15 Indoor Halloween Activities That Won’t Get Your Costumes Wet

Last year it was dry on Halloween, but we know Seattle weather can be iffy in October. And since we don’t want the cold weather and rain to put a damper on your Halloween festivities, we’ve compiled a list of 15 fun indoor Halloween events and trick-or-treating options happening on the days leading up to Halloween and on the 31st. Have a happy, safe (and dry) Halloween from all of us at Red Tricycle!

museum of fright

 photo: Kristina Moy

1. Bellevue Spookfest Pumpkin Celebration. At this annual Halloween event, get your engines er pumpkins ready for The Great Pumpkin Race (think Pinewood Derby with a Halloween twist) and enjoy a mini carnival with games, arts and crafts, treats and a marketplace to buy Halloween goodies.

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

When: October 25, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Activity fees vary

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

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

When: October 25, 2014 from 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $2 per child for MIPA members; $4 for non-members

3. 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.

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

When: Oct. 25, 2014 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $8 to $10 (pre-registration strongly encouraged–this ones sells out!)

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: October 25-26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership

pumpkin carving aquarium

photo: Seattle Aquarium 

5. KEXP Halloween Kids Dance Party
Costumed kiddos can wear their costume to this annual dance party at EMP hosted by John Richards. There will be activities and crafts, plus dancing for the whole family with DJs Darek Mazzone, Chilly, Miss Ashley and Shannon and a Halloween parade led by Grand Marshall DJ El Toro. Make sure to wear your best ghoulish outfit!

EMP Museum – Level 3 and Sky Church
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

When: October 26, 2014 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $12/person

6. BAM-O-WEEN Take your crew to the Bellevue Arts Museum for a super-fun afternoon filled with fall-themed art projects, activities and artist demonstrations celebrating Halloween. Psst… There will be face painting, Halloween Bingo, and tattoos, too!

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

When: October 26, 2014 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

7. 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. Get even more festive with face painting, ghost stories, pumpkin bowling and spooky flight simulator rides.

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

When:  October 26, 2014 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $5 to $10 (under 17 in costume free)

museum of fright

photo: Kristina Moy

8. 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 little ones can wear their costumes and participate in a cookie walk, monster mash, swamp fishing, crafts, witch hat ring toss and more. Pre-register early to guarantee your spot.

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

When: October 31, 2014 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $10.95 to $13.14

9. KidsQuest Halloween Spooktacular. Play mad scientists at this Halloween event with kooky and spooky experiments that will give your kiddos thrills and chills. Play games for sweet treats, show off your wild, crazy or cute costumes and leave with loads of ghoulish goodies!

KidsQuest Children’s Museum
4091 Factoria Mall S.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98006

When: October 27, 2014 from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $7 to $10 (pre-registration required)

10. Halloween Boo Bash. Lil’ 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 games, entertainment and treats. Bonus: Kidgits Club members will receive a special goodie bag!

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

When: October 31, 2014 from 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: Free


photo: USAG-Humphreys via creative commons Fickr

11. Halloween Fun at Westfield Southcenter. Take your costumed kiddos to Westfield Southcenter Mall for some Halloween fun. In addition to trick-or-treating at participating businesses, there will be crafts and a photo booth. Plus, enter to win a family four pack of tickets to the Pacific Science Center’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibit and a $50 Westfield gift card using the hashtags #TreatAndTweet @WestfieldSC.

Westfield Southcenter Mall
2800 Southcenter Mall
Seattle, Wa 98188

When: October 31, 2014 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

12. Halloween with Warm 106.9. Put on your costume and head over to the Marketplace @ Factoria for lots of trick-or-treating as well as spooktacular music, games and prizes with Warm 106.9.

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

When:  October 31, 2014 from 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: Free

13. 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 and under) can wander the halls looking for treats. Little ones can also visit the not-so-scary haunted mountain and the mad scientist lab and go on a scavenger hunt.

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

When: October 31, 2014 from 4 p.m.– 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Halloween via David Wiley Flickr

photo: David Wiley via creative commons Flickr

14. Halloween Family Fun Fest. Visit select merchants at The Bellevue Collection for lots of Halloween treats and enjoy roving balloon-tying clowns, a mad science booth, photo booths (be sure to bring your camera) and a live Halloween performance with Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies. Dance-friendly costumes encouraged!

The Bellevue Collection
575 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, Wa 98004

When: October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Cost: Free

15. Mall-Oween. Take your costumed kiddos to Crossroads Mall for trick-or-treating and then dance the sugar-high away at a special Halloween show by Ko Ko Jo.

Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center
15600 N.E. 8th St.
Bellevue, Wa 98008

When: October 31, 2014 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (trick-or-treat from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.)
Cost: Free

How do you plan to stay warm and dry on Halloween? Do you have a favorite indoor Halloween activity that isn’t on our list? Let us know in a comment below.

—Kristina Moy