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Grit City Costume Paddle

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

costume paddle

What do you get when you combine Halloween, costumes and water fun?

The Grit City Costume Paddle! Put on your most creative costume and paddle the Thea Foss Waterway in a fun kickoff for Halloween. 

skeleton paddler

12-2pm: TRASH-FOR-TREAT: Swing by the Ocean Fest tent at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St Tacoma to pick up gloves and a bag (or bring your own). Then pick up trash along Dock St, and bring it back to the Trashoctopus for a free sticker and chance at the raffle!

1-2pm: PADDLE: Launch at the Seaport or Thea’s Park, paddle down and assemble at the 11th St Bridge for a group photo! Or watch from shore.

COSTUME CONTEST: Snap a pic of yourself in costume with your board/kayak and upload below or to social media with #gritcitypaddle. (TIP: Do it before launching. Paddlers only, please.) UPLOAD PHOTO BELOW

CATEGORIES: Most Artsy, Best Ocean Animal and Spookiest. Winners announced on the Facebook event. Prizes courtesy of Foss Waterway Seaport (includes 1-yr family membership), Foss Harbor Marina (includes kayak rental) and Grit City Magazine (print and mag).

2pm: RAFFLE & COSTUME PRIZES: Announced at the Ocean Fest tent. We’ll also contact you if you win.

10am-4pm: HALLOWEEN-IN-THE-MUSEUM! Come inside the Foss Waterway Seaport for FREE fun! Wear your costume, get treats, do spooky ocean science and more. 

NEED A KAYAK? Go with Metro Parks Tacoma on a “kayak trip” into the Paddle! For just $15 you get a kayak, safety gear and a guide – all you need is a costume! Spots limited. BOOK KAYAK NOW

VOLUNTEER!! We need folks to hand out gloves, bags and stickers at the Trash-for-Treat litter pickup. Plus, you get to hang out with the Trashoctopus. SIGN UP HERE

NOTE: You are responsible for your own safety. Kayaks, paddleboards and nonmotorized watercraft only. Please wear masks and stay socially distanced on water or land. Wear a life-jacket. Dress warmly. Stay home if you’re sick.


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October 31
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
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