Fun Island haunts for Halloween

The Lakes neighborhood will once again organize its annual Halloween trick-or-treat on Oct. 31, and keeping with previous years will hold a food drive for Mercer Island Food Pantry. The charitable Halloween tradition began in 1998, when resident Polly Addison set collections boxes at each Lakes entryway, asking visitors to donate non-perishable foods. Since then, the food-drive has become part of the overall Lakes Halloween festivity.

The neighborhood closes its streets to traffic, providing a safe place for children and parents alike to wander door-to-door. Households compete for the most theatrical costumes and yard decorations, many of which put the Adams Family and their spooky mansion to shame. The neighborhood is overrun with trick-or-treaters, as parents from across the Island drop their children off for the event. There are 100 homes to visit before curfew — adding up to weeks’ worth of candy.

But don’t forget the needy with all the candy-greedy! Four collection boxes will be waiting this year at each Lakes entrance: Two at the main entrance, one at the path from Lakeridge Elementary and one at the walking path on the west side. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

For more information on the Lakes Food Drive, contact Polly Addison at: (206) 232-4533

Other Halloween events on the Island include:

  • Trick-or-Treat Halloween party: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

  • Pumpkin Patch Carnival: 4-6 p.m., Oct. 26, Boys & Girls Club, $3 for ages 3-10, with a Teen Haunted House at 7-10 p.m. for grades 6-8, $5.

  • Friday Fun Night Costume Party: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 26, MI Covenant Church, for grades 1-5 and Festival of the Arts Display/Concert/Dessert at 6 p.m., Oct. 27.

  • MIPA Halloween Party: 10-2 p.m., Oct. 27, Islander Middle School, for preschoolers.

  • Haunted House Extraordinaire: 7-11 p.m., Oct. 28-29, Congregational Church, $5.

  • Halloween Community Party: 3 p.m., Oct. 31, Sunrise Assisted Living of Mercer Island, for children under age 8.

  • Haunted House at the Dugan residence: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 31, 9228 S.E. 59th St.

  • Wild Waves Autumn Festival: 6:30-9 p.m., Oct. 31, New Hope International Church, game/food tickets required.

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