Letter to the Editor: for Edmonds merchants, the true spirit of Halloween is giving

Dear Editor:

A fellow merchant was approached by a long-time Edmonds citizen asking how much she got paid for handing out candy on Halloween. She found herself a bit speechless and he continued saying “the city buys all the candy for all the businesses and you get paid for handing it out, right”?

She was more than a bit stunned, wondering if anyone else thinks that….as it is, all of us business owners that participate pay for all of our own candy, all 3,000-5,000 pieces of it, then we ourselves as owners hand out the candy.

We do this because we love the community, the event is one that we all enjoy, it never brings in direct business but it feels good to do this for our community, we see folks we haven’t seen in awhile, watch their kids grow, and hear the thank you’s from young parents.

I say this not to get accolades for doing something we enjoy, but for someone to think we do it out of obligation and to get paid takes all the good out of it. I would hope this was not the majority or even a minority but maybe just someone who doesn’t understand what Edmonds is all about.

Colleen Bowman
C’est la Vie, Edmonds

  1. I for one knew you all did this and that is just one of the many reasons why I love Edmonds! This is a very special city with wonderful businesses. Thank you for your great caring attitude!

  2. Way to go, Colleen, C’est la Vie, and all the other wonderful Edmonds merchants and businesses! Thanks for all you do to make Edmonds a terrific place to live, shop, play, and call home.

  3. Unbelievable that anyone could be so cynical…boy that would take the fun out of it for you. I don’t have young children but still know and appreciate the good will all you owners share when you participate in an event such as this. Thank you for spreading the word and providing for those that are involved.

  4. Rest assured that Edmonds families know and appreciate the effort our local merchants and businesses put into building a community we are proud to raise our children in. Although it is most evident at Halloween with the sheer volume of participants, the dedication shows all year long. Edmonds would not be Edmonds without our vibrant downtown core made possible by all our truly gracious and generous local business people. Thanks for all you do!

  5. I am as stunned as the owner that someone thought the city paid for the candy. I have told many people, who do not live in Edmonds, about the wonderful shop owners who donate their time, as well as candy, to the Halloween event. And, of course, there are also the teenagers involved in the Edmonds Police Explorers who donate their time.

  6. I agree with all the comments posted. We have great merchants. Another nice thing to know. The delegation from Hekinan loves to come at Halloween time to see how we celebrate a holiday which is not celebrated in Japan.

  7. I can only imagine your shock at this misguided comment, but please do not let this person taint your enjoyment. We all are aware of what the business owners give back to this community and for that we give thanks. Halloween in downtown Edmonds is a true joy and we don’t even have grandkids living here. My one wish is that they move back to the area and enjoy Edmonds as much as we do. A huge thank-you to all of you.

  8. My husband and I have been handing out candy for the last 12 of 14 years we have lived here in the bowl. Edmonds Vitamins and Herbs is the store we represent. We have so much fun, watching the munchkins, their adorable costumes, and the parents and dogs that accompany them. This is the best town ever. I am so glad I live here, and participate in the fun, joy, and excitement that goes on.

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