Not every little goblin and, er, Pikachu can stay up on Halloween night to enjoy the annual tradition of ringing doorbells and demanding candy. Thankfully the Seattle area has plenty of spooky-good fun for everyone.
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October 8 | Pasado's Safe Haven, $50
The region’s largest animal sanctuary, tucked into the foothills of the Cascades, invites you to an interactive vegan cooking class. Featuring Halloween-themed recipes, this is a great opportunity to learn a new skill with the kids and have treats to pull out at the next All Hallows' Eve party.
October 14–22 | Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, $14
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park welcomes evening visitors for games, twilight forest walks, and the chance to catch a glimpse of the park’s nocturnal denizens. Candy included, naturally.
October 20–30 | Seattle Chocolate, $10–12
After a mischievous spirit wreaks havoc on the factory, intrepid visitors must solve puzzles and follow clues in a quest to restore order and receive a mysterious reward (there’s no guessing what that might be).
October 29 | Jefferson Park, free
Wending its way through the South End, the parade also includes trick-or-treating, live music, and a photo booth. Vendors from the South End Public Market display their wares, and a costume contest caps off the festivities.
October 29 | Phinneywood, free
The fine folks at the Phinney Neighborhood Association have revived their daytime trick-or-treat event for costumed kiddos, all in the name of stamping out hunger. Businesses along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues (the stretch between 65th and 85th is generally the most bustling) dole out sweets, and collection boxes accept donations of non-perishable goods.
October 29 | Pike Place Market, free
Pike Place is celebrating fall with a festival full of live music, harvest-themed art, and the carving of a giant pumpkin. There will even be a pig pageant where attendees can vote for their favorite costumed piggy bank (and of course a costume parade for the kids as well).
October 29–30 | Woodland Park Zoo, free with admission
Costumed kiddos get their treats while hippos, otters, bears, penguins, and other residents of Seattle's zoo receive gourds to eat and smash. We call that a win-win.
October 30 | Museum of Flight, $17–25
The Museum of Flight makes its annual autumnal pivot, hosting ghoulish games and activities that can run chills up your spine.
October 30 | Hotel Sorrento, $75
The Hotel Sorrento presents an enchanting high tea spread, including savory sandwiches and sweet baked goods, with costumes enthusiastically encouraged. A small bevy of cocktails are available in addition to a wide selection of teas.
October 31 | Kent Station, free
A block of fully outdoor trick-or-treating awaits in Kent, along with the Trunk or Treat decorated car show. The flashiest (or is it most frightful?) victor gets determined by the costumed little goblins themselves.
October 31 | Des Moines, free
Businesses along Marina View Drive are festooned with festive decor and well-provisioned with candy for the early bird trick-or-treater—aka kids too young to stay up for the traditional late-night candy crawl.
Ongoing | MoPop, $27–29
MoPop’s ongoing horror film feature is the perfect thing to get older tricksters into the spooky spirit. This eerie exhibit has props, costumes, and behind-the-scenes info from all the movies on your watch list this Halloween.