Halloween Takeover’s Return Smashes Records

  Community Interest

By Devin Chicras

For the first time since 2019, West Hill Community Association’s annual Halloween Takeover event returned to Skyway Park Bowl. We couldn’t have predicted that more than 500 neighbors would come down and celebrate with us in what turned out to be an absolutely unforgettable evening.

The Lucky Dragonz event space at Skyway Park Bowl was truly taken over – from the hearse and coffin at the door to the two dozen giant inflatables and life-size animatronics creating countless photo opportunities, to the popular activity stations and dance party inside.

Guests decorated their own mini-pumpkin, braved the Mad Lab Challenge, got custom balloon art twisted by Hatter Mike, and danced all night to DJ MIXX America.

Everyone got a free treat bag and made their way through our Treat Trail, featuring 16 community booths:

  • Better Properties Renton
  • Childhaven
  • King County Local Services
  • King County Fire District 20
  • King County Sheriff’s Office
  • Law Office of Cleodis Floyd
  • Little STEAMers Academy
  • The Motiv Group
  • Renton Innovation Zone Partnership
  • Renton School District
  • Skyway Coalition
  • Skyway Community Van
  • Skyway Strength
  • Tyson Hawkins – State Farm Insurance Agent
  • Urban Family

The annual Treat Trail Champs trophy went to the meticulously crafted Squid Games inspired booth by Urban Family, whose entire team wore matching costumes.

Magic Rich’s pirate magic show required some brave volunteers and kept folks pressed up against the stage with equal parts humor and surprise.

Magic Rich performs a pirate magic show as Captain Sammy Seaweed.

Congratulations to our Halloween Spirit Contest winners collected their trophies:

  • 1st Place: Charly Eaton
  • 2nd Place: Russal Gray
  • 3rd Place: Kate Merriwether
Halloween Spirit Contest winners Charly and Kate. Photo: Caroline Walker Evans

We ended the night with Skyway Indoor Cinema’s first ever 3D movie, as chosen by the community: The Nightmare Before Christmas. After the popcorn and 3D glasses were handed out, the familiar chorus of “This is Halloween” filled the room and the characters seemed to as well.

Guests use 3D glasses to watch Skyway Indoor Cinema’s showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D. Photo: Caroline Walker Evans

At the end of the night, we all left with loads of candy, big smiles, and so much appreciation for being all back together again. Thank you, community!

Guests show off their candy haul. Photo: Caroline Walker Evans

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