Thursday, July 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Meet Capt. Big Bones this Halloween at Proctor Treats

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are expected to converge on Proctor District again this Halloween for the annual Proctor Treats, 4-6 p.m. Offering a “safe and sane” Halloween experience for the little ones, and plenty of photo ops for parents, this All Hallows Eve tradition has been part of the district since 1929. A favorite attraction at Proctor Treats for the past decade is Tacoma’s very own Captain Big Bones (a.k.a. Dennis Robinson, a longshoreman with International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23). This year he’ll be in front of Europa Italian Bistro at 2515 N. Proctor St. Look for a big crowd of kids and the good Captain will most likely be in the middle of them, along with his pet rats Whiskers and Wrinkles and talking parrot Rummy on his shoulder. Every year Capt. Big Bones hands out more than 1,000 strands of high quality, glittery Mardi Gras beads he pulls from an old rum barrel, and children grab them up left and right. “I’ve got something like 12 different colors in my rum barrel,” Robinson said. Oct. 31 also happens to be Robinson’s birthday. “I’m turning 66 this year.” Bring a camera for photos with the Captain and be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday.