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13 Low-Sugar Halloween Happenings for Seattle Kids

With so many Halloween events in the weeks leading up to the 31st, it’s almost impossible to keep the candy at bay. That’s why we decided to search the city for low sugar Halloween happenings that still pack a spooktacular punch. From pumpkin smashing to costume contests to thrilling shows, we’ve found 13 sweet events (minus the sugar) for your lil’ ghosts and goblins. So, put on your costume and let the Halloween festivities begin!


Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Fun for the entire family and especially those who prefer their Halloween activities in the daylight hours, the Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a favorite for many families in the Seattle-area. Explore the zoo in costume, go on the scavenger hunt, ride a camel, and more. Then check out the awesome pumpkin carving designs made by the zoo keepers!

Where: 5400 N Pearl Street, Tacoma, Wa
When: October 19 & 20 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free with admission; $2 off admission if you’re wearing a costume (adults too!)

Hoot ‘N’ Howl at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Take an extra nap or rest in the afternoon and then head to Northwest Trek for an evening of Halloween fun! They take you through the park after the sun goes down for a special nighttime tram tour of the animals and park plus there will be Halloween crafts, carnival-type games, trick-or-treating, live animal presentations and more. Costumes are welcome, of course!

Where: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, Wa
When: October 25 & 26 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $5 to $13 per person; tickets available online

hoot n howl

Monster Dash Run
Run for your life! Zombies, witches, and other cleverly costumed runners will be taking to Lincoln Park on October 26th for the second annual Monster Dash Run benefitting the South Seattle Community College Co-Op Preschool program. Most original costume and best group costume will be awarded prizes, so dress to impress. Little monsters can participate in a run of their very own, and the course is stroller-friendly so even crawlers can get in on the action.

Where: Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, Wa
When: October 26, 2013 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: $25 to $30; Kids Dash free

Monster Mash Dash Family Fun Run
For Eastsiders, the city of Mercer Island will be hosting their own Monster Mash Dash at Luther Burbank park and this one coincides with the always-awesome MIPA Halloween Party. Put on your costume and run, walk, jog or scoot the one-mile loop… just don’t get caught! And don’t forget Fido, he’s welcome too. There will be costume contests for you and your four-legged friend as well as treats and prizes for all runners and walkers.

Where: Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, Wa
When: October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $12 (babes in strollers free)

Halloween Train
Kids dressed in their Halloween costumes will get $2 off the price of their Halloween Train ticket on October 26 and 27. Plus, there will be prizes for everyone in costume as well as old-fashioned cider press demonstrations, free cookies at George’s Bakery (with train ticket), hot apple cider, live music and lots of Halloween fun aboard an old-fashioned steam train!

Where: Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, Wa
When: October 26 & 27 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $10 to $15 (under 2 free)

northwest railway halloween train

Tot Trek: Happy Halloween Hike
Kids disguised as ghouls and ghosts, superheroes and princesses will be wandering the trails on this naturalist-led hike through Discovery Park. Learn about the animals associated with Halloween like bats and owls and learn that they’re not so scary after all. Costumes are encouraged, so come dressed up!

Where: Discovery Park, 3801 Discovery Park Boulevard, Seattle, Wa
When: October 26 from 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Cost: $4/person (designed for 2-3 year olds with an adult)

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo
What happens when you give an elephant a pumpkin? How about an otter? Come find out at Woodland Park Zoo! Be sure to check out the schedule online to find out when your favorite animal is getting their pumpkin to play with. There is a trick-or-treating style area for this event as well, but it’s easily avoidable.

Where: 5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, Wa
When: October 26 & 27 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: Free with admission; one costumed child (12 and under) admission free with each adult admission

woodland park zoo pumpkin bash

Eats & beats: Duo Finelli’s Hilarious Halloween Show
Put on your costume and head over to KidsQuest Museum for a Halloween show that’s more silly than scary! This crazy concert with Duo Finelli will feature eccentric dance, awesome acrobatics, and zany comedy as well as a huge collection of instruments. Psst… order your Jet City Pizza and lemonade with your tickets now and you won’t have to worry about feeding the gang before the show!

Where: KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4091 Factoria Mall SE, Bellevue, Wa
When: October 26 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: $9 to $14 (pizza & lemonade extra)

Halloween Brunch & Costume Contest at Salty’s
This special Halloween brunch is sure to become tradition in your Halloween loving household – enjoy a yummy brunch at one of Seattle’s favorites, Salty’s, and then participate in the low-pressure costume contest where the winner will receive a FREE brunch for four! There’s also a little Salty’s pumpkin patch set up for exploring before and after you eat. Each kiddo can pick two pumpkins from the patch!

Alki: 1936 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, Wa
Redondo Beach: 28201 Redondo Beach Drive South, Des Moines, Wa
When: October 27, 2013 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $18.50 to $48.50 (under 4 eat free at Alki & under 5 eat free at Redondo)

salty's halloween brunch

Howl-o-ween at IslandWood
Bring your own pumpkins and carving tools to Bainbridge Island and create an artistic masterpiece with the help of Islandwood’s chefs and kitchen staff. The carving is only part of the fun however, as face painting, haunted trails, slime making and other activities will let you make a day out of your trip with the fam. Costumed kids are welcome and encouraged!

Where: IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, Wa
When: October 27 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

The Museum of Fright
On October 27, ghostly apparitions take to the skies at The Museum of Flight, where spooky crafts, airplane simulator rides, monster bowling, and ghost stories will get your kiddos in the mood for Halloween. Wear your costume and jump in the photo booth to snap a few pictures and then settle in for a Classic Scooby Doo movie that will leave your little Frankensteins in stitches.

Where: Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Wa
When: October 27 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $5-10 (under 17 in costume free)

museum of fright

Halloween Fun at the Seattle Aquarium 
Kiddos will love going to the Seattle Aquarium for lots of Halloween fun including underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations by Aquarium divers, on land pumpkin carving demonstrations by master carver Russ Leno, creepy Halloween activities, fun treats, and games. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration with the sea creatures!

Where: Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Wa
When: October 26 & 27
Cost: Free with admission

Pumpkin Carving & Halloween Festival
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting not one, but several events to get your kids out and about in their costumes. On Friday, October 25th, bring your pumpkins and the Museum will provide you the tools and the space to get messy and make a gord-geous masterpiece. (It’s after-hours at the Museum too, so that means no crowds). Then, on Saturday and Sunday, make some spooktacular activities, march around in a costume parade and enjoy a fun costume carnival. It’s a weekend full of Halloween festivities that are sure to be a hit with your kids.

Where: 305 Harrison Street
When: October 25 (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm); October 26-27 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm); Costume Carnival is on October 31 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Cost: $3 to $5 for pumpkin carving; free admission to the costume carnival

Are you a trick-or-treat free Seattle family? Tell us how you keep Halloween a low-sugar holiday without skimping on the fun.

–Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

Photo credit: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo, Salty’s Facebook page, Northwest Railway Museum Facebook page & Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Facebook page

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