Seattle's Child

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weekend: Kids in costume at NW Trek Wildlife Park.

(Photo/Katie Cotterill) Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Reopening of Kids' Trek and Halloween photoshoot.

Erika’s weekend picks for Oct. 17 and 18

Halloween fun, Charlie Chaplin movies, and a storybook walk

StoryWalks: “Cat’s Colors”

Sat/Sun Oct 17/18 Enumclaw. FREE

Bring the whole family to Enumclaw this weekend and stroll down a fun storybook walk on Cole Street.

“Cat’s Colors” by Airlie Anderson comes to life incorporating many of the businesses along the street. Start at The Sequel Books for the first page of the story and wander along to find sequential pages in business windows. Please wear masks and socially distance, especially while reading each page.

Haunted Hike at Northwest Trek

Sat/Sun Oct 17/18 Event is included with admission. $10.50 – 15.50 (2 and younger free)

Put on your favorite costume and head to NW Trek to wander past magical lights, eerie spider webs and pumpkins everywhere. Even the animals will be given pumpkins to play with and chomp on at various times. There will also be a scavenger hunt for guests to solve the mystery of the forest! Is it ghosts? Goblins? Bigfoot? Walk the paths and find out. Plus Kids’ Trek has reopened! Let your kids slide, climb, jump, and explore their way through the nature-inspired playground. Facemasks are required.

Halloween Excursion Train Ride

Sat/Sun, Oct 17/18 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are Adults $20 | Seniors $16 | Children $10

This fun, seasonal excursion is operating on Saturdays and Sundays, this weekend, October 24-25 and 31. Grab your whole family, pull on your costumes and enjoy a 90-minute fall decorated train excursion. Children in costume will receive a small prize! Trains depart from the Snoqualmie Depot, or you may board the train in North Bend (the times here vary, check website).

Geek Girl Con: Arts & Lit

Sat/Sun Oct 17/18 1-6:30 p.m.

Join Geek Girl Con and celebrate the female geek as the event goes VIRTUAL for the first time ever!

This week’s theme is Arts & Lit and features programs like: Writing with Evan, Music with Nai Palm, Romance Recs for Every Geek’s Heart, YA Own Voices, Creator Shout Outs, Roseanne Brown, and more!

View programs live on Twitch (follow link on website).

Family Friendly Charlie Chaplin Film Screenings

Sat, Oct 17th 6:30 p.m.  The Patio at Alma Mater, Tacoma. FREE

The Destiny City Film Festival is partnering with Alma Mater Tacoma to showcase FREE family-friendly films at the outdoor restaurant, The Patio at Alma Mater. This weekend you can see three Charlie Chaplin short films (THE RINK, THE PAWNSHOP and ONE A.M.) on a big screen with covered seating, heaters and movie snacks! BYOBlanket to make it extra cozy! Each film is about 25 minutes in length. Be sure to enter to win a raffle for DCFF merchandise and tickets!

About the Author

Erika Bigelow

Erika authors the weekly Stay-At-Home (nee Going Places) column. She lives in Seattle with her husband, three human kids, two furry kids and a school of fish. When she's not scribbling, cooking or chauffeuring, Erika enjoys running and reading, although not simultaneously.