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Ideas for not-so-scary Halloween fun

If your trick-or-treater prefers not to be spooked, check out these toned-down Halloween activities.

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We know not all trick-or-treaters are alike – there are plenty of little ones out there who would prefer not to be spooked (and that goes for their parents, too).

So, we singled out some very special events for young kids, sans the creepy thematic elements. Get ready to park your wands and brooms at the door and head out for some entertaining, not-so-scary Halloween fun.

Water Fun: Check out one of these aquarium or community center pool events for all-ages, Halloween-themed fun.

·       Goblin Splash, Friday, Oct. 20: Celebrate poolside at the Forest Park Swim Center in Everett. Toss pumpkins, win prizes and enjoy Halloween fun while treating the local food bank to fuller shelves.­­ Don’t forget your swimsuit!

·       Zoo Boo, Saturday, Oct. 19 and Su­nday, Oct. 20: This annual event at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium includes treat and craft stations for kids, and pumpkins and other enrichments for the walruses, polar bears, sting rays and other animals.

·       Haunted Bounce and Pirate Pool Party, Friday, Oct. 27: Bounce on inflatables in a dimly lit gym at the Green Lake Community Center, then head to the pool for games, prizes and swimming. Swimsuits are a must. Canned food donations for local food banks will be collected at the door.

·       Halloween Fun at the Seattle Aquarium, Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29: The fun includes underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, activities and treats. Come in costume and trick-or-treat at waterfront businesses from the ferry terminal to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday.

Monster Bash, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church: Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 to 7 p.m.

Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly by for a spook-tacular celebration presented by Susannah White's THREE FEET of SUNSHINE, which benefits Seattle Children's Pediatric Advanced Care Team. While the haunted house will appeal to older kids, little ones will love the pony rides, kids' tunes, games and prizes, crafts, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and parade. Don't miss the cupcake walk with Halloween-themed Trophy Cupcakes and two live performances by Recess Monkey at 4 and 5 p.m.

Do a Dash!

Our Seattle's Child's calendar reveals several Halloween-themed fun runs this month. Costumes are encouraged; just make sure the bottom of your child's princess dress or cape isn't trailing behind to trip them!

·       Black Cat Fun Run, Saturday, Oct. 21: Bring a flashlight, glow stick or headlamp for this 2.5 or 5-mile nighttime run/walk through Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.

·       Monster Dash, Saturday, Oct. 28: A 5K and little monster dash that takes place at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Costumes encouraged, pumpkin decoration, free refreshments, and more! This event benefits South Seattle Community College Co-op Preschools.

·       Halloween Run and Obstacle Dash, Saturday, Oct. 28: Part of the Magnuson Series of fun runs, this race includes a 5K, 10K, Obstacle Dash and kids' dash.

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Visiting a farm in search of the perfect pumpkin is one of the best things about fall (along with pumpkin lattes, of course). Add in corn mazes, farm animals and other family-friendly attractions and you've got the makings of an excellent autumn adventure. It's an ideal activity for toddlers, sans any scary stuff. We've rounded up a list of farms that offer pumpkin patches, hayrides and other tot-friendly attractions.

Other Spooktacular Happenings:

Pee Wee Monster Bash, Kirkland Community Center: Friday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to noon

Wear your Halloween costume and come do the monster mash at the Pee Wee Monster Bash. Highlights of this event include a ghoulish cookie walk, swamp fishing for treats, crafts, a monster movement course and more. The bash is geared toward children ages 1 to 5 with an adult. Pre-register early to guarantee your spot; this event does sell out.

More Community Center Fun: From the Halloween Carnivals and Fall Festivals at area community centers, to the Spook Fest at the South Bellevue Community Center, to Tricks ‘n Treats for Little Kids at the Federal Way Community Center, to Pumpkin Carving at the Northgate Community Center, to the Halloween Makeup Headquarters face-painting event at Magnuson Community Center, you'll find lots of non-scary Halloween activities at local Community Centers on Seattle's Child's calendar.

Hilloween on Capitol Hill, Seattle Central College’s Mitchell Activity Center: Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 3:00 p.m.

Spooky tunes by DJ Toya B and ghost stories and frighteningly fun performances are scheduled– you're bound to have a good time at this event! The indoor venue is transformed into a free, community-focused carnival that's fun for kids and adults of all ages. Festivities include story time, carnival games, face painting, and is punctuated with trick-or-treating from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat, Phinney Ridge/Greenwood: Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 3 p.m.

Costumed children are also welcomed to trick-or-treat at participating Phinney/Greenwood businesses and donate food to the FamilyWorks Greenwood Food Resource Center.

Costume Carnival, Seattle Children's Museum: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4 to 8 p.m.

A carnival at Seattle Children's Museum features trick-or-treating, dancing, hands-on STEM and cultural activities. The event is intended for children 10 and younger, who must be accompanied by an adult. Children 11 to 18 are welcome so long as they come with a younger family member. Costumes are encouraged, but leave masks and scary costumes at home. 

For additional creative and safe ideas for tots, check out Seattle's Child's calendar. Happy haunting!









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