The Best Places to Trick-or-Treat with Kids in Pierce County
October 24, 2017
Halloween is right around the corner, and Pierce County offers tons of great places to take your kids trick-or-treating! From safe, sponsored events to communities that promise endless goodies, we’ve put together a few local hotspots as recommended by Pierce County residents.
Here are some of the best places to trick-or-treat with kids in Pierce County (organized by city):
As a popular destination among locals, you will not want to miss the Stadium Business District’s Street of Treats. “The Stadium Business District does the Street of Treats on Halloween where merchants hand out treats… including doggie treats,” shares Sharon Benson. “Pictures are usually taken at Stadium Thriftway… October 31st [from] 3-6 pm… [there are] lots of fun & spooky things to enjoy!” Get your little ghouls and goblins ready for this super fun event!
Located in the Proctor District (N. 26th & Proctor Sts. Tacoma, WA 98407)
When: October 31, 2017; 4:00pm-6:00pm
If you’re worried about your little one’s safety this Halloween, check out Proctor Treats. “Proctor Treats is a fun, safe option,” says Janelle Palumbo Benford. “The streets are closed off [at] N. 26th and Proctor and all the businesses hand out candy.” Your kids can enjoy a piece of sugary goodness and you can enjoy some peace of mind!
Mix things up this Halloween with a visit to Life Center Tacoma’s Trunk or Treat. “Life Center does a pretty big Trunk or Treat event every year,” says Jim Swanson. “It's fun!” Neighbors can show off their creative sides by designing their trunks, and kids can have a safe, unique experience that will make them want to come back every year.
If your kids have grown bored of the traditional trick-or-treating route, add a new twist by taking them to Pearl Street Safeway’s Halloween Carnival. “Pearl Street Safeway brings together employees from all the Tacoma area stores to put together a carnival,” shares Trish Stone. “There are games, treats, [and] giveaways all in a safe place.” And the best part? “It's usually a day or two before Halloween so the kids (and parents!!) can double dip!” Get the spooky fun going early this year!
When it comes to no-frills trick-or-treating, you have to check out Sheryll Tan and Julie Hammon’s pick, Trick or Treat in the Harbor. “Downtown Gig Harbor is a great place to do trick-or-treating,” Sheryll shares. “They close down the roads by the waterfront and kids can safely walk from house to house as well as businesses who generously give candies.” She does offer one extra-important piece of advice, though: “Be sure to be there early though as parking gets really difficult.”
Sheryll also offers up another awesome trick-or-treating spot. “...Of course, in my very own neighborhood, Canterwood,” she shares. “Residents are very kind and generous in giving out treats here and children and adults alike know that so many non-residents come here for this reason.”
Julie adds that Canterwood is the place to go “for full-sized treats.” “Sometimes children would even get more than what they ask for (like donuts, cupcakes or other healthier options),” Sheryll continues. “Many houses really prepare for this occasion and you can definitely see it in all their Halloween decorations and costumes (little kids can even get creeped out at other homes and its owners, that's how well-dressed and well-decorated they are!).” Her quick tip for getting the most out of your Halloween here? “...If you are a non-resident, you need to be inside the neighborhood at a certain time. After that, non-residents may not be able to enter the neighborhood anymore and will need to park their cars outside.”
Located at 4701 Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Gig Harbor, WA 98335
When: 2017 Date & Time TBA
In addition to Downtown Gig Harbor, Julie also recommends checking out the Uptown shopping area. “Downtown Gig Harbor and Uptown Shopping Center are great for trick or treating. Especially if you have little ones,” she says. “...In Uptown the kids can go from store to store.” If you want to give your little ghostling an easy and enjoyable Halloween night, stop by!
Trick-or-Treating in Whitley Hills & Wildwood Estates
“A couple [other] good neighborhoods [for trick-or-treating]...[are] Whitley Hills or Wildwood Estates in the Artondale area,” Julie shares. “They are both very popular and always have lots of candy. They are also across the street from each other. [There’s] not a ton of parking so kids/adults need to be very careful or hopefully have a friend who lives in one of the neighborhoods that you could park at.” Get those treat bags overflowing with goodies this year with a trip to these top spots.
Trick-or-Treating in Gated Communities
For another excellent chance at full bars and lots of treats, take a look at Shantia Johnson’s suggestion. “We like to go to gated communities,” she shares. “A lot of them open their gates on Halloween and the kids always get tons of candy! The communities in Puyallup and Spanaway are all great places to go! A few of Puyallup’s gated communities can be found in Gem Heights and Sunrise, just to name a couple!
Shantia also adds that “Fircrest is a great place, almost everyone participates.” Check out these communities this Halloween, and prepare to have enough candy to last you until Easter!