Calling all wizards: Ballard father creates replica Diagon Alley for trick-or-treaters
SEATTLE (KOMO) -- A father eager to get more kids to trick-or-treat along their quiet street in Ballard has transformed his driveway into a replica Diagon Alley!
"I've always wanted to do something crazy for Halloween or Christmas," said Jon Chambers. "During Halloween our street is pretty dead, nobody comes down here. This year, a lot of people are going to come down here!"
The replica of the London shopping district for wizards from the hit novel series Harry Potter even has a secret wall.
Chambers got the idea from his two young daughters.
"One day he said, 'let's build something cool in our driveway' and I said, 'Daigon Alley!' " his youngest daughter Avery said. "And when he said 'cool' I was like 'what if it happens?' and it actually did!"
Chambers had just quit his job and decided to spend some time focusing on the massive project before rejoining the workforce. But as the project got under way, it just ballooned into a community labor of love.
"It's obviously gotten way bigger than I planned, 'cause the community came together donated supplies people are here all the time helping out," Chambers said.
It's taken him two weeks and a day to physically create the facades and the community was putting the finishing touches on Monday for its big debut on Halloween.
The alley is on Ballard's 13th Avenue NW just north of 75th Street and will be up from Halloween through Christmas.
Donations are being collected for Pancreatic Cancer Research.