The countdown to Halloween is on and this weekend’s roundup includes lots of non-scary family fun. For starters, we have a pumpkin party with the animals, a silly musical event for families and a popular Halloween bash for a good cause. We also have a Halloween-themed carnival, a hilarious evening with a popular children’s entertainer and a trick-or-treating event on the Ridge. If you’re looking for even more non-scary fun, stop by the Seattle Aquarium for Halloween-themed activities and under water pumpkin carving demonstrations or fly over to the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival to get a jump start on your trick-or-treating.

Monster Bash Pumpkin Decorating 2014

photo: Bronwen Houck Photography


Pumpkin Bash Featuring Boomazium!
Kids 12 and under who wear their Halloween costumes to the zoo will receive free admission with a paying adult. While you’re there, watch the hippos, bears, elephants and monkeys crunch, smash and stomp on pumpkins and enjoy trick-or-treating and special Halloween-themed activities throughout the zoo. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. Included with admission (12 & under in costume Free with paying adult) All ages. Event details.

Monster Bash for Children’s Hospital (pictured)
Rain or shine, grab your lil’ ghosts and goblins and come in costume to this annual 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. Sat., 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Seattle. $13/person. All ages. Event details.


Kids of all ages will love this spooktacular event at South Bellevue Community Center. There will be food, games and entertainment at the Halloween-themed carnival, a Spookest Dessert Theater, The 5th Annual Great SBCC Pumpkin Race (think pumpkins on wheels!) and a fun zip line in the dark. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Bellevue. Activity prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Symphony Serenade Presents Count Yourself Silly
During this live musical event, Symphony Serenade will take you to the jungle to round up things to count. Miss Allison, Chadd, Stacey and Michael will be there and the Story Fairy will stop by, with her wand and tricky tricks, demanding a story be told. Psst… kids are welcome and encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Sat., 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Kirkland. $8 to $10. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Eric Ode’s Batty Halloween Show
Put on your Halloween costume and join the hilarious Eric Ode for a night of eerie interactive music and stories. Eric will have your whole crew dancing to scary (but not too scary) songs and signing along to tunes about bats, owls, pirates and other Halloween creatures. Sat., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Bellevue. $8 to $13. Pre-registration recommended. All ages. Event details.

Trick-or-Treat on Snoqualmie Ridge
At this annual event, costumed kiddos visit participating businesses and collect a passport stamp and a treat until they reach their final destination at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. At the Y, kids can turn in their completed passports for a special treat and enjoy games, activities and bounce houses. Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Snoqualmie. Free. Ages 0-12. Event details.

Will you be enjoying some pre-Halloween fun this weekend? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy