“Trick or Treat in the Harbor” will be held Thursday for the 17th year in downtown Gig Harbor.
The Downtown Waterfront Alliance will host the Halloween festivities on Harborview Drive through the Finholm District from 3 to 6 p.m. Business representatives will pass out treats to children from 3 to 6 p.m.
“This is a great cooperative effort with the businesses,” said Mary DesMarais, the executive director of the DWA. “On average, there are 2,000 to 3,000 people that come each year.”
Many of the store merchants will be in costume, and shops will be decorated for the holiday.
“This is a fun community event, and we are happy to support the kids,” said Deborah Grady of Full Moon Art Gallery.
Photos of trick-or-treaters will be available at the Skansie Brothers Park pavilion, sponsored by the Gig Harbor North Rotary Club. A $5 cash donation is suggested to support the Food Backpacks 4 Kids program.
The DWA wants Trick or Treaters to be aware of a “spooktacular” surprise that will take place near Skansie Park at 5 p.m.
Other activities at Skansie include Harbor WildWatch, which will hand out candy and have a mystery creature touch tank. A diver will bring up sea creatures to show what marine life comes out on Halloween.
“We will also have a collection of marine-mammal skulls to add to the spooky feel of the night,” said Rachel Easton of Harbor WildWatch.
Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One will have a fire engine and medic unit on Harborview Drive for kids to see.
Harborview Drive will be closed from the intersection of Soundview Drive and Judson Street along the waterfront to Rosedale Street, as well as from Pioneer Way from Harborview Drive to Tarabochia Street.
• The Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center will have trick-or-treating with merchants on Thursday. The free event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at 4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor. For more information, visit www.uptowngigharbor.com.
• The Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 S. Vaughn Road, KPN, will host a Halloween carnival with costume contest, pumpkin-carving contest, carnival-style games and activities with prizes and treats for everyone from 6 to 8 p.m. Free keepsake photos will be taken by a professional photographer.