Halloween is finally here which means it’s time for the trick-or-treating, candy eating hoopla to begin. We’re pretty sure you’ve got a busy weekend planned, but if you’re looking for a little extra excitement, we’ve put together some fun family activities to get you through the sugar-induced weekend. On our radar: a not-so-scary costume party, a Latin American holiday celebration, a rockin’ show full of shenanigans, a kooky Halloween party for tots, a thrilling show for the whole fam, and a post Halloween bash for your teeth. Have a happy and safe Halloween from all of us at Red Tricycle!

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photo: Natalia Dotto Photography


Costume Carnival at the Museum
For a truly weatherproof night of trick-or-treating, head to the Seattle Children’s Museum where little pumpkins can wander the halls looking for treats. While you’re there, visit the not-so-scary haunted mountain and the mad scientist lab and go on a fun scavenger hunt. Fri., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Seattle. Free. Ages 10 and under. Event details.

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Observe the Day of the Dead holiday at this annual family-friendly festival. In addition to a procession led by Aztec dancers and a traditional altar dedication, there will be music, dancing, authentic treats and a raffle, plus kids can decorate sugar and chocolate skulls, picture frames and paper flowers. Sat., 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Big Top Rock: Curious Circus
Get ready to rock out while being amazed and astounded by high-flying circus performers. This all-new Teatro ZinZanni family production will feature selections from Recess Monkey’s new album WIRED, performances from Teatro ZinZanni’s renowned dinner show and amazing acts from Seattle’s circus stars of tomorrow. Sun., 11 a.m.–12:15 pm (doors open at 10 a.m.). Seattle. $19 to $22. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


Pee Wee Monster Bash
Little ones will love this not-too-spooky Halloween carnival. Come in costume and participate in the cookie walk and monster mash, go swamp fishing, make fun arts and crafts and play Halloween-themed games. Fri., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kirkland. $10.95 to $13.14. Pre-registration required. Ages 0 to 5. Event details.

This thrilling IBT original production will be filled with a variety of artistic offerings—from classical ballet and Eastern European folk rhythms to magicians, jugglers, cloggers, and even tappers. Add in some floating scenery and a bit of humor and you have the perfect show for the whole family. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m. Bellevue. $25 to $45. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Lake Hills Orthodontics Candy Buy Back Carnival
Once again, Lake Hills Orthodontics will be hosting their annual candy buy back carnival (yep, we said carnival!) the day after Halloween. Cash in your Halloween haul for $1 a pound and enjoy food trucks, a bouncy house obstacle course, games, local vendors and tunes provided by MOViN 92.5 who will also be broadcasting live during the festivities. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Redmond. Free. Ages 2-12. Event details.

What spooktacular things do you have planned this weekend? Let us know in a comment below.

­ —Kristina Moy