. For the first time, the event has a ‘corporate’ sponsor – Theo Chocolate.
Deliberately organized to be run on the cheap, still Trick-or-Treat does take a bit of moolah to operate (beyond the cost of the treats distributed by the participating businesses, which they fund.) For the first few years, the costs were in graphic design and printing. For a brief year or two, a little money also went to getting posters (and maps) distributed. Nowadays, the cost of website hosting, and design, has been added permanently.
In those early years, my bookstore – Ladybug Books – covered all costs. About the time the store closed, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce took over funding. That never worked well, as a large, membership based organization will always have members with ideas of how the money should be spent – while Trick-or-Treat operates as a benevolent dictatorship, not by consensus. Also, in 2007, the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhood Small Sparks grant funded Trick-or-Treat.
While quite likely the least expensive of all activities organized in Fremont, Trick-or-Treat certainly delivers the biggest bang for the buck. And, in its (possibly) 15th year (plus two or three before that when it was run, in a different form, by Charlotte Buchanan of GlamOrama,) Trick-or-Treat will return to being funded by a local business – to the benefit of all. Thank you, Theo!
Bubbles, On Halloween?
One of the best outcomes of the partnership between Trick-or-Treat and the Fremont Chamber may turn out to be Bubbleman. When the Fremont Chamber asked for the event to be expanded, my mind went blank – and certainly, who would think of bubbles at the end of October? Well, Garry Golightly (a.k.a. Bubbleman) would!
For the second year, Bubbleman will show off his bubble art – which can be displayed best in the crisp, cool weather of fall – in Red Triangle. This year, Heritage Bank (a Fremont business not physically located in Fremont, and so ineligible to be a participating business) will sponsor the Bubbleman spectacular, from 4p – 6p.
Free Range Cycles, Art F/X Gallery, Rudy’s Barbershop, Bitters Co, Les Amis, Essenza, Dream, Starbucks – Fremont, Bliss, Frame-Up Studios, Ophelia’s Books (then called Twice Sold Tales,) History House all participated in 1999 – on a Sunday!
An even bigger acknowledge of thanks to Portage Bay Goods, which not only participated from the start, but also helped distribute posters, maps, and the spirit of Trick-or-Treat for (possibly) 15 years!
Theo, Heritage Bank, Portage Bay, and 107 other Fremont businesses make Trick-or-Treat happen – but it is the children that make it fun! Please, bring your child (your neighbor’s child, or your cousin’s-best friend’s-girlfriend’s child) along to join in the simple fun of Trick-or-Treat In Fremont – and become part of the tradition!
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