Halloween isn’t just a holiday in downtown Kent, it’s an event. And like much of the best parts of Kent, the Halloween event isn’t a pre-packaged choreographed scripted city thing, it’s a grass roots bubbling up from the primordial soup kind of thing. The City doesn’t plan it, promote it or run it — it just happens on its own. The City does help clean up the mess afterwards and if things get a little too crowded on the sidewalks we will close down the streets in order to let the revelry spill over into the streets. We hate to do that because the sidewalk parade of customes and characters actually brings lots of people downtown to check out the show from the safety of the interior of their mini-vans. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Jurassic Park concept of riding your in your car to check out all the wild animals. This year two Kent groups are trying to extend the Halloween festivity hours by offering more family fare early in the day and evening as a prelude to the main event.
Kent Parks and Recreation has a great tradition of hayrides and a mini-haunted house tour at Fred Fuller Park but this year they decided to go bigger and plan a wider range of interactive Halloween fun with families in mind. Here’s their advertisment:
Then, once the Parks and Rec events wrap up, Main Street Kent is picking up where they left off with even more family fun right in downtown Kent.
And then of course right around 9 pm the early show begins and the ghouls begin to emerge from the shadows around the downtown entertainment establishments. Generally speaking the show is fairly tame up until around 11 pm and that’s when things start to become much more adult oriented.
So this year you’ve got no excuses not to have a full day of Halloween fun in Kent no matter what age you are. Happy haunting!