Children spooky and sweet crowd downtown Poulsbo for Halloween

POULSBO — How do you get a T-Rex and a chicken to sit peacefully together?

Free ice cream treats at Mora’s did the trick Monday at downtown Poulsbo’s Halloween celebration.

For the umpteenth year, Front Street was closed to traffic from 6-8 p.m. as children trick-or-treated at downtown businesses. All sorts of ghoulish and ghastly characters crowded the street. Spooky strains of music could be heard from the Tizley’s Europub balcony, where Michael “Ducky” Raley played the concertina.

Friendly witch Jill Day handed out candy to an unending line of ladybugs, Spongebobs and superheroes at Boehm’s Chocolates. Co-owner Karen Suther estimated 1,500 trick or treaters came through the store within the first hour or so.

“The costumes — the parents and kids are so creative,” she said.

Adam and Richele Strong of Bremerton brought their children — Asher, 1, Rydley, 4, and Allari, 5 — to the event because they’d heard so many good things about it. Their costumes befit their family name: They came dressed as The Incredibles.

“It’s downtown’s way of reaching out,” Tizley’s owner Tammy Mattson said from pub’s upstairs balcony, watching the action on the street. She said each merchant had 1,600 to 2,000 pieces of candy to hand out.

Mattson marveled at the costumes, pointing out a Scooby, a baby dressed as a bunch of grapes, and the Nesby family dressed as Mario Bros. characters.

Tizley’s was turned into a haunted house for Halloween. Visitors could walk through for a fright, or stay for dinner. Most of the restaurant’s menu offerings looked appetizing. The severed head on a plate, not so much. Mattson said five employees and seven volunteers staffed the haunted house.

Out on Front Street, Ardys Maryott of Gateway Church handed out helium balloons. A mom had jellyfish Emma Ashley, black cat witch Haley Ingalsbe, and Southern belle Delaney Gallagher — all of them 8 — line up for a picture. Gifts of Promise owner Sandy Read showed off her 3-month-old great-granddaughter, a ladybug named Lauralee Blevins of Bremerton. And back at Mora’s, Aiden and Aria Clegg — the T-Rex and chicken — enjoyed ice cream after making it down one side of Front Street.

Were they going to make it through a trip down the other side of Front for more Halloween loot? “Yes, they will,” their mom said.



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