T’Challaween — A South End Tribute to Our Heroes

The South Seattle Emerald presents T’Challaween — A South End Tribute to Our Heroes (2021 Edition!)

Sat., Oct. 30, 1–4 p.m.

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




🎃 PLUS — Shop The South End Public Market in Jefferson Park; Decorate the “Spookiest House” for prizes; Get professional pictures of you and your family decked out in your Halloween costumes; and more!

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 (stay tuned for details!) 

📸 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!

🏆 Last, but not least, 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!

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

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).

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! 😷 🤟🏿 ✊🏾

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

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

If you would like to volunteer for or sponsor this event, contact us at jessie.mckenna@seattleemerald.org.

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 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!)

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!


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.”

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