With so many Halloween events in the weeks leading up to the 31st, it’s almost impossible to keep the candy at bay. That’s why we’ve searched the city for low-sugar Halloween events that still pack a spooktacular punch. From Halloween-themed shows, to costumed fun runs, to underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, scroll down for 18 not-too-sugary Halloween happenings for your costumed cuties.

photo: Kristina Moy

Fright Fest at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park

Starting on Sep. 28, Washington’s largest amusement park transforms into a spooktacular Halloween fun zone to deliver hair-raising entertainment for park-goers of all ages. In addition to more than 25 rides operating in the dark, little goblins (12 & under) can enjoy endless Halloween fun in Booville, a scare-free zone designed just for kids. Activities include a craft station, carnival-style games and a nightly dance-a-long. For older sibs and thrill-seekers, Fright Fest includes two bloodcurdling haunted houses and a haunted trail.

Good to Know: None of the decorations around the park are scary and the haunted houses are easily avoidable.

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Online: wildwaves.com

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Sep. 28-Oct. 28, 2018
Cost: $14.99-$25.99 (purchase discount tickets online)
Ages: All


photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Fun for the entire family and especially those who prefer their Halloween activities in the daylight hours, Zoo Boo at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a favorite for many Seattle families. Explore the zoo in costume, discover creepy, slimy and unusual-looking animals at the activity stations and watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments. Psst...be sure to check out the awesome pumpkin carving designs made by the zoo keepers and the brand-new Pacific Seas Aquarium.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
Online: pdza.org

Dates: Oct. 13-14, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; come in costume and receive $2 off your ticket price (adults too)
Ages: All

photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Hoot ‘n’ Howl at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Take an extra nap or rest in the afternoon and then head to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park for an evening of Halloween fun. Zoo staff will take you through the park after the sun goes down for a special nighttime tram tour of the animals and park, plus there will be Halloween crafts, carnival-type games, trick-or-treating, live animal presentations and more. Costumes are welcome and encouraged, of course!

Good to Know: Purchase your tickets online to guarantee a spot on the tram.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, WA 98328
Online: nwtrek.org

Dates: Oct. 19-20, 2018 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: $10-$16 (2 & under Free)
Ages: All

photo: Northwest Railway Museum

Halloween Storytelling Train

Don your Halloween costume and take a ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard an antique train. In addition to the non-scary train ride, there will be old-fashioned cider press demonstrations, activities for the kids, Halloween decorations at the Depots, complimentary warm apple cider and Halloween train stories at the Train Shed Exhibit Building. Find out what train stories caused shivers up the spine in days gone past and enjoy this unique time traveling experience this Halloween.

Good to Know: Trains depart Snoqualmie at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. and North Bend at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie Depot
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Online: trainmuseum.org

Dates: Oct. 20-21 & 27-28, 2018 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $10-$20; under 2 Free
Ages: All

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum

Family Adventures in Spooky Kooky Concoctions

Join the folks at KidsQuest Children’s Museum as they head into the laboratory for some weird and wacky chemistry. Become a mad scientist as you experiment with things that glow, stretch and float, plus find out the science behind all things spooky and kooky. Psst...be sure to pre-register for this event; space is limited.

KidsQuest Children's Museum
1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Online: kidsquestmuseum.org

Date: Oct. 26, 2018 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15/member child; $20/non-member child; $10/member sibling; $15/non-member sibling 
Ages: 5-8

photo: Seattle Aquarium

Aquarium Halloween

Little ghosts and goblins will love going to the Seattle Aquarium this year for Halloween-themed excitement. Activities include underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations by Aquarium divers and on land carving demonstrations with master carver Russ Leno, creepy Halloween games and activities, diver shows, a spooktacular story time, a mad scientist demonstration and much more. Come in costume and kick off your Halloween celebration with the Aquarium's creatures.

Seattle Aquarium
Pier 59
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA
Online: seattleaquarium.org

Dates: October 26-28, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership
Ages: All

Pumpkin Pals

You know it's going to be a fun morning when hunting for pumpkins and a pumpkin relay race are the name of the game. Costumed kiddos will hunt for pumpkins and then enjoy art, music, a yummy snack and a pumpkin relay race. Psst...be sure to pre-register for this event; a limited number of tickets will be sold.

Northwest Arts Center
9825 N.E. 24th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Online: bellevuewa.gov

Date: Oct. 27, 2018 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $21/resident; $26/non-resident. Each additional family member is $5/resident and $6/non-resident
Ages: 2-5

photo: Kristina Moy

Fall Farm Fun: Pigs and Pumpkins

Pigs love pumpkins, and we think you will too! At this special event at Kesley Creek Farm Park, kids get to make pumpkin treats, go on a scavenger hunt, do a craft and learn all about pigs. Psst...pre-registration is required; day-of registration will be accepted if space allows

Good to Know: Each child will pick out a pumpkin to take home. Come dressed for the weather.

Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Education Barn
410 130th Pl. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005
Online: bellevuewa.gov

Date: Oct. 27, 2018 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $25/resident; $30/non-resident (preregistration required)
Ages: 3-6

10th Annual Monster Bash

Rain or shine, grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly over to this annual Halloween fundraiser for Seattle Children's Hospital. Come in costume and enjoy a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, ghoulish games and prizes, plus creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and parade, Halloween cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes and more. Phew...this party is going to make your little goblin's head spin (and not from the candy!).

Grounds of St. Stephen's (across from Laurelhurst Park)
4805 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Online: facebook.com/threefeetofsunshine

Date: Oct. 27, 2018 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $13/person
Ages: All

photo: Seattle Children's Museum

Costume Carnival at Seattle Children's Museum

Looking for an indoor, low-sugar Halloween option for your kiddos this year? 2018 marks Seattle Children's Museum's 7th annual Costume Carnival and you don't want to miss it.

During this special event, happening over two days this year, the SCM staff will transform the Museum's exhibits into a Halloween-themed version, with additional activities, programs and sweet treats. Costumed kids can decorate a treat bag, participate in a costume parade, dissect owl pellets, play with polymer potions and make slime and feel the magic with Luna the Wizard, both days at 1:30 p.m.

Seattle Children's Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: thechildrensmuseum.org

Dates: Oct. 27-28, 2018
Cost: Free with admission
Ages: 0-10

photo: Hands On Children’s Museum

Boo Bash: By the Light of the Moon

It’s time again for Boo Bash at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, two full days of un-goulish, Halloween-inspired activities without the fright At this year's awesome event, kids can grow their nocturnal knowledge by investigating bioluminescence and glow rocks, use their ears to "see like a bat," try spelunking in a black light cave and learn to love the animals that thrive in the dark.

Good to Know: Halloween costumes are allowed and encouraged.  

Hands On Children's Museum
414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, Wa 98501
Online: hocm.org

Dates: Oct. 27-28, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Members free; $10.95-$12.95 for non-members. Under 23 months free.
Ages: All

photo: Sugar Hill Children's Museum

Halloween on the Hill

Gather up your little monsters and petite princesses and head to this awesome event at South Bellevue Community Center (previously known as SpookFest). This year, you can expect to find delish food, carnival games and live entertainers, plus the Dessert Theater on the Hill, the annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race (think pumpkins on wheels!), a Haunted Movie and a spooktacular zip line in the dark for kids 12 & older.

South Bellevue Community Center
14509 S.E. Newport Way
Bellevue, WA 98006
Online: parks.bellevuewa.gov/community-centers/sbcc

Date: Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Zip Scare Oct. 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2018
Cost: $1/ticket for carnival games; other activity costs vary
Ages: All

photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Pumpkin Chomp 'n' Stomp

Whether eating them or just playing around, come watch the animals at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park explore pumpkins inside and out.

Good to Know: Northwest Trek encourages costumes, but adults should leave masks and scary face paint at home.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, WA 98328
Online: nwtrek.org

Dates: Oct. 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $7.95-$19.95 (2 & under Free)
Ages: All

photo: Jody Sise

Springfree Halloween Party with the Reptile Man

The Springfree Trampoline store in Issaquah will be the hosting plenty of high-flying Halloween fun for costumed kiddos of all ages. Nosh on light snacks, jump on the World’s Smartest Trampoline and see a show with Seattle’s favorite Reptile Man. Leapin' lizards, this is going to be one Halloween to remember!

Good to Know: Be sure to come dressed in your best Halloween duds; prizes will be awarded for the best costume.

Springfree Issaquah
1875 N.W. Poplar Way
Issaquah, Wa 98027
Online: springfreetrampoline.com/events/issaquah

Date: Oct. 27, 2018 (time TBD)
Cost: Free
Ages: All

photo: West Seattle Monster Dash

2018 West Seattle Monster Dash Run

Run for your life! Zombies, witches and other cleverly costumed runners will be taking to Lincoln Park on Oct. 27 for this annual Monster Dash Run benefiting the South Seattle Community College Co-Op Preschool program. Most original costume and best group costume will be awarded prizes, so dress to impress. Psst...little monsters can participate in a run of their very own and the course is stroller-friendly, so even crawlers can get in on the action.

Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
Online: westseattlemonsterdash.com

Date: Oct. 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.–noon
Cost: $10-$40 (depending on age & registration date)
Ages: All

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

Pumpkin Bash Presented by CLIF Kid

What happens when you give a tiger a pumpkin? How about a hippo? Or a penguin? Put on your Halloween costume and come find out at Woodland Park Zoo's annual Halloween event. Be sure to check the schedule online to find out when your favorite animal is getting their pumpkin to play with. Psst...avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online.

Good to Know: During Pumpkin Bash presented by CLIF Kid, one child 12 years and under in costume will be admitted into the zoo FREE with a paid adult.

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Online: zoo.org

Dates: Oct. 27-28, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership; one costumed child (12 & under) admitted Free with each full-price paid adult admission.
Ages: All

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum

Halloween Spooktacular

Don your spookiest and kookiest costume and get ready to celebrate in style. Get goopy as you create glow-in-the-dark gak, decorate your own hauntingly delicious sweet treat, smile silly in the Museum's fantastical photo corner and explore ghastly dry ice bubbles.

Good to Know: All child tickets will include a punch card for activities, sweet treats and pizza. Adult tickets include museum admission only. Pre-registration is required for food. Event time is open – arrive at any time. Pizza will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

KidsQuest Children's Museum
1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Online: kidsquestmuseum.org

Date: Oct. 28, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Cost: $8-$15 ($3/slice of pizza)
Ages: 0-12

photo: Rachael Brandon

The Museum of Fright

On Oct. 28, ghostly apparitions take to the skies at The Museum of Flight, where spooky crafts, airplane simulator rides, monster bowling and ghost stories will get your kiddos in the mood for Halloween. Test your mettle on the gross-o-meter in the mad science lab, touch alien blood and guts and hop through an obstacle course under the huge Blackbird spy plane. Psst...be sure to wear your costume and jump in the photo booth to snap a few pictures.

The Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, Wa 98108
Online: museumofflight.org

Date: Oct. 28, 2018 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $5-$10 (kids under 18 in costume Free)
Ages: All

photo: Run Scared

Run Scared 10K, 5K, 4K & Kids Dash

Earn your candy at the tenth annual Run Scared 10k and 5k run, 4k walk and Kids Dash benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This spooktacular event will feature a costume contest, a free pre-race scavenger hunt, an awards ceremony and some sweet treats at the finish line (think pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar). Psst...don't forget to dress in your Halloween best and be sure to dress Fido up. Awards will be given for best costumes in a variety of categories.

Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Online: runscared5k.com

Date: Oct. 28, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. (Halloween treasure hunt begins at 8 a.m.)
Cost: $15-$55 (Kids Dash Free for 12 & under)
Ages: All

—Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla


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