Seattle-Area Halloween Events for the Whole Family
Costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns: Halloween is about as a fun as a holiday can be, and we’ve got all kinds of great events nearby to celebrate it. A few provide a bit of a scare, while many more are friendly for all ages. Read on to find the ones that are perfect for your fam, or discover even more in our Family Fun Calendar. Happy Halloween!
It was a dark and spooky night…
Don’t let the names of these events fool you – they’ve definitely got a gentler side for families. Sammamish’s Nightmare at Beaver Lake offers a “family scare” for ages 10 and younger from 7 to 7:45 p.m. In a similar vein (heh heh) is Haunted Trails in Kenmore, with a kids’ carnival and trick-or-treating village for ages 8 and younger, and scarier options for older kids and adults. Fright Fest at Wild Waves is where you can go on rides at night in a festive setting, visit a couple scary haunted houses for older kids/teens, or hang out in a scare-free area for ages 12 and younger. Families can enjoy treats and spooky stories by a bonfire at the Hamlin Halloween Haunt in Shoreline and Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen at Fort Nisqually in Tacoma.
There’s something in the water
Forget you ever saw the movie Jaws and jump into these pool events that can include swimming with pumpkins, games and goodies. They’re happening Oct. 23 at Meadowbrook Pool and Queen Anne Pool, Oct. 24 in Lynnwood, Oct. 28 at Helene Madison Pool, and Oct. 30 at Medgar Evers Pool, Rainer Beach Pool, Southwest Pool, and Evans Pool at Green Lake.
Go into the woods
Bigger kids and adults can tour the creepy forest canopy at night during Spookfest Zip Tour in Bellevue. On Oct. 25, Bainbridge Island’s IslandWood gets the Halloween treatment during Howl-O-Ween, a family-friendly indoor-outdoor carnival. Also on the 25th is the Halloween Swamp Stomp at Yesler Swamp where you can explore the swamp from the new boardwalk and learn about which creepy plants and animals call it home.
Frightfully fun festivals and parties
Get a little more mileage out of this year’s costumes with fun events that involve sweet treats, entertainment, games and more. Boo in Burien includes a doggie costume parade and horse and carriage rides. Monster Bash in Laurelhurst is great fun for young kids, with the added bonus of benefiting Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Wallingford Boys and Girls Club raises funds (and fun) with their Halloween Hoopla event. See the kiddos parade their costumes and pick up treats at the West Seattle Harvest Festival. You’ll find similar fun (costume parade! carnival! treats!) on Capitol Hill during Hilloween.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Who says Halloween is for humans only? Aquarium Halloween at Seattle Aquarium features goodies and fun for people and critters, and even an underwater pumpkin carving demonstration. Over at Woodland Park Zoo, kids can trick-or-treat and watch animals get pumpkin treats of their own during Pumpkin Bash. A similar soiree is Northwest Trek’s Hoot ‘n’ Howl, which also features a special nighttime tram tour. At Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, you can take a guided afternoon or evening walk and meet some slightly spooky ambassador animals along the way during Spooky Creatures Walk, a benefit for West Sound Wildlife Shelter.
Tacoma City Ballet brings a little culture to the haunted house genre with their kid-friendly Haunted Theatre. At Mercer Island’s Rotary Park, enjoy a unique interactive performance of The Witch in Which Wood? by Youth Theatre Northwest. It’s a non-scary adventure that calls on kids to have keen eyes. In Snohomish, children’s entertainer Tim Noah and his human and puppet friends are throwing an Imagine Inn Halloween Party that’s ideal for young ones.
Spill your pumpkin guts
Carve your pumpkin in a fun, communal atmosphere (and leave the mess behind) at events like Pumpkin Carving Night at Seattle Children’s Museum and a pumpkin decorating party at Ray’s Café. Green Lake Community Center is hosting a kids’ pumpkin carving contest. At Craven Farm in Snohomish, The Great Pumpkin Glow has families carve pumpkins that will be lit during a special story time with a friendly witch.
Night (or day) at the museum
Put on your costume and head to one of these local museums for trick-or-treating, games, crafts and more. It’s happening Oct. 24 at EMP Museum’s Howl-O-Ween and Boo Bash at Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, and Oct. 31 at Seattle Children’s Museum’s Costume Carnival. On Oct. 25, Museum of Flight becomes the Museum of Fright with family-friendly themed activities and a lower admission price. You’ll find Halloween fun plus a bit of mad science at the Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 26 at KidsQuest Museum in Bellevue, at Tricks, Treats & Science Feats at Pacific Science Center Oct. 30-31, and Oct. 31 at Imagine Children’s Museum’s Halloween with the Lights On.
Un-scary fun for little ones
Ease toddlers and preschoolers into the excitement of Halloween with events created just for them. Think games, active playtime and hands-on activities in an atmosphere that’s friendly and festive, not frightening. Check out Toddler Halloween Fest Oct. 24 at Rainier Community Center, Pee Wee Pumpkin Patch Oct. 24 in Bellevue, Might Mites Crazy Costume Contest Oct. 29 at Miller Community Center, Toddler Pumpkin Palooza Oct. 29 at High Point Community Center, Tot Carnival Oct. 29 at Queen Anne Community Center, Li’l Spooky Oct. 29 at Magnolia Community Center, Pee Wee Monster Bash Oct. 30 at North Kirkland Community Center, and the Mercer Island Preschool Association Halloween Party on Oct. 31.
Community center carnivals
Many community centers in and around Seattle offer free or low-cost Halloween events for kids, with things like bouncy houses, games, face painting, treats and other fun activities. You’ll find them happening at these community centers: