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Halloween events for kids and families around Seattle

Family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween around Seattle

Halloween is almost here and there are so many events for 2023 all around the Seattle area! Grab your costumes and get ready for some fun Halloween activities and trick-or-treating. Be sure to check out our pumpkin patch guide for fall activities, picking, corn mazes and more!

[See also: 6 free events to celebrate Dia de los Muertos || Lots more events in our searchable calendar]

Halloween events: Seattle and nearby

Seattle Parks Halloween: Get out your costumes, it’s time for creepy carnivals, haunted houses,  swimming with pumpkins,  fall festivals, pumpkin carving,  and more! Seattle Parks & Recreation is hosting a variety of Halloween activities at the Community Centers all over town  for tots, teens, in-betweens, and families. The fun starts the weekend of 10/20-22, and picks up again 10/27-31!

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. Festivities run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 29. Kids 17 and under in a costume will receive free admission to the museum for the day.

Seattle Haunted Chocolate Factory: Walk the eerie halls of the Seattle Chocolate Factory, collect clues, solve the puzzle and collect your reward. For ages 8-100, book your tickets for a Halloween adventure. Thursday through Sunday, October 19-29 and October 26-29. $15/adults and $12/kids 12 and under.

Hamlin Park in Shoreline: Listen to spooky stories while you toast marshmallows. Play games and take a wagon ride. Check out these and more activities on October 20 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

‘Boo in Burien’: Downtown Burien is back with its annual trick-or-treat event. It will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Burien’s downtown core. Participating businesses will have signs in their windows. See the website for more information. Don’t forget a flashlight!

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!” $6 per child (ages 2-12); adults free. 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett: On Saturday, October 28, join in for some family-friendly fun! Halloween-with-the-Lights-On – Jam-packed with Halloween goodness from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Show up dressed in your Halloween Best! Experience the thrill of the Ooey Gooey Mystery Box, delve into Spooky Experiments and watch a live-action version of “The 13 Nights of Halloween”. See link for more details. Good for kids ages 1-12.

“Thrill the World” zombie dance event

Part of a worldwide, synchronized dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” performed at Queen Anne ballfield with rehearsals at Queen Anne Community Center. Festivities begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and also will include a costume contest.

Halloween in the Junction: West Seattle is throwing their own party this year with a marching band, costume contest and trick-or-treating! October 29, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

 

Trick-or-treats, trunk-or-treats … Halloween is here. (Photo: iStock)

Halloween events: Eastside

Monster Mash Halloween Dance: A free event at Bellevue’s Northwest Arts Center on October 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m. – dance to spooky tunes, participate in Halloween activities and sit to hear a spooky story.

Boo Bash at Monster Mini Golf: Love to putt-putt? Then head over to this glow-in-the-dark monster-themed indoor venue. October 27 – Join in for Halloween fun, laser maze, arcade, mini-bowling, and more! Wear your costume for a chance to win a prize.

Bam-oween: Explore the Bellevue Art Museum, stopping to engage in Halloween activities. Great for ages 4-10. Free. October 28 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

KidsQuest Spooky, Kooky Workshop and Spooktacular: Become a mad scientist and mix up potions and experiment with scientific properties that glow, stretch and float or wear your costume and see the museums Halloween transformation! Collect goodies and partake in fun activities. Check website for more details about days and pricing.

Pumpkins in the Park: Join the Kirkland Downtown Association in Kirkland’s Marina Park for a specially designed event for children in costume! The fall harvest festival has food booths, giveaways, games, and treats. Appearances by special guests, costume contests, and trick or treating at downtown businesses. October 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat Street in North Bend: Bring your Halloween bag to collect treats from participating businesses on NB Way and Bendigo. Help judge a contest of best-decorated business front and best costume. October 28, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

 

Halloween events: South of Seattle

Halloween Harvest Festival at Les Grove Park: Trunk-or-Treat, games, cauldrons of punch! October 28, 1:00 p.m.-5 p.m.

Halloween in the Haunted Peat Bog: Explore the Shadow Lake Nature Preserve and learn all about the creepy crawlies in nature. October 28, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Good for children, not meant to be scary.

The Landing in Renton is offering the “Halloween Spooktacular” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The setup is in the plaza, across from the Regal theater. Join the fun for balloon twister, face painting, trick or treat, and many more exciting activities for families.

Auburn: Harvest Festival and Truck-or-Treat: games, music, cauldrons of punch and a trunk-or-treat experience around the trail at Les Gove Park, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Bring a can of food for admission (to support the Auburn Food Bank.) The event is for kids 2-10. Please register here.

Kent Street of Treats: Trick-or-treating and other fun activities in downtown Kent, at 302 West Meeker Street, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

Des Moines Trick-or-Treat path: Visit businesses in the Des Moines Marina District from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Look for signs along Marine View Drive and Seventh Avenue.

Kent Station Haunted Boo-levard: Join this free event and trunk-or-treat on Ramsay Way. Vote for the best-decorated car, eat candy and enjoy the evening. October 31 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

“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. The event runs Oct. 21-31  (special sensory-friendly version 9-10 a.m. Oct. 22 and 29.)

 

Halloween events: North of Seattle

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. 28. Timed registration required.

Edmonds Halloween Trick or Treat Night: Come down for treats, contests, and family fun. October 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

 

Trains

The Northwest Railway Museum will hold special Halloween excursions on weekends, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. 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.

 

 

Trunk-or-treat events for Halloween 2022

Zoos

Northwest Trek Hoot n’ Howl:
Put on a costume and explore the wildlife park at twilight! Lights, animals and spookiness — and candy too. Play games in the picnic pavilion — pumpkin checkers and tic tac toe. And snap those adorable spooky photos. October 13-14 and 20-21, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Northwest Trek Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp: We all love pumpkins – and our animals do too! Watch them chomp, stomp and roll all day. October 28-29, buy tickets online.

Woodland Park Zoo: Pumpkin Bash
Join the fun at Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash on Saturday and Sunday, Oct.28-29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can trick-or-treat all around the zoo, while participating in adventurous activities, including a scavenger hunt. All activities are free with general admission. Check out their website for more information on the zoo schedule.

Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium 

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, offers a fun experience for children and families on Oct. 14-15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy the animals, Halloween games, pumpkin carving, and more. Prices vary depending on age. General admission for adults is $22, while tickets for children ages 3-12 are $16. See website for details on the daily schedule.

Howl-O-Ween at Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo: Come dressed for spooky fun and participate in a costume contest, scavenger hunt and themed activities. Kids between 2 and 12 years old in costume enter free. Included with admission to the zoo (online tickets are $16 adults; $13 ages 2–12; age 1 and younger free).

Halloween events: out of town

Halloweekend at Seabrook on the Washington coast: Events Oct. 28-29 include a hay maze, carnival, skull candle-pouring workshop, hopping-animal races, pumpkin patch and pumpkin promenade and a costume parade and trick-or-treating beginning at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

“Scarywood” at Silverwood: This theme park near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a popular destination for Seattle families, transforms into “the  nightmare you’ll never forget.” (Yikes!) Highlights: Five haunted attractions, nine “scare zones,” roaming monsters and thrill rides in the dark. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Open Thursday through Saturday through Oct. 28-30.

Halloween events: Good for Tweens and Teens

Yummy treats at many of the Halloween events for 2022Fright Fest at Wild Waves
The Federal Way theme park will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 6-29, with two separate events: family-friendly activities for younger kids from 2 to 6 p.m. Some evening events, including haunted mazes, are not recommended for kids under 13. Reservations are required (even for season-ticket holders), and the event is expected to sell out, so plan early. Also, a 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!

Thomas Family Farm at Night
Take part in the haunted house, corn maze at night, or zombie paintball. For families with older children who want to add a little more fright to Halloween. Check out the website for more details.

Stalker Farms
A night of fright. Get through the haunted corn maze, play paintball, take photos and more. Check website for pricing and more activities.

Halloween event: Further afield

In October, you’ll want to add this to your fright list if you’re in Vancouver, Canada. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will be open for Canyon Frights, October 13-31 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wear your best family-friendly costume and participate in Halloween activities, spooky stories and a visit with live owls (weekends during the festivities from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). Have a spooktacular time!

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