We’ve got the goods on pre-Halloween happenings, with a variety of carnivals, parties and other frightfully fun events, including the awesome Seattle Bookfest, where you can meet local children’s authors. (And yes, some of them will read about Halloween, too.)  For some family-friendly exercise, gather the troops and head to Seward Park for the Pumpkin Push 5K and Family Walk.  And if shopping and entertainment is on your to-do list, check out Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool’s Fall Rummage Sale and Festival , where Brian Vogan will perform.


EXPLORE: Ravenna
Get revved up and ready to romp through Ravenna. The renovated Ravenna-Eckstein park & playground (6535 Ravenna Ave. NE) is equipped with the standards, but we think you’ll be tickled by bonus features. There are now ample cement paths for tots to trike before the sunshine becomes scarce. Lure older siblings with the elaborate rock-climbing structure towering over a set of ‘big kid’ swings a few yards away from the littles’ area. Read more

Better Than TV
Seattle Bookfest
Get your book smarts revved at this two-day literary carnival, and make a beeline for the Children’s Stage to hear Sara Anderson (A Day at the Market) and Wendy Wahman (Don’t Lick the Dog), plus Halloween book readings and a Mad-Libs party. Sat.-Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Columbia City, Free. Read more


Community Communing
Monster Bash
The whole fam can come in costume for this “fun-raiser” to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’ll include a haunted house, pony rides, crafts, games and goodies, and don’t miss the kids’ dance party, where your little monsters can do some serious mashing. Sun., 3 to 6 p.m., Seattle, $13. Read more

Festival Fun
Halloween Carnival at Shoreline Cooperative Preschool
Dubbed a “non-scary carnival,” this event is perfect for your costumed mini who would rather not be spooked, but would love to hit the obstacle course, take pony rides, play games and eat goodies. Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shoreline, Free. Read more


Halloween Hoopla, Part I
Dizzy’s Halloween Party
It’s the third annual Halloween bash at the Bus Stop and with a fabulous evening filled with crafts, trick-or-treating and tumbling, is there any reason not to climb aboard? (We didn’t think so.) Sat., 4 to 7 p.m., Bellevue, $7. Read more

Halloween Hoopla, Part II
Harvest Happenings & the Great Pumpkin Hunt
In addition to games, inflatables, pony rides and a pumpkin decorating contest, the centerpiece of this carnival is the hunt for a special pumpkin for kids ages 2 to 8. (Older kids do the hunt by flashlight).  Sat., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodinville, $6. Read more

Artsy Fartsy
Pumpkin Cleaning at Downtown Bellevue Safeway
If you’ve been procrastinating on getting those pumpkins carved because you really can’t deal with mushy, gushy innards, this service has your name all over it.  Purchase a pumpkin this weekend  at downtown Bellevue Safeway and their crack staff will clean it for you for free. Talk about no muss, no fuss.  Fri. 4 to 8 p.m.,  Sat.-Sun. , Noon to 6 p.m., Bellevue. Info: (425) 749-3885. ‎