Entertainment, Puyallup

Halloween Happenings in Puyallup

Puyallup Halloween Events

Halloween is upon us this weekend and it’s time to celebrate a wonderfully spooky way to have fun with friends and family. Now that everyone has his or her Halloween costume (and if you don’t check out our last post about last minute DIY Halloween costumes) it’s time to find local event in Puyallup to show off that Halloween costume and get some treats. Here is a list of local events happening in the Puyallup and surrounding areas this weekend.

For some of the younger children ages 1-3, trick or treating isn’t really an option. Instead, the Puyallup Public Library hosts a “Toddler Treasures Storytime” Join Miss Carol for stories, song and rhymes to help entertain the young ones on October 30th at 11:15am. This is a free event that happens every Friday until November 21st. If you have any questions please feel free to call the library at (253) 841-5454.

Looking for a safe place to take the kids on Halloween for some trick or treating? The Puyallup Main street Association has the “Boo-allup in Puyallup Trick or Treat” experience in the downtown area of Puyallup. A ton of local businesses will be handing out candies and treats from 3-6pm on October 31st. Don’t miss this fun event for the whole family!

The South Hill Mall also provides a safe trick or treating environment for kids on October 31st from 4pm until 7pm. Participating merchants will provide candy while supplies last. Also bring a can of food to help support the Puyallup Food Bank. The donation center for the food bank will be located in the center court. October is also anti-bullying month so Captain McFinn and Friends will be at the mall from 3-5pm in the center court to help teach kids about the effects of bullying and how to stop it. To learn more about Captain McFinn and Friends and their mission please visit www.captainmcfinn.com.

The Cobweb Carnival a fun and festive carnival that includes games, bounce houses and a family friendly Halloween setting for kids in Puyallup. The event takes places on October 31st from 3 until 6pm and is located in the Pioneer Park Pavilion. This event runs in conjunction with the B”oo-allup in Puyallup Trick or Treating” event in Downtown Puyallup. This event is hosted by the city of Puyallup and is completely free to kids and their families!

For a more adult oriented night out, Wayne’s Inn Bar and Grill is having a Halloween Costume Party on October 31st. The doors open at 10 pm and people in costume get in free. There will be $4 Fireball whiskey shots, $1 Jello shots, and $500 in prizes for the best couples costume, the sexiest costume and overall best costume. Come dressed to scare or impress and potentially win some money!

For people looking for a fright this Halloween, there is no better place the Wild Wave’s Fright Fest. Fright Fest includes over 20 amusement rides, 2 haunted houses and BOOVILLE for children 12 and under. The two haunted houses featured are “The Chamber of Souls” and the “Play Ground Haunted House” in 3-D. Please note that the haunted houses are rated PG-13 so no children under 13 are allowed to enter. BOOLVILLE is a scare free zone that offers Halloween fun for children that includes the Monster Music Factory, a giant inflatable slide, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting a much more!

Maris Farms offers all different kinds of fun fall activities on their 5+ acre farm. They have an animal barn, a corn maze, pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow, a large pumpkin patch and much, much more! Maris Farms also has the Haunted Woods, which is sure to bring frights and delights to all who dare to visit. The Haunted Woods offers a creepy quest through the corn and the forest that is a fun and scary for people who dare to accept the challenge. Maris Farms is open through this weekend.

For a truly scary experience, check out the Fright Factory Haunted House. Open on October 29th and 30th from 7pm until 11pm and on Halloween night from 7pm until 12pm, the Fright Factory is sure to provide an awesomely scary experience that is very realistic and horrifying. General admission is only $12.00 and make sure to bring cash because credit and debit cards are not accepted. If you bring a canned food donation for the local food bank you will receive a dollar off the general admission price. They also have food and beverage vendors onsite along with parking. If you are ready for a truly scary and frightening Halloween experience, The Fright Factory should be one of your stops this weekend.

Make sure you have a wonderfully scary and safe Halloween this weekend. If you have any other suggestions of places to visit, please let us know on Twitter at https://twitter.com/puyallupcom. We look forward to hearing about any recommendations you might have!

Downtown, Education, Farmers Market, Puyallup

Puyallup Public Library

Puyallup Public Library

Education is a powerful thing. It is one of the most important things Ezra Meeker, our Puyallup pioneer, valued highly. The power of education not only enhances literacy, it creates inspiration and imagination. It can not only inspire yourself but help inspire others.

Before Puyallup was even a city, there has always been a library. Before the land cut down to a manageable level by Ezra Meeker, his wife Eliza Jane was lending out books from Puyallup’s Pioneer Park. She always knew the value of acquiring knowledge and that is why she would lend the books out of her cabin. Puyallup was growing fast, however, and the process of her lending out the books was becoming more difficult. Soon after several businessmen (8) got together with funds of $5,000 to form the Puyallup Library Association. They expanded the book lending efforts greatly. This new enhancement allowed them to hire their first librarian, Francis McCoy, who was paid $25 per month.

The first Puyallup Library was created by a grant that the City Council applied for. The City Council was persuaded/pushed by the local citizens to apply for it. During the beginning of the century about 3,000 Carnegie Libraries were built. Millionaire Andrew Carnegie was financing many of the public libraries during that period. This grant was one of the those opportunities and Puyallup was eventually successful. The initial library cost $12,500 and the City Council had to pledge $1,250 annually for supporting the new Puyallup Library. With the permission from Ezra Meeker, the library was built in the now Pioneer Park we all know today. Ezra donated the Pioneer Park with the agreement that it would only be used as a park, thus his permission was required before the library construction could be started. In 1913 the 4000 sq. ft. library opened and continued to serve the community for 50 years. Eventually, it just couldn’t support the growing community and the building was wearing down. The weight of the books were struggling to support all the books and it was declared unsafe.

A new building was proposed. Voters approved a new bond and with that a new library would be built. The cost was $210,000 and 11,622 square feet. The building was bigger, better, and much more modern. Puyallup’s population continue to grow rapidly it went from 12,450 to 30,740 people and the library items continued to grow as well. In 1962 it was more than just books now. The Puyallup library had computers, DVD’s, cd’s, and talking books. The rooms were always occupied with students and business meetings. In short, the library needed to grow to meet the demands of the city, students, rental items, and the growth of the city of Puyallup.

Another bond was presented to the voters and it passed on Sept. 14th 1999. The new building would be 39,500 sq. ft. Crowds came from all over Puyallup to witness the new opening of the library. It was a celebration and the people were anxious to experience it. The new Puyallup Public Library we know today has lots of space. It supports enough space for 150,000 books, 150,000 books, 20,000 videos, 12,000 talking books, and 10,000 cd’s. The also have computers which help and supports the process of finding more knowledge not only in the library but via the Internet. They have book meeting rooms and also studying rooms which can be used by students. Throughout the building you’ll find lots of tables for studying and friendly helpers. In 2009 during their first 4 months, the library lent out approx. 41,000 items per month.

The Puyallup Public Library is a must visit being a resident of Puyallup. It offers so much to the community. Not only the knowledge it provides but events as well. In Oct 2015, they have readings, public movie events, and award winning authors who you can meet in person.

Some of their programs include the Puyallup Festival of Books program. They have a full calendar of events on their site which are quite popular. On Oct 23rd and 24th 2015, they have the third annual Memories of Valor event. The Library has adult programs where you can get a guide to understand the communities history better. Volunteers help with this effort by using old photographs, year books, and other information which dates all the back to the 1900’s. There are also computer classes available for both adults and younger students. Kids’ Programs are available which focuses on making learning fun. More is available here but one of the more recent programs is called STREAM which stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math. The program is hands on with the goal of using activities to make it fun to learn. Other kid events include a Mad Scientist Library Lab, Chain Reactions, and Technology Exploration. They also have children authors who visit and storytelling events. The kids have a great time and love the activities. These events change all the time so you’ll want to check back on their website often to see what is new at the Library. Lastly, the Puyallup Library has weekly programs for teens throughout the school year. These include movie days, creative art events, comic book events, the Anime Club, gaming, and crafting events.

The Puyallup Public Library offers online tools also to help Puyallup residents find the information they are looking for 24/7. You can search by keyword, book, or author to get the information you’re looking for at the comfort of your home.

Address: 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 (in Pioneer Park)
Phone:(253) 841-5454
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The park which includes the library is known as Pioneer Park. It features the statue of Ezra Meeker and the ivy location where the Meeker’s cabin once stood. Puyallup’s concert in the park is held here each year. The community really comes together for the musical events (Thursday nights). They bring lawn chairs, dance, and eat from many of the food vendors. The Park also holds the Pioneer Pavilion. The space is often used for the Famer Markets and also rented out for Weddings or special events. The newest attraction is the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park.

Concert Stage in Pioneer Park Puyallup

Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup

Education, Puyallup

Puyallup Art Scene

Arts Downtown/Valley Arts United

Arts Downtown and Valley Arts United are organizations that provide a free outdoor gallery in downtown Puyallup. Since 1995 they have built a collection of over 32 pieces. It is enjoyable to walk through the downtown area and view these artistic pieces. Works are created by students, professional, and emerging artists. The pieces are valued and appreciated by the community.

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The Northwest Sinfonietta

The Northwest Sinfonietta is a group of nationally acclaimed musicians that perform in Puyallup, Seattle, and Tacoma. Concerts in Puyallup take place in the Pioneer Pavilion. The group brings together a breadth of classical works in an intimate chamber setting that will make for a memorable evening.  The ensemble is made up of 30-40 musicians that create a vibrant and crafted sound. Classical music lovers will greatly enjoy this musical performance and collaboration.

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Farmers Market, Puyallup

Puyallup Farmers Market

Puyallup Farmers Market

The Puyallup Farmers Market is one of the best places to get fresh organic vegetables.

If you like fresh organic grown vegetables and fruit then you need to check out the Puyallup Farmers Market which is another attraction that you just can’t miss. I usually go for the food, however, they have crafts and music as well. You’ll find the Farmers Market right in Pioneer Park. The same park where Ezra Meeker’s statue and cabin once stood.

2015 Season

The 2015 season starts in April and runs through mid-October – every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm at the Pioneer Park and Pavilion. In the same area you’ll find the Puyallup Public Library and concert stage. If you want to sell your vegetables you will need to get a 2015 market application which can be found on the Become a Vendor page.

Sponsored by Sound Family Medicine

The present farmer’s market sponsor is Sound Family Medicine whose generosity helps to make this event possible.

Something new

This year a midweek market is being opened. The Puyallup Main Street Association or PMSA is going to launch a Sunset Market on Wednesday evening’s downtown beginning on May 29th with the market hours being 3 pm to 7 pm.

Coordinator

Shawn Edwards who is the PMSA coordinator for the farmers’ market said that this market will have a very different feel to it than the market on Saturdays and they are hoping families will make an evening of it. Families will be able to walk around, grab a bite to eat, do the shopping and then sit on the lawn and enjoy some music.

The Sunset Market will not be as large as Saturday market, with a cap of only 60 vendor booths being available. The focus on this evening market will be on the fresh produce and food with less on arts and crafters. Another change will be that the Sunset Market will be completely outside, not in the Pioneer Park Pavilion. If you are worried about the weather, the market’s frame of time from the end of May through August captures the best summer evenings of the year.  Dogs are welcome on a leash of course.

Make a family event

Anyone who lives near the Puyallup downtown area knows that the downtown corridor is extremely busy with train services and commuters at this time of day and these are the people they are hoping to capture the interest of while making their way home.

They have asked that you ‘like’ the PMSA Sunset Market on Facebook and come for all the downtown fun on Wednesdays beginning on the 29th of May and running through the 28th Aug. this first summer.

Federal Food Assistance benefits

While farmers markets are everywhere and are known for the seasonality, freshness and high quality of the food brought by the farmers there is a segment of our community that do not know about these activities so more and more markets are trying to ensure that this tasty and healthy food is available to everyone regardless of income.

The WSFMA (Washington State Farmers Market Association) is currently working with markets across the state to help expand farmers’ and markets’ abilities to sell food to low income shoppers by letting them use their federal food assistance benefits. Often those who have the most need for fresh products are the very ones who can less afford it.

Resources

Operating a farmers market is one tough job in America and it requires multitude of skills that don’t come naturally to all people and little education is available to get the training that is needed. Being a member of the WSFMA can help as they strive to provide many valuable resources to help its Member Markets. Many of these tools are on their website and can be very valuable.