Photo depicting a crowd of youth dressed in various costumes walking down the street trick-or-treating.

T’Challaween 2022: The Emerald’s Halloween Event Drew More Superheroes Than Ever

by Susan Fried

Dozens of little superheroes, astronauts, princesses, ghosts, witches, and every other imaginable creature — and their parents — descended on Beacon Hill near Jefferson Park on Oct. 29 for the third annual T’Challaween — A South End Tribute to Our Heroes. The mile-long trick-or-treat event started at 18th and College and ended at Jefferson Park with numerous treat stops along the way. The South End Public Market’s “Moon Market” at Jefferson Park ended the celebration. In addition to the tent stops where volunteers handed out candy, several neighbors had created ingenious candy chutes and a swinging skeleton that distributed sweets to those brave enough to approach it. 

T’Challaween started in 2020 as a socially distant trick-or-treat event that honors our heroes, both the supernatural and humankind. This year’s event drew more people than ever with over 1,200 participants. Approximately 250 lbs. of candy was distributed to ghouls, princesses, and superheroes of all ages. 

T’Challaween would not have been possible without the generous help of volunteers. Thank you to all who volunteered your time to make this event truly memorable!

Click the arrows (swipe on mobile) or click the dots to move between photos. All photos by Susan Fried.

From Princesses to Superheroes (and Some Villains Too)

  • Photo depicting a youth dressed as Disney Princess Tiana greeting an adult dressed as T'Challa/the Black Panther.
  • Photo depicting a youth dressed as Miles Morales' Spiderman swinging from a tree.
  • Close-up photo depicting a youth dressed as Disney Princess Tiana showing off her costume.
  • Photo depicting a family group with parents pushing strollers and youth wearing costumes, including Spider Gwen, a bumblebee, lady bug, and a dinosaur.
  • Photo depicting a family dressed as supervillains The Riddler and Poison Ivy trick-or-treating with friends and family.

To Ghoulies and Monsters (Both Friendly and Fierce)

  • Photo depicting youth in costumes of a werewolf, Mando the Mandalorian, a unicorn, and dinosaur gathered for a picture in front of the orange T'Challaween banner.
  • Photo depicting an individual wearing a monster head as a costume.
  • Photo depicting a family dressed as Iron Man with a Pikachu mask, Pikachu with an Iron Man mask, Oscar the Grouch, and a bandit.
  • Photo depicting a toddler dressed as Grogu/Baby Yoda while trick-or-treating from a wagon.

The Frights Were Delightful With Many Smiles Shared

  • Photo depicting a group of trick-or-treaters dressed in various costumes waiting at a crosswalk.
  • Photo depicting a youth dressed in an astronaut costume interacting with a "dancing" skeleton passing out treats.
  • Photo depicting an adult dressed as Alfredo Linguini and a toddler dressed as Remy the rat, both characters from the film "Ratatouille."
  • Photo depicting a group gathered in various costumes and posing in front of the orange T'Challaween banner.

Susan Fried is a 40-year veteran photographer. Her early career included weddings, portraits, and commercial work — plus, shes been The Skanner News’ Seattle photographer for 25 years. Her images have appeared in the University of Washingtons The Daily, The Seattle Globalist, Crosscut, and many more. She’s been an Emerald contributor since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @fried.susan.

📸 Featured Image: This year’s T’Challaween was bigger than ever, with over 1,200 participants trick-or-treating through the Beacon Hill neighborhood, with plenty of candy stops along the way. (Photo: Susan Fried)

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