We all know that Seattle weather can be iffy in October. And since we don’t want the cold weather and rain to put a damper on your festivities, we’ve compiled a list of 16 indoor Halloween events and trick-or-treating options happening on the days leading up to Halloween and on the 31st. So grab your candy buckets, leave your umbrellas and Gortex jackets at home and have a happy, safe (and dry!) Halloween from all of us at Red Tricycle!

Pirates, Ghosts, & Princesses Pretty! Come Trick-Or-Treating at Pretend City! On Halloween, we are having a special trick-or-treat extravaganza for all our friends! Stop by the museum and take part in our Halloween Bug Bash as well as trick-or-treat at different stations through the city! We will surely have a ghouly good time!

1. Howl-O-Ween. Every night in October, little ghosts and goblins can hit the Trick-or-Treat Trail at Great Wolf Lodge. Starting at 6 p.m., costumed kiddos can pick up their goodie bags at the Howl-O-Ween House and collect ghostly treats throughout the hotel. In addition to trick-or-treating, kids can enjoy face painting, a spooktacular story time at the Great Clock Tower and a Monster Bash Dance Party (on Fridays and Saturdays). Psst! Book your stay midweek and avoid the crowds.

Great Wolf Lodge
20500 Old Highway 99 S.W.
Grand Mound, Wa 98531

When: Oct. 1-31, 2016 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. dance party from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free with stays from Oct. 1-31, 2016. Use promo code HOWL for special discounts.


 photo: Kristina Moy

2. SpookFest 2016. At this annual Halloween extravaganza, get your engines er pumpkins ready for The 6th Annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race (think Pinewood Derby with a Halloween twist). Plus, enjoy a mini carnival with games, haunted mini golf, arts and crafts, treats and a marketplace to buy Halloween goodies. Psst! Older kids can experience SpookFest Zip Scare featuring a suspension bridge and three zip lines in the dark!

South Bellevue Community Center
14509 S.E. Newport Way
Bellevue, Wa 98006

When: Oct. 22, 2015 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Activity fees vary

3. Pee Wee Monster Bash. For little ones looking for a not-too-spooky time, the North Kirkland Community Center is throwing their annual carnival style bash where mini monsters can wear their costumes and participate in a cookie walk, monster mash, swamp fishing, crafts and more. Pre-register early to guarantee your spot; this event always sells out!

North Kirkland Community Center
12421 103rd Ave. N.E.
Kirkland, Wa 98034

When: Oct. 28, 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $12-$14


photo: Seattle Aquarium Facebook page

4. Halloween Fun at the Seattle Aquarium. Underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations? Check. Spooky Halloween activities and games? Check. Treats and games throughout the aquarium? Check. Do we really need to convince you more? This under the sea celebration of Halloween goes on all weekend too, so your kids can get even more mileage out of their costumes.

Seattle Aquarium
Pier 59 -1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Wa 98101

When: Oct. 29-30, 2016 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership

5. BAM-O-WEEN Take your costumed cuties to Bellevue Arts Museum for a super-fun afternoon filled with art projects, thrilling activities and artist demonstrations celebrating all things Halloween. Psst! Costumes are encouraged.

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004

When: Oct. 29, 2016 from noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

It’s almost time to BUG OUT and have a HOWL-ing FUN TIME as the STAR Eco Station combines two of our coolest, kid-friendly events to bring you our Enchanted Crawly Hallow's Eve! This Halloween-themed entomology festival will showcase hundreds of insects, from terrifying tarantulas to beautiful butterflies! Get dressed in your spookiest costumes and come test your bug bravery with our Fear Factor Edible Insect Challenge, Costume Contest, Exotic Wildlife Exhibits, Celebrity Guests and so much more! Entry is only $5 + One child FREE per paying adult! **Each additional person/child + $5 STAR Eco Station 10101 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 www.ecostation.org

6. MIPA Halloween Party. This super-fun, non-spooky Halloween party will have tons of activities for party-goers ages 1-6. Try your hand at some creepy crafts, play Halloween-themed games and enjoy some tricks and treats. Psst! Be sure to wear your costume for the Halloween costume show.

Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th St.
Mercer Island, Wa 98040

When: Oct. 29, 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $3/child for MIPA members; $5/child for non-members

7. Boo Bash at Hands On Children’s Museum
Calling all little ghosts and goblins! Put on your 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 costume party.

414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, Wa 98501

When: Oct. 29, 2016 from noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $4 to $10; adult members Free. Pre-registration strongly encouraged—this one always sells out!

Boo Bash: Bugs, Bats and Black Lights!

photo: Hands On Children’s Museum 

8. Springfree Trampoline Halloween Party. On the 29th, head over to the Springfree Trampoline store in Issaquah for lots of high-flying Halloween fun. Kids can nosh on light snacks and enjoy jumping on the World’s Safest Trampolines and watch a show with Seattle’s favorite Reptile Man. Leapin’ lizards!

Issaquah Springfree Store
1875 N.W. Poplar Way
Issaquah, Wa 98027

Date: Oct. 29, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Cost: Free

9. Howl-O-Ween at EMP
Round up your little princesses and mini monsters for this family-friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza. Produced by EMP’s Youth Advisory Board, this spooktacular daytime Halloween party will feature crafts, music, a costume parade, spooky photo ops and more!

EMP Museum
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109

When: Oct. 30, 2016 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: 12 & under Free; $5 off admission for adults in costume

10. The Museum of Fright. Ghosts, witches, and bats take to the skies at the Museum of Flight’s annual Halloween celebration. Make your very own ghostly creature that floats through the air and have lots of spooky fun in the Museum’s galleries. Plus, get festive with ghost stories, monster bowling and spooky flight simulator rides.

Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, Wa 98108

When:  Oct. 30, 2016 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $5 to $10 (under 17 in costume Free)

museum of fright

photo: Kristina Moy

11. Tricks, Treats & Science Feats. The Pacific Science Center’s biggest and best family Halloween party returns on the 31st. At this ghastly gathering, 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, enjoy face painting, hot beverages and treats, participate in a mad scientist lab, get your pic taken in the photo booth and strut your stuff in the costume parade.

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109

When: Oct. 31, 2016 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership

12. Halloween Boo Bash. Little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are going to have a frightfully good time at this annual Halloween bash at Northgate Mall. Come in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating, special treats and activities in the Ben Bridge Court and professional Halloween photos.

Northgate Mall
401 N.E. Northgate Way
Seattle, Wa 98125

When: Oct. 31, 2015 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. (trick-or-treating takes place from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.)
Cost: Free (pictures extra)

Halloween trick or treat

photo: Kristina Moy

13. Halloween Trick ‘r Treat Party. Put on your costume and head over to the Marketplace @ Factoria for this annual trick-or-treating event. In addition to loads of goodies, there will be spooktacular music, games and prizes with Warm 106.9.

Marketplace @ Factoria
4055 Factoria Square Mall S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98006

When:  Oct. 31, 2015 from 4:30  p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

15. Redmond Town Center Tricks & Treats. Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly over to RTC for this spooktacular Halloween event. In addition to trick-or-treating at the mall’s merchants, there will light painting, a DJ playing your favorite Halloween jams, contests, prizes and Halloween merchant specials.

Redmond Town Center
7525 166th Ave. N.E.
Redmond, Wa 98052

When: Oct. 31 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

16. Costume Carnival at the Museum. For a truly weatherproof night of trick-or-treating, head to the Seattle Children’s Museum where costumed kiddos (10 & under) can wander the halls looking for treats from various vendors. Little ones can also visit the not-so-scary haunted mountain and the mad scientist lab or go on a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.

Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

When: Oct. 31, 2015 from 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

How do you plan to stay warm and dry this Halloween? Do you have a favorite indoor Halloween activity that isn’t on our list? Tell us about it in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy