Halloween is finally here which means it’s time for the trick-or-treating, candy eating hoopla to begin. We’re pretty sure you’ve got a busy weekend planned, but if you’re looking for a little extra excitement we’ve put together some fun, family activities to get you through the sugar-induced weekend. On our radar: an event for trick-or-treaters, a not-so-scary costume carnival, a Latin American celebration, a kooky Halloween party, a thrilling show and a party for lil’ punkins. If you’re looking for places to trick-or-treat, we’ve mapped out the safest spots around Seattle as well as indoor spots to keep you warm and dry.

trick or treating

photo: Kristina Moy

Seattle

Admiral District Trick-or-Treating (pictured)
Take your lil’ ghosts and goblins to West Seattle’s Admiral District to get a jump-start on your Halloween haul! Look for the Halloween poster at participating businesses and be prepared to load your treat bags with lots of Halloween goodies! Fri., 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Costume Carnival at the Museum
For a truly weatherproof night of trick-or-treating, head to the Seattle Children’s Museum where little punkins can wander the halls looking for treats. While you’re there, visit the not-so-scary haunted mountain and the mad scientist lab or go on a fun scavenger hunt. Sat., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Seattle. Free. Ages 0-10. Event details.

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Observe the Day of the Dead holiday at this annual family festival. In addition to a procession led by Aztec dancers and a traditional altar dedication, there will be music, dancing, and authentic treats, plus kids can decorate sugar and chocolate skulls, picture frames and paper flowers. Sun., 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Pee Wee Monster Bash
This annual Halloween carnival is perfect for little ones who are looking for a not-too-spooky party. Come in costume and participate in the cookie walk and monster mash, go swamp fishing, make arts and crafts and play Halloween-themed games. Fri., 10 a.m.-noon. Kirkland. $10.95 to $13.14. Pre-registration required. Ages 0 to 5. Event details.

Dracula
This thrilling IBT original production will be filled with a variety of artistic offerings—from classical ballet and Eastern European folk rhythms to modern and contemporary styles of dance. Add in some floating scenery and a bit of humor and you have the perfect Halloween show for the whole fam. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Bellevue. $25 to $45. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

MIPA Halloween Party for Preschoolers
Join the Mercer Island Preschool Association for their annual non-spooky Halloween party. At this fun event, costumed kiddos can participate in Halloween-themed crafts, games and activities and go home with a few tricks and treats. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Mercer Island. $3 to $5. Ages 1-6. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy