While we’re not seeing the huge shopping-mall trick-or-treats and other Halloween traditions, in-person Halloween events are cropping up around the Seattle area. They are a little different than in years past, but give stores and community organizations credit for creativity. Remember to wear masks, bring hand sanitizer and practice social distancing. Check to see if advance RSVP or ticket purchase is required (where applicable).
Seattle residents: Stay close to home by temporarily turning your street into a “Trick or Street” block. Here’s how to get a permit from the city.
[See also: Halloween events at our zoos and Northwest Trek]
Malls and shopping districts
Crossroads Bellevue is offering “Drive-thru Malloween” from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Treat bags will be given to kids 12 and under (RSVP required). Wear a costume; stay in your car.
The Landing in Renton is offering the “Halloween selfie experience” from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday near Trencher’s Kitchen & Tap. Visitors (up to 6 per group) can choose from three Halloween-themed selfie sets and post pics on Instagram for a chance to win a gift card.
The tradition of trick-or-treating in shopping malls and other retail areas is alive, just different! Kent Station is holding Haunted Boo-Levard from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. They ask families to dress up but stay in their cars for this event in which they’ll drive through the complex (including a haunted house), receive goodies and see decorated booths and trunks. (There’s also a trick-or-treat bingo promotion that lasts all month.)
Downtown Burien is having a do-at-your-own-pace scavenger hunt from Oct. 17-31 (download a map), a costume and decorating contest and two weeks of scary drive-in movies. Sponsored by Discover Burien; details here.
The shops of the Bellevue Collection say there’s plenty of Halloween fun to be had. There are several cute photo sets in Bellevue Square for cute kid photos, a U-Pick Monster Patch game and free monster coloring totes for kids to take home.
Kirkland Urban, the shopping and dining spot in downtown Kirkland, is home to a PopUp StoryWalk featuring “The Bear and the Piano” by David Litchfield. In addition there are several fall photo stations, both inside and out, and a “guess the weight” of a giant pumpkin contest. (Prize: $100 gift card!) All visitors are required to wear masks and are asked to follow distancing guidelines.
Museums and more
4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Haunted mini-golf (costumed kids play for free), pumpkin targets on the driving range (free small bucket of balls for costumed adults), trick-or-treating. Bring food donations for NW Harvest and practice social distancing.
The Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia is holding its popular annual Boo Bash as an in-person Halloween event, with safety precautions. Activities include crafts, games, a scavenger hunt, photo booth and more. Go online to get timed admission tickets and learn COVID protocols. The event runs Oct. 23-Nov. 1 (special sensory-friendly event Oct. 22.)
The Museum of Flight becomes one of the area’s biggest haunted houses with safe, Halloween-themed games and activities to spark the imagination and spirit of innovation. Hunt for ghouls, hear spooky stories, meet the Mad Scientist and take home a free bag of STEM treats. Wear a costume (and a mask) and buy tickets advance online. Festivities run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Halloween Day.
Pacific Raceways is holding a trunk or treat event for the second year, and this year it will be drive-through. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Families are encouraged to dress up for some socially distanced fun and treats. Details here.
Bellevue Arts Museum will have 2,000 creepy craft-making kits available for contactless pickup from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be three Halloween-inspired art activities and goodies “to make even the grumpiest troll have fun!” Costumes are encouraged; best suited for kids ages 4-10. Learn more here.
Better than a fire pole!
South King Fire & Rescue has built a candy chute/shoot at one of its Federal Way stations.
They invite people to come by SKF&R Station 63, 33414 21st Ave. S.W., all day on Oct. 31 for what they’re calling “the ultimate socially distanced Halloween experience (helmet not included).” Other reasons to go: to see their cool feat of engineering and to thank them for being amazing first responders every day.
South Seattle/Beacon Hill
South Seattle Emerald and Rainier Avenue Radio are hosting T’Challaween, a socially distant Halloween costume parade and contest on Halloween. Great care has been taken to ensure safety, so please know and follow the rules. The parade will travel along the Beacon Hill Greenway between South College Street and South Hanford Street starting at 2 p.m., and people can join at any point. “No-touch” candy will be distributed along the route. The event also will be streamed, and a costume contest will take place online. The event is dubbed T’Challaween, inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther and the late Chadwick Boseman. Full event details and safety protocols here.
The Northwest Railway Museum, which just recently resumed its scenic family rides, will hold special Halloween excursions on weekends, Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and on Halloween, Oct. 31. People are encouraged to wear costumes for the 90-minute decorated train excursions. (Kids in costumes will get a small prize.) Trains depart from the Snoqualmie Depot or from North Bend. Schedule, details, ticket info here.
‘Day of the Dead’ StoryWalk
Families are invited to read “The Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos” by Bob Barner by walking around Seattle Public Library’s South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., and viewing the pages in the windows (through Nov. 8).