Orange graphic with large black lettering that says T'Challaween, A South End Tribute to Our Heroes, Saturday, October 30, 2021, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Masks Required, Socially Distanced, Vaccines Encouraged, Costume Contest! Free No-Touch Candy! Photobooth! Livestream! Parade route follows Beacon Hill Greenway

T’Challaween 2021

The South Seattle Emerald presents . . . T’Challaween — A South End Tribute to Our Heroes

Sat., Oct. 30, 1–4 p.m.

T’Challaween (2021) is a socially distant costume parade along the Beacon Hill Stay Healthy Street (from S. College St to the S. Spokane St entrance to Jefferson Park). 

Masks are required — the ones that block germs! 😷




  • Shop the South End Public Market & find live music & entertainment in Jefferson Park 🛍️ 🎶
  • Decorate the “Spookiest House” for prizes 🏠🕸️👻
  • Get professional pictures of you and your family decked out in your Halloween costumes 📸
  • Can’t attend? Watch the live stream at home! (And you can still enter the spooky house contest!) 🎥

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: Please note that Stay Healthy Streets are not closed to local traffic. Event staff will assist paraders and vehicles (as needed) with road safety — stay safe, everyone!

(Click image for printable map)

Costumed paraders head down the street as volunteers toss candy for a socially distanced trick-or-treat. (Photo: Susan Fried)

The event will feature a one-mile, **socially distant costume parade along the Beacon Hill Greenway/Stay Healthy Street. Paraders will travel north to south on 18th Ave S. from S. College St to the Spokane St entrance to Jefferson Park where you can shop the South End Public Market for holiday gifts. (We’ll post the parade route map in the event discussion!).

🍫🍭🍬 “No-touch” candy tossers will be stationed along the route! Event staff will guide paraders and facilitate a safe event for all.

📺 We’ll livestream the event for those who can’t attend in person and there will be live music and entertainment! 🎶

📸 Join the parade at any point but be sure to head to Jefferson Park to get your picture taken at our photo booth with the T’Challaween banner. The pics will be available for all to download and keep forever after the event!

🏆 We’ll host a costume contest AND spooky house decorating contest and give away prizes to winners! So get your Halloween game in gear and show us your stuff, South End!

Find live music and entertainment at the sculptures in Jefferson Park right as you complete the parade route. Entertainment provided by The Artist Way and  Seattle Parks and Recreation. Live stream provided by Blazin’ Space and kittenteeth.

The entertainment lineup includes Shaina Shepherd, Chris King, Da Qween, and more to be announced. 

Masked skeletons quickly strike a pose during the social-distanced costume parade at 2020’s T’Challaween in South Seattle. (Photo: Susan Fried)

We ask that all paraders and spectators maintain — a minimum of — 6 feet of distance between other attendees. Please attend T’Challaween with your family/household and — AT ALL TIMES — *masks must be worn to mitigate the spread of disease.

*If your costume has a mask, wear an appropriate mask over/under it (most costume masks are not sufficient protection for yourself or others from COVID-19).

Costumed paraders catch candy during 2020’s T’Challaween in South Seattle. (Photo: Susan Fried)

These guidelines will help keep paraders, spectators, event staff, and nearby residents safe. We will be monitoring the event for compliance and those not adhering to these guidelines will be asked to leave.

Please help us make this a fun — and SAFE — day for all! 😷 🤟🏿 ✊🏾

RSVP on Eventbrite for optional contact tracing:

👻 Costume Contest 👻

Kids of Color dressed up in Halloween costumes against a purple background with Black Panther character repeating pattern.
Photographer Jovelle Tamayo captured this image of children in Halloween costumes and we put some Black Panthers behind it.

Bringing your A-game to the costume parade?

You work hard on your costumes, so we encourage you to enter this year’s costume contest by making your way to the T’Challaween banner at Jefferson Park (near the parade’s end) where we’ll have our photo “booth” set up (on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1–4 p.m.). At the photo booth, a staff member will ask if you want to enter and — if so — write down your name/contact info. And that’s it! (Must be present to enter.)

Read on for info about prizes and winner announcements!

🏠 “Spookiest House” Contest 🏠

The front porch of a white/beige house decorated for Halloween with paper skeletons and carved pumpkins.
A house decorated all spooky-like for Halloween.

Is your house the spookiest in all of South Seattle? 

Snap a picture of your spooky house (apartment, bedroom — wherever you call home!) to enter our “Spookiest House” contest for a chance win cool prizes!

We’re not looking for giant inflatables (those are cool tho). If you live/work/play in the South End, we want to see your creativity! Bag up those leaves and make ghosties; carve some cardboard into a ghoulie graveyard; light up your jack-o’-lanterns. Then post a pic to Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #tchallaween2021 (spell it right!).

Make sure you respond if we comment on your post so we can contact you if you’re a winner! Enter the “Spookiest House” contest by Sunday, Oct. 31, at 11:59 p.m.  

A purple graphic with black lettering and graphic overlay that says "T’Challaween 2021" with a stylized Marvel's Black Panther face. Also says "Contest Winner: Your Name Here" and "Awarded for..." and "A South End Tribute to Our Heroes"
Limited-edition T’Challaween 2021 commemorative poster.

🏆 Prizes!

Contest winners will receive prize packs with fun stuff like Marvel’s Black Panther masks, pins, toys, plus sparkly Emerald “gems,” a How Kids Feel #BLM Picture Protest poster (signed by the photographer!), and more. All winners will also receive a limited-edition commemorative T’Challaween 2021 11×17 poster with their name hand-written on it (plus bragging rights for all time!). 

We’ll post the winners of both contests on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) and include them in a special South Seattle Emerald article.  


T’Challaween 2021 is brought to you by the South Seattle Emerald with generous support from:

The Station coffee shop, Beacon Arts, Boon Boona Coffee, Amy’s Merkato, Victrola Coffee, Jefferson Advisory Council, the ACLU-WA, Alaska Airlines, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Safeway.

Check out this year’s poster!

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A trick-or-treater dressed as Marvel’s Black Panther, King T’Challa, waves. (Photo: Susan Fried)

What is T’Challaween???

T’Challaween is A South End Tribute to Our Heroes, of course!

But what does THAT mean? And what (or who) is a hero anyway?

T’Challaween is a tribute to our heroes and role models — those who inspire, set an example, and pave the way for us. Halloween is the perfect event to pay tribute to those among us, real and imagined, who make us want to be the best versions of ourselves and push through fear and insecurity to grow and level-up as human beings. T’Challaween is an opportunity to not only pay tribute to those who came before us but to be those who will come after.

On Halloween, we can be anything we want. We can try on being the “hero” for a day and find out what it’s like to be something different that feels great.

It’s an opportunity for South Seattleites to come together safely to celebrate what makes our community great — the people! More than ever, we need each other.

We are — all of us — heroic at one time or another, if not in our own eyes, in the eyes of others. And we are all role models, to each other and to the next generation. Heroes don’t always wear capes, but they do help those in need by drawing on their unique skills. Heroes are not always masked, but pandemic heroes wear their masks to protect others. Frontline workers have been among the great heroes of the pandemic!

There are many definitions of “hero.” (We’d love to know what it means to you! Add a post the Facebook event discussion!)

Let us not forget in these times of virtual (and actual) isolation that we are not alone, that there are heroes among us (sometimes they ARE US), that we are in this together, and that collectively we have super powers! 

What's your super power???

In the words of Marvel’s Black Panther, the one and only, T’Challa:

“We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.”

R.I.P Chadwick Boseman

T’Challaween is very fondly dedicated to the man, the actor, the role model —  the hero — and the gift that is the legacy he leaves behind.

See pics from last year’s inaugural T’Challaween event here.

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