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 events that still pack a spooktacular punch. From Halloween-themed shows, to costumed fun runs, to hauntingly hands-on activities, we’ve rounded up 20 not-too-sugary Halloween happenings for your little ghosts and ghouls.
photo: Kristina Moy
Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme Park
Starting the first weekend of October, Washington’s largest amusement park transforms into a spooktacular Halloween fun zone to deliver hair-raising entertainment for parkgoers of all ages. In addition to 25 rides operating in the dark, little goblins (12 and under) can enjoy endless Halloween fun in Booville—a scare-free zone designed just for kids. Activities include a craft zone, inflatable slide and obstacle course as well as a gaming trailer, glow in the dark bubble tent and much more. For older sibs and thrill-seekers, there are two bloodcurdling haunted houses.
Good to know: None of the decorations around the park are scary and the haunted houses are both easily avoidable.
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, Wa 98003
Dates: Weekends, Oct. 2-31, 2015 (closed Oct. 4)
Cost: $12.99-$22.99 (purchase discount tickets online)
Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Fun for the entire family and especially those who prefer their Halloween activities in the daylight hours. Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a favorite for many Seattle families. Explore the zoo in costume, discover creepy, slimy, and unusual-looking animals at the activity stations, watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and trick-or-treat your way around the zoo for goodies. Psst… Be sure to check out the awesome pumpkin carving designs made by the zoo keepers.
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, Wa 98407
Dates: Oct. 17-18, 2015 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; $2 off admission if wearing a costume (adults too!).
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Eats & Beats: Eric Ode’s Batty Halloween Show
Put on your costume and head over to KidsQuest Museum for a Halloween show that’s more silly than scary. Eric Ode will keep everyone entertained with a night of eerie (but not scary) stories and interactive tunes about bats, owls, pirates and other Halloween creatures. 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. Advance registration strongly encouraged.
4091 Factoria Mall S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98006
Date: Oct. 24, 2015 from 5:45 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $8 to $13 ($3 for pizza & lemonade)
7th Annual Monster Bash
Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly over to this annual Halloween fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Come in costume and enjoy a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, ghoulish games and prizes, plus creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and parade, Halloween cupcakes and two live performances by Recess Monkey.
Grounds of St. Stephen’s (across from Laurelhurst Park)
4805 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Date: Oct. 24, 2015 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Pumpkin Bash Featuring BOOMazium at Woodland Park Zoo
What happens when you give an elephant a pumpkin? How about an otter? Put on your Halloween costume and come find out at Woodland Park Zoo. Be sure to check the schedule online to find out when your favorite animal is getting their pumpkin to play with. In addition to the festive treats for the animals, there will crafts, vendor booths and a mad science program as well as a Halloween-themed Zoomazium where kids of all ages can enjoy not-so-scary storytelling, costumed puppet shows, face painting (additional fee), games and more.
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Dates: Oct. 24-25, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership; one costumed child (12 & under) admitted free with each adult admission.
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
Take your costumed kiddos to the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) for an afternoon of thrilling art projects, activities and artist demonstrations celebrating the fall season. Children of all ages will experience wacky, spooky and fun hands-on activities and performances.
Date: Oct. 24, 2015 from noon-3 p.m.
Grab your lil’ ghosts and goblins and head to this awesome event at South Bellevue Community Center. There will be food, games and entertainment at the all ages carnival, a Dessert Theater, the annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race (think pumpkins on wheels!) and a spooktacular zip line in the dark for kids 12 and older.
Date: Oct. 24, 2015 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $1/ticket for carnival games; $8-$10/ticket for the Dinner Theater; $24-$39 for zip lines
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, mini golf, trick-or-treating, live animal presentations and more. Costumes are welcome and encouraged, of course!
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, Wa 98328
Dates: Oct. 23-24, 2015 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Cost: $9.25-$19.75 (2 & under free)
photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Facebook page
Halloween Fun at the Seattle Aquarium
Little ghosts and goblins will love going to the Seattle Aquarium this year for Halloween-themed excitement. Activities include underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations by Aquarium divers, on land pumpkin carving demonstrations by master carver Russ Leno, creepy Halloween games and activities, face painting and treats. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration with the aquarium’s creatures.
1483 Alaskan Way
Dates: October 23-25, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership
Monster Dash Run at Lincoln Park
Run for your life! Zombies, witches and other cleverly costumed runners will be taking to Lincoln Park on Oct. 24 for the fourth annual Monster Dash Run benefiting 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.
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98136
Dates: Oct. 24, 2015 from 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Cost: $10-$45 (depending on age and timing)
photo: South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools
Boo Bash at Hands On Children’s Museum
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Put on your fave Halloween costume and enjoy fall-inspired art and STEM activities, crafts, face painting, carnival games, a scavenger hunt, mad science lab and treats at this annual Halloween extravaganza at the Hands On Children’s Museum.
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, Wa 98501
Date: Oct. 24, 2015 from noon.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4-$10 (pre-registration strongly encouraged–this ones sells out!)
Halloween Train at Northwest Railway Museum
Don your Halloween costume and take a ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard the Halloween Train. In addition to the non-scary train ride, there will be old-fashioned cider press demonstrations, Halloween decorations at the Depot, train decorations and complimentary warm apple cider.
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, Wa 98065
Dates: Oct. 24, 25 & 31, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Cost: $12-$20 (under 2 free)
photo: Northwest Railway Museum
HOWL-o-ween at IslandWood
Bring your own pumpkins and carving tools to Bainbridge Island (or pre-order one from IslandWood) 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, mini carnival games, slime making and other activities will let you make a day out of your trip with the fam. Costumed kids are welcome and encouraged. Psst! Reserve your free tickets early. This one always sells out!
4450 Blakely Ave. N.E.
Bainbridge Island, Wa 98110
Date: Oct. 25, 2015 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: Free (don’t forget to pre-register; last year’s event sold out!)
The Museum of Fright at the Museum of Flight
On Oct. 25, 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.
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, Wa 98108
Date: Oct. 25, 2015 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $5-$10 (kids under 17 in costume Free)
photo: Kristina Moy
Halloween Spooktacular at KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Don your wildest, craziest or cutest costume and head to KidsQuest Children’s Museum for some hauntingly hands-on fun. Conduct science experiments in the spooky, kooky laboratory, cruise the creepy cake walk, create eerie art, marvel at the illusions of magician AlakaSam and leave with ghoulish goodies!
4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, Wa 98006
Date: Oct. 26, 2015 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $7-$12 (pre-registration encouraged)
photo: KidsQuest Children’s Museum
MIPA Halloween Party at Mercer Island Community Center
This fun, non-spooky Halloween party, put on by the Mercer Island Preschool Association, is specifically designed for tots ages 1-6. Dress in your fave Halloween costume and enjoy Halloween-themed crafts, games and activities as well as some tricks and treats, too!
8236 S.E. 24th St.
Mercer Island, Wa 98040
Date: Oct. 31, 2015 from 10 a.m.-noon
Run Scared 5K & Kids Dash
Earn your candy at the seventh annual Run Scared 5K run and 4K walk and Kids Dash benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This spooktacular event will feature a costume contest, free pre-race scavenger hunt, costume contest, awards ceremony and a pumpkin bread and candy corn tasting bar at the finish line.
Date: Oct. 31, 2015 from 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $12-$40 (Kids Dash Free)
photo: Run for Good Racing Co.
Springfree Trampoline Halloween Party
Put on your Halloween costume and head over to the Springfree Trampoline store in Issaquah for lots of high-flying Halloween fun. Kids can trick or treat in a fun, safe dry place and enjoy light snacks, jumping on the world’s safest trampolines and a show with Seattle’s favorite Reptile Man. Leapin’ lizards, this is going to be one Halloween to remember!
Date: Oct. 31, 2015 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Once again, Seattle Children’s Museum willl be hosting their annual Costume Carnival to get your kids out and about in their costumes on Halloween. During this special event, designed for kids 10 and under, the Museum’s staff will transform the exhibits into a Halloween-themed version, with additional activities and programs. Visit the not-so-scary haunted mountain, participate in a fun scavenger hunt, try your hand in the mad scientist lab and make your way to several vendor booths for games, crafts and treats.
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Date: Oct. 31, 2015 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
Are you a trick or treat-free Seattle family? Tell us how you keep Halloween a low-sugar holiday without skimping on the fun in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla