February 17, 2018
We want to thank everyone for their contributions in making Trick or Treat
Street a safe and fun Halloween experience for our Montlake community. We pride ourselves in having created many memories
for folks over the past seventeen years. Many ‘now young adults’ have shared a favorite scenario from years
past. It’s a delight to hear their stories.
We also very much appreciate
your support for our annual food drive for Chicken Soup. Over the many years we’ve donated several thousand pounds
of food and monies.
As much joy and neighborhood support that Halloween brings us, we want to
make some changes. We were exhausted by the time everything was over, packed up and put away. We’re not
sure why it was more tiring and stressful. Perhaps it’s just the fact we are getting older. Maybe other
unrelated life stressors were contributing. Maybe it’s the crazy times in which we live. Most likely a combination
of all the above.
Another factor prompting the need for change is that for us Trick or Treat
Street has gotten big, maybe even too big and we fear it will get bigger. We prepared 800 goodie bags this past year
and we ran short. We could have done with another 30 or 40. Our inner ‘little kids’ revel in the notion
that ‘more is better’. We want to rein them in.
In all honesty we don’t
really know what the change looks like other than we want to do less. Trick or Treat Street is magical. We don’t
want to give that up. It’s just time for us to scale back.
So this letter is a heads up.
We will be making some major changes this year. Also, since we are still in recovery mode, we’ve decided not to
do our annual egg hunt this Easter. We don’t know what that means for future egg hunts but at present we’re
taking a break.
We want to thank you in advance for understanding our desire to implement
what we’ve coined ‘Halloween Lite’ here at Trick or Treat House. Please help us get the word out.
Let friends and family know of our change. You can direct folks to trickortreathouse.com.
We would also appreciate someone coming forward to do
the block party permitting process that allows us to close the street for Halloween night during trick or treat. The
Harry Potter House does that end of the street. We need someone to file the permit for this end. We do plan to
continue with the food drive.
James & Don
(aka: Phil Angeez