Perhaps it’s the streak of great Seattle weather we’ve been having that is making October fly faster than a grouchy witch. Next thing you know, it’ll officially be costume time. We’ve got a jump-start on the holiday as this weekend is filled with lot’s of family-friendly Halloween events. Our roundup includes a haunted house, a monster bash, a pumpkin hunt, plus storytelling and a fun musical. Want to enjoy the outdoors? Head to Seward Park’s new playground. There’s a bevy of Halloween parties at local community centers, so look for one near your neighborhood. And if you’re looking for some super-sweet entertainment, check out the Northwest Chocolate Festival where the Kid’s Zone will have music, crafts, activities, and, of course, plenty of chocolate to sample.


Great Pumpkin Party at Laurelhurst Community Center
Bring the whole fam (and dress in costumes!)  for Halloween crafts, carnival games, and movies on the big screen. Fri., 6 to 8 p.m., Seattle, Free. Event details.

Monster Bash at St. Stephens
Your little goblins will love everything about this event, from the creepy crafts to the house-o-haunts to the ghoulish games (not to mention the popcorn, cotton candy and Trophy cupcakes). Plus, all proceeds benefit the great charity Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine.  Sat., 3 to 7 p.m., Seattle, $13. Event details.

The Drama Story at Secret Garden Bookshop
Artists from Seattle Children’s Theatre put on Morgan’s Journey, a show based on clowning and puppetry that teaches kids about sharing and friendship. Sat., 2 p.m., Ballard, Free.Event details.


Harvest Happening and Great Pumpkin Hunt
Break in your costume and come ready to hunt for pumpkin, play carnival games and watch a magic show. Sat., 5:30 to 8 p.m., Woodinville, $6. Event details.

Willa Wonka at Studio East
It’s the musical version of the show about the world’s wackiest candy man and the colorful characters who visit his bizarre, delicious world. Fri-Sun, various times, through Oct. 31, Kirkland. $11 to $14, plus $1 service fee. Event details.

Fall Festival at Bellevue Art and Frame
The craft store gets its Halloweeny on with pumpkin decorating, face painting, story telling and a scavenger hunt. Staff will be in costume and customers can vote for their favorite one; and of course, there will be lots of candy! Sat., noon to 4 p.m., Bellevue, Free. Event details.

—Kavita Varma-White