Wet Halloween? Check out indoor venues

Has the soggy weather forecast dampened your trick-or-treat plans? Don’t fret, you have options.
     Malls and retail locations offer a dry haven for young Halloween revelers. You won’t be alone – our current PEMCO Poll revealed that 24% of all Northwest residents are more likely to trick-or-treat at a retail location than in a neighborhood.
     Go online and search for events in your locale. For example, in the greater Seattle area, you’ll find there’s trick-or-treating and more at places like Northgate, Bellevue Square, Crossroads Mall, The Landing in Renton, and Southcenter Mall. Same thing at the Tacoma Mall.
     There’s fun for the kids In Portland at the Children’s Museum, or around Spokane at Northtown Mall and Spokane Valley Mall, or in Kennewick at Columbia Center Mall.
     If you’ve lived in the Northwest for a while, you’re used to rainy Halloweens. Folks here tend to simply grin and bear it. But heading inside is nothing new. I recently saw an old photo of a big, festive indoor bash in Roslyn in 1923. If you know Roslyn today, aside from its lovely Suncadia development, you wouldn’t think of it as a huge magnet for crowds and entertainment. But this 1923 photo (courtesy of Roslyn Library) shows a massive throng squeezed inside Rialto Hall for a Halloween dance.
     Here’s hoping you remain dry, and not too spooked, this weekend.

by  Jon Osterberg

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