Every year, all sorts of monsters, superheroes, and beloved characters make their way from shop to shop in downtown Edmonds to collect candy for Halloween. However, because of the COIVD-19 pandemic, the towns trick-or-treat event has been canceled, according to a press release from The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.  But…do not fret.

“Because of COVID, the Chamber will not be holding the traditional downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat.  Instead, we are pivoting to an online costume contest to be safe while still bringing together a sense of community during the pandemic,” said Greg Urban of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

The event went live on October 1st, but will take entries through the 30th.  “There are several categories including: An Edmonds Kind of Hero, Pets, Family/Group Costumes, and age-based categories,” said Greg Urban of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Residents will vote for their favorite in each category through October 30th. Winners will be announced and notified on Halloween, October 31st.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber’s revenue is down which has put their organization at jeopardy. As a result, other calendar community events such as the 4th of July festivities, Car Show, Tree Lighting, and the Taste of Edmonds are all at risk of being canceled for good. If the Chamber gets dissolved, so will all of these wonderful community events.

The Chamber produces the funds to make each event free to all members of the community, and without using tax dollars.

“The situation is simple: If our community can raise $100,000 by the end of the year, we can save our Chamber and the wonderful events it produces for our community. If not, we will lose it all,” said Urban in the release.

The online costume contest is free for all participants. But donations to the “an Edmonds Kind of Hero” campaign is highly encouraged in efforts to keep the Chamber’s doors open beyond 2020.

Urban urged residents of this community to help with the cause, “to save our Chamber, for the first time in its history, caring residents of our community are being asked to help out.”

“Join in the fun of the online costume contest and partner with the hundreds of residents who have already become an Edmonds Kind of Hero by donating,” said Urban. “Together we can be sure our business community will have the help of the Chamber to weather this COVID storm and recover stronger than ever.”

Go to www.EdmondsHalloween.com to register for the virtual costume contest. Also, be sure to support the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce at www.SupportEdmonds.com to ensure the city’s events return in 2021.

 

Daniel Albert is an award-winning journalist studying Integrated Strategic Communications at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.