What a disappointment that most of our traditional Halloween fun is inappropriate this year as we’re stuck in a global pandemic. Online Halloween events to the rescue!
We can already tell, though, that people are being super-creative with ways to make the day still a lot of fun for kids and families. Here’s what people have told us.
One way to stay totally safe is to celebrate in your own home, with these “virtual” Halloween events to add to the spirit. Dim the lights, grab some treats and get ready to have some fun — or a bit of a fright. (A few events are going on in person, too.) Check out these virtual Halloween events to see what’s a good fit for your family (and keep checking back as we add more:
Library events online. There are too many to list! (Spooktacular yoga, scary storytimes, not to mention book recommendations). Check King County Library System or Seattle Public Library.
Moisture Festival is planning a special Halloween show that will air twice, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 (live via YouTube). It will include a “virtual trick-or-treat” segment featuring kids who submitted videos in advance.
Improvised ghost stories: Improvisers will recreate the campfire experience by creating stories out of submitted ideas, whether they’re scary, funny or both. Friday and Saturday online performances up to and including Halloween, Oct. 31.
Trick-or-treating for UNICEF also has gone online this year, with activities and a fundraising campaign that run through Nov. 15. The program helps to improve the lives of kids in the 190 countries where UNICEF works.
Redmond Trick or Trot Virtual 5K: Social distancing is easy in a virtual race, and you can walk, jog or run on a treadmill or outside. The $25 entry fee includes a T-shirt that can be picked up at City Hall. Entrants can complete the 5K anytime but “finishing” on Oct. 24 or 25 will make it feel more like the community event it’s intended as. Details here.
Scary science at PacSci: Something spooky is stirring at Pacific Science Center. Join Kaitlyn Casimo, PhD, to learn about the real-life neuroscience and psychology behind sensory illusions and how our own brains and senses can be tricked. Livestream via YouTube at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. (Register in advance to receive a link.) Suggested donation $15; all ages welcome, best suited for 12 and up.
The Music Factory is getting in the spirit with a “Spooktakular Music Recital” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 (streaming live on Facebook and YouTube.) Its students, all of whom are learning virtually these days, will perform what they’ve been working on — in some cases premiering new material. More on Music Factory offerings here.
The National Parks Trust has collected scary stories from some of America’s most beautiful and beloved places (with links to even more travel lore!) You may never look at Yosemite or the Grand Canyon the same again!
More online frights: Seattle Terrors, a local ghost tour company, is offering Ghostflix, a way to watch ghost tours of 20 U.S. cities, from the comfort (and safety) of home, plus ghost stories you can listen to via smartphone app. (They have reopened for real-life tours with small, masked groups, by the way.)