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 pumpkin smashing to costumed hikes to Halloween-themed fun runs, we’ve found 17 not-too-sugary Halloween happenings for your lil’ ghouls.
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme Park
Starting in 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 25 rides operating in the dark, little goblins (12 and under) can enjoy endless Halloween fun at Booville—a bigger and better 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 thrillseekers, 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: Oct 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31 & Nov. 1; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $22.99 and up (purchase discount tickets online)
photo: Kristina Moy
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.
4091 Factoria Mall S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98006
Date: Oct. 18, 2014 from 5:30 p.m.– 8 p.m.
Cost: $8 to $13 (pizza & lemonade extra)
6th 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, kids tunes and ghoulish games and prizes, plus creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and parade and Halloween cupcakes.
Grounds of St. Stephen’s
4805 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Date: Oct. 18 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 and vendor booths as well as a trick-or-treating style area, but it’s easily avoidable.
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Dates: Oct. 18-19, 25-26 & 31, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership; one costumed child (12 and under) admitted free with each adult admission.
photo: Woodland Park Zoo
Goblin Gallop at Marymoor Park
Lace up your tennies, put on your costume and get ready for a healthy dose of Halloween fun at this year’s 2014 Goblin Gallop. This super-fun, non-competitive 5k run/walk will include a Kids Dash and Toddler Trot as well a post-dash bash with live music from Caspar Babypants, trick-or-treating for healthy treats, a costume contest and other spooktacular festivities.
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.
Redmond, Wa 98052
Date: Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $35 (under 12 free with adult entry or $10 for t-shirt)
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. 18-19, 2014 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; $3 off admission if you’re wearing a costume (adults too).
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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 activities, fun treats, and games. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration with the sea creatures.
1483 Alaskan Way
Dates: October 25-26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership
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, of course!
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, Wa 98328
Dates: Oct. 24-25, 2014 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Cost: $5 to $13 per person (3 and under free); tickets available online.
photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Facebook page
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!
8236 S.E. 24th St.
Mercer Island, Wa 98040
Date: Oct. 24-25, 2014 from 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $2 to $4
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. 25 for the third 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. 25, 2014 from 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Cost: $25 to $30; Kids Dash free
photo: South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools
Tot Trek: Happy Halloween Hike at Discovery Park
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!
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, Wa 98199
Date: Oct. 25, 2014 from 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Cost: $4/person (designed for 2-3 year olds with an adult)
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 science 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 in Olympia. Psst! We’ve heard they’re going to have glow-in-the-dark silk screen printing, too!
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, Wa 98501
Date: Oct. 25, 2014 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $8 to $10 (pre-registration strongly encouraged–this ones sells out!)
photo: Hands On Children’s Museum
Halloween Train at Northwest Railway Museum
Kids dressed in their Halloween costumes will get $2 off the price of their Halloween Train ticket on Oct. 25 and 26. Plus, everyone will enjoy the old-fashioned cider press demonstrations, free cookies at George’s Bakery (with train ticket), hot apple cider, music and lots of spooktacular fun aboard an old-fashioned steam train.
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, Wa 98065
Dates: Oct. 25-26, 2014 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: $10 to $18 (under 2 free)
photo: Northwest Railway Museum
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, 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!
4450 Blakely Ave. N.E.
Bainbridge Island, Wa 98110
Date: Oct. 26, 2014 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation per family (don’t forget to pre-register; last year they sold out!)
The Museum of Fright at the Museum of Flight
On Oct. 26, 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. 26, 2014 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 for some hauntingly hands-on fun. Conduct science experiments in the spooky, kooky laboratory, cruise the creepy cake walk, create eerie art and leave with ghoulish goodies!
4091 Factoria Mall SE
Bellevue, Wa 98006
Date: Oct. 27, 2014 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $7 to $10 (pre-registration encouraged)
Pumpkin Carving & Costume Carnival
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting not one, but two events to get your kids out and about in their costumes. On Friday, Oct. 24, bring your pumpkins to the Museum and the staff will provide you with the tools and the space to get messy and make a gord-geous masterpiece. Plus, there will be trick-or-treat bag making, pumpkin bowling and skeleton puzzles. (It’s after-hours at the Museum too, so that means no crowds). Then, on Halloween make some spooktacular activities at the Costume Carnival, march around in a costume parade and enjoy a scavenger hunt, mad scientist lab and several booths to visit for a games, crafts and tricks and treats.
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Dates: Oct. 24, 2014 from 5:30 p.m.–8: p.m.; Oct. 31, 2014 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $3 to $5 for pumpkin carving; free admission to the costume carnival for ages 10 mos-10.
photo: Seattle Children’s Museum
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 a comment below!
–Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla