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2016 Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is Sunday, Oct. 30th

October 11th, 2016 by Mike

Alicia this week emails: “Maple Leaf Life, as Halloween falls on a Monday, when are most neighborhoods doing trick or treating? For most families, trick or treating on a weeknight is difficult. Would it be Saturday or Sunday night for Maple Leaf?”

Our reply:

Traditionally in Maple Leaf, trick or treating occurs on the actual All Hallows Eve, i.e., Monday. (Last year we got 232 kids, 33 adults in costume, 6 dogs.)

Also, for several years now there has been a daytime Parade of Costumes through the neighborhood on the Sunday before Halloween, often drawing over a hundred kids. From talk over at the Maple Leaf Parents Facebook group, it looks like it’s on this year, tho we haven’t yet received anything official. -M

Now there’s a little more information on the (NEW!) Ace Hardware sign, above.

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Seventh annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is on!

October 25th, 2015 by Mike

The 2015 Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes is on!

And it’s not raining – yet. (Update 3:37 p.m. raining now.)

The seventh annual parade – which almost didn’t happen – drew at least 170 people (and four dogs) by starting time at Rick’s Chevron, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

Despite the last-minute planning, this is possibly the second-biggest turnout for the parade. Congratulations to Donna Hartmann-Miller, who started and led the parade for years, and to Michelle Deang Hamilton and friends, who pulled it off this year.

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A week to save the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes?

October 19th, 2015 by Mike

It’s now less than two weeks before Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31st) and we  have had several readers inquire:

“What about the hugely popular Parade of Costumes?”

Rachel, for example: “Hi. Do you know when the Halloween parade will be this year?”

The answer is no. At the moment there does not appear to be a plan for what would be the Seventh Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, an event that has drawn hundreds in the past.

Donna Hartmann-Miller, the ubiquitous force behind the parade for the past six years, emails that she can’t handle it this fall.

“I had put out a call for someone to take this over this year, but no one has stepped up for it. Typically it happens the Sunday before Halloween, but it would be up to the person who wants to organize it.

“If anyone contacts me, I will put it out on our email, on our Facebook page, there will probably be a poster at the park kiosk and I assume you will put it on Maple Leaf Life, yes?

“If you hear of anyone interested, they can contact me and I will tell them what was done in the past and provide whatever support I can.”

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Mid-October news from around Maple Leaf

October 15th, 2014 by Mike

Some news nuggets while we fight with our highly annoying comment issue:

Tonight’s candidates and issues forum starts at 7 p.m. at Olympic View Elementary School. The Maple Leaf Community Council is providing free licensed child care.

Skipper the cat is missing from nearby Ravenna, and Robin wants to know if he’s been spotted.

“Lost domestic short-hair orange male tabby with very short tail. Skipper went missing on Oct. 10th, he has a hangy-belly and is very friendly and will follow the hand that feeds him. We miss him very much and hope to find him again. If you have seen Skipper please contact Robin Stacy at 206-372-4118. “

Skipper lives at Second Avenue Northeast and Northeast 68th Street.

Kiddie Parade of Costumes this year will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26th, at 3 p.m. Details TK and to be posted here. For last year’s photos (and the official opening of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park) go here.

Native Plant Sale at the Perkins School, 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E.,will be held this Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 10-4 p.m.

Sidewalks and speed cameras. The current hard-copy issue of the Community Council newsletter, which should have arrived at your home by now, discusses the possibility of sidewalks along 20th Avenue Northeast near Sacajawea Elementary. You can read more there, but note the funding might come from “larger-than-expected revenue from the City of Seattle’s school-zone speed cameras.” ???

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Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes and other fall festivals hereabouts

October 15th, 2013 by Mike

The annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, held Sunday, Oct. 27th, will end with the OPENING OF OUR NEW PARK!

It starts at  1 p.m. at Rick’s Chevron, Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street. The full route will take a little over an hour to walk.

As in previous years, bring a non-perishable item for local food banks.

From the Maple Leaf Community Council:

“The Parade will end in Maple Leaf Park, just in time for the Opening Celebration of the upper part of the Park (which officially starts at 2:30 and runs to 4:30).

“The Opening Festivities will include a performance by Counterbalance Barbershop quartet, ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments, and family activities. We look forward to seeing you there!

“We could use a few volunteers to help with crossing Roosevelt and do some ‘front running’ to inform participating businesses the parade is approaching their location and giving them a chance to get outside to hand out treats. Email donna.hartmann-miller@mapleleafcommunity.org with questions, comments, or to volunteer!”

In addition, there are several other festivals planned for the neighborhood.

Saturday, Oct. 26th:

Olympic View Elementary holds its Fall Carnival from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. It will include games, crafts and food. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.  504 N.E. 95th St.

Northgate Mall has announced this year’s Halloween events.  The first event on Oct. 26th invites children and their families to enjoy some festive-themed activities for an afternoon of fun and a jump-start on the candy (1-3 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court). Then, come back in for some Halloween-day indoor trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st (4-8 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court).

Thursday, Oct. 31:

Northgate Mall: Halloween-day indoor trick-or-treating on Oct. 31st (4-8 p.m. in Ben Bridge Court).

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Maple Leaf Halloween neighborhood wrapup

November 1st, 2011 by Mike

All photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

The witches are back in the basement and the pumpkins are on their way out, but what a Halloween it was here in Maple Leaf.

The rain vanished by mid-afternoon and the streets were filled with the calls of children, 127 of whom had visited Maple Leaf Life by the end of the evening. !!!

(Thanks, Peg, for the official count.)

Also, Donna – the organizer of Sunday’s successful Parade of Costumes – has posted a thank-you to the folks and businesses that made it happen. She put it in comments on our earlier post – it’s quite a list.

That’s Donna on the right, by the way. If you click here you’ll be taken to a set of parade photos by Dane Doerflinger, a photographer, whitewater guide and Maple Leaf resident. There are over 100 photos; you might recognize yourselves.

Thanks, Dane!

Boo! Department: JP has commented on a group of 9-10 adolescent boys who showed up on his doorstep on Halloween.


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More on Sunday’s Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes – plus a neighborhood pet costume contest

October 29th, 2011 by Mike

Here’s an update on the neighborhood Parade of Costumes, which runs from 2-4 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 30.

Organizer Donna Hartmann-Miller emails: “We are planning on this, rain or shine, so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.”

More information is in our earlier post, here.

Email donnah@nymbledesign.com with questions, comments, or to volunteer. She continues:

“Also, thanks to the businesses who will be participating this year (and for volunteering to join in, responding to this last-minute request): Peaks Frozen Custard, Roosevelt Alehouse, Maxine’s Floral & Gift, Cloud City Coffee, ADWAS, Fine Impressions Gallery, Cafe Javasiti, San Marco Grocery, Kona Kitchen, Blue Saucer, Reckless Video, and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

“Roosevelt Alehouse and Maple Leaf Pharmacy are allowing us to use their parking lot to start out the parade and The Perkins School is letting us use their parking lot to end the parade and serve snacks on – many thanks!

“Also thanks to Maple Leaf Life for putting out the word we needed a volunteer and for publicizing this.

“And a last thanks to Edgar from COA and Brooke W. for volunteering (if anyone else would like to help out, we can still use some route support – email me).”

In addition, All The Best Pet Care, 8050 Lake City Way N.E, emailed this morning to say they are repeating their Howl-O-Ween contest today and Sunday.

What could be cuter than pets dressed in Halloween costumes? In our opinion, very little! Bring in your dressed-up pet to be entered into our Halloween pet costume contest. There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prize. All judging will be done on the night of October 31st and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Come in anytime during business hours on Saturday the 29th or Sunday the 30th for some early trick-or-treating!

Shown above is Alistair, who won last year’s “Best in Show.”

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More on Sunday's Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes – plus a neighborhood pet costume contest

October 29th, 2011 by Mike

Here’s an update on the neighborhood Parade of Costumes, which runs from 2-4 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 30.

Organizer Donna Hartmann-Miller emails: “We are planning on this, rain or shine, so dress appropriately and carry an umbrella.”

More information is in our earlier post, here.

Email donnah@nymbledesign.com with questions, comments, or to volunteer. She continues:

“Also, thanks to the businesses who will be participating this year (and for volunteering to join in, responding to this last-minute request): Peaks Frozen Custard, Roosevelt Alehouse, Maxine’s Floral & Gift, Cloud City Coffee, ADWAS, Fine Impressions Gallery, Cafe Javasiti, San Marco Grocery, Kona Kitchen, Blue Saucer, Reckless Video, and Maple Leaf Ace Hardware.

“Roosevelt Alehouse and Maple Leaf Pharmacy are allowing us to use their parking lot to start out the parade and The Perkins School is letting us use their parking lot to end the parade and serve snacks on – many thanks!

“Also thanks to Maple Leaf Life for putting out the word we needed a volunteer and for publicizing this.

“And a last thanks to Edgar from COA and Brooke W. for volunteering (if anyone else would like to help out, we can still use some route support – email me).”

In addition, All The Best Pet Care, 8050 Lake City Way N.E, emailed this morning to say they are repeating their Howl-O-Ween contest today and Sunday.

What could be cuter than pets dressed in Halloween costumes? In our opinion, very little! Bring in your dressed-up pet to be entered into our Halloween pet costume contest. There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prize. All judging will be done on the night of October 31st and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Come in anytime during business hours on Saturday the 29th or Sunday the 30th for some early trick-or-treating!

Shown above is Alistair, who won last year’s “Best in Show.”

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