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Best Halloween Family Events in Puget Sound

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Gather the family together and head to a local Harvest Festival, costume parade, pumpkin carving, or spooky night time adventure! October is filled with fun activities for the whole family! Whoooo wants to go?

Scarecrow Festival
Saturday, October 6
10:00am – 4:00pm
Sehmel Homestead Park
10123 78th Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
253.858.3400
http://www.penmetparks.com

A FREE Family festival with great live music and fun kids’ carnival, pony rides, pumpkin launch, farm animals, vendor booths and more. Plus, everyone gets to vote for the winning scarecrows.

25th Annual Harvest Festival
Saturday and Sunday
October 13 and 14
11:00am – 5:00pm
Country Village Bothell
23718 Bothell Everett Highway
Bothell, WA 98021
425.483.2250
http://www.countryvillagebothell.com

Come celebrate all things Autumn! Stroll the grounds decorated with cornstalks and pumpkins while your enjoy live music and performances on the main stage. The festivities will include fall themed craft projects, pumpkin painting, shopping from 40+ local artists & vendors, pony rides, corn on the cob, face-painting, store specials, train rides, King’s Kettle Korn, and restaurant offers, and a new Wine & Beer Garden.

Pumpkin Bash and Trick or Treating
Saturday and Sunday
October 13 and 14
October 20 and 21
October 27 and 28
10:00am – 3:00pm
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.548.2500
http://www.zoo.org

Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash!
One child 12 years and under in costume is admitted FREE with a paid adult on Pumpkin Bash weekends.

Night of the Pumpkin
Friday, October 19
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Avenue SW
Burien, WA 98166
206.988.3700

Come dressed up in your favorite costume for a night of fun for the whole family! Admission: $6 per child ages 2+. Parents and kids under age 1 are FREE! It’s a carnival with music, face painting, a puppet theatre, food vendors, a costume contest, Day of the Dead activities, crafts, dancing and more!

Zoo Boo
Saturday and Sunday
October 20 and 21
10:00am – 3:00pm
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.pdza.org

Put on your best costume and join a fun, fall-themed weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Watch the animals enjoy special pumpkin enrichments and see how creative our keepers are at designing their jack-o-lanterns. Zoo Boo is appropriate for all ages, and the festivities are free with zoo admission.

Seattle Children’s Museum Pumpkin Carving
Friday, October 26
5:30pm
Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.1768
http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Join in for pumpkin carving! BYOP and we’ll provide the place to get messy and the tools to carve with. PLUS, the added bonus of exploring the Museum without crowds! Light snacks will be provided and costumes are encouraged! $5/person, $3/person for members.

Hoot ‘n Howl Celebration
Friday and Saturday
October 26 and 27
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328
360.832.6117
http://www.nwtrek.org

Navigate through the park and search for animals in the dark on a special nighttime tram tour! Young and young-at-heart can wear their costumes, play games, win prizes and eat treats during this ‘wild’ weekend. The park is open during regular hours (9:30am – 3:00pm) on the days of the event. The gates will reopen at 5:30pm for visitors with Hoot ‘n’ Howl tickets. Tickets and details available online.

Who Goes Bump in the Night?
Saturday, October 27
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Tacoma Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253.591.6439
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/tacomanaturecenter

Fun for the whole family! Find out who goes bump in the night as you experience a guided twilight or night hike, activities and crafts. Visit with nocturnal critters from Point Defiance Zoo and learn all about creatures of the night. Recommended for Ages 5 and up. Reservations requested.

Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Boogeymen
Friday and Saturday
October 26 and 27
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
5400 N. Pearl
Tacoma, WA 98407
253.591.5339
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org

Come to a hair-raising storytelling event for an old-fashioned Halloween experience, complete with 19th century ghost stories told around a roaring bonfire by people dressed in period clothing. A jack-o-lantern-lined path draws visitors into the Fort to a seating area around the bonfire where storytellers share traditions of centuries past. Tickets and details available online.

Halloween Festival
Saturday and Sunday
October 27 and 28
10:00am – 6:00pm
Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.1768
http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Come celebrate Halloween all weekend! Costumes are encouraged! Daily programming will focus on all the best things about this spook-tacular holiday – pumpkins, ghosts, witches and more!

Aquarium Halloween
Saturday, October 27 through Wednesday, October 31
Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
206.386.4300
http://www.seattleaquarium.org

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations, spooky Halloween activities and fun Halloween treats for Aquarium Halloween! Come in costume and start the Halloween celebration early! Plus, trick-or-treat at waterfront neighborhood businesses from the ferry terminal to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday, October 28, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Harvest Festival, Farmer’s Market and Trick or Treat
Sunday, October 28
10:00am – 2:00pm
SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116
http://www.wsjunction.org

The streets in the West Seattle Junction neighborhood will be closed to traffic while visitors enjoy the West Seattle Harvest Festival, West Seattle Farmers Market, a kids’ costume parade (11:30am), and trick-or-treating (noon to 2:00pm), plus games and other fun activities.

Museum of “Fright”
Sunday, October 28
11:00am – 3:00pm
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720
http://www.museumofflight.org

Fly your broomstick to The Museum of Flight and help celebrate Halloween’s scariest flyers! Make a ghostly creature that is sure to give your parents a fright when you send it floating through the air. Tons of activities for kids and adults! Join in on the flightfully spooky fun – that is, if you’re not too scared! Free admission for kids 17 and under in costume (with adult supervision). $5 admission for kids 17 and under without a costume; $10 for all adults. Admission prices are valid all day.

Hilloween
Sunday, October 28
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Cal Anderson Park
1635 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98119
http://www.yourcapitolhill.com/hilloween

Hilloween is a free, community focused carnival that’s fun for kids and adults of all ages. Festivities include park activities such as music, arts, story time, games and face painting; top-notch entertainment from notable artists Recess Monkey and Jenny and her Ukulele; a marching band led costume parade down Broadway (at 3:00pm), and trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses.

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