Trick-or-treating may be out this year, but lots of festive Halloween events and activities are a go. So grab your masks—and your other masks, too—here’s where families can maximize Halloween fun during the time of COVID. Let’s get “boo” it!

photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

Pumpkin Loop at Woodland Park Zoo

Bundle up for this stroll among autumn’s crisp fallen leaves and golden-lit canopies. You and your little goblins will find Insta-worthy pumpkin backdrops as you walk the zoo paths lined with fall’s favorite gourd. Happy pumpkin spotting! Psst..on October 24 and 25, little guests can expect a few sweet treats to be passed out by zoo staff. Costumes are encouraged, and as always, face coverings are required.

5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA

Dates: Oct. 14-31, 2020
Cost: $15.50/adult; $10.50/kids, 3-10; free for kids 2 & under. Included with membership.
Ages: All
Event details.

Burien Drive-In Movies

Let’s go to the movies! You can bring the crew to the outdoor theater on Fridays in October to enjoy family-friendly faves like Monsters, Inc. and Ghostbusters. But we can’t wait for the double-header the weekend before Halloween where you can watch Hocus Pocus and stay for a bonus show—It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Who doesn’t love this classic? So grab some goodies and make a plan.

610 S.W. 153rd St.
Burien, WA

Dates: Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23
Cost: $25/carload; $50/VIP carload
Ages: All
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photo: Northwest Railyway Museum

Ride the Halloween Train

The Northwest Railway Museum has re-imagined their popular Halloween Storytelling Train for the times of COVID. It'll look a little different this year, but families can still enjoy the scenic 90-minute train ride through the upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard an historic train, dressed in their Halloween best. Expect the train to be dressed up too! Face mask requirements and social distancing guidelines will be in place for this festive train ride.

Northwest Railway Museum
Snoqualmie Depot
38625 S.E. King. St.
Snoqualmie, WA

Dates: Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31, 2020
Cost: $20/adult; $10/kids, 2-12; free for kids 2 & under
Ages: All
Event details.

photo: Seattle Chocolate

Haunted Factory Tour Express at Seattle Chocolate

A few of your favorite Haunted Factory characters have escaped the factory–come see what trouble they’re getting into! Drive through at Seattle Chocolate's Flagship store with your costumed crew on All Hallow's Eve for a safe trick-or-treat experience, complete with a few familiar faces and chocolate to share. Tickets are not required for this event. Guests are asked to stay in their vehicles to maintain social distancing, and all chocolate will be prepackaged and Seattle Chocolate participants will wear masks and gloves.

Date: Oct. 31, 2020, 5-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Ages: All
Event details.

photo: Katie Cotterill/Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Haunted Hike at Northwest Trek

Although families can always expect a wild time at Northwest Trek, things are getting spooky on the weekends, starting on October 16. So dust off your Halloween garb and prepare to wander past magical lights, eerie spider webs and pumpkins everywhere as you work to solve the mystery of the forest. Is it ghosts? Goblins? Bigfoot? It’s up to you to figure it out during this park-wide scavenger hunt. Remember to end your exciting adventure with time at Kids’ Trek where your little ghoulies can slide, climb, jump, explore until they’re boo-ed out.

11610 Trek Dr. E.
Eatonville, WA

Dates: Fri.-Sun., Oct. 16-31, 2020
Cost: $12/adult; $10/kids, 3-12; free for kids 2 & under. Included with membership.
Ages: All
Event details.

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum

Virtual Spooky Kooky Concoctions Live!

It’s creepy. It’s kooky. Mysterious and spooky. It’s time to get your goo on with this live KidsQuest Museum program. Register for the event and watch the materials you need for this wacky, live virtual laboratory magically appear at your doorstep. The event features two KidsQuest educators who will guide everyone through a chemistry lesson the whole fam will be dying to try out. If you can’t make the livestream, have no fear. You can pick up a Spooky Kooky Kit and have a ghostly good time on your own.

Date: Oct. 21 & 22, 2020
Cost: $45/family
Ages: 5 & up
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photo: West Seattle Monster Dash

2020 West Seattle Monster Dash

With three events to choose from, this year’s annual West Seattle Monster Dash is going to be a healthy blast! Families can focus on getting active together when they register for the Family Activity Challenge and complete 15-minutes of activity each day. But if running a race is what you’re after, families can walk, run or jog a 5K at their own pace, or set your sights on completing the virtual 15 Mile Preschool Loop. It’s everything a longer race should be, with total flexibility in the way you complete it. On your marks. Get set. Go!

Date: Daily, Oct. 17-Nov. 1, 2020
Cost: Pay-what-you-can registration
Ages: All
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Halloween Costume & Craft Party

Join Seattle ReCreative for a virtual Halloween party that will have your tot dancing, crafting and creating fun! Wear your costumes so your kids can participate in the contest. Plan to make mysterious spell books and some very creepy, crawly spiders. Registration is required for this one, so sign up soon.

Date: Oct. 24, 2020
Cost: Free
Ages: All
Event details.

photo: Rachel Brandon

Museum of Fright

Take your little aviators to the Museum of Flight to enjoy Halloween-themed games and activities that are all about sparking curiosity. Costumes are encouraged (and face coverings are required) at this spooky event. Families can decipher clues around the museum on a Ghoul Hunt, hear spooky stories, watch mad scientists conducting fascinating experiments and even get a STEM goodie bag that includes at-home activities to keep you in the spirit. It's all engines go at this Halloween party.

9404 E. Marginal Way. S.
Seattle, WA

Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Cost: $25/adult; $17/kids, 5-17; free for kids 4 & under
Ages: All
Event details.

photo: Katie Cotterill/Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Pumpkin Days at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Point Defiance’s Pumpkin Days are a great way to get in the Halloween spirit this year. Not only will you be able to see elaborately decorated pumpkins lining the zoo’s winding paths, but you’ll also spot your favorite animals enjoying pumpkin enrichments. But our favorite part has got to be the chance for families to solve the Mystery of the Trees, a phone-based scavenger hunt that will have your mini hunters searching high and low for animals hidden in the trees around the zoo. Our tip? Definitely dress in your Halloween best for this one. And don’t forget to pack your masks. They’re required.

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA

Dates: Thurs.-Mon., Oct. 24-31, 2020
Cost: $18/adult; $14/kids, 3-12; free for kids ages 2 & under. Included with membership.
Ages: All
Event details.

Pooches in the Patch at Craven Farm

Spend Halloween in a pumpkin patch with all your babies at Craven Farms. For one day only, (well-behaved, leashed) fur babies are allowed to wander the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect poochie pumpkin. Plan to bring your pup for some adorable photo opps (hello, holidays cards!) and then return later because Craven Farm will be hosting trick-or-treating too. Looks like everyone will need a costume this year!

13817 Short School Rd.
Snohomish, WA

Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Cost: Free. Activity fees still apply.
Ages: All
Event details.

Haunted Hayride at Battle Point Park

Ferry over to Bainbridge Island and play all day before driving through this haunted field with your little goblins. Expect to spy more than a few not-too-spooky creatures along this pumpkin-lined trail that weaves around Battle Point Park. Be sure to register for this festive field day before you arrive on the island. Psst… be sure to add a visit to the Pumpkin Trail to your day’s adventures.

11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E.
Bainbridge Island, WA
Dates: Oct. 20-22, 2020
Cost: $20/vehicle
Ages: All
Event details.

photo: Run Scared

Run Scared 5K & 10K

Earn your candy at the 12th annual Run Scared race, benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year the race has gone virtual. Families can choose to run, walk or make a scary dash for it when they register to complete a 10K, 5K or 2 mile course in their own neighborhood. Registration includes running face covering, Cougar Mountain pumpkin cookie, finisher's shirt and a Run Scared sticker. It’s a boo-tiful day the neighborhood for a run!

Date: Oct. 31, 2020
Cost: $35/person, with swag; $10/person, bib only
Ages: All
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photo: courtesy Hands On Children's Museum

Boo Bash at Hands On Children's Mueum

Halloween might be the perfect time to head down to the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia. They're spreading out their Boo Bash over 10 days to make sure all families can get in on the fun. We're talking straw bale maze navigation, apple cider pressing, black light painting, scarecrow making and more. Tickets are limited to 35 families for each 2-hour time frame, so get yours soon. Masks required for visitors 5 & up, recommended for kids ages 2-4 too.

414 Jefferson St. N.E.
Olympia, WA

Dates: Oct. 24-31, 2020
Cost: $14.95/person; free for babies 17 mos. & under; $2/person discount for military, first responders, seniors and foster families. Included with membership.
Ages: All
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—Allison Sutcliffe, Kristina Moy & Katie Kavulla

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