With Halloween barreling toward us, we’ve got a host of events that will bewitch the entire family.  Get inspiration at a costume fashion show, go on a hunt for spiders, have some fright-free fun at a carnival or take a family-friendly walk through a haunted forest. If you’re looking for fun that’s pumpkin-ghost-and-goblin free, try the Fauntleroy Fall Festival or TurkFest, or rock out at a Recess Monkey concert. And don’t forget some serious bargain shopping at the Fall Toys & Togs sale of gently used children’s items.  One more thing… do some maternal pampering by heading to Kibbn tonight for Mommy’s Night Out where you are sure find champagne, shwag and some much-needed kid-free downtime.


EXPLORE: Day Trip to Franklin Fallsfranklinfallskvw
A fall hike to Franklin Falls in Snoqualmie Pass has all the qualities of a perfect adventure for little kids. It’s short (2 miles roundtrip), has a gentle trail with no significant inclines, and has great payback mid-way through. That’s when you reach the trail’s end to discover the massive waterfall. The trail starts just outside the Denny Creek Campground and goes along the South Fork Snoqualmie River. (Note: you need a Northwest Forest parking pass to park in the lot just outside the trail.] The cleared path goes through trees and kids will love to explore the roots, rocks and other river landscape. Extra supervision is needed when you get to the falls – there are some steep boulders to maneuver to get to the rocky beach, a great spot to picnic and throw stones. Read more. Children’s Place and Motherhood Maternity Outlet. All fall in!

Festivus for the Rest of Us
MIPA Halloween Carnival This annual Island event includes games, entertainment and a costume parade—it’s perfect for littles who prefer a boo-free Halloween. (Read: There is no scare happening here.) Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mercer Island, $6 to $8. Read more

Family Fun
Dark Hollow Haunted Forest’s Family Walk Lookin’ for a haunted walk that’s a wee less, um, haunted for the kiddos? Head to Dark Hollow for a family-friendly, non-scary stroll through the woods. Make sure you hit The Hollow Trail for the first session (from 7 to 8 p.m.) only. After 8, all trails turn up the fright volume. Fri. and Sat. thru Oct. 31, Maple Valley, $9. Read more


Community Communing
Halloween Family Fun Celebration
Goodwill Seattle’s annual fun day has games, raffles and a Halloween fashion show. And, it’s a great place to shop for creative (cheap!) costumes.  Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more

Nature’s Bounty
Family Spider Hunt
The folks at Camp Long present a Halloween-inspired spider hunt, where kids will get down and dirty exploring a variety of the eight-legged creatures and their amazing webs, plus learn about their importance and how to live with them. Sat., 10:30 a.m. to noon, Seattle, $7. Pre-registration required by October 16, 206-684-7434. Read more

Better Than TV
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Lucky for us, Seattle Children’s Theater brings Laura Numeroff’s delightful book to the stage. And since we know your kiddo probably has the tale memorized, it will be all the more fun to see the boy, the mouse and  the glass of milk that gets all kinds of fun started. Opening Night is Thurs.; Show runs through Nov. 29, Seattle, $15 to $34, Read more