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Close your street to celebrate Halloween with Trick or Streets

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Show off your best costume no matter your age and close your street for Trick or Streets!

Please note: this blog post is available in additional languages via the links below, including Amharic, Spanish, Korean, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Chinese (Traditional).

We encourage anyone who is interested to apply for this free permit and close your street to vehicles during the week of Halloween and Día de Muertos for safer trick-or-treating and community-building festivities!

This year, Trick or Streets are available from October 28 through November 5. One of the coolest things about this program is that you can close your street until 10pm.

Ready to apply?

Applicants can apply to participate in multiple ways:

  • If you are comfortable, use the Seattle Services Portal to apply for your permit.
    • In the “Project Name” field, please enter: “Trick or Street,” or “Day of the Dead” so we’re able to prioritize your application’s review.
  • If you prefer using a language other than English or you are uncomfortable using the Service Portal, use this simple registration form to sign up to participate or call (206) 684-7623 for help signing up.
    • Interpreters are available to assist you for free.
  • If you live on a Stay Healthy Street, hosting an event is even easier.
    • Since your street already has barricades and “STREET CLOSED” signs, you do not need any additional permits to hold a Trick or Street on an existing Stay Healthy Street!
    • You’ll still need to follow the guidelines, and you can print out extra signs to let people driving know about your planned activity.

Be sure to apply by October 20.

Día de Muertos Festival Seattle will take place on October 28-29: 11am-6pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall and Fisher Pavilion.

The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series. It is free and open to the public. For more information visit Día de Muertos Festival Seattle (

The Difference Between Halloween and Día de Muertos

Two images collaged side by side. On the left, a heart-shaped display of red carnations and yellow marigolds. On the right, 4 young children with their faces painted watch a performance at the Festal.
Photo Credit: Seattle Center Festál

Hola, everyone! Día de Muertos originated in ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America) where indigenous groups, including Aztec, Maya, and Toltec, had specific times when they commemorated their loved ones who had passed away. Certain months were dedicated to remembering the departed, based on whether the deceased was an adult or a child.

After the arrival of the Spanish, this ritual of commemorating the dead was intertwined with two Catholic Spanish holidays: All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2).

Día de Muertos is often celebrated on Nov. 1 as a day to remember children who have passed away, and on Nov. 2 to honor adults.

Today, Día de Muertos is celebrated mostly in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. Recently, it has become increasingly popular among Latino communities abroad, including in the United States.

Día de Muertos is not a day for mourning. Families celebrate by placing an offering with food, fruit, and other items the departed liked when they were alive. Also, music and colorful ornaments placed around the offering welcome the spirit of the deceased.