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If dogs wearing costumes makes you smile (whether it’s your pooch or someone else’s), you may enjoy the 2016 Dog-O-Ween held at Bell Street Park in the vicinity of 2nd Ave. on Bell Street in downtown Seattle. The event takes place on Saturday October 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm, with a dog costume contest as well as a performance by the popular children’s performer, Caspar Babypants.

Presented by Seattle’s COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas), this will be the 2nd year for this event. Last year’s event was sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and 6 community partners, but was cancelled due to extremely harsh weather conditions.

In a former life, Caspar Babypants (real name Chris Ballew) was a member of the musical group “The Presidents of the United States of America”. He now performs well-received, family-centric music, and has recorded 11 children’s albums, including two based on The Beatles’ music. His 12th album is due out in November 2016.

Bring your dog or enjoy someone else’s…in full Halloween attire at Dog-O-Ween.

Halloween is just next week! We have put together a list of fun activities and events for adults and the whole family to enjoy for Halloween at Belltown in Seattle:

  • Spooktacular Halloween Party: Creepy costumes, spooky songs, and more are to be enjoyed at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater’s Spooktacular Halloween Party from Arts Crush on October 26th. Costumes are encouraged. Pay-what-you-will at the door when you mention Arts Crush. Ages 21 and up. Event starts at 8 p.m.
  • Metalween 2013 with Hand of Doom, At the Spine, Thunderpouch, and Maiden Seattle: October 26th will be an evening of classic metal-themed covers starting at 9 p.m. at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater. Presented by NadaMucho.com and hosted by Mike Spine, Metalween 2013 is the place to be for guests 21 and up! Cover is $10 or $8 if you come in Metal Costume.
  • Bollywood Annual Halloween Bash: Head to The Crocodile on Saturday, October 26th at 9 p.m. for the annual Bollywood Halloween Bash! The place will be transformed into a haunted house theme with décor, candy, and costume contests! Entrance is $8.
  • 12th Annual Pulse Ultimate Halloween Bash: Engage in mischief, escapades, and other Halloween festivities at the EMP on October 26th starting at 8 p.m. Also for 21-and-over only, Pulse is the Ultimate Halloween Bash. Get your tickets before they sell out – 2,000 guests admitted only.
  • Kids Trick-or-Treat on the Waterfront: Early trick-or-treating on the Seattle Waterfront will be available for kids and families on Sunday, October 27th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses between the ferry terminal and the Bell Harbor Conference Center will be handing out candy, and there will be several other activities and fun for FREE!
  • The Belltown Pub’s Zombie Apocalypse Costume Bash: With an “open casket” buffet, cocktails, costume contest, and a guest DJ spinning Top 40 and ’80s music, you won’t want to miss the Zombie Apocalypse Costume Bash at The Belltown Pub! The event is Thursday, October 31st, starting at 9 p.m., and it’s free!
  • Monster Fest – Kids Halloween Extravaganza at EMP: Creepy crafts, tasty trick-or-treating, scavenger hunts and more make for family fun at the EMP’s Monster Fest on October 31st from 2 – 8 p.m. Adults in costume get $5 off museum admission, and kids 12 and under get in free.
  • Halloween Bash at The Crocodile: Underdog Sports Leagues presents the 2013 Halloween Bash at The Crocodile on Thursday, October 31st from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Sharadawn will be spinning, plus door prizes and a costume contest with Seahawks tickets as the grand prize! Free entrance with event RSVP on Facebook, or $10 at the door. VIP tickets are $20 – purchase here.

Happy Halloween!

Featured photo from UnderdogSeattle.com.

Your little ones won’t have to wait until October 31st to give their Halloween costumes a whirl at trick-or-treating! The Downtown Seattle Association is holding its annual early trick-or-treating event for kids and families at the waterfront on Sunday, October 27th near Belltown, Seattle.

The shops and restaurants between the Bell Harbor Conference Center and the Ferry Terminal will have candy at the ready for be-costumed kiddos on the 27th, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Click here for a list of participating businesses, or print out your own trick-or-treating map here.

According to the Downtown Seattle Association, “Year to year this event brings thousands of families down to the waterfront to participate in safe and spirited Halloween fun. Last year over 4,000 people came out for the event and this year we expect the same flood of parents and costumed trick-or-treaters to join in the harvest-time family fun!”

This is a free event for the whole family, and since it’s Sunday, street parking will be free, too!

Honest Tea will be handing out free samples of their Honestkids® fruit drinks, as well as hosting a bag toss and other holiday-themed activities. The Seattle Fire Department will hold a show-and-tell of the fire apparatus between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Pier 58 (the Waterfront Park). Seattle YMCA is participating in the fun with a Halloween ring toss and crafts, and lots of other businesses will have their own part in the festivities.

Keep the fun going with Halloween activities at the Seattle Aquarium. They will have underwater pumpkin carving to see, as well as face painting and games for kids to participate in. Your family can catch one of two sessions of ‘Ominous Octopus Feedings’, as well as other animal feedings and presentations. The activities and events at the Aquarium are between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th.

Featured photo from DowntownSeattle.com.

Pull out your calendars and get your pens (or thumbs) ready! There are some exciting events to look forward to in the Belltown neighborhood next month. With the fall Seattle Restaurant Week, live performances, and more, you’ll want to save the date for these Belltown events:

  1. October 3 – Album Release of Xperience’s The Revelations [EP] at The Crocodile: After touring with Macklemore X Ryan Lewis for the last two years, Xperience is releasing his new album, The Revelations [EP] on October 3rd at The Crocodile. The event is at 8 p.m., and advance tickets are $7. Click here to buy.
  2. October 6 – Braised Meats Sunday Feast at Tavolàta: Each month, Tavolàta holds a family-dinner style feast celebrating different food preparations and ingredients. For October, it’s Braised Meats! Tavolàta has yet to publish their menu for the evening, but when they do it can be found here. The Feast is on October 6th at 6 p.m., and includes four courses usually priced at $65 per person. Reservations are required, since it usually sells out. Call 206-838-8008.
  3. October 11 – The Life Erotic, A Very Wes Anderson Cabaret at Jewelbox: Celebrate Wes Anderson’s film career in a whole new way at this cabaret event at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater on October 11th at 7 p.m. Tantalizing burlesque, live music, photobooth, costume contest, and more! General admission is $20, VIP $35.
  4. October 13 to 17 & 20 to 24 – Dine at Belltown Restaurants for Seattle Restaurant Week: The fall installment of Seattle Restaurant week begins on October 13th! Enjoy a three-course dinner for $28, and at some places, a three-course lunch for $15. Participating Belltown restaurants include Aqua by El Gaucho, Cutters Crabhouse (lunch menu available), Local 360 (lunch menu available), Spur Gastropub, TanakaSan (lunch menu available), Tavolàta and Wasabi Bistro.

Featured photo from OpenTable.com.

Entertainment and food, that’s what’s on the calendar for July in Belltown! Read on for the Belltown events to save the date for next month:

  1. Wednesdays in July: Wednesday Night Music at Boat Street Café: Drop by Boat Street Café for their Wednesday Night Music event! From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., different musicians and bands will serenade you as you enjoy excellent food and drinks.
  2. July 7 – Wagyu Beef Sunday Feast at Tavolàta: Tavolàta’s chef Brian Clevenger is highlighting Waygu Beef for the June Sunday Feast at this Belltown restaurant. The dinner is on Sunday, July 7th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Dinner will be served at the communal table as a family-style meal. Check the Ethan Stowell blog for the menu, which will be released soon. Call 206-838-8008 to reserve your seat. Space is limited, so reservations are required.
  3. July 20 – Bite of Seattle with Local 360: Local 360 is participating in the annual Bite of Seattle at the Seattle Center! Spend $10 to get into the Alki Courtyard and enjoy tastes from some of Seattle’s best restaurants, including Local 360 on July 20th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.! This Belltown restaurant will be serving Root Beer Glazed Pork Belly Sliders with Hot Sauce and Pickled Okra. The proceeds from your ticket into the Alki Courtyard will benefit Food Lifeline. Local 360’s chef Brian Cartenuto will be demonstrating live on the Bite Cooks! stage at 3 p.m.
  4. July 25 – SeaMen, A Maritime Boylesque Cabaret at the Jewelbox: Head to the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater on July 25th for “SeaMen”, a maritime boylesque cabaret featuring GoGo Harder of NYC. The cabaret goes from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person in advance, or $20 at the door.
  5. July 27 – It’s a (Burlesque) Jungle Out There! At the Jewelbox: Journey through the untamed jungle of the Seattle burlesque scene! It’s a (Burlesque) Jungle Out There! Featuring performances from some of Seattle’s wildest performers, join us for an evening of glittery lions, sexy tigers, and rowdy bears oh, my! The event is at the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater on Saturday, July 27th at 8 p.m.

Featured photo from BiteofSeattle.com.