Grab Your Costume… and Paddleboard? For The First Ever Grit City Costume Paddle!

The brainchild of Tacoma glass artist and paddler Diane Hansen, with partners Tacoma Ocean Fest and Grit City Magazine, the paddle encourages our city to get weird on the water this Halloween.

Paddler participants will use kayaks, paddleboards, and other non-motorized watercraft all while wearing their best Halloween disguises. Don’t have a paddleboard or other means to participate? The Thea Foss Waterway has many places to walk socially-distanced to view the costume bearing paddlers, including Thea Foss Park, the Foss Waterway Seaport esplanade, and right here at Museum of Glass. If you join the paddle, be sure to wave at the Cone while you pass. The Museum will be open, 10am–5pm, on the day of this event. So stop by in your Halloween garb for a MOG Pumpkin Patch photoshoot!

There’s also an online costume contest with prizes for the winners of each category: Most Artsy, Best Ocean Animal, and Spookiest, which will be judged by local artist Lisa Fruichantie. Tacoma Ocean Fest and Grit City Magazine asks participants to submit their photos to social media with the hashtag #gritcitypaddle anytime before 12pm on Oct. 31, or email your photos to Contest prizes will be announced by 6pm on the Facebook event page, and recipients can stop by the Foss Waterway Seaport to pick them up. Open 3–7pm Fridays, 10am–2pm Saturdays, and 12–4pm Sundays.

For more information, see the Grit City Costume Paddle Facebook Event or

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team

  1. Their favorite beer is Rainier.
  2. They go fly fishing—for salmon and trout. Team member Sarah Gilbert caught her first steelhead on a dry fly (something most people only dream about).
  3. They love 1980s soft rock favorites—especially Gabe Feenan, who often sings along.
  4. They go camping together once a year (this involves a lot of Rainier beer).
  5. They are major foodies.
  6. They bring sushi to staff potlucks (from fish they caught themselves—naturally).
  7. They always dress up for Halloween. This year they wore their best formalwear to work in the Hot Shop; last year they were convicts.
  8. They are handy, and own old houses in Tacoma that they like to renovate.
  9. They make their own light fixtures!
  10. One member can eat 22 tacos in one sitting. We can’t tell you what their favorite taco truck is—that’s proprietary information.
The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team on Halloween.
The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team on Halloween.