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The City’s Sweetest Spots for Trick-or-Treating

Rain or shine, there are plenty of trick-or-treating hot spots around the Emerald City to seek out your Halloween haul. And since the 31st falls on a Thursday this year, many venues are getting in on the Halloween action early… which means you can get some mileage out of those costumes. Read on for our list of the best neighborhoods and venues for Halloween treats and get ready to fill those buckets and pillowcases!

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Seattle Neighborhoods

Capitol Hill – Hilloween
Start with some amazing musical performances (think Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey), add in a costume parade and carnival games for the kiddies, then plenty of treats from Broadway Avenue’s merchants, and you’ve got the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free?

Where: Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Avenue, Seattle, Wa
When: October 26 from 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm; Trick-or-Treating from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

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West Seattle Harvest Festival & Trick-or-Treating 
If you’re looking to do some daylight, non-scary trick or treating (or if you just want to get it out of the way!), hit the West Seattle Junction, where farmers market merchants will be passing out treats after the kid’s costume parade at 11:30 am. Be sure to check out the harvest activities and projects, too!

Where: West Seattle Junction, SW Alaska Street & California Avenue SW, Seattle, Wa
When: October 27 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Trick-or-Treat on the Waterfront
Go trick-or-treating along the Seattle waterfront from the ferry terminal to the Bell Harbor Conference Center. Plus, visit with Seattle firefighters at a special show-and-tell between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at Waterfront Park (Pier 58) and enjoy free samples and games provided by Honest Tea.

Where: Alaskan Way along the Seattle Waterfront
When: October 27 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Trick-or-Treat at University Village
Take a stroll through U Village, where merchants will be passing out candy. Once the little monsters are all sugared out, head over to the covered kids play area near Kid’s Club where they can burn off some Halloween energy.

Where: University Village, 2632 NE University Village Street, Seattle, Wa
When: October 31 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Costume Carnival
For a truly weatherproof night of trick-or-treating, head to the Seattle Children’s Museum where costumed kiddos can wander the halls looking for treats at various booths. In addition to Halloween goodies, kids can visit the not-so-scary haunted mountain, enjoy silly spooky story times, and go on a “Where in the World is Dracula?” scavenger hunt.

Where: Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Wa
When:  October 31 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Monster Fest: Kids Halloween Extravaganza
Take the whole fam to EMP this Halloween to experience trick-or-treating in Sky Church, frighteningly fun crafts, and special screenings of the 1949 Disney classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the 2012 computer-animated fantasy comedy Hotel Transylvania.

Where: Experience Music Project, 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, Wa
When: October 31 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Under 12 free ($5 discount for adults)

Admiral District Trick-or-Treating
Take your lil’ ghosts and goblins to West Seattle’s Admiral District for this annual trick-or-treating extravaganza! Look for the Halloween poster at participating businesses, and then load up your treat bag with lots of loot!

Where: Admiral District, California Avenue SW & SW Admiral, Seattle, Wa
When: October 31 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt at the Seattle Center
After you hit the Seattle Children’s Museum’s Costume Carnival and EMP’s Monster Fest: Kids Halloween Extravaganza, participate in this fun trick-or-treat scavenger hunt around the Seattle Center. Search the grounds for clues (and treats!) as you follow the hints from place to place. The free guide will be available at the Seattle Children’s Museum or EMP Museum from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Halloween.

Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Wa
When: October 31 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

North of Seattle

Safe Halloween at Country Village Shops
Costumed kiddos will have a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience at Country Village Shops. Participating merchants will be offering treats for lil’ ghouls and witches from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (while supplies last).

Where: Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, Wa
When: October 31 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Trick-or-Treating at Northgate Mall
Calling all ghosts, goblins and boo-tiful princesses! Come to the Ben Bridge Court at Northgate Mall for lots of trick-or-treating fun. In addition to Halloween treats, get your family’s picture taken by a professional photographer.

Where: Northgate Mall
When: October 31 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

Edmonds Trick-or-Treat Night
There will be plenty of treats (and maybe a few tricks!) for kids from participating merchants in downtown Edmonds. Be sure to enter the costume contest. This year, there will be categories for pets, kids and adults!

Where: Downtown Edmonds
When: October 31 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Eastside

Halloween with Radio Disney
Celebrate Halloween with the Radio Disney crew! Your costumed kiddo can enjoy music, games and prizes as well as trick-or-treating at participating merchants throughout the mall.

Where: Marketplace @ Factoria, 4055 Factoria Square Mall SE, Bellevue, Wa
When:  October 31 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: Free

Halloween Family Fun Fest at The Bellevue Collection
Visit select merchants at The Bellevue Collection for lots of Halloween treats and enjoy roving balloon-tying clowns, a mad science booth where you can experiment with slime and dry ice, photo booths (be sure to bring your camera!) and a live Halloween performance with Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies (at 5:00 & 6:00 pm). Dance-friendly costumes encouraged!

Where: The Bellevue Collection, 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wa
When: October 31 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Mall-Oween 
Take the fam to Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center for trick-or-treating, a special Halloween show with Ko Ko Jo and a spooktacular photo booth. And be sure to stop by WiggleWorksKids for even more Halloween fun and to burn off some of the sugar.

Where: Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center, 15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, Wa
When: October 31 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Trick-or-Treating at Gilman Village
On Halloween, there will be plenty of treats for costumed kiddos from participating merchants of Gilman Village. Keep an eye out and your camera ready for a wandering friendly Frankenstein!

Where:  Gilman Village, 317 NW Gilman Boulevard, Issaquah, Wa
When: October 31 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

Trick-or-Treat at The Landing
It’s a Halloween party at The Landing in Renton! Wear your costume and look for the participating merchants with balloon bouquets. Plus, have your picture taken with Dora the Explorer for $1 and help support the Friends of Renton Schools.

Where: The Landing, North 8th Street & Park Avenue North
When: October  27 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

Downtown Kirkland Trick-or-Treat 
Get an early start on your Halloween haul at this year’s trick-or-treating event in downtown Kirkland. Starting at 3:00 pm, participating businesses will be passing out candy to lil’ ghosts and goblins.

Where: Downtown Kirkland, Central Way to 2nd Ave South and Kirkland Parkplace
When: October 31 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

South of Seattle

Trick-or-Treat at Tacoma Mall
If your Halloween plans take you south of Seattle, participating merchants at Tacoma Mall will be handing out Halloween treats to costumed kids 12 and under from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Where: Tacoma Mall, 4502 S Steele Street, Tacoma, Wa
When: October 31 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

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Trick-or-Treat So Others May Eat
Lil’ ghosts and goblins will find lots of Halloween treats at The Outlet Collection. Bring a non-perishable donation to Guest Services and receive a free Halloween trick-or-treat bag filled with goodies from The Outlet Collection. Select stores will also be passing out candy and other fun items to trick-or-treaters (while supplies last).

Where: The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Suite 1268, Auburn, Wa
When: October 31 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

Are you planning on visiting any of these Halloween hot spots? Know of any other great neighborhood happenings going on this Halloween? Let us know in the comment section below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Allison Sutcliffe, Downtown Seattle Association, basykes via  Flickr and West Seattle Junction Facebook page

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