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In-person Halloween events 2021 for kids and families

Family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween around Seattle, 2021.

Halloween events, updated for 2021:

Halloween is back!

Many of the events and activities that were canceled or modified in 2020 are returning for 2021. (Also, some of the clever, virtual or distanced promotions that people came up with are sticking around.)

Here’s what we know about Halloween 2021. Check back often for updates.

Remember to wear masks, bring hand sanitizer and practice social distancing. In addition, check to see if advance RSVP or ticket purchase is required.

[See also: Lots more events in our searchable calendar, Halloween events at zoos and Northwest Trek]

Halloween events, 2021: malls and downtowns

Halloween selfies

The Landing in Renton is offering the “Halloween selfie experience” from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 16-31). The setup is near Trencher’s Kitchen & Tap. Visitors can choose from three selfie sets and post pics on Instagram for a chance to win a gift card.

Auburn: Harvest Festival and Truck-or-Treat: games, carnival rides, cauldrons of punch and a trunk-or-treat experience around the trail at Les Gove Park, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Bring a can of food for admission (to support the Auburn Food Bank.) Event is for kids 2-10; masks required on everyone 5 and older. Please register for either 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. timeslot.

Trick or Treat in Ballard: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. More than 50 Ballard businesses will give out treats.

‘Boo in Burien’: Downtown Burien has brought back its annual trick-or-treat event. It will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in Burien’s downtown core. Participating businesses will have signs in their windows. Discover Burien Boo Boxes, including a baking kit, candy, crafts and trinkets, can be ordered for pickup Oct. 21-29; $25, order here. Also, “The Addams Family” (2019 version) will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 30) at the Discover Burien Drive-In, the parking lot on Southwest 153rd Street between Sixth and Ambaum.) $25 per carload; tickets here.

Des Moines Trick-or-Treat path: Visit businesses in the Des Moines Marina District from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Look for signs along Marine View Drive and Seventh Avenue.

Falloween, the Bellevue Collection: Snap a picture in a fun fall photo set, explore the interactive virtual haunted graveyard in Bellevue Square Center Court and pick up a monster coloring tote for the kids to color at home. (No trick-or-treating event this year.)

Federal Way Tricks and Treats: Dress up and head to the lower parking lot of the Federal Way Community Center for a haunted trail, photo ops, vendors and “lots and lots of candy!” $5 per child (ages 2-10); adults free. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Kent Street of Treats: Trick-or-treating and other fun activities in downtown Kent, Second Avenue and West Meeker Street, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Sponsored by Kent Downtown Partnership.

Halloween Hullaballoo, Lynnwood: Dress in costume for this drive-thru event in which your family will drive through our Candyland Forest (aka Lynnwood Recreation Center parking lot) to trick-or-treat at characters’ houses along the way! For even more fun, decorate your car! 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Timed registration required.

Kirkland Urban Treat Street: 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30: candy, crafts, performances, games, giveaways and more, throughout the shopping/gathering complex.

Halloween events, 2021: Museums and more

Kidsquest Children’s Museum, Bellevue: Halloween Spooktacular, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, October 31. Build hydraulic monster mouths, take flight with bat wings, munch on monster cookies, and shop the Monster Mercantile. Wear a costume for a day of spooky, kooky fun. Pre-registration encouraged. All ages welcome. $15 per child; $8 per adult.

“Boo Bash” in Olympia

The Hands-On Children’s Museum in Olympia is holding its popular annual Boo Bash. 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. 22-31  (special sensory-friendly version 9-10 a.m. Oct. 24 and 31.)

Museum of Flight = Museum of Fright!

The Museum of Flight becomes one of the area’s biggest haunted houses. Its safe, Halloween-themed games and activities will spark the imagination and spirit of innovation. Hunt for a costumed astronaut with a spooky message, hear spooky stories and howl at the Halloween moon in a special “Darkest Sky” planetarium adventure. Festivities run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Halloween Day. Costumes encouraged. Masks required; vaccination proof required for those 12+. Details here.

Trunk or Treat, Pacific Raceways, Kent: Perhaps the largest event of its kind in the area, with miles of track and some 200 decorated trunks. Drive-through event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Families are encouraged to dress up for some socially distanced fun and treats.

Halloween events, 2021: Misc.

Caramel for a Cause: The Flora Bakehouse on Beacon Hill, 1511 S. Lucile St., will sell bags of housemade caramel corn and fresh caramel apples for $5 each, with 100% of the profits going to Cleveland High School’s ASB and Maple Elementary School’s PTA. The sale will run Friday through Sunday, Oct. 29-31, until the limited quantity is gone.

Fright Fest at Wild Waves

The Federal Way theme park will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 8-31, with two separate events: family-friendly activities for younger kids from 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays and “Fright by Night” beginning at 7 p.m. Some of the evening events, including haunted mazes, are not recommended for kids under 13. Also, Halloween movies will be played at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.) on an LED screen. The fine print: Masks are required. Beginning Oct. 29, both masks and proof of vaccination (12+) will be required. Reservations are required (even for season-ticket holders), and the event is expected to sell out, so plan early. Also, new policy: Minors must be accompanied by an adult (21+) while in the park.

Here’s a review from a non-horror-loving mom who took 5 kids and lived to tell the tale!

Halloween train trips:

The Northwest Railway Museum will hold special Halloween excursions on weekends, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and Halloween weekend, Oct. 30-31. People are encouraged to wear costumes for the two-hour 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. Masks required of everyone age 5 and older. In addition, proof of vaccination required for 12+ beginning Oct. 25.

The Chehalis & Centralia Railroad is planning to offer special, 30-minute Pumpkin Train Rides at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24. continues. The adventure includes treats, a costume contest and a chance for kids to pick their perfect pumpkin. There both open and enclosed train cars for this excursion through the Chehalis River Valley; however, the trains are not heated. Also, snacks and beverages are available for sale at the depot but not during the ride. Reservations are required.

“Thrill the World” zombie dance event

Part of a worldwide, synchronized dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” performed at Normandy Park Towne Center. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, and also will include a pumpkin patch, craft booth, music, scavanger hunt, costume contest and more. The dance performance is set to take place at 3 p.m.

More Halloween 2021:

Book pick: Two adorable monster stories for Halloween 

5 fun and easy fall craft projects for kids

The Playlist: a month of Halloween-themed family fun

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