As the Pacific Northwest relaxes into fall and small pieces of candy become a mass obsession, indoor and rain-ready day trips take center stage.
The crabbing world descends on Port Angeles October 8 through 10. There’s live music and craft booths too, but of course the main attractions are the (largely tented) seafood booths set up by 11 participating restaurants. Admission to the festival is limited this year, so reserve your crab dinner in advance by purchasing tickets online.
The Pacific Northwest’s Scandinavian ties are well documented, but the Nordics don’t have a monopoly on Northern European influence. During the week of October 18, Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores hosts Irish musicians and dancers for a festival of Celtic culture. Remember, in Irish dancing you don't wave your hands like you just don't care...
The 16th annual iteration of this festival, while having concurrent virtual screenings, is back and in person at the Grand Cinema. A weeklong event begins October 7, with the nonprofit festival screening 150 shorts and 17 feature-length films, as well as hosting sessions with some of the filmmakers.
Halloween falls on a Sunday, so maybe it’s unwise to trick-or-treat until dawn this year. Instead, celebrate Halloween eve by heading north to pig out on the ocean’s most delicious creatures. On October 30, Bellingham Dockside Market will be chock-full of all things seafood: crab cakes and lobster rolls and adults wearing lobster costumes.
If you do want to get scared, Tacoma’s most revered haunted house offers the opportunity for terror on demand. Scamper through the underground walk of horrors: bloody clowns and deformed goblins, if you’re into that sort of thing.