October is here and with it comes plenty of spooktacular fun! This weekend’s roundup includes a star-studded event, a costume swap for lil’ ghosts and goblins, a parade on wheels, a fun night at the museum, a day on the trails, and a festival for the fish! If you’re looking for a family-friendly Oktoberfest party, be sure to check out Oktoberfest Northwest (pictured) at the Puyallup Fair & Event Center. This German festival will feature fab food and entertainment as well as a Family Fest Zone with arts and crafts, a root beer garden, pumpkin decorating, dance lessons, games, and more!


Pictures in the Night Sky
Did you know some of the oldest stories in the world can be seen in the night sky? Take the kiddos to the Museum of Flight for stargazing and design a constellation mobile! Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Cider and Costume Swap
Here’s a great way to save some money this Halloween and clean out your closets! Head over to Twirl Cafe and find new-to-you Halloween costumes and accessories for the kiddos, make a Halloween craft, enjoy plenty of free hot cider, and receive half price admission to the play area! Sat., 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Seattle. Free (with costume to swap). All ages. Event details.

Orange Bike Parade
Take the kiddos to Seward Park for this annual event and help raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Activities will include bike decorating, a bike parade, face painting, crafts, and games, plus prizes for the highest fundraiser and the biggest team and a B.Y.O. picnic. Sun., 10:15 am – 1:30 pm. Seattle. $15 to $45. Registration required. All ages. Event details.


Half Price First Friday Night
Looking for a fun TGIF activity the whole family will enjoy? Explore, play, and learn together at KidsQuest Children’s Museum for half price! With the money you save on admission, you can spend on ice cream on the way home! Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. $3.50 to $4. Ages 0-12. Event details.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Strap on your helmet and take one (or several) guided trail rides at this annual mountain biking extravaganza! Then, enjoy a free barbecue lunch, watch a jump show featuring local riders and racers, and enter to win bike gear and a mountain bike! Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Issaquah. Free. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival & Parade
Welcome the salmon back home with a weekend full of fishy activities! Enjoy a fab community parade, arts and crafts, yummy food, and live entertainment. Plus, check out the kid-friendly activities at the Field of Fun (think hands-on projects, games, and rides!) and special exhibits, events, and family activities at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Christopher Nelson Photography