Halloween 2019: Spooky special events in 5 Washington state parks
Volunteer ghouls from the Whidbey Playhouse will give you a good, educational tour and a good scare at historic Fort Casey.
Washington State Parks
Looking for a new way to get scared and have fun this Halloween season?
Plan a visit to one (or all) of these five Washington State Parks, where a variety of scary good fun is planned.
Note: Only one of these is in the Seattle metro area, so plan ahead to make a road trip or maybe even a weekend. Also, take note of the age recommendations. All of the details are here on the Washington State Parks website.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Where: Bridle Trails State Park, Kirkland
Admission: Free. Space is limited; please RSVP.
When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26
Details: Join park staff and the Bridle Trails Park Foundation for a 1-mile scavenger hunt at Bridle Trails. Get your picture snapped with an adorable mini horse and explore some “creepy” animal specimens. Dress for the weather.
Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest
Where: Sacajawea Historical State Park, Pasco
When: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31. “No-Scare Family Day," noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
Admission: $13 per person. Children 5 and under are free.
Details: The Haunted Forest hosted by the Pasco Jaycees is a popular Tri Cities Halloween tradition. Ride the shuttle from the Port of Pasco to the park where you’ll walk a grim "mile of horror." Yikes!
Where: Cama Beach Historical State Park, Camano Island
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Details: Celebrate fall with STEM activities, crafts and games.
Haunted Zombie Hike
Where: 7 Mile Airstrip at Riverside State Park, near Spokane
When: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Admission: Adults and kids 10 and above: $10; kids 9 and younger: $5 (must be accompanied by an adult.)
Details: Parental discretion is advised. Flee through the woods on a straight-shot, half-mile hike known as the the "scariest half-mile in the woods." Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. Flashlights are provided and treats are available afterward.
1914 Triangle of Fire: Haunted Fort Casey
Where: Fort Casey Historical State Park, Whidbey Island
When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.
Admission: $10 for persons 4 and up, and must be pre-purchased at the Whidbey Playhouse website.
Details: Haunted Fort tour is recommended for ages 10 and older; there's a Kid Zone for participants younger than 10.
Like a little history in your haunt? Volunteer ghouls from the Whidbey Playhouse give tours every hour on the half-hour through the cold, dark bunkers and parade grounds at historic Fort Casey.