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 underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, read on for 18 not-too-sugary Halloween happenings for your costumed cuties.
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 park-goers of all ages. In addition to 20 rides operating in the dark, little goblins (12 & under) can enjoy endless Halloween fun in Booville—a scare-free zone designed just for kids. Activities include a craft zone, Halloween-themed carnival games, a monster dance-a-long and spooky magic show. For older sibs and thrill-seekers, there are two bloodcurdling haunted houses and a new haunted trail.
Good to know: None of the decorations around the park are scary and the haunted houses are easily avoidable.
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, Wa 98003
Dates: Fridays & Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 15; Fridays-Sundays Oct. 21-30, 2016
Cost: $9.99-$27.99 (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 and watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments. 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. 15-16, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; come in costume and receive $2 off your ticket price (adults too!).
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Eats & Beats: Eric Ode’s Batty Halloween Show
Put on your costume and head over to KidsQuest Children’s 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 your crew before the show. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
4091 Factoria Mall S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98006
Date: Oct. 15, 2016 from 5:45 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $8 to $13 ($3 for pizza & lemonade)
Family Adventures in Spooky Kooky Concoctions
Join the folks at KidsQuest Children’s Museum as they head into the laboratory for some weird and wacky chemistry! Become a mad scientist as you experiment with things that glow, stretch and float, plus find out the science behind all things spooky and kooky. Psst… be sure to pre-register for this event.
4091 Factoria Mall S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98006
Date: Oct. 21, 2016 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25-$30 per family (geared towards kids 5 & older)
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. 21-22, 2016 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Cost: $5.95-13.95 (2 & under Free)
photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Facebook page
Gather up your little monsters and petite princesses and head to this awesome event at South Bellevue Community Center. There will be food, carnival games and an awesome magic show with Xakary the magician, plus a Dessert Theater, the annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race (think pumpkins on wheels!), haunted golf and a spooktacular zip line in the dark for kids 12 & older.
Date: Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; SpookFest Zip Scare October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29, 2016
Cost: $1/ticket for carnival games; $10/ticket for the dinner theater; $27-$42 for zip lines
8th Annual Monster Bash
Rain or shine, 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 Recess Monkey performances. Phew… this party is going to make your kid’s head spin (and not from the candy!).
Grounds of St. Stephen’s (across from Laurelhurst Park)
4805 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Date: Oct. 29, 2016 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
photo: Bronwen Houck Photography
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 and on land carving demonstrations with master carver Russ Leno, creepy Halloween games and activities, diver shows, a spooktacular story time, a mad scientist demonstration and much more. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration with the Aquarium’s creatures.
1483 Alaskan Way
Dates: October 29-30, 2016 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership
Pumpkin Bash Featuring BOOMazium at Woodland Park Zoo
What happens when you give a tiger a pumpkin? How about a hippo or a penguin? Put on your Halloween costume and come find out at Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Halloween event. 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. Psst… avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online.
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Dates: Oct. 29-30, 2016 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
Boo Bash: Bugs, Bats & Black Lights at Hands On Children’s Museum
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Put on your fave Halloween costume and fly down to this annual Halloween extravaganza at the Hands On Children’s Museum. The Museum is turning off the lights and finding out what glows on with spineless creatures like bugs and flying creatures like bats. Climb through the black light spider web, visit the tank of glowing fish, make light-up LED bling to wear while you trick-or-treat and learn the science behind glow sticks with Dr. Science.
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, Wa 98501
Date: Oct. 29, 2016 from noon.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4-$10 (pre-registration strongly encouraged–this ones sells out!)
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. 29 for this 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
Date: Oct. 29, 2016 from 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Cost: $10-$40 (depending on age & timing)
photo: Gwen Manchion & Jolene Hufty
Halloween Train at Northwest Railway Museum
Don your Halloween costume and take a ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard an antique steam train. In addition to the non-scary train ride, there will be old-fashioned cider press demonstrations, Halloween decorations at the Depot and complimentary warm apple cider. Come in costume and receive a $2 discount; all kids in costume will also receive a prize.
Bonus: During the weekend of October 29 & 30, there will be a special Halloween Storytelling Train. All train excursion ticket holders can join storyteller, Karen Haas, for Halloween Tales of Yore during their tour stop at the Train Shed Exhibit Building.
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, Wa 98065
Dates: Oct. 22-23 & 29-30, 2016 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $12-$20 (under 2 free)
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. 29, 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon
Springfree Trampoline Halloween Party
The Springfree Trampoline store in Issaquah will be the hosting plenty of high-flying Halloween fun for costumed kiddos of all ages. Nosh on light snacks, jump on the World’s Safest Trampoline and see a show with Seattle’s favorite Reptile Man. Leapin’ lizards, this is going to be one Halloween to remember!
1875 N.W. Poplar Way
Issaquah, Wa 98027
Date: Oct. 29, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
photo: Jody Sise
Great Pumpkin Hunt
You know it’s going to be a fun evening when hunting for pumpkins and collecting tickets for prizes is the name of the game. Costumed kiddos will hunt by age groups and older kids (ages 8-12) will hunt for pumpkins by flashlight. In addition to the Great Pumpkin Hunt, there will be carnival games, Halloween crafts, music and prizes for the best costume. Psst… be sure to pre-register for this event; a limited number of tickets will be sold.
Northwest Arts Center
9825 N.E. 24th St.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Date: Oct. 29, 2016 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per child. Parents and grandparents are Free.
The Museum of Fright at the Museum of Flight
On Oct. 30, 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. 30, 2016 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $5-$10 (kids under 17 in costume Free)
photo: Rachael Brandon
Run Scared 5K & Kids Dash
Earn your candy at the eighth annual Run Scared 5k run, 4k walk and Kids Dash benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This spooktacular event will feature a costume contest, free pre-race scavenger hunt, an awards ceremony and sweet treats at the finish line (think pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar). Psst… don’t forget to dress in your Halloween best and be sure to dress Fido up. Awards will be given in the following categories: overall best costume, best super hero, scariest, funniest and most original costume as well as best team costume, kid’s costume and doggie costume.
Date: Oct. 30, 2016 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $12-$40 (Kids Dash Free for 12 & under)
Tricks, Treats & Science Feats
Enjoy a frightfully fun party this Halloween at the Pacific Science Center during Tricks, Treats & Science Feats. Explore the Science Center during its Halloween extended hours and enjoy activities for the whole fam. Listen to spooky stories in the Tots Pumpkin Patch, create your own gooey, ghastly slime and sing along with Caspar Babypants in the Laser Dome. Plus, bring your own stuffed animal to create a Franken-stuffy using extra parts from other toys and enjoy face painting, hot beverages and treats, a Mad Scientist Lab, photo booth, costume parade and more.
Date: Oct. 31, 2016 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with general 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