Costume Paddle skeleton with leaves

Photo courtesy of Tacoma Ocean Fest

Tacoma glass artist and paddler Diane Hansen is partnering with Tacoma Ocean Fest and Grit City Magazine for the first-ever Grit City Costume Paddle and contest.

On Oct. 31, Tacomans are invited to dress up in full costume and paddle the Thea Foss Waterway between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Paddlers can use kayaks, paddleboards, or other non-motorized watercrafts, and are encouraged to wear masks and stay socially distanced. At noon, people will safely gather somewhere underneath the 11th Street Bridge for a group aerial photo.

If you don’t feel like paddling, there are other ways to join in on the fun. The Foss Waterway has many places to walk including The Foss Park, the Foss Waterway Seaport esplanade, the walkway from Thea’s Landing to the Museum of Glass, and Waterway Park.

Pedestrians are also allowed on the 11th Street bridge sidewalk.

To enter the online costume contest, post a photo in costume on your watercraft to social media using the hashtag #gritcitypaddle sometime before noon on Halloween. Prizes include Ocean Fest and swag bag prizes, Foss Waterway Seaport tickets, water bottles, and masks. The three categories are “most artsy,” “best ocean animal,” and “spookiest,” and will be judged by local artist Lisa Fruichantie.

Visit the Grit City Costume Paddle Facebook event page or the Tacoma Ocean Fest website for more information.