You’ve been to the pumpkin patch, filled up the candy bowls, and put the final touches on Junior’s adorable costume. Next stop: Trick-or-Treating! (Check out our comprehensive list of local events for Oct. 31).  But before you even hit the streets, we’ve got an array of pre-Halloween festivities that feature everything from planes to fishing to exercising. (Hey, you gotta work off all those treats you’re gonna eat, don’t ya?) Enjoy!


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Fall is here — ready to turn over a new leaf? Try Maple. Seattle’s often overlooked Maple Leaf neighborhood features several must-dos for tots. Start at Maple Leaf Park and playground. No soggy wood chips here — brilliantly layered gravel simply drains the raindrops and keeps kiddos dry if they take a tumble. With a mix of retro steel climber toys and newer gadgets, this park has something for all. Next stop, a short walk up to Cloud City Coffee. Its open floor plan, comfy couches, free wi-fi and kiddie play area make Cloud City a perfect place to recharge. Read more

Better Than TV
Museum of Fright Get haunted by the ghosts of aviation’s past at this more-silly-than-scary family event, that includes storytelling, games and Halloween treats at the Museum of Flight.  Fri., 4 to 9 p.m., Seattle, $3 to $5. Read more

Out and About
Magnolia Village Halloween Festivities Got an adult party to go to on Halloween night? Hit Magnolia’s super convenient main street trick-or-treat event with the kiddos the night before and you’ll have all your bases covered.  Fri., 4 to 6 p.m., Magnolia, Free. Read more


Artsy Fartsy
Pee Wee Monster Bash Kooky replaces spooky at North Kirkland Community Center’s bash (for goblins 5 and under) that includes a cookie walk, swamp fishing for treats and plenty of Halloween crafting.  Fri., 10 a.m. to noon, Kirkland, $10. Pre-registration required at (course #26869). Read more

Festivus for the Rest of Us
Fall Fun Fest Issaquah has Halloween for toddlers covered with this pre-spook-night gathering for the under 6 set. Come in costumes for activities (like face painting), toys and treats. Fri., 6 to 8 p.m., Issaquah, $2 donation. Read more

Movin’ and Groovin’
Halloween Story Time and Stroller Strides Bring your stroller and your costumed Little to the South Bellevue Community Center for an hour of Halloween songs and stories, followed by a free 45-minute Spooky Stroller Strides class.  Fri., 10 to 11:30 a.m., Bellevue, Free. Read more