Halloween is sometimes tough for parents with little ones; there’s way too much spooky gross stuff around. No worries this year! We’re happy to report that this weekend’s roundup includes plenty of tame and age-appropriate happenings for ages five and under, from carnivals and “unhaunted” houses to train rides, a musical show, and pumpkin decorating. As mentioned last week, be sure and check your local community center for fun, family-friendly events.  Have a safe, happy Halloween from all of us at Red Tricycle!


Little One’s Halloween Carnival at St. Therese School
A great way to celebrate the holiday in a low-key, non-frightening way. Think bounce house, fish pond, ring toss, and cupcake walk, all geared to kids ages eight and under.  Doesn’t that sound perfect? Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Seattle, Free. Event details.

UnHaunted House at The Moonpaper Tent
Kiddos can come in costume to walk through this enchanted (and definitely not scary) house.  Bonuses: face painting, puppets and crafts. Fri.-Sat., 6 to 8:30 p.m., Seattle, $15. Event details.

Pumpkin Decorating at Café Flora
Decorate gorgeous gourds with sequins, feathers, and other art supplies with help from the staff of Thrive Art School. Top off the experience by indulging in free treats and cider!  Sat., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seattle, Free. Event details.


Halloween Train at Northwest Railway Museum
Come in costume for a two dollar discount and climb aboard for music, crafts, a cider press demo, and a grand ride on the choo choo.  Sat.-Sun., various times, Snoqualmie, $4 to $8. Event details.

Pee Wee Monster Bash at North Kirkland Community Center
With so many scary Halloween activities,  it’s awful nice to find a mellow one for the little guys. This event is geared to ages one to five and includes crafts, games, and treats. Fri., 10 a.m. to noon, Kirkland, $10. Pre-registration required to guarantee a spot. Event details.

Harriet’s Halloween Candy at SecondStory
An hour-long, super-entertaining musical with songs and magic that teaches kids why it’s best to share their trick-or-treat loot. Fri.-Sun., various times, through Nov. 14, Redmond, $10. Event details.

—Kavita Varma-White