The countdown to Halloween is on, and this weekend’s roundup includes plenty of non-scary family fun. Consider: a super-sweet haunted tour, a popular Halloween bash, a lively puppet production and a non-spooky train ride. If you’re looking for even more non-scary fun, head to Northwest Trek for Halloween-themed activities, a special nighttime tram tour and trick-or-treating throughout the park. And read on for even more weekend picks.

photo: Bronwen Houck Photography


Seattle Chocolates Haunted Factory Tour
Looking for a super-sweet and kinda spooky Halloween event? During this special Halloween-themed tour, you must decipher mysterious, chocolate-inspired riddles by discovering hidden symbols along the tour route. With the help of special hand-held UV lights, solve the mystery and find the treasure as you wander through the haunted factory after hours. Thurs.-Sat. (also Oct. 26-28). Event details.

Ninth Annual Monster Bash for Children’s Hospital (pictured)
Rain or shine, grab your lil’ ghosts and goblins and come in costume to this spooktacular fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Enjoy a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, ghoulish games and prizes, plus creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, dance party and not one, but two Recess Monkey performances! Phew…this Halloween bash has it all. Sat. Event details.

Pixie and the Grocer
In this Hans Christian Andersen story (brought to life through puppets and storytelling), see what happens when Pixie observes a poor Poet give up food in exchange for an old book. What’s so magical about the book? You’ll have to see the show to find out. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Halloween Storytelling Train
Don your Halloween costume and take a ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard an antique train. In addition to the non-scary train ride, watch old-fashioned cider press demonstrations and enjoy Halloween decorations at the Depots, hands-on activities, Halloween train stories and complimentary warm apple cider. Psst…come in costume and receive a special prize. Sat.-Sun. (also Oct. 28-29). Event details.

Mercer Island Pumpkin Walk
Mark your calendars for this fun and festive non-scary walk through Pioneer Park. The NW Perimeter Trail (in the NW Quadrant) will be lined with pumpkins, artfully carved by volunteers all over the island, for families to enjoy. Costumes are optional. Sat. Event details.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt Festival
Take your crew to the Northwest Arts Center for an evening of Halloween-themed fun. Carnival games, Halloween crafts, entertainment, prizes, treats and the Great Pumpkin Hunt will make this an evening to remember. Psst…pre-registration for this event is highly recommended. Sat. Event details.

Will you be enjoying some pre-Halloween fun this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy